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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Vocabulary – Have each child learn 2-3 new words related to the topic. Then have the students include their new words in their writings.
- History – Research the history of that topic (use variety of topics). Watch a video about the historical aspects of the topic.
- Science – Find a few science experiments that relate to your topic. Not sure what to do? Use pinterest.
- Math – Create 5-10 word problems about the chosen topic.
- Art – Draw, paint or sculpture about that topic.
- Writing – Write a story related to the topic.
- Bible – Research what God says about the topic. Or discuss the Biblical perspective of the topic.
- 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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