Product: The Curiosity Files ~ Quicksand
Company: The Old Schoolhouse
Price: 46$ per bundle of 9 unit studies or available for purchase individually. See The Old Schoolhouse Store for more details.
As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I was delighted to get the chance to try one of The Old Schoolhouse’s newest products The Curiosity Files™: Quicksand. After having the opportunity to use some of their other products over the last couple of years I was expecting a lot from this unit study and I was not let down. We’ve never really been a unit study/lapbooking type of homeschool but I am pleased to say that we did get a lot out of this unit study which introduced us to the world of quicksand while providing us with activities in almost all subject areas. Professor Ana Lyze – Expert in Outlandish Oddities was the perfect tour guide for our family as we explored quicksand which we found, much to my son’s surprise, could occur just about anywhere (under the right conditions, of course!).
This unit study includes (stolen from the website):
- 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 information was given in an interesting and easy to understand manner and there were more than ample opportunities for the children to get involved, with the obvious example being homemade (cornstarch) quicksand. I’ve never heard so much about non-Newtonion fluids in all my life! This led to further investigation into these fascinating substances (did you know that ketsup is a non-Newtonian fluid, too?) and a general interest in all things physics, which I am sure we will explore more in the coming weeks. Thank you TOS!
In addition to scientific information, there were many bible verses that dealt with sand and water and not allowing oneself to sink. I, personally, have issues with The King James version of the Bible so we did not actually do the bible work this time around but the discussion questions that followed the “In the Beginning” bible study are worth exploring with your child if you do enjoy analyzing scripture (I found this section to be a wee bit over the top of my 5 and 7 years old ability right now, though). The bible verses were also given as copy work (both manuscript and cursive) later on in the unit study.
My son, the adventurer, love the geography section and knowing that he could encounter quicksand at anytime on his adventures (we certainly have the right conditions here in Cape Breton). He proudly made his geography terms notebook and then decided to add some information on how to get out of quicksand, just in case. We also did a fair bit of math as part of this unit study. It actually helped my pinpoint an area where Liam needs further work (and this was an area that I’d thought he was doing fine with).
We finished up yesterday by playing with cornstarch quicksand and seeing if it was easier to pull some Popsicle stick people straight out or easier if we circled them around slowly in the mixture. It was messy but fun! Who doesn’t love playing with non-Newtonian fluids?
While we didn’t quite use all the material in the package, I can assure you that there is a lot there that can be used for a variety of ages (from 5 right up to 12 or even older if you look at some of the additional links and information provided). I think unit studies like this are ideal for families with students of a variety of ages as all the kids can work together on the same topic. This unit study can be done in a week or two if you focus on this area (and it covers enough material that you can take a week off of regular school and still touch on every subject) or you can use it as a fun additional activity added to you homeschool. Besides quicksand Professor Ana Lyze also covers such topics as blue diamonds, MRSA, dung beetles, and the blue footed booby bird (for a complete list of the 9 unit studies included in The Curiosity Files™ bundle for 46$US just click here.) Each unit study can also be purchased individually so be sure to check out The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Store for more information.
We enjoyed this unit study and we look forward to checking out more from The Curiosity Files™ very soon. To see more reviews (on some of the other subjects that Professor Ana Lyze explores as well) be sure to visit the TOS Homeschool Crew’s blog.
No Popsicle stick people were harmed in the process of this unit study.
**Any products reviewed by me as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest review of the product and/or how we used the product within our family. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.