Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers Review

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Science has tends to become an afterthought during the regular school year around here. Not because we don’t LOVE it, but because life gets busy. It is unfortunate because my girls really do love hands on experiments and learning. This summer we have made more of an effort to focus in on it thanks to  Science Unit Studies For Homeschoolers and Teachers from Funtastic Unit Studies.

We don’t school year round in our core subjects which allows more free time to experiment and learn in a different kind of way and enjoy a more relaxed and fun learning pace. When the offer came up to review this science curriculum I jumped on it!!!! And…Even better than a review, I get to offer you to FREE units from the book to download!!!!!!!!!

But before we get to that let me tell you about our experience, the book, and the company.

Funstastic Unit Studies comes from the creator Susan Kilbride, a fellow homeschooling mother who also has a degree in Biology. She hit the nail on the head with our family when she began to think that many homeschooling families didn’t have the time to research and develop a science curriculum or just didn’t know where to start.

She wrote Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers  she gave us a great resource to battle that hurdle and get us started!

She also has other unit studies available like “Our America” series designed to teach American history through story telling, and “How to Teach About Electricity”.

The Funtastic Unit Studies website is packed full of information and homeschool resource including many freebies you will want to check out!

For this review, I received a physical copy of Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers . The book is divided into two sections. The first 10 chapters are geared towards children who are age 4-7 year olds and the next 10 are written for ages 8-13 year olds. I found that both sections could fit each age depending on your child’s level of interest and prior knowledge of the subject matter. I like to teach one subject matter and cater the activities to the age rather than the subject. It makes it easier on me as a mother/teacher of multi ages. The book is really helpful and can be used in that way too.

Each of the 20 chapters covers a different science subject that is packed with hands on learning. It will definitely get your kids involved and excited about what they are learning about. Even better, the planning is done for you! Most of the needed materials were things that you would already have around your house or could be purchased cheaply at a local dollar store. No fancy and expensive equipment or supplies to buy! The book is written in common language so you don’t need a science degree to teach it either!!!

I was able to prepare a unit in one evening and teach from it for a week. All the needed student handouts were easy to copy and prepare. The first page of the unit had a clear materials and resource list that as easy to follow.

The subjects covered are…

Age 4-7

Our Senses, The Human Body, Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life, Animals, Insects and Their Kin, Fun with Magnets, Stars and Planets, Health, Beginning Plants, and Animal Ecology.

Age 8-13

Insects, Microscopes and Invisible Creatures, Atoms and Molecules, Matter, Chemistry Fun, Weather, Force and Motion, Simple Machines, Light and Color, and Plants II.

We chose to try out the Dinosaur and Prehistoric Life unit first!

We learned about the job of a Paleontologist by digging right in to a fun Dino Dig activity.

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After finding our dinos we then had to identify them and learn how and why they got their names. Many of them are named with prefixes or suffixes used to describe their appearance or other features.

A fun Stegosaurus snack helped us regain our energy from all the hard work!

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After refreshing ourselves we talked about herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores. There is a fun printable activity/game to help you with that too!

The kids LOVED the dinosaur egg activity where they made their own soap eggs and get to “hatch” the out by using the soap.

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Finally, we created our own fossil prints and learned about how different types of fossils are created.

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The entire unit was fun for all of us to dig into!!!

I definitely recommend the Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers. It is a great way to get in some science even when the schedule is hectic or have a fun science week camp every few weeks!

Now for your FREEBIES!!!!!

Chapter 9 – Beginning Plants, Ages 4-7

Chapter 13 – Atoms and Molecules, Ages 8-13

Don’t forget to check out what others on the TOS Review Crew have to say about Funtastic Unit Studies!

Funtastic Unit Studies Review
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Playground Palooza!

August has started off calm and quiet. Kind of like the calm before the school year storm. I only have a few short weeks with my PreK’s before they head off to Kindergarten and their new adventure. I kind of makes me sad to think that I have had some of the kiddos since they began to crawl and now they will be walking out my door for the last time.

We are making the best of the last few weeks and having a great time with our August Funshine Express kit.

