Over the years I have learned what works and what doesn’t for our homeschool. Thematic units are really popular for preschool and early elementary ages, but they can also be used with older children. I love using thematic units throughout the year to enhance our homeschool year.
Whether we’re looking into a particular time period, a specific animal, or just learning more about the seasons, thematic unit studies are my go-to teaching preference. Not only can we usually incorporate every subject (at least in some way), they are so easy to span over a wide age range. I love being able to teach all my kids about the same subject on their level.
What is a Thematic Unit?
Some of you may not know what a thematic unit is and that’s okay. Really it is just a unit study on a specific topic (rain forests, seasons, etc.) or a theme (fire safety week, pumpkins, Thanksgiving, etc.) that is integrated into each subject – math, reading, writing, science, etc.
How can you homeschool with Thematic Units?
For me, using thematic units is a great way to bring the entire family together for lessons. Even though I add more for my older kids or take away some for my little ones, thematic units are an easy way to intensely study one topic or theme with everyone together.
And just because you might add a little more activities or assignments for your older kids, it doesn’t mean the little ones miss out. They can watch and participate in science experiments (safely) or listen to a report given about the unit. Have your older kids work with the little ones on words for a spelling list or hands-on activities to reinforce their learning as well.
Overall, I find Thematic Units to not only be fun, but useful for teaching multiple age groups. And you can create your own or find ones to use for just about any topic or theme! Check out these we’ve found for you!
Homeschool Earth Science Unit Study: Natural Disasters | Teach Me I’m Yours
FREE Literature-Based Everywhere God Unit Study | Ben and Me
Shakespearean Unit Study | In All You Do
FREE Boxcar Children Unit Study | The Frugal Homeschooling Mom
Tornadoes FREE Unit Study | Peanut Butter Fish Lessons
FREE Printable for a Walt Disney Unit Study | Table Life Blog
Free Tangled Homeschool Unit Study | There’s No Place Like Home
Learning at the Farmer’s Market Mini Unit Study | In All You Do
George Lucas FREE Printable Pack and Unit Study | Table Life Blog
FREE Simple Farm Unit Study for Homeschool | Spell Out Loud
Free Little House on the Prairie Unit Study | There’s No Place Like Home
All About Space for Kids | Teach Me I’m Yours
Be sure you check out all the Literature Themed Unit Study Resources over at Homeschool Helper Online.
In All You Do has several geography-themed studies you can choose from. They include geography, history, and a little language for each country.
Want more? Check out these FREE Geography Unit Studies!
Seasonal Thematic Units
Cinco de Mayo Unit Study | Apples 4 the Teacher
Gardening Unit Study | In All You Do
Winter Unit Study | A 2 Z Homeschooling
Plant Unit Study for Homeschool | The Deliberate Mom
Fun Facts Weather Unit Study | Awe Filled Homemaker
Pumpkin Unit Study | In All You Do
Learn about Autumn with an Apple Unit Study | Such a Time as This
Snowflakes Unit Study | Year Round Homeschooling
Fall Leaves Unit Study | Look! We’re Learning!
Holiday Thematic Units
FREE Martin Luther King Jr. Unit Study | Life of a Homeschool Mom
Pilgrims & Mayflower Unit Study | Faith and Good Works
You can find a wide variety of holiday Unit Studies from In All You Do.
If you’re looking for even more unit study resources, don’t miss our other shared lists!
Animal Thematic Units
Butterfly Nature Study Resources | Bookworm’s Treehouse
Bees Unit Study | Year Round Homeschooling
Spiders Unit Study | Life in the Nerddom
FREE Equine Science Unit Study Resources | Homeschool Giveaways
Historical Thematic Units
FREE Homeschool History Unit Study and Lapbook to Teach World War II | Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
Viking Homeschool Unit Study | Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
FREE Great Depression Unit Study | Homeschool Giveaways
Free Evel Knievel Unit Study | Faith and Good Works
Ancient Egypt Homeschool Unit Study and Curriculum | Six Dollar Family
Mark Twain Mini Unit Study | In All You Do
FREE United States Presidency Unit Study | Techie Homeschool Mom
Get more from history with these FREE Unit Studies for History!
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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating UNIT STUDIES and FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, homemaking and marriage while trying to maintain her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers where she shares her tips on homeschooling without breaking the bank.