Wildlife Adventures With a Sea Turtle Unit Study From Adventure Homeschool

My younger girls love animals, so we take every opportunity we can to do animal unit studies. I recently saw the Wildlife Adventure unit studies from Adventure Homeschool. These are downloadable unit studies that can be used to involve the whole family in learning. All of the studies can be used over time to create a nice notebook that features all the different animals. The girls and I recently had the opportunity to review the Sea Turtles Unit Study. The study is a download that can be used by all family members. It includes Bible, spelling, history, vocabulary, and science.


About the Study

The Sea Turtle Unit Study is sixty-five pages long. I chose to read the study from my computer and only print the necessary pages as we came to them. I did the study with my younger girls- 5th and 6th grade.

The study itself isn’t divided into days. There is a suggested daily schedule at the beginning that will allow you to complete the unit in three days, covering all of the pages in the study and allowing days four and five for completing any activities or planning field trips.


The study has a variety of activities for students of varying ages.

  • Bible and handwriting work which allows students to copy verses (There are manuscript or cursive options.)
  • Reading about the sea turtles
  • A compare/contrast chart
  • A grammar lesson, complete with a website where students can practice
  • Internet links to learn about each type of sea turtle, as well as materials to make a lapbook page with mini books of each turtle. Because we weren’t doing this study as part of the complete Wildlife Adventures, we did the page on cardstock and punched holes to put it in our science notebooks.
  • Vocabulary words to be matched to a definition
  • A creative writing assignment with choices for younger students or older
  • Spelling words to copy and write from memory, as well as a word search with the words
  • A phonics less with the “ur” sound for younger kids
  • Information about the sea turtle life cycle and scientific classification as well as a notebooking page that allows students to record this information to keep
  • Geography study that involves mapping where sea turtles live and learning some geography terms
  • A study on the state of Mississippi
  • A historical profile of Ulysses S. Grant
  • Links to sea turtle videos and coloring sheets


Our Experience and Thoughts

The girls and I worked through this study as our science curriculum. Although there are definitely other academic disciplines covered, we were most interested in learning about sea turtles. I read the included information aloud and let the girls take turns following the internet links included so that we could read those together and learn more. The girls enjoyed learning about the types of sea turtles in detail and finding out more interesting facts about sea turtles.

There were a few things I really enjoyed about this unit study and a few things that didn’t work as well for us. I really love the hands-on activities in the study. My girls respond well to those, and we enjoy them. I also like the balance of information that is directly written in the text and links to look up information online. I also appreciated that, although there was a suggested schedule, the study is flexible enough to be used however it fits the family best.


There were two things that stood out to me as negatives. Although the information about the study says it can be used with the whole family, I would definitely say students as old as high school would feel most of the content and activities “too young.” I have high schoolers, and I don’t think this would be as good a fit for them. Because some of the activities have an easier version and a harder version- such as the cursive or manuscript writing choice or the creative writing assignment- I think the study could effectively be used through upper elementary or early middle school age. It was still an okay fit for my sixth grader who enjoys hands-on activities. The other thing that struck me was that, although this is considered a unit study, there are sections that seem to aim to teach something, but it doesn’t go along with the study at all. The grammar study uses the words “swim,” “swam,” and “swum,” but otherwise it doesn’t really fit. And the studies of Mississippi and Ulysses Grant, while educational, don’t seem to fit the topic of sea turtles.

Despite these negatives, I enjoy the hands-on approach to learning. And my girls have really enjoyed getting a closer look at sea turtles with some of the activities we’ve done and information that we read. The lapbooking activity was one of our favorites.


You can learn more about the Wildlife Adventures Unit Studies here. And you can find the Sea Turtles Unit Study here.

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this unit study in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.


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Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. Her days are filled with being a mom, homemaker, and teacher. In her (very rare) free time, she enjoys blogging, reading, and reviewing books and curricula. These days she’s learning the joys of being a mom of teens. You can read about her family and homeschooling life at As We Walk Along the Road.

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Top Ten Wednesday: Best Homeschool Nature & Field Trip Blogs 2014


Do you manage to work field trips into your homeschool plans on a regular basis?  What about nature studies?  If you want some inspiration, check out this week’s list of blogs!

Each week we will be highlighting the Top Ten Bloggers from each category of the 2014 Homeschool Blog Awards. We understand the hard work that is involved in running a successful blog. Kudos to all who were nominated, all who made the top ten, and to our winners!

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This week we are highlighting the 2014 Best Homeschool Nature & Field Trip Blogs!

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Have cabin fever? Looking to get OUT and see the world – sketch it, research it, photograph it? Who inspires you to take the kids out and enjoy Creation? Who makes you scratch your head in wonder while showing you all the fascinating things they have discovered outdoors?

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Campfires and Cleats was the winner this year!

