Unit Studies & Homeschooling Curriculum

Variety is the spice of life, and this is especially true when it comes to homeschooling. Shake things up a little this month. Put away the curriculum you’ve been using all winter long, and try a week-long unit study. Your family will love it and you will too!

Unit studies are simply a series of hands-on projects that revolve around a single theme. Depending on how you decide to implement the plan, unit studies can focus on any subject you choose. They are a great way to meet the needs of multi-age siblings learning together.

Prepare Your Unit Study Homeschool Curriculum

  • Ask your kids to identify one theme that interests them such as dinosaurs, underwater life, Shakespeare, or the Olympics. Be sure that the theme they choose is broad enough in scope to hold everyone’s attention.
  • Identify resources and activities such as craft projects, field trips, concerts, books, and films related to the theme.
  • Map out the week and gather any materials you will need.

A week-long unit study on China might look something like this:

  • Monday: Find China on the map. Make a historical timeline. Plan an imaginary trip to a famous Chinese attraction.Unit Studies Homeschool Curriculum
  • Tuesday: Cook a traditional Chinese meal. Read storybooks and listen to traditional music from China. Learn to play traditional Chinese games.
  • Wednesday: Build a replica of the Terracotta Warriors or The Great Wall of China. Look for photos of these national treasures and discuss their cultural significance.
  • Thursday: Invite someone over who has visited or lived in China, and listen to their first-hand accounts of the region. Take a look at ancient Chinese systems of mathematics, and study Confucianism.
  • Friday: Visit a museum exhibit about Chinese civilization. Pretend you are a tour guide and design an advertisement featuring the most impressive sites in the country.

If the week is a success, you may decide that unit studies will be a regular part of your homeschooling routine. The possibilities for developing engaging, fun-filled unit studies are endless, and your kids will love helping you develop these lesson plans. There are also many online resources featuring unit studies that you can purchase or download for free. We even have many here at Homeschool.com!



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