Homeschooling Unit Studies
One of our favorite homeschooling methods is the unit study method! This method is a mastery-based approach. It incorporates multiple subject areas around a central theme or topic. Simply put, unit studies are time-based overviews of a specific topic. Additionally, unit studies bring together multiple subject areas into one study plan. In fact, that makes them great for interest studies! Furthermore, unit studies typically involve multisensory learning, where the organization of each activity is according to the central theme. Also known as “thematic units” in formal education.
Benefits of Using a Homeschool Unit Study
Using unit studies in your homeschool can be beneficial.
- Flexibility– Indeed, one thing we really love about using a unit study is that it gives you the freedom to adapt the content according to your homeschooler’s learning level. You can make it as simple or as complex as needed.
- Encompassing– Unit studies themes that connect all subjects making learning interesting and enjoyable for your homeschoolers.
- Multi-grade– Unit studies are a fantastic choice for homeschooling families with children of different ages or grades. The beauty of this approach lies in the fact that everyone gets to delve into the same fascinating topics, while tailoring each lesson to cater to the specific needs of each child.
- Further Learning– Unit studies tend to lend well to expanded learning. As you start to learn about the topic at hand new threads to other topics will appear and expand the learning. Also this may lead to the next unit study!
Free Homeschool Unit Studies
Where to start? First, try some FREE unit studies! We have many resources below.
Learn more about how a unit study homeschooling approach is exciting and works very well with a variety of home learning situations.
If you have a middle or high school student, this unit study on the British classic The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien includes some background on the author and state of the world at the time, instructions to make a Hobbit-themed meal, learning videos, and a 20-page printable workbook!British Lit Homeschool Unit Study: The Hobbit
Have you wondered how other cultures celebrate the start of a new year…or where certain traditions come from? Find out in our new free homeschool unit study with lots of fun facts, activities, snacks, videos, and a printable ebook!New Year Traditions Around the World Unit Study
Adding theme days to your homeschool plan helps build motivation and expectation. Kids love the unexpected, so why not try pirate day, or Dr. Seuss Day to add a little spice to your homeschool routine? We’ve got a collection of easy printables to help you add these days without any extra work! Great for PreK – middle school.Add Theme Days to Your Homeschool
Time4Learning has an extensive selection of unit studies that are free for homeschool parents to utilize. You’ll be amazed at the wealth of information they have available on United States Presidents and state facts. Check out their site and plan your next unit study today!Unit Study Supplements
There are nearly infinite uses of nuclear technology in our society today. It is immersed in our medical system, scientific endeavors, research goals, modern conveniences for transportation, security, heating, cooling, and more — even solar energy is nuclear fusion! And yet, as students and average people (aka those who aren’t nuclear scientists!), what do we really know about nuclear science?Intro to Nuclear Science Unit Study Starter
When you think of science, does the image of a lab with beakers, bubbling solutions, and goggles come to mind? If so, then you are thinking about chemistry! Chemistry is well-known for carrying the image of science, and that’s for good reason. After all, chemistry explores the basis of life, AKA, the composition of matter!Chemistry Unit Study & Printables
The study of great men and women and their amazing accomplishments should be a part of every homeschooling history study. But, if you history curriculum just doesn’t cover this amazing part of our history as you’d like, add a unit study! Make your study of African American history easy to pull together. Use these pre-made resources to get a full-view study of the amazing accomplishments of African-Americans throughout history.Get Started on Your Study of Black American History!
When it comes to incorporating unit studies in your homeschool, parents have a variety of options available. Several homeschooling websites, like ours, have already put together free unit studies on a variety of topics. However, if you can’t find any for your topics, or they aren’t available as free unit studies, you can always create one yourself. While it may seem intimidating to pull together a DIY unit of study, it’s not as difficult as it sounds.Start Creating Your Own Unit Study Now!
We love science here at Homeschool.com! It’s a bit of a shame that so many people dislike science due to it feeling overly complicated, dry, and boring. Too often, science is limited to stuffy textbooks and memorized vocabulary. In actuality, science is so much more, and it should be filled with excitement! Homeschool science studies present the best opportunities for hands-on fun, science experiments, and learning moments.Explore our Homeschooling Science Unit Study Collection
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!Why Use Unit Studies? Immersive Learning at Its Best!