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NorthStar Educational Explorations Dirt: Dig In Review

Disclaimer: Complimentary product received. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

What’s Included?

The NorthStar Educational Explorations Dirt: Dig In unit study is digital download available for $9.00. Dirt: Dig In is a learning adventure which features activity guides, writing prompts, engaging information and graphics about soil, and so much more. The unit study itself is 27 pages and is designed to be used for 2-4 weeks.

Our Experience

My kids love playing in dirt, which is why I jumped at the chance to review the NorthStar Educational Explorations Dirt: Dig In unit study. At first glance, I was impressed with the quality of the featured photos and graphics. All of the information is presented in a clear and concise way, that did not feel overwhelming. The unity study highlights several books and videos to help expand your child’s knowledge about soil.

We decided to purchase one of the books from the reading list titled, Under Your Feet: Soil, Sand, and Everything Underground. This particular book is highlighted as the Guidebook for this unity study, which is absolutely appropriate. We love Under Your Feet so much and my kids still pick it up to read even though we are done with the unit study. The book pairs very well with the material in the unit study, and offers even more information that will leave kids fascinated by the ground underneath them.

Now, let’s talk about the activities. As mentioned previously, my kids love playing in the dirt. But, with the activities from the Dirt: Dig In unit study their dirt play was much more structured and intentional. My kids were able to learn a great deal through play and making mud balls, soil cakes, and mud paintings. They learned about what makes up soil, soil texture, the various uses of soil, and why it is so important to the overall ecosystem and their lives. Each activity that we worked on led to a discussion that made my kids want to learn even more about soil.

August getting all of his “ingredients” together to make a soil cake
August and Axel forming their mud balls

Final Thoughts

Overall, I was incredibly impressed with the Dirt: Dig In unit study by NorthStar Educational Explorations. It is a fun and thorough study of soil that allows children (and adults alike) to become more knowledgeable about something that we often take for granted. This is a great unit study that I definitely recommend purchasing for your homeschool. Plus, NorthStar Educational Explorations is currently running a Spring sale where you can get 30% off any order with code SPRING2022! So, run (not walk) on over to their website!

August and Axel mixing soil with water and sugar to get the perfect texture for their mud painting

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