So what exactly is it? Well it is a wonderful book full of Unit studies. I had never used unit studies too much in my homeschool before, but have always been interested! So I jumped at the chance for this review!
The book is about 200 pages or so. This includes the introduction and an answer key. So there is a lot of information included in the book! The first part of the book, about 10 chapters or so are geared more towards younger kids. They are specifically for kiddos aged 4-7. The rest of the book goes up to around age 13. Honestly, I love the fact that you can have kids aged 4-13 use the exact same book! That is really unheard of, normally you need several different ones to hit all those ages. This unit study is science related and hits MANY different topics! Some topics it includes are learning about our senses, stars, planets, insects, chemistry and much much more!
Each chapter in the book has a list of materials that you need for the projects. I really love this because how many times do you not have what you need ahead of time? The list is very helpful and gives you a chance to pre-plan without much guess-work! Also, I want to point out that most of the items that are needed are regular household items, which is GREAT!
The chapters are then broken down. The parent will then read and introduce the science topic to the kids. Then there is an activity to complete. I will say that this book is jam-packed full of great activities! Most chapters have more than one activity for each topic! There are some chapters that also have worksheets. That is why the answer key is included in the back. 🙂
Here are some of the topics covered:
- Our Senses
- The Human Body
- Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life
- Insects and Their Kin
- Fun with Magnets
- Stars and Planets
- Beginning Plants
- Animal Ecology
- Microscopes and Invisible Creatures
- Atoms and Molecules
- Chemistry Fun
- Force and Motion
- Simple Machines
- Light and Color
- Plants II
I do want to point out that we are definitely Christian homeschoolers who are Creation mindset. I don’t feel it is fair to do this review without pointing out that this unit study is secular. Millions of years IS mentioned as facts and evolution is also mentioned, especially in the chapter about dinosaurs. We chose to specifically avoid that chapter for the purpose of this review. Personally, we do talk to the kids about evolution but present it as a theory, not fact. We may tackle this chapter this fall when we study dinosaurs but will use other Biblical based material along with it. 🙂
So how did we use it?
Well my kiddos love projects but I do not personally. lol So I introduced the chapter and read off what the lessons were about. My wonderful husband who likes to do projects then stepped in and did the activities with the kids. They LOVED them! We worked slowly and it took us a few weeks to work through one chapter.
All in all I felt this was a great book. I wish the evolution and millions of years were not mentioned BUT there was so much other wonderful stuff there, that we just skipped that and used the rest.
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