At a Glance:
Age level: 8-13
Use as: unit study
Instruction time: Fun filled and moderate to high as it is a hands on unit study.
Prep time: Low since it includes everything you need for a fun study.
Cost: $19.90 for a bundle that includes the The Secondary Schoolhouse Planner and your choice of one Curiosity Files Unit Study.
Rating: 5 out of 5 golden apples
Anyone who has read anything I’ve written or is familiar with me knows I strive to instill a love of learning in my children. I want to spark their imagination and get them excited about the world created by God for them. I’ll be honest, that’s a lot of enthusiasm to put in your morning coffee. Some days, no matter how hard you try, you cannot make direct and indirect objects exciting. Facing facts that sometimes school is, well, school, I try to look for fun unit studies and projects to keep up the excitement. It was when I saw my children’s eyes glazed over at the mention of a unit study, I realized that making something fun is not always the answer. Sometimes our amazing world provides enough wonder that the need to make graphing into some fun unit study is thankfully pushed aside. This is the reason I love The Curiosity Files. That and as soon as I said zombie fire ants my kids stood to attention with jaws dropped waiting to hear more!
The Curiosity Files explores the oddities in the world that make learning a joy. These unit studies do not entertain by cheap thrills but educate by tapping into a child’s innate curiosity. It provides the heart of a scientist so it’s easy for your child to feel inspired. More over, the study never fails to give glory to God. Yes, science and God do mix and The Curiosity Files proves it.
So what can you expect from The Curiosity Files unit studies? You can expect to learn something new, exciting and fun. You can expect a science lesson, copywork, bible lesson, games, puzzles, geography, projects, notebooking and lapbooking. The material is solid and the method is smooth, logical, and fits any teaching or learning style.
The unit study is recommended for ages 8-13. I have a 13, 11, 5 and 2 year old. While my five year old needed to have some things adjusted, she learned quite a bit and enjoyed being a part of this. My 2 year old was none the wiser as we did this while she slept. My 11 year old boy had the most fun with this study. I would not suggest this study for a child under 5 or over 13. I think the 8-13 recommendation is perfect. If you seek to add some fun, creativity, and curiosity into your routine without resorting to cheap thrills and entertainment, I recommend The Curiosity Files. The studies include: Zombie Fire Ants, Blue Diamond, Dung Beetle, Red Tide, MRSA, Puffer Fish, and Blue-Footed Booby.
Written by Richele, mother of 4 children, homeschooler for 9 years, and proud to say she taught tying your shoes and physics in one day. She blogs at Under the Golden Apple Tree.