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Unit Studies

Have you ever considered unit studies for your homeschool? Unit studies are a great way to learn about a new topic or even a combination of topics. Usually you can find multi-age unit studies to cater to different ages or even grades.
If you are currently considering unit studies for your homeschool, you have a variety of ideas and options available to you. Here are some examples of unit studies and how they work:

Civil War (Grades 1-5):

First, search for the best resource about the Civil War. This can be a book from the library, online, etc. A good example would be: Two Miserable Presidents: The Amazing, Terrible, and Totally True Story of the Civil War. To keep track  of your information, create some sort of felt board or learning board with all the information your child gathers. You can often find free printables online. Plan a field trip. It can be any of the civil war battle site states such as Alabama, Arkansas, etc. Virtual field trips are just a great too. You can get as creative as you want in putting together a unit study.


If you are wanting to do a unit study on insects for grades 1-5, you can mix and match information on insects such as ants, butterflies, bees, ladybugs, etc. You can find a variety of online activities such as teaching kids ant anatomy, or simply find books and pictures. Ideas are definitely abundant here.

Learning About the Human Body:

If  you are teaching about the human body and need a supplement to enforce the lesson, here are some ideas you can put together for this unit study: A children’s encyclopedia of the human body, resources from online sites like Teacher Created Resources, Science activity books from the library, experiment forms, and more.


As you can see, ideas are limitless when putting topic ideas together for unit studies. If you would like to find a unit study that already has been put together, check out the Teach Them Diligently marketplace for ideas.  You can also create unit studies based on Legos, Little House on the Prairie, robotics, engineering, sewing, gardening, music,….the list goes on and on. Does your child love horses? Create a unit study totally focusing on just horses. What about cooking and baking? Yes, that too. Unit studies are meant to make learning fun. Learning should be an enjoyable experience for students young and old.

What is your next idea for a unit study?

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