Science Unit Studies For Homeschoolers and Teachers from Funtastic Unit Studies was written by Susan Kilbride, a homeschool mom, for other homeschool families. It can also be used for public school teachers, since many of the units were tested in a classroom setting. We received it to review and share our honest opinion with you!
What It Is:
This softcover book is about 200-hundred pages including the introduction pages and answer key at the back. There are 20 chapters, or units, to be used with children ages 4-13. The first 10 chapters are for the younger age group of about 4 to 7, and the second half of the book is geared towards children 8-13. The book covers many science topics from learning about our senses, to stars & planets, insects, chemistry, plants, and a lot in between!
Each chapter has a list of materials needed for the activities in that chapter. Each chapter is broken into parts. The book is for the parent to read and walks the parent through introducing and discussing the science topic, then describes an activity to complete. Most chapters have several activities (experiments) to complete or demonstrate to help explain and define the science topic. Most of the materials needed for the activities are common household items, but some are more uncommon and will need some planning and shopping ahead of time.
Some of the chapters have some worksheets and/or tests at the end of the unit to measure the student’s comprehension of the concepts taught. Answers for these tests are at the back of the book. Otherwise, the explanation of the science activities are included right with the activity instructions. Everything is made simple and easy for you to add fun science lessons to the homeschool!
How We Used It:
It seems to make the most sense to do 1 part of a chapter in 1 day. If you do science 2 or 3 days per week, then you would also complete that many parts per week. Many of the chapters can be completed in 1-2 weeks.
We chose to work on chapter 15: Chemistry Fun! for ages 8-13. There are 8 parts in this chapter, so it is a longer unit. This chapter could take 2-4 weeks to complete, depending on how many parts you want to complete each week. We are taking it more slowly and did not complete all of the activities, though my oldest son (10) read through most of the entire book!
Part 1 talked us through the term density and included 2 activities to complete. Words like mass and weight were defined, as well.
Part 2 explains surface tension with 1 activity to complete.
Part 3 covers the difference between a mixture and a solution with 1 activity to complete.
Part 4 is about the conversation of mass and has 1 activity plus 1 worksheet to complete.
Part 5 is all about polymers with 3 activities.
Part 6 talks about electron shells and includes 1 activity and 1 worksheet to complete.
Part 7 covers ions with 1 activity.
Part 8 describes acids and bases with 1 activity.
The chapter ends with a multiple choice test of 10 questions.
Here are 2 free unit studies for you to try!
Atoms & Molecules for ages 8-13:
Plants for ages 4-7:
The following are pictures of the first activity we completed for chapter 15:
Science Unit Studies For Homeschoolers and Teachers is a handy book to have on hand for the elementary years. I appreciate the simple explanations and experiments to demonstrate a concept. They are easy, yet effective.
However, I must give a word of caution to other Christians like myself: this book is secular and does state evolution and millions of years as facts, especially in the chapters about dinosaurs and animals. My son brought this to my attention, since he read through most of the book before I even had a chance to look at it! Just wanted to disclose that information.