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How to Create Homeschool Unit Studies

I think the best way to explain homeschool unit studies is to share how I create them.  First, let’s start with what a unit study is.  Basically, it is a thematic study of a topic that integrates all the subject areas you normally teach in your homeschool.

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How Can You Create Homeschool Unit Studies
For Your Family?

Keep a running list of topics that interest your family.  Alternate topics so that all your kids get to study something they truly enjoy.

Once you choose a topic for your unit study, start looking for resources that your family can read to learn more about the chosen topic.  I choose a book we can read aloud together.  This helps tie all the ages together as we discuss that book.

From there, I try to find a book for each child to read on his level.

writing activities homeschool unit studies from How to Homeschool My Child.comDepending on the ages of your kids, have them write about their book.

  • Young Kids –  let them narrate what they read.  Mom types out the narration.  The next day have your child copy his narration.
  • Middle-Aged Kids –  write narration themselves.
  • Older Kids – journal “about’ their readings.  Write their thoughts about their readings.

Find other activities for subject areas.  I’ve listed some general ideas below, as well as a specific activity if you did a unit on the ocean.

  1. Language – Copy a paragraph (or sentence) from the book your child is reading. Make a few mistakes as you copy from the book. Let your child correct the mistakes.
  2. Vocabulary – Have each child learn 2-3 new words related to the topic.  Then have the students include their new words in their writings.
  3. History – Research the history of that topic (use variety of topics). Watch a video about the historical aspects of the topic.
  4. Science – Find a few science experiments that relate to your topic.  Not sure what to do?  Use pinterest.
  5. Math – Create 5-10 word problems about the chosen topic.
  6. Art – Draw, paint or sculpture about that topic.
  7. Writing – Write a story related to the topic.
  8. Bible – Research what God says about the topic. Or discuss the Biblical perspective of the topic.
  9. Research – Find a project at your child’s level for him to present to your family.  This might include a research paper, craft project, art project, poem, story, science project, etc.

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