I have found that anytime you want to get kids back on track to love learning, just throw in a unit study. That has always worked for me. That’s one reason why we spend each summer doing unit studies. As summer was starting and I still hadn’t figured out our summer plans, I was very interested to receive Science Science Unit Studies For Homeschoolers and Teachers from Funtastic Unit Studies.
About the Product
For this review, I received a physical book, Science Unit Studies For Homeschoolers and Teachers. The unit studies are geared for students ages 4-13.
The book is divided into unit studies for ages 4-7 and ages 8-13.
For ages 4-7:
- Our Senses
- The Human Body
- Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life
- Insects and their Kin
- Fun with Magnets
- Stars and Planets
- Beginning Plants
- Animal Ecology
For ages 8-13:
- Microscopes and Invisible Creatures
- Atoms and Molecules
- Chemistry Fun
- Force and Motion
- Simple Machines
- Light and Color
- Plants II
Each chapter starts off with a list of materials that will be needed. Then, there’s a brief introduction followed by lots of activities. Some chapters include a worksheet to complete or review questions. The answers to these are located in the back of the book.
Since I used this with an eight year old, I used units from both sections. While we were waiting on the book to arrive, we downloaded the excerpt from the Beginning Plants unit study that is available on the website. (There is also one from the Molecules study.) This study is geared for the younger crowd so there were a few activities that were too simple for my son but there were some from which he benefited. I wanted to start with plants because we had decided to do a veggie garden this summer. The garden provided ample opportunity for him to learn about seeds, leaves and roots. When the book was received, we jumped into the Plants II study.
I chose the Plants studies because I wanted to get my son involved in our family gardening project. Since I chose the first study, I let him choose the next one. Of course, he chooses anything to do with animals. We started off with Animal Ecology and then delved into Insects. This just happened to be perfect timing too because we have caterpillars in our garden! There’s an activity to have the student draw out the different stages of a butterfly’s life but we are hoping to soon be able to actually watch it! (I’ve been documenting it on Instagram. So far, our caterpillars just keep growing, eating and pooping!)
We’ve gone on nature walks to find evidence of the food chain and discuss defenses. We even found a spider web where the spider had actually caught another spider! We also found where are are (unintentionally) growing tadpoles.
Now that we are done with the animal studies, I’m going to do the study on weather. We were visiting my daughter yesterday and there was a tornado warning. Jeremiah had tons of questions and I realized that we haven’t studied weather except just a tiny bit when he was five. We placed the thermometers out and documenting the temperatures. For all of the rain we’ve had lately, I wished I had gotten a rain gauge too!!
This is not a stand-alone science curriculum but if you are looking for fun activities to add to your science studies, this would be a great resource. If you are resourceful enough, you could also always embellish the study a little by adding more whole books (some books/movies might already be recommended depending on the study), adding some writing assignments to it, etc. We enjoyed all of the activities that we did.