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We are not normally unit study people, but Creation Illustrated offered us a chance to check out a couple of their unit studies. Since we would be in northern California near pine tree paradise for a couple weeks, we took them up on the offer to study their Pine Trees Unit Study. Others checked out the Snow Unit Study, but after spending Christmas in a travel trailer in Wisconsin this year, we’re on snow overload.
- Reading Resources which the students will need to complete the study–it’s all available online or through the Creation Illustrated website, and you won’t have to buy anything.
- Educational Videos–everything I just said for the last point.
- Vocabulary & Spelling
- Bible Study
- Writing & Penmanship
- Teacher’s Answer Keys
How did we use it?
My twelve-year-old sixth grader and my nine-year-old third grader worked through the unit study independently in two weeks. It replaced their history and writing assignments, but we kept going with their math, music, Bible, lit, and science.
Did you catch that? They worked through it independently…with the following adjustments:
I didn’t have my third grader do the math. It was beyond her level.
They both had some questions about the Bible section–that was tricky, due in part to translation differences.
They skipped the puzzle because printing is evil, and it was tricky to do a crossword puzzle without printing it out. Printing is evil. (My husband and brother-in-law just made our printing situation a bit better, so I may change my mind on the evil levels of printing–time will tell, but for now, it remains fully evil.) The snow study can be done equally as well without printing–the students will only be missing the crossword puzzle.
What did I think?
I was highly impressed with the level of knowledge my kids gained on this topic working independently, willingly, and happily. I watched the videos and read some of the articles for my own personal…what’s the word…getting-betterment. That’s not the word. But they learned significantly more thanks to completing the entire program.
They accomplished it in two weeks–it could easily be spread out to a month if you want two or three studies to do over the summer.
I like how the study taught about nature with a Biblical worldview and sent the kids into Scripture.
I also appreciated how the information the kids learned could be applied to our travels! The (now second) oldest Bristlecone Pine, Methuselah, was only a couple hours away from our route the day we learned about it, and has been added to our bucket list for next time we’re in the Sierra Nevadas. The variety of pines and the conditions they grow in have become “scavenger hunts” for our travels.
We did have some technological trouble–we couldn’t get the links to work from the Kindle Fire or the iPad, but they worked fine from the laptop. When the kids needed to watch something on YouTube, we streamed it through our Roku box to the TV or cast from the computer. When they needed to read something from a link, they used the laptop. If they were only working on projects, they used the tablets and a notebook–a notebook, you understand, being paper and a pencil. Some more technologically advanced homeschool reviewers told me how I could make it work from a Kindle or iPad, but all I understood was, “Hi Christy, … I hope that helps.”
I found the snow study even more fascinating, despite my current aversion to anything under 58 degrees. I especially loved the drawing section where the student uses a guide to identify and draw snowflakes, as well as the spiritual application page.
I believe the Creation Illustrated unit studies are a great product for roadschoolers who want a study that can be applied to the landscape or wildlife they’re experiencing at the time (as well as stationary homeschoolers or traditional schoolers on summer break who want something fun and different to work on for a bit). It was hands-off enough for me to not get stressed, and the kids to experience the self-satisfaction that comes from working independently. It applied Biblical study logically without being a stretch, and it was entirely devoid of evolution. Now off to study snow!
Edification! That’s the word I was thinking of! Getting-betterment? Seriously?
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