This blog is my attempt to document our busy but BLESSED lives raising and educating our children for His glory. A child of God, wife to one, and mom to 6 fabulous kids. We are in our 15th year of homeschooling using a Classical ~ Literature based approach.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

TOS Review ~ Curiosity Files: Zombie Fire Ants


We were given the opportunity to choose a unit study from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Store’s new series called  The Curiosity Files.


My curiosity was peaked just from reading the 9 selections available.

We ended up choosing Zombie Fire Ants, because yes, we love bugs; um NO, but my thinking was that maybe we can start appreciating God’s creatures if we weren't such scaredy cats.  Each of these new Science based Unit Studies are designed for 8-13 year olds, but they can easily be adapted for younger kids too.


Each of the units includes:

•Bible study and memory verses
•Math, history, and geography investigations
•Literature and suggested book list
•Writing, spelling, and vocabulary activities
•Beautiful copywork pages (manuscript and cursive)
•Science observations, projects, and experiments
•Discussion questions
•Art, crafts, drawing, and coloring pages
•Lapbook and notebook pages
•Internet resources and video links
•Complete answer key

We jumped right in with Professor Anna Lyze  and her research team as they led us through obscure, abnormal, and sometimes quite bizarre facts all the while learning interesting and fun lessons. The hands on activities, puzzles, quizzes, and games of each of the Curiosity Files are presented in The PDF format, so an adobe reader is required for viewing and printing.



Zombie Fire Ants will keep everyone intrigued and answering questions like these:

  • What is God’s plan for controlling the number of fire ants?
  • When out of control, how can scientists restore balance to the natural world?
  • What’s so special about phorid flies, and how do they fit into the ant equation?
  • Okay, so how does a fire ant morph from a hard-working colony participant into a zombie-like creature?
  • If regular fire ants cause havoc, why create a zombie version?
  • Does history tell us anything important?
  • What can we grasp from the Bible?

Is your interest peaked?  Do you want to test out one of these awesome titles for your family? The Curiosity Files are available for purchase in a 9-Pack CD-Rom bundle for $49.00 or as part of the downloadable 9-pack of E-Books for $46.00.   Each Unit Study may be purchased individually, but prices can change from month to month.  Right now you can get 4 of the titles for just $1.00 each, WOOZERS!!!  That is a steal of a price that you just can’t pass up!

We thoroughly enjoyed our study of the Zombie Fire Ants and can’t wait to dive into our other four titles that we purchased. Way to go The Old Schoolhouse for providing unit studies that not only have you learning but are fun too! To find out what other members of the crew thought, click here.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2010-2011 Crew and as such received a copy of Zombie Fire Ants in exchange for a thorough and honest review.  Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews.  The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided .


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