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The Curiosity Files Unit study Review: Velvet Ants
What is the Curiosity Files Unit Study? Have you ever wondered about doing a unit study in your homeschool? What is a unit study and how could it benefit your homeschool? These are some of the questions I will answer below. Today, I am reviewing The Curiosity Files: Velvet Ants from The Old Schoolhouse.
As an eclectic homeschooling family, I have been wanting to incorporate a unit study. We haven’t done so yet as my boys are still a bit young. However, The Homeschool Review Crew graciously allowed me to review this unit study. So, I was very excited to try out a digital ebook unit study about velvet ants.
What is a Unit Study
A unit study is a collection of different learning activities surrounding an idea, topic, or specific theme. They include activities and information for all subjects. Subjects typically include English, math, science, and social studies with any facet of these.
As a result, unit studies are the perfect companion for homeschooling multiple age children. They typically include activities from pre-k up to high school age. Which, in homeschooling is a MUST with multiple children.
Subjects covered in The curiosity files
The following review for the Curiosity Files: Velvet Ants unit study included the following subjects:
- Copy work/Handwriting
When I see that list it reminds of an entire curriculum, not just a simple study. Truly, you will not be disappointed if you buy the Curiosity Files.
I must say judging by the description, price, and topic, The Curiosity Files wouldn’t necessarily be my first choice in my homeschool. However, was I so wrong!
It’s true to not judge a book by its’ cover.
This was our first unit study and it will not be our last from the Curiosity Files.
What a wealth of information! I must say that any learning style could utilize this product. One could even form an entire full curriculum for a semester with this resource.
From the traditional educational approach, to a minimalist Charlotte Mason approach. This ebook fits.
As an eclectic homeschooler, with a Charlotte Mason base, we really enjoyed the story at the beginning of the book. It was informational and my son who loves science kept begging me to read it again and again.
You know it passes the kid test when you hear the words, “read it again mom.” We added it into our morning basket for a month. We read it many times as the story is entertaining and the bible study takes a full week to cover with little ones.
At the end of the story, it includes discussion questions to ask.
If you happen to traditionally educate in your homeschool approach; The Curiosity Files included many worksheets in the math portion, vocabulary, and spelling. It also included a comprehensive quiz on the information covered.
a biblical worldview
As a Christian, I always get a little leery when it comes to science stuff. We don’t teach evolution in our home, and I prefer a God-centered worldview.
It had KJV biblical copy work! It includes both print, and cursive.
The Curiosity Files exceeded my expectations. It included an entire bible study in KJV. I really appreciated this fact, as it is getting more difficult to find KJV based materials. Truly, a gem.
Arts and crafts
There are so many craft ideas for the younger elementary age kids, and great options for the older as well. The instructions are easy to follow, and the supplies list is from things you would probably have in the house.
It is recommended for children ages 8-13. However, there are activities and crafts included for younger students. This was our focus of the study as my boys are under 7.
The great thing about this product is the price and wealth of information.
As a minimalist mama, I really appreciate the digital copy. I can easily save it, and continue to come back to it throughout the years as my children grow. This is a great benefit to purchasing a digital unit study.
Unit studies are typically designed for multiple age groups. As a result, they can be utilized through multiple grades. Unlike a grade-specific curriculum that only gets used for that specific age.
You really get the most out of your dollar by buying a multiple age digital unit study.
The great thing about this unit study is you can build an entire full curriculum around it. We have used Sonlight and Bookshark, which can be considered top tier pricing. I have also invested in living book lists. I was delighted to read through the extensive book list included.
The book list featured many living books, and classics from pre-k through high school level.
In my opinion, the book list alone is worth buying, especially if you are new to homeschooling or reading aloud with your children.
I remember when I first started homeschooling, I had no idea what books I should read to my kids. I researched lists and lists. The list included with the ebook has been carefully and thoughtfully put together.
In Conclusion, I would recommend to anyone with any age child trying out The Curiosity Files. I mean for $6.95! I wish I would’ve known about this great inexpensive resource before buying the pricey boxed curriculum.
Isn’t that how it goes homeschooling? That’s why I wrote this article for the mom still researching and the mom on the budget. It is possible to homeschool at a minimal cost with the right resources.
This unit study isn’t inclusive to homeschoolers either. It would be a great summertime resource. You could go through together as a family and have summertime learning fun!
Feel free to ask any questions below you may have. And if you haven’t heard of The Homeschool Review Crew, its a must to check out before investing in curriculum.
As always, have a blessed day.