Is your family on the move as much as ours? We find ourselves in the car quite a bit, going to appointments, therapies, Scouts, church and so on. There are days that school is something that we work in while on the road or sitting in waiting rooms. This makes traditional school almost impossible. That is why getting the opportunity to review the digital unit studies from Techie Homeschool Mom was such a blessing. We looked at Famous Inventors Online Unit Study. Here is what we found…
A Little Bit About Techie Homeschool Mom
Beth Napoli, the creator of Techie Homeschool Mom, is a fellow homeschooling mom. She knows what it is like to try and find great learning resources. When she does find quality resources, she also loves to share them. This is how Techie Homeschool Mom began. Although there are lots of unit studies to choose from, Review Crew families worked with the following options.
- Ancient Egypt Online Unit Study
- Ancient Greece Online Unit Study
- Famous Inventors Online Unit Study
- Ancient Rome Online Unit Study
- Famous Artists Online Unit Study (Vol. 1)
- Famous Artists Online Unit Study (Vol. 2)
- Solar System Online Unit Study
Our family worked specifically with Famous Inventors Online Unit Study, so we will focus on that unit study for this review.
A Little Bit About Famous Inventors Online Unit Study
Famous Inventors Online Unit Study covers 10 famous inventors from Archimedes to Steve Jobs. In fact, the inclusion of Steve Jobs as a famous inventor is what peaked my son’s interest in this study. He really likes the idea that someone that was living in our time was included.
Each unit covers one inventor and is broken down into lessons. The lessons contain links to various digital media such as web pages and videos. Every so often, there is a quiz to check learning. At the end of each unit, the student is encouraged to complete a project. Some of these projects are done completely online, while others will require common household supplies.
If you need documentation of your child’s work, please note that there is not a parent portal showing grades, time on assignments or other data. If you need this, you may wish to take screen prints as documentation or use the projects as proof of completion. The course does show what percentage has been completed.
A nice feature for those that may like to take ownership of their learning, is the asynchronous set up. Students have the ability to choose the order of the lessons. They can even skip parts that aren’t relevant to them. And for those that need extra time completing schoolwork, there is no time limit. You have access to the courses you purchase for as long as you wish.
How We Used The Product
My son would spend about an hour a day, 2-3 times per week working through the course. He completed all of the links, quizzes and comment questions. There were a few projects we skipped until summer, when we have more time. Because the course is asynchronous, it will be easy to revisit these areas when we get the chance.
He did choose to complete one of the projects (making a parachute), which he had fun with. If you are looking for a way to recycle old plastic grocery bags, then this project is for you. Kids are encouraged to create a parachute using plastic bags. Below you can see a video of his final creation. There were quite a few prototypes before the one you get to see.
I don’t get to say this very often, but with Famous Inventors Online Unit Study, my son actually would ask to complete lessons after school. Each lesson is inviting, colorful and engaging. For a kid who does not like science or history, finding something that peaked his interest is really fun.
Seth (age 13)
“What I really like about this course is the layout of the lessons. The projects are fun but they are definitely for older kids (eleven and up). A lot of the projects are more difficult for younger kids. The stuff they wanted me to do for the Archimedes project took a whole day and there was lots of stuff to gather. My favorite inventor so far would be Leonardo Di Vinci where I got to learn about his life, his paintings and his inventions.”
“This unit study is very well put together and easy to use. Any child who has spent five minutes around technology will be pretty independent with most of the activities. I love that the student can select what they want to cover each day, as this matches our style of learning. The only suggestion I can make for improvement would be a way to track what my child has been doing during his study time. Maybe parents could be sent an email with a copy of the comments or a link to the quiz questions and student answers. Overall, we really liked this unit study, and plan to use more studies in the future.”
Review Crew Thoughts…
You don’t have to take our word for it though. Other Review Crew families have also been working hard to bring you a great review. Each family worked with a different unit study, so I highly recommend you check all of them out. To do so, simply click on the link below.