Paddington Bear - Picture Book Explorers is a picture book based unit study that is meant to accompany the picture book Paddington Bear by Michael Bond. It is meant to be used with elementary aged children through the age of 10.
If you are not familiar with literature based unit studies, they are very easy to use. As a parent, you simply read the story daily with your child and the unit study helps you to highlight various educational opportunities that are within the storybook that you are reading. It really is a relaxed approach to learning for both the child and the parent.
In Paddington Bear - Picture Book Explorer literature unit study, children are introduced to topics such as migration, science experiments, grammar/writing activities, geography/map reading studies and even math related activities. It includes all subjects in a 5 day study.
When you first open up your PDF download from Branch Out World, it is broken down into suggested activities for each day during your study. Each day you are to read the picture book with your student, and then go through the suggested activities. I really liked the Parent suggestions at the beginning of the file. Suggestions on how to make the best progress through were given, including information if you decide to do it over a longer period than five days. There was even information included on how to keep records for your child's portfolio as you make your way though the literature study. Extra book suggestions, and a supply list of what you will need for each day is also included. This helps you to be ahead of the game and not scrambling for a library book or even a can of shave cream when you are working your way though each day.
Each day you as the parent/teacher literally can follow along each days activities, after you read the book with your child. Everything is laid and and the majority of the work has been done for you!!
Some of the suggestions for geography include finding locations on the globe and even having a printed map of those countries in a small folder/binder, which in turn also serves as a record of your "travels" for your child's portfolio. There are also lapbook pieces included that you can print for your child to fill out, and worksheets and maps also. Like I mentioned above....the majority of the work has been done for you already!
Various art activities are included, including drawing suggestions and terminology. I considered the architecture section to be art. I actually learned a lot that day about all the different styles. Instead of just pointing and saying I like that, now I actually know that each style has a name! Such as Quoins.....who knew that's what the beautiful brick style on the corner were called.
The yeast/bubbles science experiment was fun also!
Caty absolutely loved going through this study, and it gave us a break from the regular book work. In fact, this study has worked out so well with her, that I plan on ordering a few more to work with her own and give her a more relaxed school year due to her anxiety issues.
Due to this relaxed approach helping Caty so much, I highly recommend checking out the other studies put together by Branch Out World. I know that we'll be taking advantage of them over this next year!
Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review Paddington Bear from Branch Out World. Click on the link below to see how they feel about these literature studies and how they used them in their homes.