Our family loves unit studies! After exploring many, many different styles of learning, we always end up coming back to unit studies. They just work so well for us. We all know that if your kids enjoy what they are learning there is a lot less complaining, which definitely makes mom happier too.
10 Reasons to Love Unit Studies
- Unit Studies are great for all ages. I do unit studies with my 5 year old all they way up to my 13 year old. My older kids’ unit studies are usually more focused on one subject and my 5 and 6 year old’s have a broader knowledge base.
- Multiple ages can do one unit study together. When all your kids can learn the same thing, it saves you so much time. It’s easy to make the older children’s assignments a little longer, harder and more in depth.
- Unit studies really allow you to dig deep into a subject or topic.
- In previous posts, I have mentioned that my daughter has a lot of memory issues. She cannot remember abstract information, but unit studies allow her to have a starting point. They give her a picture in her mind to help her remember the facts. She can relate every new bit of information to something she already knows.
- Unit studies allow you to have as many or as little hands-on activities as you want.
- Unit studies work with every learning style. If your child learns by reading, then get lots of books. Some kids learn more by watching videos, so you could incorporate more dvds and Youtube videos into your lessons. Maybe your child learns more better doing hands-on activities, then you can do a lot more projects or experiments.
- You can tailor an unit study to your child’s interests. My 13 year old is a Harry Potter fan, but history is not her favorite. She was supposed to learn about Medieval History this year and she was not looking forward to it. So, I paired Harry Potter with Medieval History in a unit study and she took off with it. She is loving history this year!
- Unit studies can be long or short. We have done unit studies that have been 1 or 2 hours all the way up to a whole year. It’s totally up to you how long you make them.
- Unit studies cover all the subjects while studying one central topic. My son is super into sharks right now, so I have been designing a unit study just for him. The sky is the limit with the different subjects you can cover, all while learning about sharks. The following are just some of the many subjects than could be covered.
- Geography – Where are sharks located, continents, oceans.
- History – Historically what did people use sharks for, how were they hunted. Are there any myths or legends about sharks?
- Science – Oceans, currents, fish vs. mammals.
- Social Studies – Do sharks live together in families or by themselves. How is this different than humans? How do sharks care for their young?
- Math – Counting the teeth of a shark, figuring out the area that a shark covers in a day.
- Language Arts – Write a report or story about a shark. Printing practice could be quotes from their favorite shark book. New vocabulary and spelling words can come from the material being learned.
- Reading – Ready books about sharks and oceans.
- Unit studies can be based on many different topics. Our favorite right now are unit studies based on books. So much can be learned from those beautifully illustrated picture books. You can base a unit study on a subject (cells), or a place (The Amazon or Paris). Unit Studies on a certain time-period (Ancient History) are lots of fun too. Doing a unit study around a holiday (Christmas) is a good way to break up the school year as well.
Now that you are as in love with unit studies as I am 😉 where can you get them? Pinterest is always my go-to, you can find lots of free ones on there. We have bought unit studies from Unit Studies by Amanda and from Techie Homeschool Mom. But my all-time favorite is to make them up on my own. When you design your own, you get to include everything you want included. You can use your kids own interests to help them learn and explore the world.
I am offering you a chance to use the exact same printables I use, so you can design you own unit studies. You design it with your child in mind, which is always best. I have a 12-page workbook to help break the process into smaller, more manageable steps. I know that to design a unit study is a bit labor intensive, so I’ve made it as easy as possible for you. As a bonus, the last page of the workbook is a Quick and Easy Unit Study Planner, perfect for those shorter unit studies.
Unit Study Planner
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Last year my daughter was super into bats, so I made up a quick unit study on bats and we both learned so much about them. She still talks about things she learned during that study. That’s the great thing about unit studies, we get to learn and make memories together. I don’t know about you, but that’s one of the main reasons homeschool in the first place.
So, what do you think about unit studies? Do you use them in your home? Do you make your own? If not, I encourage you to try it, download your FREE Unit Study Planner today!