[I was compensated for my time reviewing this product and writing this review.]
Kendall Hunt Publishing produces rigorous units of study, among other products, that help develop critical thinking skills.
I am a former gifted support middle school teacher. As I gathered materials for this school year, I was happy to recognize a resource I used in the classroom perfect for authentic problem based learning at home.
The opportunity to use this high quality curriculum in my own home gave me a thrill.
Authentic Problem Solving
Bringing learning to life is one of the many stellar benefits of homeschool. Two years ago when we studied Ancient Egypt and Greece, my kids became enamored with artifacts from that time. We visited museums, read lots of non-fiction, and watched many documentaries. When you provide a wide variety of experiences, learning happens naturally.
Just this past spring my kids discovered National Geographic magazine. Their great grandmother is happy to share her collection with them. They spend hours looking through old issues and wandering around to various people to share pictures or facts with them.
I wanted a way to bring these two loves together: science and history-and present it in a way that was relevant and innovative.
What a Find! Analyzing Natural and Cultural Systems
The opportunity to get my happy little hands on a resource that brought together their love of history, and science, discoveries and archaeology (or as my 5 year old says, “digging in the dirt to find cool stuff”) was a match made in homeschool heaven.
In the unit What a Find! Analyzing Natural and Cultural Systems, my kids explored archaeology in a novel way through puzzling out a real life problem as a newly hired museum archaeologist (or rather, team of archaeologists).
The curriculum takes learners on a fun kind of treasure hunt to eventually solve a problem with a research based solution through hands on, creative lessons.
This is everything I love about powerful learning opportunities because Kendall Hunt Publishing has created a unit that is:
One of our favorite activities was a simulated archaeological dig where we learned to map an archaeological site, dug to uncover artifacts and noted what we found and where we found it.
The 4 year old is still trying to figure out how all the treasures she found came from…
Kendall Hunt Publishing: Benefits to Homeschoolers
While these resources and units of study are created for gifted learners, homeschool parents are masters at tweaking excellent curriculum to personalize learning for our kids. This is no different. Although designed for grades 2-4, I found with the variety of activities and critical thinking exercises, my group of three was able to grasp concepts at their own level.
Because the learning is innovative and hands on, children have no problem with “buy in”. They loved immersing themselves into the role of museum archaeologist, finding evidence to support their stance and sharing their findings with the museum directors (ahem…their parents).
This unit would be perfect for co-ops. Why?
- It is planned for you, a big help when leading learning groups.
- Work can be shared in the group setting while research can take place at home.
- All styles and levels of learning come together to solve a problem.
- It is expansive; this resource is not light on ideas, activities or tie-ins.
Kendall Hunt Publishing has created engaging units designed to allow students to work on real life problems, perform experiments and hands-on learning, and evaluate solutions. Your children will enjoy grappling with the science of systems and archaeology in a unique and powerful way. For families that enjoy solving problems together and innovative learning, these resources can’t be beat!