Are you looking for an easy to use, unit based Science curriculum for the new school year? Funtastic Unit Studies may be just what your looking for. I was asked to review Science Unit Studies For Homeschoolers and Teachers and my family loved it! It is all unit based and easy to plan.
What I received:
I received the book Science Unit Studies For Homeschoolers and Teachers by Funtastic Unit Studies. This is a unit based curriculum for homeschoolers and teachers. The suggested ages are 4 – 13 although I found older students can join in as well. Susan Kilbribe the author did a great job making this curriculum easy for us teachers to navigate.
We were asked to pick a unit and complete it with my kids, we chose to do the unit Chemistry Fun. I really like as a teacher and planner that all the units have the ages listed at the top of the page and in the chapter listings to show you which ages the unit study would be better taught to. There is also a materials list for everything that will be needed to complete the experiments at the beginning of the units, this is so helpful. You can get everything at one time and not have to look around for supplies all the time or go on spur of the moment shopping trip with kids in tow.
The units are broken down in to parts that make it easy to prep and teach. I did a part each day so we could finish this unit in a little over a week. You can spread the unit though to fit your schedule.
The author gives you dialog to read to your students and questions to ask. This really helped me to know how to facilitate the lesson along. I always learn when they learn and this was great for a mom who did not do her best in science when I was in school.
Each part contains an activity to complete with your kids. These experiments are fun and easy to complete, there is an explanation for every part of the experiment so you know exactly what you need to do, and what to look for in the completion of the experiment.
In Chemistry Fun, geared for ages 8-13, we did the Density experiment. My children had a great time watching the layers of liquids separate showing what exactly density was. They had a great time watching the molasses settle to the bottom and seeing the water between the oil and syrup, they were mesmerized. This started an excitement for doing the rest of the experiments for the unit.
There are worksheets you can print, and tests at the end of each unit so you can see what your student learned and retained. Hopefully it will be a lot because these hands-on units are a ton of fun.
All About the Book:
There are 20 Unit Studies that you can choose from:
- Our Senses
- The Human Body
- Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life: ( This is not from a young earth perspective, but I found a lot of fun activites about the dinosaurs themselves that would be a lot of fun to complete.)
- Insects and Their Kin
- Fun with Magnets
- Stars and Planets
- Health ( Basic taking care of your body )
- Beginning Plants
- Animal Ecology
- Microscopes and Invisible Creatures
- Atoms and Molecules
- Chemistry Fun
- Force and Motion
- Simple Machines
- Light and Color
- Plants 2
- Answers to Tests and Worksheets
It is easy to follow and very hands-on just as Science should be!
This is a great book for the teacher that is teaching multiple ages at one time. The units are clearly marked, and the instructions are very easy to follow. I really liked that everything is self contained in each unit. The experiments are fun for all ages and are not crazy impossible to do. We will be using this book in our upcoming homeschooling for fun science extensions of our regular curriculum.
You can try a free unit sample of Beginning Plants here.
The price of $16.95 or less is really a great buy. You will get a lot of lessons from Science Unit Studies For Homeschoolers and Teachers for many years to come.