Top Ten 2014 Homeschool Nature & Field Trip Blogs

In no particular order:

Chestnut Grove Academy

Our Life’s Adventures

Adventures in Childrearing

Creekside Learning

Our Journey Westward

Handbook of Nature Study

Petra School

Learning with Boys

Starry Sky Ranch


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I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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5 Ideas for Gardening Fun with Kids


Guest post by Wren from finchnwren.com.

Have you ever considered that gardening is a wondrous way to introduce your children to the miracles of God’s creation—and family fun?

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We’ve been a gardening family for 4 years, when a friend gifted us with a small raised garden bed and soil. We purchased zucchini and yellow squash seeds, and were astonished at the harvest! Since then, our garden has expanded every year, with great rewards. And involving your kids in gardening is amazing on so many levels. Here are 5 of my favorite ways…and don’t forget, you can create unit studies out of all of these!

1. Choosing Seeds

Taking your children to the garden center to choose the season’s seeds is the perfect way to start. Seeing the seeds and the potential through their eyes can help us step way out of our comfort zones.

5 Ideas for Fun Gardening With Kids ~ Choosing Seeds

This is a moment where your vision and dreams for your summer garden can run wild. This year, we picked old favorites and brand new ones, like the mouthwatering mini-watermelon seeds! Of course, you’ve got to keep in mind the length of your growing season, but if you watch the planting dates for your region and stick to that, you can still reap a great and varied harvest.

We’re starting most of our garden from seed this year, and we’re planting beets, basil, zucchini; summer squash, sugar snap peas, and carrots; garlic, watermelon, cucumbers. We’ll be buying tomatoes to put in later once the freeze warnings are over.

2. Creating a Garden Plan

This year, we’re trying square foot gardening. We have 3 raised beds, plus two large containers to work with. I discovered that with square foot gardening, I can plant a LOT, simply by dividing our beds into 12” squares. For example, did you know that you can plant 16 radish plants in one square foot? Or 16 carrots? Or, 8 sugar snap pea plants? My son made a planting guide for our large raised bed in Paint. Great way to combine art and gardening!

5 Ideas for Fun Gardening With Kids ~ Make a Garden Plan

Your raised bed can yield so much more than you’ve ever imagined, if square foot gardening is new to you. You just need a bed plus wooden slats to place across it in grids, to segment all your square foot spaces. It is fun AND exciting!

3. Birds & Bees

There are some insects whose presence is integral to a garden’s success. And others which might not be as necessary, but will still add value and health. Bees, of course, are vital for pollination. I have several beds which run along our fences that are planted with bee-friendly plants. What’s even better is that they bloom over the course of the summer, so that the bees always have flowers to visit.

Russian sage is super-low maintenance, and bees swarm ours every summer. Our peonies don’t last quite as long, but their sticky nectar and heavy fragrance draw the bees beautifully. Last summer, I needed a little extra on one side of our garden, so I planted catmint. It’s very pleasing to the little pollinators as well. You can also try bee balm, lavender, basil, mint….just Google “plants bees love” and see what will work in your area!

One of our summer joys is watching the hummingbirds in our backyard. Did you know that hummingbirds also do some pollination? I was pretty surprised at this, but I know they love the Russian sage and find our tomato cages a wonderful perch. You can find inexpensive hummingbird feeders at your local discount stores, and make your own nectar at home. (Just heat 1 part granulated sugar with 4 parts water over medium heat til sugar dissolves. Let cool, then pour into feeder.)

5 Ideas for Fun Gardening With Kids ~ Hummingbird


4. Creating and Cooking

We know that kids who grow their own vegetables are much more likely to eat vegetables than those who don’t. I don’t know if your children are veggie-lovers or not, but how cool would it be to create and cook recipes with your kiddos, right out of your garden? We’ve made zucchini pizza rounds, zucchini-tomato gratin, zucchini breads and cakes, squash casserole, stir-fried beef with sugar snap peas…the list is endless! And that’s not including just eating veggies out of hand. My son even created a pasta and squash recipe several years ago that we still eat, which you can find here:  “Jackson’s Amazing Fettucine with Sauteed Squash and Parmesan


5 Ideas for Fun Gardening With Kids ~ Cooking

5. Sprouting

This is more of an indoor activity than an outdoor, but our family loves growing sprouts. This time, not to plant…but just to eat! Sprouts are a wonderful snack, and make a lively addition to sandwiches and salads as well. We have a kitchen seed sprouter, but you can sprout with just a mason jar! My son loves these and I love the fabulous antioxidants and fiber they provide. We’re currently sprouting alfalfa, radish and clover.

5 Ideas for Fun Gardening With Kids ~ Sprouts

There’s so much to love about backyard gardening. You can do it even if you have a teeny tiny space. And involving your family in it…priceless!
How do you involve your family in your gardening? This summer, Kemi from Homemaking Organized http://www.homemakingorganized.com/ and I are hosting a garden linky! Come and link up at Garden Party!


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Wren blogs with her sister Finch at finchnwren.com. She and her husband met on the mission field and still love hearing about God’s work around the world. Wren has homeschooled their only son since the beginning. They love family fun, the beach and great comic book heroes.

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