(This post contains affiliate links.) Elementary Astronomy Unit Study The study of astronomy with my 7 and 10 year old children was surprisingly fascinating! As usual, we used bits and pieces of this and that, with lots of living literature, a field trip and projects to learn tons about our solar system. I hope you […]
We've used A LOT of curriculum over the years. Really good curriculum, mind you. But, when it comes to history and science in the elementary and middle school years, nothing has quite matched the success of unit studies in our homeschool.
The reasons? SO much learning can take place in a reasonable amount of time. We can read wonderful living literature, take amazing field trips, and include as many (or as few) hands-on projects as we like. We can include whatever lessons from other subjects that we like - research, writing, experiments, cooking, art, poetry - the possibilities are endless.
Unit studies can be fully planned from the beginning or flow based on your students' interests. They are wonderful to use with project-based learning. And, best of all, they can easily be used with multiple ages. In the articles that follow, you'll find several unit study plans, how-to's for creating your own unit studies, tutorials for project-based learning, and tips for successful interest-based studies. Have fun!
(This post contains affiliate links.) The Lesson Ideas Studying the Middle Ages is so much fun! And, it really keeps the attention of my children with all the excitement of knights and castles and such. To keep our unit to six weeks, I pulled the best-of-the best hands-on ideas from the two reference books below. […]
(This post contains affiliate links.) The Main Lessons Our Kentucky unit study was mostly worksheet-based, with final projects being research-based. Why did this hands-on, literature-based momma choose to use worksheets?? Well first, I wanted the unit to be fairly quick. Second, my oldest has covered this topic before at co-op, so it just made more […]
(This post contains affiliate links.) Westward Expansion Unit Study Our time spent learning about pioneers and the Westward Expansion was so full, fun and meaningful. As with most of our unit studies, this one was very literature-rich and included a healthy portion of project-based learning. What Did We Learn? I tried to pulled together a […]
Our history unit about slavery and the Civil War has been completed, and what a wonderfully rich unit it was! Slavery and Civil War Teaching Resources You might remember from my post about Planning a Large Unit Study, that I pick and choose the best ideas for our learning styles and learning objectives from many […]