Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A Review of Creation Illustrated

We are big fans of unit studies in our house because they give so many options for levels of study and the school subjects covered.  They can be quick mini-studies or they can be longer and take a few weeks to complete.  There is a lot of flexibility in unit studies that really fit our homeschool style.  This is why we were intrigued to receive two Nature Unit Studies and access to the accompanying magazines from Creation Illustrated to review recently.
Winter 2018, Vol. 24, No. 4, Creation Illustrated, Created
Fall 2017, Vol. 24, No. 3
Creation Illustrated is a new company to me even though it has been around for 25 years, so of course I wanted to know more about them.  This company is ran by Tom and Jennifer Ish, who are not strangers to homeschooling since they homeschooled their daughter.  It is a Christian company that focuses on sharing the wonders of God's creation through the publication of their quarterly magazine.  This magazine is full of articles, pictures, character building lessons, and more.  It is available both in print and digital versions.  Not only do they publish Creation Illustrated magazine, they have also created unit studies to go along with their magazines so you can take your child's learning a step further and fully use the magazine.
Creation Illustrated Unit Study Snow
For this review we received a Snow Unit Study and the Winter '18 Digital Edition of Creation Illustrated that accompanies it.  We chose to work through this study first because Little Miss loves snow.  She wanted to learn what it was all about.  After downloading the unit study, I opened it up to see what it was all about.  I was very impressed to see how thoroughly this unit study was put together.  It includes reading resources for articles pertaining to snow and optional educational videos with the links included.  Then it went right in to the work for learning all about snow.  It included work for Language Arts, Bible,  Science, Geography, Math, and Art.  There were also activities for making paper snowflakes and an igloo.  There was even photography tips for getting good pictures of snowflakes.  Next we sat down and read through the first article about snow.  We read "The Intricacy of Snow" from the Creation Illustrated Winter 2018 digital magazine.  As we were digitally flipping through the pages of the magazine to find the right article, we saw several other articles we wanted to read from this issue and the gorgeous pictures.  Not only does this issue of the magazine include several articles about snow, it also includes an article about working dogs which Little Miss, my animal lover, thought was awesome.  It also includes articles on gardening, life in Alaska, recipes, a fantastic article on Creation, and lots of other articles.  It even includes some study guide questions for review of the entire magazine.  The magazine articles were simple enough for my 9 year old to read, but jam packed full of good information that made me want to read them too.  We finally got back around to that article about "The Intricacy of Snow."  I had Little Miss read it aloud.  Then I had her start working her way through the rest of the unit study.  I had her do some of the work in a notebook, like the writing assignment and defining the vocabulary.  For other work I printed off the specific pages she needed.  It would have been too confusing to have her just write the answers in her notebook for those pages because they had multiple blanks.  You could just print off the whole unit study, but I wanted to save some paper and ink so I did a combination.  I had my 4th grader work though a little bit of the unit study each day and she completed it in about 3 weeks.  It gave her a chance not only to learn about snow and how it is made, it helped her think about it being part of God's Creation and had her learn about snow using the Bible too and what God's Word says about snow.  As a Christian parent, I appreciate that this unit study does have a Biblical view.
Creation Illustrated Unit Study Pine Trees
We also received a Pine Trees Unit Study and the Fall '17 Digital Edition of Creation Illustrated that accompanies it to review.  I have been looking through it while Little Miss finished the snow study.  The magazine article "Enduring Pine Tree" is a great explanation of the pine tree and how God specifically created them with unique features.  There are also many other articles in this magazine that captured my attention like the ones on the Eclipse and the article on the Grand Canyon.  There are also articles I know that Little Miss will love like the Kangaroo Care article and the name article.  The unit study covers Language Arts, Geography, Math, Art, Science, and Bible.  I am excited for Little Miss to learn that there are pine trees in the Bible and why God made them have such unique characteristics.  I think she will also really enjoy this unit study.
Little Miss loved drawing all the different snowflake shapes for the Snow Unit Study.
Overall we have really enjoyed the unit studies and digital magazines from Creation Illustrated.  They unit studies are very through and the magazines are extremely educational.  The unit studies are recommended for grades 5-8 and Little Miss did need a little extra help to find what she needed to read to find answers to the unit study  It was still a good fit for her being close to the end of 4th grade.  I truly appreciated the Biblical view of the magazines and unit studies.  I would recommend checking out all their unit studies they have to offer and their magazine would be a wonderful gift for any nature lover.  They just released their Spring '18  magazine which you can learn more about by clicking here.  You can learn more about Creation Illustrated at their website as well as on Facebook and Twitter.  You can learn about the unit studies they offer by clicking here.  You can also see how my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew used these unit studies by clicking on the banner below.
Creation Illustrated Unit Studies {Creation Illustrated Reviews}

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