How Do I Use Unit Studies?
So how do you use unit studies in your homeschool? In today’s episode, I’m this exact question from one of the sweet mommas from AHFAS Private Community. She called out to the ladies and asked:
“Hey, does anybody know how to use unit studies? And how do we incorporate them into our homeschool?”
So here’s my answer:
“Unit studies can be used as the basis of your homeschool”.
Interestingly, it often takes homeschool moms (especially those of us with an education background) a few years before we finally “get it”. The traditional school system does not equate the ultimate in learning and education.
The Individual Student With Homeschool Unit Studies
The reality is that a system is meant to serve the masses at some minimal level. Homeschooling, on the other hand, allows families the ability to provide individualized and targeted instruction to their specific student(s). So going back to unit studies and how to use them, the first thing I’m gonna say is:
“Homeschooling is NOT school at home.”
So all that to say, unit studies can be the basis of your child’s homeschool education. Using your child’s interest, choose a topic to explore for a certain period of time. Then do some searching on Pinterest or Google and you’ll be amazed at the number of amazing and often FREE unit studies available on a wide range of topics.
Check out this fantastic library of FREE unit studies over at Peanut Butter Fish Lessons. Randi has provided her homeschool readers with an abundance of incredible unit studies on a wide-range of topics. I spent an entire afternoon digging into her FREE resource library. So fun!!
Anyway, I digress.
Multiple Subjects in Unit Studies: A Holistic Approach to Learning
Part of our mom’s earlier question about unit studies pointed to a concern about how to incorporate them into the homeschool plan.
One of the greatest aspects of unit studies is that the often incorporate multiple subjects while diving deeply into a subject of interest.
You do not have to ADD a unit study to a traditional workbook style curriculum… ever. Think of curriculum, unit studies, books, field trips, videos and all other forms of information as TOOLS to support the learning journey. None are perfect, but many are useful.
Focus on the 3 Rs Using Unit Studies
Regardless, if you are a new homeschool mom or a veteran, when in doubt, focus on the 3 Rs: Reading, WRiting, and aRithmetic.
When it comes to unit studies, use them as a tool to support learning and always do your best to have fun. These years go by so quickly… capture them while learning with your kids.
(Preaching to myself, here!)
Listen to the episode and let me know what you think. What unit studies have you loved using? Comment below.
Links And Resources From This Podcast
- SPONSOR : A Heart For All Students
- Teachers Pay Teachers
- Best Homeschool Curriculum
- Free Homeschool 101 Planning Guide
- AHFAS Private Community
- Free Unit Studies From Randi at Peanutbutterfishlesson.com
Podcast Audio Text
Key Ideas And Concepts About Unit Studies In Homeschool Curriculum
Unit studies can be used as the basis of your homeschool..
It often takes homeschool moms that come in with a teaching background a few years before they finally get it: that the traditional system does not equal true learning and education,
Homeschooling is not school at home.
Unit studies can be the basis of your education and can incorporate tons and tons of topics.
You do not have to add a unit study to a traditional workbook style subject, ever.
Focus on your math, focus on your language arts. You want your child to be reading.
Use it as a tool to increase learning, but do not add it as an extra if it’s gonna burden your child.
Remember if you’re just starting a home school, this is a new experience. Start small, start with math, start reading really good books. Use your child’s interest, brainstorming your child.
What do you want to spend your time doing? What do you want to spend your cognitive energy pouring over?
As adults, we start learning that which we want to learn. We need to take a cue from that and tailor that for children who are less mature than us.
This use their interest to your advantage.
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- [01:36] Unit Studies In Homeschool Curriculum
- [02:47] Homeschool Is Not School At Home
- [04:30] Unit Studies Cover A Ton Of Topics
- [05:50] Math Information Sources
- [06:46] The System
- [07:34] Unit Studies As A Tool
- [08:35] Think About You
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