What are Unit Studies and Why Do Homeschooling Families Love Them?

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What are unit studies?

Unit studies are a collection of activities that are based on a topic. Unit studies are very popular with homeschooling families for several reasons.

Why Homeschooling Families Love Them :

  1. They take a multisensory approach to learning and can be very hands-on.
  2. You don’t have to buy a separate curriculum. You can create it yourself.
  3. Unit studies are great for child-led learning. You can brainstorm ideas together. 
  4. You can build research skills together. 
  5. You can involve children from all age groups. 

10 Topics That my 7-year-old Asked to Learn About :

  1. Birds of Prey
  2. Native Americans
  3. History of video games
  4. Presidents
  5. The Civil War
  6. Knights
  7. Ninjas
  8. Cowboys 
  9. Legends and ghost stories from other countries
  10. Cowboys 

Steps to Creating a Unit Study

  1. Pick a topic with your child.
  2. Write down learning goals.
  3. Research different books online or at the library.
  4. Research different videos on Youtube, Netflix, PBS Kids, ETC
  5. Utilize Pinterest for craft or hands-on activity ideas.
  6. Brainstorm field trip ideas
  7. Begin planning 

Planning a unit study can become overwhelming. I highly recommend simplifying your resources, especially your activity ideas that you find on Pinterest. It may become overwhelming. I also enjoy planning unit studies with the free unit study planner from Hi5 Homeschool on Teachers Pay Teachers. This planner helps organize my thoughts.


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