As a homeschool mom, I love being able to find fun resources that my kids can use independently and with parent involvement. Our recent experience with the world’s most breathtaking rock collection was just that!
My kids were obsessed with it, but what I loved most was that the suggested activities took up varying amounts of time and parent-child interaction. A few of these my kids can do without me, which is nice on days when another kid needs help with another subject. There were also several projects that I happily participated in with my children.
Disclosure: I received the world’s most fascinating rock collection for free in exchange for a review. A positive review was not required. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I choose to only share the resources I would use with my own family and those that I believe other families will enjoy and benefit from.
Review of the world’s most amazing rock collection – what’s included
During her homeschooling journey, Kelli Hansen created the world’s most stunning rock collection. Noticing her son’s love of rocks, she created an introductory geology curriculum that would be fun and educational. Kelli has since died of cancer, but her passion for homeschooling lives on through this amazing kit.
The rock collection contains 12 rocks and minerals, practical projects and informational mini-study of individual rocks/minerals. Small unit studies are also fun and light learning. In our first lesson we learned all about petrified wood. We enjoyed the larger print next to the images. My kids kept saying things like “Wow! Mom! Did you know that [ …]”. It’s always such a homeschool WIN when your kids light up and get excited about something they’re learning. Both of my elementary school boys were equally excited about this kit and they are 7 and 9 years old.
Review of the most amazing rock collection in the world – Activities
Projects range from experiments to crafts as well as other papermaking activities. I like that some are quick and some are longer so you can choose based on the time frame you have that day.
A few examples of independent learning activities include art, crossword puzzles, fossil prints, and useful rocks that you can find around your home and neighborhood.
Some awesome activities that recommend adult help include:
- flower preservation
- volcano model
- fossil production
- sink or float
- DIY compass
- geode opening and
- make gold bag prospectors
Fun ways to incorporate The world’s most amazing rock collection for your homeschool
- Take it with you on vacation when you visit a geological landmark (cave, Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountains, etc.).
- Include in your curriculum when dealing with rocks and minerals or earth science. Opening the box is fun to start studying and building excitement!
- Go on a hike or nature walk and see if your child can identify other people of the same type or classification. This would be a great time to use a lesson on finding rocks around your home and neighborhood.
- Follow up on a museum visit or geology-related field trip with this handy kit.
The world’s most breathtaking rock collection benefits
The stones are a magnet for our young students. Many times we have found a small collection of stones in the windshield washer or cup holder in the car! Embrace that curiosity with The World’s Most Fascinating Rock Collection in your homeschool. This is what I like about the collection:
- A great homeschool keepsake that will last for years. One of the things my kids asked after our first lesson was, “Are we going to keep these rocks? They were so excited about them.
- Adaptable to your time limits. Some activities are as simple as a coloring book, others take more time. Some take about 20 minutes, while others can take several hours. Choose what suits you.
- The information is interesting and age appropriate.
- Great for independent students! Many of the activities are simple enough for your child to manage their learning. For each activity, it is indicated whether parental help should be needed or not.
- The activities clearly state what to expect and what other materials are needed from around the house. For example: “This hands-on activity needs a little help.”
- This is not a “one and done” kit. If you focus on weekly lessons and activities, you can easily use it for several months.
We hope you enjoy the world’s most fascinating rock collection as much as we do. It’s definitely one of those sets that we’ll continue to refer to and use throughout the year.
Other resources you may be interested in:
Volcano Resources for Homeschool
Celebrate Rock Collecting Day
Landforms Bundle by Onlypassionatecuriosity.com