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Sensational Sunflowers: A Short Unit Study (E-Book) Review by Karen Yuen

The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC

To my surprise, there is much more to know about sunflowers than I ever imagined! This terrific little e-book unit study on Sensational Sunflowers turned out to be fun and educational for our entire family!

When the study is printed out, it includes stunning full-color photographs and wonderful ready-to-use notebooking pages! Our kids really enjoyed the copywork, which includes space for artwork. The copywork pages come in several different handwriting styles to accommodate preschoolers through late grammar school by having students either trace or copy manuscript or cursive. The information about growing our own sunflowers also explained how to prepare and eat our harvest. There are hyperlinks to articles, information, and photos throughout the study. Though it's exciting to see the large 20 foot sunflowers "spring up" in your garden, this study could be done any time during the year, with students growing smaller sunflower varieties indoors.

Sensational Sunflowers is quite a nice unit to include in a general year-long botany study because it can be completed is a fairly short time, or it can be broken up into sub-units and interspersed throughout your botany study. The simple science experiments are perfect for families with multi-age students, as the material can be easily adapted to accommodate many age levels simultaneously. The notebooking pages are nicely laid out, and multiple copies can be easily printed so that each student can record personal observations and learning activities independently. Also included in the back of the study are helpful Web page links where you can learn more about sunflowers, additional activities, and related crafts! The online resources utilized in creating this unit are also hyperlinked for older students to research.

A sample of Sensational Sunflowers can be viewed at, and it is available for purchase for only $4.95! Not only do I recommend this study, but after reviewing this unit I would encourage readers to consider other units published by The Old Schoolhouse. If TOS's other units are as well documented, designed, and laid out as this one, our family plans to use these short units often!

Product review by Karen Yuen, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, November 2010