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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story by Cynthia Rylant is an excellent book for the Christmas season! About a gift train that heads into poor Appalachian country each year, it makes for a wonderful example of giving at Christmas time. I loosely used this unit from Homeschool Share to do a mini-unit this week. We covered […]
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, […]