Title: The Curiosity Files: Cicada-Killing Wasps
Type of Product: Unit study for ages 8-13
Physical Description: 88-page e-file
Available At: The Old Schoolhouse Store
List Price: $6.95; available right now for $1.00. Also available as part of The Curiosity Files 9-Pack Bundle CD for $49.00.
The Curiosity Files are a series of fun unit studies on “outlandish oddities” found in “God’s wild and way-out-there creation.”
The Cicada-Killing Wasp study in this series provides an overview of “Everything You Never Wanted to Know” about cicada-killing wasps in a fun interview style. Complete with full-color illustrations and a test-what-you’ve-learned quiz at the end, you and your kids are bound to know more than you thought possible about the subject!
The unit includes a Bible study, math, geography, cooking, art, crafts, language, vocabulary, spelling, games, copywork, history, and an in-the-lab section for outdoor exploration. Most of the material is adaptable for multiple ages, with some sections replicated for upper versus lower grades.
Cicadas are insects. Cicada-killing wasps are insects, too. I liked graphing where they live. I liked painting ovals like wasps make oval chambers. Larva are gross. I like studying about different kinds of insects. I showed all my friends my wasp paper nest, which isn’t a burrow like the cicada-killing wasps make.
Wow - I don't think I've done such a thoroughly-prepared unit study before. From graphing where wasps live on a graph “yard”, to tracking how we spend our time each day (as compared to wasps), to singing “I’m a Little Cicada-Killing Wasp” (think “I’m a Little Teapot”), to puzzles and coloring pages and language lessons and a host more interactive activities, there was WAY more to this than just a study of a solitary little insect.
One of the things I enjoyed most was learning alongside my daughter. This isn’t a subject I knew about, and I was fascinated with the different types of insect-eating wasps and their life cycles. I’ve spent too much time avoiding yellow jackets to enjoy the diversity of wasp life, I guess!
I also appreciated the Christian perspective. In addition to a life-application Bible study, the copywork (both in print and cursive) introduced Bible texts that referred to wasp family-members.
There were plenty of resources listed for additional study, and we’ve been reading and watching about insects to give Esmé a frame of reference for the cicada-killing wasps.
For $1.00, this absolutely is a terrific value.
Got nothing for you. Except I kind of wish I had a houseload of kids so we could get the full benefit of the entire study.
Thanks to The Old Schoolhouse for the review copy of this product.