Are you Curious about The Curiosity Files?
Well, ponder no more! Because this month we had the pleasure of reviewing our first title from this fantastic series, and I’ve got lots to share with you!
First of all, In case you haven’t heard,
The Curiosity Files is a new series of Unit Studies
targeting children ages 8-13 with the goal of educating
children about, “subjects they’d never find otherwise.”
Isn’t that exciting! What fun!
Topics are picked because they are not usually studied, or because they are unusual or unique in some way.
Here is an adorable quote from the description:
“Professor Ana Lyze and her research â€œspyâ€ team
specialize in the obscure, the abnormal, and the bizarre.
They search land and seas for oddities
and make each one a star,
such as outlandish insects, rare diseases, unique gems,
Currently there are 10 different titles in the series:
Zombie Fire Ants
Cicada Killing Wasp
And with each title the research and planning is almost completely done for you!
You seriously could just print this up, three hole punch it
and spend a week going through it without any worry that you’re not covering something.
Each Unit Study comes with the following features:
-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
-Art, crafts, drawing, and coloring pages
-Lapbook and notebook pages
-Internet resources and video links
-Complete answer key
Just as a side note here:
I love that these come in e-book format.
Nine times out of Ten if I have a choice I always pick e-books.
Not only can I pick and choose different sections to print,
but I can double up on the worksheets for each child,
and save a copy of the entire unit for when my younger boys are ready.
Oh, and a little side tip:
I know that sometimes ink can be expensive,
especially when your e-book is full of color as this series is.
So for these I usually print in fast-draft mode, which still
prints in color but saves me tons of ink by not using such bright hues. Of course you can always print in grayscale too.
Anyway, Moving on….
We received a copy of QUICKSAND to review this month,
and I’m happy to report that this study was well loved by
all. Seriously, what child doesn’t love learning about
crazy sand that swallows people up to their waist?
Okay, it does sound a little bit scarry
and my kids are a little timid sometimes,
but the activities in this study were right up
Do you see the poor unsuspecting horse about to
be swallowed up by the “Quicksand!”
Didn’t even see it coming.
So, I could probably spend the next hour detailing all the fun
aspects of this study, but I thought I’d share just a couple
of the more important qualities with you.
One of my favorite parts of this study was that directly after
reading about the different properties of quicksand, children
are presented with a biblical application stemming from the
ideas they just learned. So for example instead of going directly
into a craft, worksheet or other activity, the next few pages
worked on expanding their newly gained knowledge
and molding it into a lasting wisdom.
This was done with a short bible study, followed by
thought provoking questions that both of my kiddos
were more then eager to answer.
Children learned about the sinking qualities of quicksand,
and then were asked to carry that knowledge over into
a biblical discussion about Jesus’ commands.
The goal was to affect matters of the heart
first and foremost, and I’m very impressed with how the
authors set it up this way!
I also loved the inclusion of essentially every Subject of study,
Did I already mention that?
Well, it’s important.
I really did just print up the e-book and use it to cover
everything for the week.
My only concerns about this book is that there isn’t
really a schedule, or a recommended daily outline.
(Not that I’d stick to it anyway)
But sometimes it’s just nice to have.
In all, I’m really excited about this
series and I can’t wait to see more titles added to
If you want to learn more about The Curiosity Files,
they are available for purchase at The Old Schoolhouse,
ranging in price from $1.00-$6.95 for an e-book download.
(And you can get a discount if you purchase a bundle)
Please note that I received a free product in return for sharing my honest review and opinion.