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Friday, February 11, 2011

TOS Review: The Curiosity Files

The conversation started out like this: Guys there is a new review coming up and we can put down our first choice for which topic we would like to have. Here are the choices:

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

I was pretty sure before they even answered what they would choose. Yep, I was right. Zombie Fire Ants.

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine has developed a curious new series called The Curiosity Files. The Curiosity Files are a fun new Science based Unit Study series developed for 8-13 year olds. With it your child will study some unusual and interesting subjects. Professor Ana Lyze and her research team lead you through your studies of the obscure, abnormal and bizarre, just the things that children love using engaging information, fun hands on activities, puzzles, quizzes, and games. Included with these units are:

•Bible study and memory verses
•Math, history, and geography investigations
•Literature and suggested book list
•Writing, spelling, and vocabulary activities
•Beautiful copywork 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

The Curiosity Files are available in a 9 pack bundle for $46.00 as an E-book download or $49.00 on a CD. Each topic is also available to be purchased seperately. Check http://www.theoldschoolhousestore/ for pricing details on purchasing them seperately.

We all (3,5,7,9,13) worked on the Zombie Fire Ants Study together and took about two weeks to go through it. I started out reading through the 91 page E-book the week-end before so I could pick and choose which activities we would do, pick up any supplies I needed, and print out the pages we chose. Then on a Monday morning we dove into our study. The children were enthralled with the reading right from the beginning. They really listened, paid attention, and learned a lot and they told their daddy all about Zombie Fire Ants over supper later that night (fascinating dinner conversation!) The study comes with lots of exciting activities and work sheets, something fun for everyone!

Click Here to view a sample.

There were many things were loved about this study. I always like to do activities that will be fun and interesting and enable all of my children to work on something together. The style of writing is very engaging for children and has a lot of factual information included. The photos that were included were very colorful and life like. Through all of the worksheets and activities, my children learned a lot of information about Zombie Fire Ants. There are so many activities to choose from you can definitely find something that appeals to everyone. Some of our favorite activities were: Crossword Puzzle, Bible Verses with questions, Fire Ant Week, Fire Ant Flight, Fire Ant Fun, Word Search, Spelling and Vocabulary Activities, Where in the World, Ants in the Sand, Edible Clay Ants, Ant Tunnel Art. I also liked that there was a list of book suggestions for further reading and links to websites to find more information.

I also thought that the In the Lab instructions on making and observing your own Ant Farm with the Journal pages were wonderful. We decided not to do this part being that we live in an area that is infested with Fire Ants, although you could buy your own Ant Farm or make one and order the ants for it.

I would highly recommend the Curiosity Files Zombie Fire Ant Study!

Several crew members received different studies so click here to read more on all of the Curiosity Files Unit Studies.

I received a complimentary copy of this Unit Study for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation.

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