Fun Science Unit Studies {A Review}

While history is our #1 favorite subject, science comes in at a close second, especially when experiments and activities are involved. We recently had the opportunity to review "Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers & Teachers" from Susan Kilbride of Funtastic Unit Studies. Let's just say it was the perfect fit for our Summer of Learning this year! I received a physical copy of the book "Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers & Teachers" in exchange for my honest … [Read more...]

How to Attract Butterflies to Your Yard

My girls and I recently did a unit study on butterflies. Using this kit we watched our caterpillars go through metamorphosis, becoming chrysalids and finally lovely Painted Lady butterflies. Feeding, watching, and taking care of these precious creatures linked us very closely to them -- so close that when we released them, we all shed tears. My girls wanted their butterflies to stay in our yard. So we did a little research and discovered a few ways to not only keep our butterflies around our … [Read more...]

Butterfly Unit Study for Elementary Students

Spring time is here! Sunshine, warmth, and everything green. To welcome in spring, here is a unit study on butterflies as a way to introduce the concept of metamorphosis and dig a little deeper into an area of science that interests many children. Great Books on Butterflies  Choose several books to read. Then pick some butterfly activities to do together. Here are a few favorite butterfly books: From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Let's Read & Find Out Science, Stage 1) by Deborah … [Read more...]

Digital Science Online: A Science Media Library for Your Home {Review}

Science is an area in our homeschool that I do not feel very comfortable teaching. I never did well in science in school and therefore never enjoyed the subject. So I've had a difficult time committing to a science curriculum. Currently, we are reading through the First Animal Encyclopedia, but I felt like we needed more. Needless to say, when I had the opportunity to review an online educational science program from Visual Learning Systems, I jumped at the chance. Anything to help this … [Read more...]

Ladybugs Unit Study: Science for Preschoolers

*Did you know ladybugs go through metamorphosis like butterflies? I didn't. *Did you know ladybugs are actually beetles? I didn't. *Did you know their bright coloring tells birds not to eat them because they don't taste good? I didn't. These are just a few facts we learned from our recent preschool science project on ladybugs, which was inspired by Maureen of Spell Outloud's post "Spring Preschool Science Planning." As a mom of 7, Maureen knows how to homeschool a variety of ages, … [Read more...]