One popular homeschooling method is the unit study approach.
If you are tired of the textbook approach and want to try something new, I would suggest a good unit study curriculum. I’ve said before that one of the nice things about the homeschool movement is that many homeschoolers wrote their own curriculum and then published it for others to use. You can benefit from all the great choices!
Unit studies are wonderful for folks who want a multilevel family friendly homeschool.
For the upper elementary ages, the Prairie Primer makes use of the Little House on the Prairie books. If your children are interested in that series, it offers structured lesson plans and gives you lots of options.
Another unit study from Cadron Creek is Further Up and Further In. It is for the next age group. It is based on the Chronicles of Narnia, which is sparking the interest of a new generation with the new movies that are in production.
Where the River and Brook Meet uses the Anne of Green Gables series as the literature base. Designed for grades 7 to 12, your student will study the Victorian era in this one year curriculum.
America An Integrated Curriculum by Chris Roe is a literature-based integrated American history curriculum for grades 3 to 6. It is a two year program with three 11 week studies for each year. The events in Peter Marshall’s Light and the Glory series for children are the focus for the first year. Other good books round out the study of America.
Unit Study Resources
With good resources from your personal library and the public library, you are on your way to digging deeper into any topic incorporating several subject areas.
On this page we also offer unit study resources such as the Valerie Bendt’s Unit Studies Made Easy. She wrote the definitive book about doing homeschool unit studies. Unit Studies Made Easy: A Guide to Simplified Learning at Home is a revision and compilation of Valerie Bendt’s four unit study titles: How to Create Your Own Unit Study, The Unit Study Idea Book, For the Love of Reading, and Success with Unit Studies. You’ll find it helpful if you are new to this method of homeschooling.
If you are the creative unit study type or want to create your own unit studies, Quick Flip Charts from Edupress are quite useful. Depending on the chart, they list basic questions, activities, projects, writing assignments, etc. Use these as templates to create questions, activities, and projects that are specific for your unit study. It is fun to be creative without having to reinvent the wheel. Quick Flips help make the creative side of homeschooling a little easier for a small investment. Unit Studies Bendt Family Ministries
Unit Studies Made Easy: A Guide to Simplified Learning at Home
Unit Studies Made Easy is a revision and compilation of Valerie Bendt’s four unit study titles:
- How to Create Your Own Unit Study
- The Unit Study Idea Book
- For the Love of Reading
Success with Unit Studies
This updated volume also includes a new section entitled Biblical Parenting or Schooling at Home.
I would also recommend All Through the Ages as a guide to choosing good historical books for your unit study.
Quick Flip Charts
Quick Flip Questions for Critical Thinking
Using Bloom’s Taxonomy is easy with this handy teaching tool! Learn to ask questions, lead discussions and plan lessons geared to each level of critical thinking.
The Quick Flip Questions for Critical Thinking will be helpful for learning what kinds of questions and discussions are appropriate for each stage of learning. You can keep the handy reference at your fingertips when you are stumped on what to discuss next.
Quick Flip Ideas for Writing Domains
Develop activities for a balanced, inventive writing program. Writing domains listed are technological, analytical, expository, sensory, descriptive, practical, informative, imaginative, and narrative.
The Quick Flip Ideas for Writing Domains explains the different types of writing. With it, you can quickly decide what type of writing activity would work best with your current study.
Quick Flip Activities for Multiple Intelligences
- Learn to identify individual learning styles and plan lessons geared to student strengths with this Quick Flip Chart for Multiple Intelligences.
The Quick Flip Activities for Multiple Intelligences is quite useful for choosing activities and projects based on your child’s learning styles and strengths.
Quick Flip References for the Six Traits of Writing
Definitions and examples in the make it easy to understand and implement the six writing traits. Six traits of writing are: ideas and content, organization voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.