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How to Create An Easy Unit Study

Updated on July 20, 2015
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Shesta Kimble is a homeschool veteran of 23 years and enjoys sharing different styles of home educating with others.

Unit Studies

When you are home educating, you have the chance to tailor it to your family. One way to do that is with unit studies. Unit studies are one type of educational style that you can delve into. It isn't just engaging, but it is cost effective. You only need one book and some creativity. It is basically taking one topic and covering every subject. It sounds difficult but it's not. Just follow the steps below and see how easy it is.

Number 1: Choose a book that interest you and your children.

Number 2: Pull out vocabulary

The next thing you want to do is read the book yourself. Pull out any vocabulary for your children. These can be sight words for your early readers or challenging words for your upper level grades. Introduce these words to children before starting your book.

Number 3: Go for other subjects

Now you can pull out other subjects. Does the book talk about a specific place....if so, grab an outline of that place and make it a coloring sheet for the younger or let your older draw it out and locate it on a map. Be creative. You can even do a recipe from that certain region.

Number 4: Get Artsy

What are some ways you can incorporate art? You can grab so many free resources from the internet. Free coloring sheets, pinterest, etc. If you are talking about ducks in the book, draw ducks, make clay ducks or eggs. Get artsy.

Last: Make it real

The last thing to do to make a particular study "stick" in the mind of a child, is to make it real. Find fun field trips that will tie into your study. Again, using the "ducks" scenario...visit a local farm or petting zoo. Take a trip to the lake and have a picnic, noticing all of the ducks, how many, what color, etc. Unit studies can be fun. Give it a try. If you are still unsure, take a look at the video below.

A Simple Video on Unit Studies


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