Thursday, April 28, 2011

TOS Review : The Curiosity Files- Puffer Fish

I was recently sent The Curiosity Files Puffer Fish E-book Unit Study, from The Old Schoolhouse to review. This was my first experience with The Curiosity Files, and I cannot wait to start our next unit!
This is such a FUN unit study for kids ages 8–13 (but totally adaptable.... my preschool class is made up of 3 &4 year olds)... The idea behind the subjects in this series is to really delve into areas that the kids would not usually be learning about...(genius!)

Each unit includes :
  • Bible study and memory verses
  • Math, history, and geography investigations
  • Literature and suggested book list
  • Writing, spelling, and vocabulary activities
  • Beautiful copy work 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
Here are some of the activities that we enjoyed this week....(some were slightly adapted to make them more preschool friendly)

The girls had a great time using the puffer fish pages to make patterns.... I cut the pages in half so they could lay the puffer fish out 6 in a row...
The unit included a measuring lesson... although the girls have started measuring this year, they only do to the nearest inch...(so we had them just do the exercise to the nearest inch... only slight adaptation needed)...Here Ryleigh is copying a bible excellent way to practice her handwriting....The girls practicing their ordinal numbers....We ended our week by making Puffer Fish... who doesn't love a good art project?
I really liked that the unit included so many subjects and activities... it made my planning and prepping much easier! The only downfall that I found was that we wished it had more preschool activities... the girls had so much fun with the ones that were included.

Currently there are 10 different titles in the series:

Blue Diamond
Dung Beetle
Puffer Fish
Red Tide
Zombie Fire Ants
Blue-footed Booby
Cicada Killing Wasp

(You can view samples of each from Here)

To check out for yourself The Curiosity Files, (and you really should!) visit The Old Schoolhouse, the E-books range in price from $1.00 (they are on sale right now!) t0 $6.95. (And you can get a discount if you purchase a bundle).

*Please note- although I was not paid for my review, I did receive a free copy of the E-book (and so glad that I did!)... These are the honest opinions I had while reviewing this product....

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