Topic: Homeschool Product Review
You know that from time to time I divulge secrets about myself or my past. Some are serious, but most are fun. Well, I'm about to post another secret. Are you ready? Here it is. When I was young, I wanted to be a zoo keeper! Yep! It's true. Actually it was either a zoo keeper or a forest ranger. I loved the outdoors. I still do. Oh, I'm not an adventurous one that likes to go on 25 mile hikes to see a waterfall or anything like that, but I do like to be outdoors and be around nature. I am still fascinated by God's creation. That's why I was excited when I found out that we would be reviewing the Download-N-Go unit study, Terrific Tigers.
Now, I've told you in my past Download-N-Go reviews that the author, Amanda Bennett, has done a fantastic job writing these unit studies. But, there is just too much to do in the time they say you are to do it in! She recommends a week. In fact each Download-N-Go study is divided up into five days. The problem is that if you try to do even half of what she recommends it would take you forever. Terrific Tigers is no exception. There is just so much.
There's really too much to even try to include in a review. That's why I said a few reviews ago that I was going to try to focus on on aspect of these great unit studies in each review. In this post, I'm going to focus on the "Internet Resources" section that is included at the end of each days study.
Before I do, however, let me remind you of what is included in each one of these studies. As I mentioned before, each study is divided into five days. Each day highlights one aspect of the theme. For Terrific Tigers the five days are:
Day 1: What Is a Tiger?
Day 2: Getting to Know Tigers.
Day 3: Where Are the Tigers?
Day 4: The Science of Tigers.
Day 5: Cool Things About Tigers.
And let me tell you, each day is packed with information and fun. At the beginning of each day there are great informative videos. Some of the Terrific Tiger videos included clips of tiger cubs, tigers playing with monkeys, working with tigers and even one of a tiger and a little boy. Following the opening videos, there is more fun. Amanda Bennett does a great job of intermingling information and fill in the blank pages with fun stuff like coloring pages, word searches and other types of puzzles. And, remember, her studies cover every subject - social studies, science, math, language arts...you name it, it's covered somewhere in the week. And, don't forget that there is always a book list with lots of great books that you can check out. There is also a family fun suggestion at the end of each day, along with the section that I'm going to cover in this review, the "Internet Resources" section.
I don't know why I had never paid a whole lot of attention to the "Internet Resources" section at the end of each day. Maybe it was because there were so many internet sites intermingled in the information for each day. Or, maybe because there was so much information in each day to begin with, we never had time to cover even more. But, having said that, I really like having the extra stuff for a couple of different reasons.
One, there may be a child that really develops an interest in a topic because of doing that particular unit study. This section is a great starting point to find even more websites and information that have to do with that topic.
Two, I found that the extra resources came at the topic of Tigers from a lot of angles and included things for many different age groups. So, if you want to do this unit study with your whole family and they have a wide range of ages, then all you have to do is look in the "Internet Resources" section and pull from there. Have an older child interested in tigers? No problem. Have a toddler? No problem with him either. There is something in the "Internet Resources" section for everyone.
Some of the extra things included in Terrific Tigers were:
- Tiger Crafts
- Tiger Puzzles
- Great unusual information about tigers including information about some extinct tiger species
- And, my favorite, a website that you can go to and find tiger sounds
And all of this is on top of the great information that is included in the study. Amanda Bennett's Download-N-Go studies are just too much...and I mean too much! There is just too much to do. But, as I have said before, I would rather have too much than too little. You can always do the lighter stuff when the kids are younger, then redo the same unit steady a couple of years down the road using the heavier things. Don't you wish all unit studies were like that?
Anyway, by now you may be wondering how you can get this great product. Well, all of the Download-N-Go unit studies are available from The Old Schoolhouse (TOS) magazine's store. Just click here or on any of the hi-lighted links above to get to the Terrific Tiger page. This study, like the previous ones, is only $7.95. To get a list of all of the topics in the Download-N-Go series, just click here. And, finally, to find out more about what the other Download-N-Go reviewers thought about Terrific Tigers, click here. Happy home educating!
As a member of the TOS Download-N-Go review team I was sent a free download of Terrific Tigers in order to use and review on my blog.
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