Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Funtastic Unit Studies Review

We were recently given the chance to review Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers from Funtastic Unit Studies.

Funtastic Unit Studies Review
About the company:

Funtastic Unit Studies was created by homeschool mom Susan Kilbride. Susan noticed some homeschool families were nervous about teaching Science to their children. She came up with Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers to help homeschool families find an easy way to teach their children Science. She uses some of the same ways she teaches her own son in her books. 

Susan has also started the Our America History series. They are chapter books intended to teach children about American History from the people who lived during the time. 
Susan has also created a Kindle e-book called: How to teach about Electricity for ages 8-13. 

About the product:

Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers is a hands on approach to Science. This approach engages the child, helps them promote a love Science and learning in general. This book contains 20 chapters. The first 10 chapters are geared for younger children, mostly children 4-7. While the last 10 chapters are geared for the older children, mostly 8-13. Each chapter teaches a certain Science concept. 

Right now you can purchase this book online:
Amazon- $15.26
Rainbow Resource Center- $15.95

What we thought of the product:

We used this product a couple of times each week. Each unit can last up to two weeks depending on how much time you take on each unit.  Monster is 8 so I kind of felt like the first half of the book was a waste for us. It would be nice if there was the option to just buy the last half of the book or the first half for those who don't want or need the whole set. I think if you have more than one child in the age range of this book it is great because you can use it for multiple ages, but for having an older child, I would of just wanted to purchase the last half of the book. ( just an idea!). 

One thing I noticed while using this is it says that the supplies that you will need are mostly household items. Most items we did not have on hand. I am a fan of Science kits that have material included or at least some of them included. This does not. This is just the Science book. Some items we even had a hard time finding and had to use what we could find. Just make sure to be prepared ahead of time to do some shopping for the items that you will need for each activity. 

Most of the chapters have more than one activity to go along with the reading. There are also recommended movies to go along with some of the chapters. At the end of the units there are test for your child to make sure they remember what they learn. Since I only have one child this could be done in the book. However, if you plan to reuse the book for other children it is best this is done separate. 
Monster did enjoy a few of the lessons. We love hands on activities which this book has a ton of. There is not a bunch of worksheets which is something that we like. 

If you would like to try out a free unit to see if this might be something you would be interested in purchasing, please click HERE for a free download. There are two different downloads available to download. There is a Plant Unit and a Molecule Unit. 

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