Have you ever wondered what the big deal was about unit studies? Understand what unit studies are, how they benefit your children’s learning, and how to implement them in your homeschool. A unit study takes a topic of interest, a historical time period, or even a good book and introduces skills from all types of subject areas in relation to this one topic. In essence, instead of teaching one subject at a time, you can teach many things stemming from one topic. This allows your kids to make connections that help them absorb more of what they are learning.
Our mind is a fascination thing. Our memory makes it even more incredible. You ever hear people talking about something “clicking” in a child’s mind or that they actually “get” something? When we learn something we then are able to use that build on either past connections or future ones.
I love that unit studies focus on a topic and use it to learn something else. It is how our brains work, especially when we are children. Kids take what they already know and adapt it to develop a knowledge of something new. The very best thing to me about unit studies in homeschool is that you can use a unit study to teach multiple children at different age levels.
For instance, if your family is reading a book, younger kids can do simple activities like writing what happened first, middle and last while older kids can write essays. I am simplifying unit studies of course, but I love the flexibility that unit studies allow in a learning environment.
We just did a post about unit studies you might like to read: How Unit Studies Can Break Up the Monotony in Your Homeschool
Learn all about unit studies and how to implement them in your homeschool from Proverbial Homemaker.
Need some online unit study ideas? Try this lesson sampler to give you a boost.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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