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Monday, August 3, 2015

Funtastic Unit Studies Review #hsreviews

Funtastic Unit Studies Review
My kids favorite part of science are the experiments. I'll admit we don't always get them all done partly because we don't have all the supplies that we need. It helps when you use a science book written by a homeschool mom for homeschool families. We have been using Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers from Funtastic Unit Studies

Susan Kilbride is a homeschool mom that wants homeschool kids to have fun with science. She wrote this book to help parents get their children interested in science. She had the home in mind while writing this book and most of the supplies are common household items or easily located at the local stores. This 201 page softcover book is recommended for students ages 4-13. The book is divided into two sections the first ten chapters are for children ages 4-7 and the last ten chapters are for students age 8-13. Subjects include the human body, animals, insects, health, planets, atoms, chemistry, weather, plants and more. The answers to the tests and worksheets are included in the back of the book. 

Each chapter varies in length, but they all start with a list of supplies that are needed. Then there is a short lesson with activities and a test after each topic. The book is written to the parent and includes exactly what you should tell your children and gives you questions that you can ask them. 

I used this book with all three of my girls. We skipped the first half of the book because my girls are all older than 8. Although Alaina (age 10) wants to go back and do some of the first lessons. She flipped through the book and had to stop and read some of the stories like The Story of the Blind Men and the Elephant & The Cookie People

The first lesson we started with was about microscopes. We don't own one, but we could look up slide pictures online. We did learn about concave and convex lenses and other parts of the microscope. We studied matter, atoms, molecules, chemistry, and weather. The lessons are very easy to implement. We went over the supply lists first and purchased anything we were missing. There were actually very few things we needed we had most of the supplies already. The additional reading material & library books are also listed in the supply list. That was all the preparation I did. After we gathered everything we sat down and I read the lesson out loud and then we worked on the activities. The reading section is written in a conversational style and easy to just read out loud to the kids. Since our experiments are a group effort we answered the questions out loud together. I made sure all three of my girls had a turn to answer some instead of my oldest (and most talkative) answering them all. If it was something I knew my older two would know I let the youngest answer first and then the other two could add to it. The questions at the end of each lesson are all multiple choice. 

Susan Kilbride has a has a biology degree and she wanted to help other homeschool parents teach science so she wrote Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers to make it easier on them. She used the same methods that she used to teach her own son. She has also started an Our America series to teach children American history by telling stories.  

This book contains great science ideas for homeschoolers. There are experiments for different branches of science and this could be used with any science unit studies, textbook, or by itself for a general science course.

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