Friday, April 29, 2011

The Curiosity Files - Puffer Fish review

We had an opportunity the last couple of weeks to do a homeschool product review courtesy of The Old Schoolhouse!  We received a free download of an e-unit from the Curiosity Files about Puffer Fish!

 Although this unit study was designed for 8-13 year olds, I adapted if for use with my Kindergartner pretty easily.  The first section of the unit was interesting and factual information about Puffer Fish.  I actually printed off those pages, stapled the edges, and used them like a book.  Kayley and I read the homemade book together and then I offered the provided review questions orally.  I was really surprised when she answered the majority of the questions correctly!  Way to go Kayley!

The unit also includes each of the basic school subjects:  
Math - ordinal numbers, measurement, time, currency & multiplication tables
Language Arts - Common vs. proper nouns, sentence combining exercises and scripture based copy work in both print and cursive
Spelling & Vocabulary - both a recommend Elementary & Jr. High list, wordsearch & crossword
Art, Music & hands-on activities including sign language and games!
Science with recommended simple lab experiments
Geography - Where in the world does one find a Puffer Fish anyway?

The activities all include ideas for younger and older students and many were adaptable down to the Kindergarten level for my daughter.  We printed out several of the activities to complete and used the recommended template to create the "Fact File" (which Kayley LOVED).

The printables provided were convenient and, once cut out, fit neatly into our Fact File!
We also utilized the coloring pages and the recommended reading list.  We enjoyed reading together the story of The Fisherman and His Wife and Rainbow Fish: Puffer Cries Shark!  Both books were in print and available at our local library.  And Kayley enjoyed coloring the puffer fish pages.

Pro:  In our homeschool we LOVE unit studies and the convenience of the downloadable, printable, pre-done e-unit cannot be beat!
Con:  We were only able to do about 1/3 of the printables since Kayey is still so young.  Adapting it was a minor inconvenience but if we were stronger readers we could've anjoyed more activities!

The Puffer Fish unit retails for $6.95 at The Old SchoolHouse Store and is one of many different types of e-units available! 

This product was given to Swinging On Small Hinges for free for review purposes.  I am receiving no compensation and the opinions are all my own. 

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