Friday, February 11, 2011

TOS Crew: Curiosity Files

HSCrew468x60Animated Curiosity Files – Puffer Fish (E-Book) is a complete unit study e-book available from The Old Schoolhouse.

Product Description:

With this unit, kids will think creatively and exercise their minds while exploring many interesting and related topics.

As you read, learn, and research The Curiosity Files™ you’ll meet engaging information, imagepuzzles, quizzes, games, and funtastic activities to keep your child actively learning in a unit study format. Make a Puffer Fish notebook or lapbook folder for starters, and then continue adding on to widen the study with more amazing topics in this wonderful series.

It’s a complete learning encounter you’ll be glad to provide for your students!

Look what’s included in this unit:

  • Bible study and memory verses
  • Math, history, and geography investigations
  • Literature and suggested book list
  • Writing, spelling, and vocabulary activities
  • Beautiful copywork pages (manuscript and cursive)
  • Science observations, projects, and experiments
  • Discussion questions
  • Art, crafts, drawing, and coloring pages
  • Lapbook and notebook pages
  • Internet resources and video links
  • Complete answer key

Product Review:

This unit study was filled with great information written from a Biblical perspective. I LOVE to do science this way!! With this unit study I was able to read the information as is, without adding in my own lines or discussion about how amazing our Creator is!! How a science book can be written without it, still baffles me (but that’s a post for a different time). One of the quotes that struck me was “Puffer fish are definitely one of God’s most creative efforts, aren’t they? From their design to their amazing abilities, puffer fish are unique creatures that point toward a very inventive God!”

image The information portion of the unit study was well-written and filled with fun, interesting facts, for example, did you know that there are 120 species of puffer fish? Or that a Puffer Fish actually fills itself with water, not air, when it’s “puffed up”? But it was so much more than that. Within the 85 pages of this unit study there were activities and lessons for every subject. My favorite one was the Bible study portion, but I loved how all of it was tied together around one common topic. 

The only negative that I found while using this curriculum was that the verses used for the copy work were written in the King James Version, this is not a version we use often in our home, and while Treyton did okay copying the verse, it was a little frustrating for him. It didn’t bother me so much that they used KJV for the Bible study portion because I just changed the “eths, and thees” as I read the verses, but with the copywork, it’s more challenging as he was writing them.

While we have and use our own curriculum, we like to use an occasional unit study when I don’t have time to plan or the energy to put it all together. Using a unit study like this one that is Biblically founded, covers a wide-range of ages and offers something for all the crucial subjects is convenient and certainly worth the money.

This unit study is recommended for ages 8-13, but it was easy to adjust to my 5 year old son, and we still had plenty to do. Including copy work, hands-on activities, some math work with ordinal numbers and patterns, arts, science question and more.

You can purchase your own instantly-downloadable file for only $6.95, a great value at The Old Schoolhouse. Or you could check out any of the 8 other topics available as well (including: quicksand, dung beetle, red tides and wasps). To purchase all 9, your cost is $46 for instant downloads or $49 for a CD.

See what others have to say here, at the TOS Crew blog.

* Disclaimer: I received a complimentary download of this product as part of my participation with the TOS Crew for the purpose of my review, the opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment:

Pleasantly Peavey said...

Liked your post. We had fun with red tides too. I am now following you.