Unit Studies

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 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!

The Middle of the Middle Ages Unit

We’re having so much fun studying Medieval history!  After reading about various aspects of life, we’ve been doing a project every day or two to go along with that aspect.  The picture above shows the kid’s projects after learning about knights and armor. Sorry, but after that picture the camera pooped out again.  The kiddos have also made…

KY Project Presentations

Last week we finished up a short, but successful unit on our state.  I think all involved liked the change of pace this time around.  Mahayla practically completed her readings, worksheets and projects on her own, while Caleb and I tackled his work at our own pace.  Here are just a few highlights. Kentucky Notebooks Using several…

Middle Ages Unit Plans

Our Middle Ages unit is going to be so much fun!  This is one of my favorite time periods to study, and I have to admit that it’s going to be hard to tame the fun down to a manageable unit. Here are the books I’m using as I plan our activities. Two helpful websites: A…

Plans For A Kentucky Unit

Plans For A Kentucky Unit

I’m straying from the typical sort of unit study we do around here. This Kentucky unit will be mostly worksheet-based, with final projects being research-based.  Why?  Well first, I want the unit to be fairly quick.  Second, Mahayla has covered this topic before at co-op, so it just made more sense to provide them each…

My December Basket

After perusing Christmas websites, going through my Christmas file folder and searching my computer files for Christmas ideas, I’ve put aside some things that I hope to use this December. You may be surprised to find this out about me, but when I plan a unit, I very rarely make detailed plans.  Yes, I know,…

Unit Studies

Co-op gals – Here’s the basic outline from the unit study presentation.  I posted this same blog last year, but have added some new websites, a section about grades, and a couple of other things.  Have fun learning! What is a unit study? A unit study is really any subject that you spend time learning about.  Many times a unit study…

Ancient Greece

Studying Ancient Greece has been so much fun!  We could’ve spent many more days lingering in the Greek hillsides, but it’s time to move on to Ancient Rome.  Here are some highlights from our week. On top of the regular reading about Ancient Greece, map work, timelines and such, we did lots of hands-on activities,…

Our Week in Ancient Egypt

We’re on a tour of ancient history right now and loving it!  So far we’ve been through Ancient Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt.  I thought I’d share a few highlights of this week in Egypt since we had so much fun. The best part of the week was mummifying a Ken doll.  Thanks Jamin for the…

Battle at Blue Licks

We took an impromptu history trip Saturday to Blue Licks State Park where they were having a reenactment of the Revolutionary War battle that took place there in 1782.  Okay, so we missed the actual reenactment by seconds, much to my son’s dismay, but had a great time anyway. During the actual battle, the English,…

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