The first theme is Playground Palooza. This is a great topic to start off with since the weather is nice and the kids are playing outside. It is also a great tip to review playground safety since some of the kiddos will be leaving for a larger school with more children and different play equipment.

Our book of the month is…

Pick Up the Park (My Little Planet)
It is a great little book about keeping our play areas neat and safe. The pictures are great. There is lots of areas for open disscussion and interaction with the kids. They loved it!

After our story we played one of our math enrichment games “Let’s Play”. The kids love all the games that Funshine provides. They begged to play it again today several times!

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Funshine also provides free Enrichmnet Activities and extras each month. This month there is a playground maze, same/different worksheet, playground coloring sheet, and more! Make sure to grab them!!!!

The kids also love the crafts that come with Funshine. Today they created their own sand buckets!

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With Lee In Virginia Review

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I am again privileged to apart of a great review team that offers quality products! This time TOS Review Crew have chosen me to review “With Lee in Virginia” by Heirloom Audio Productions.

Who is Heirloom Audio Productions?

Heirloom Audio Productions is a company that strives to bring history to life through audio stories. Their passion and love for history takes them to amazing places as they sort through the facts and fictions of history. Their mission is to engage listeners imaginations as they are taken back in time and immersed in history. They travel back to actual locations and events that took place. All while telling the story in a new and exciting way. Each story also holds moral lessons that kids can use today in their lives.

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About “With Lee In Virginia”

The cast…

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If you are a fan of Adventures in Odyssey, this story will be right up your ally also! “With Lee in Virginia” has a similar listening feel. It is a story of daring expeditions and adventures that are filled with virtue, valor, determination, courage, and character building.

“With Lee in Virginia” is over 2 hours of action packed audio entertainment that takes you through the Civil War story. It is filled with Christian heroes and is great for kids and adults of all ages. It is wholesome entertainment for the family!

The main character is Vincent Wingfield, a fifteen year old boy from Northern Virginia. He finds himself following in his late father’s footsteps as he joins the Army of Northern Virginia and is soon fighting along side his childhood friends and some famous confederate generals. He learns to be devoted to God and to take a stand for his country and fellow man even if it could cost him his life.

Vincent finds himself in many sticky situations but relys on God and help from others to see him through. He shows genuine compassion and friendship to those who cross his path. He also proves himself trustworthy and loyal as he is given dangerous and important tasks.

How we used it…

We do much traveling due to doctor appointments and are always looking for entertainment to make the trip go smoother and more quickly. This CD set was perfect for such a trip. The kiddos (and I too) loved listening to the story. It was captivating for all of us. We all learned something new! It taught strong moral values as we learned about the determination and conviction to do what was right even though it isn’t always the easiest.

It also opened up discussion and interest in the Civil War. We had never really discussed this time period in history before. But, thanks to the accompanying 48-page study guide it helped us learn and engage even more with the story.

The study guide includes bios of the non-fictional characters from the story. It also has maps that help the kids visualize the routes and battle sites. The story is divided into each CD track and has “Listening Well” questions to help the kids recall what the story was about. It also has “Thinking Further” questions to help the kids dig a little bit further in learning and open up discussion as a family about topics that might not have been on the radar of disscussion. The “Defining Words” help kids grow their vocabulary base and makes sure that they can comprehend the plot of the story.

At the end of the study guide there are additional resources suggestions to learn more about the Civil War and Robert E. Lee. As well as a brief Bible study guide to help kids understand Duty, Loving Your Enemy, and Slavery in the Bible.

My kids really enjoyed listening to the CD and going through the study guide. We will definitely be using some of the other Heirloom Audio Production  products!

3 Purchasing Options…

The family four-pack includes 4 audio copies. Also 6 free bonuses including digital download, e-book, study guide, quote poster, newsletter, and promotional poster. All for $99.97

Single CD pack includes study guide, quote poster, and mp3 digital download for $29.97

Digital download includes study guide, and quote poster for $20

You can order online here!

Find out what other TOS review crew members thought…

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