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Sometimes in our homeschool, we need a break from our regular schedule. But during that break, I still want to make sure the kids are learning. This is when I love to check out unit studies to help us, and Creation Illustrated gives us that.
We had the chance to take a break and take a look at the Snow Unit Study for this review. This is geared towards grades 3-8, and we used it with Ray Ray and Little Miss, 3rd and 1st grade with no major issues. I made a few minor adjustments for Little Miss, but she still walked away learning a lot from this unit study!
What Is It
This is a PDF unit study in the simplest of forms. You will need the unit study itself, the Winter ’18 Digital Edition of the Creation Illustrated Magazine and access to the internet. These three things will give you everything you need, but there is a list of optional Educational Videos and books for extra reading if you wanted to add more to your learning.
Through this unit study, you will be given a chance to learn about snow in all the core subjects as well as character building skills. This is something that I love to see in a unit study.
How We Used It
We were not given any guidance on a schedule for this unit study at all. This is good and bad in my opinion. I am one that loves to know what to do and when, and with four kids and a husband at home, this is something that makes it easier for me. However, at the same time, I am able to go through this unit study and see what we could feasibly do each day with the current day at hand. I didn’t have to feel like I was falling behind, as long as we were doing something each day.
While I love having my hands on things as we learn, we were given the digital copy of the magazine that we needed for this review, so we used this with no issue. And at the same time, we were able to gather around and read the other online resources that were provided for us to read to complete our worksheets.
As we read through the readings that were provided for us, we were able to take those a step farther with vocabulary and penmanship exercise to start with, I liked starting with these to make sure the kids understood the main words. After that, we jumped around a little bit between the Bible Study, Art, Math, Science, and Geography. We finished up our study with the fun word search puzzle and paper snowflake making activity. There was also an activity to photograph a snowflake, but we did not do this, as it wasn’t snowing while we did the unit study. However, we will be doing that over the next few days when we are expected to get another 8+ inches of snow…in April…I am not happy!
Since there was no guide on when to do what, we were able to work on this unit study over a two week time period. I could see us spreading this out for a month if we wanted to dig deeper into each area, but with the younger group as the focus for this review, two weeks was all we needed.
What We Thought
The kids loved putting their books away for two weeks and doing fun things. Please don’t tell them that these fun things were actually educational! I won’t be able to do this again if they find out my secret.
We were hitting a rut, and I didn’t want to struggle with the kids, so this review came at the right time for us, even though we weren’t getting fresh snow at the time, learning about the snow we had gotten was something that I didn’t have to argue about.
Our favorite part of this unit study was the chance to draw the different snowflake shapes. The kids were amazed as too how many different shapes there actually were when it comes to snowflakes. While in the big picture they all look the same, when you take the time to pay attention to them, they are all just as unique as the people in the world. This was a huge eye-opener for the kids, and I loved watching them see this.
To go along with the Snow Unit Study, Creation Illustrated also has a Pine Trees unit study. This unit study uses the Fall ’17 Digital Edition of Creation Illustrated. As the snow melts, I look forward to taking another break from our curriculum and learning about pine trees using this study! This is set up in basically the same way as the snow study, including the core subjects in fun ways.
If you and your kids are looking for a great way to take a break from your regular homeschool schedule, I would recommend checking the unit studies from Creation Illustrated. Check out what other review members had to say about this and the Pine Trees unit study right here: