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!
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…
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.
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.
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!
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.
Finally, we created our own fossil prints and learned about how different types of fossils are created.
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!
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Don’t forget to check out what others on the TOS Review Crew have to say about Funtastic Unit Studies!