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My Konos Unit Study Journey

Updated on April 16, 2015

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Are you using Konos or curious about what hands-on unit studies look like in real life? Here are my pictures & lessons that describe our adventures as we roll up our sleeves and have F-U-N while learning! I have divided my Konos co-op lessons in the order presented in Konos Volume I. You can follow along even if you're doing these lessons with only your family. If you'd like more information on how you can start your own Konos homeschool co-op or if you're curious how I operate my co-op, check out my lens: How to Start a Homeschool Co-op.

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Volume I

Attentiveness

Creating and using cup phones to learn about how sound waves travel from Lesson 1: Hearing and Sound Waves
Creating and using cup phones to learn about how sound waves travel from Lesson 1: Hearing and Sound Waves

Five Senses (4 lessons)

Build a crawl-through ear as you study hearing, play scales on water glasses as you study music and sound, dissect a cow eyeball as you study sight, try to identify mystery objects simply by their smell, present on various aspects of the five senses, and more during this 4 lesson hands-on unit study of the five senses!

  • Hearing and Sound Waves Lesson - This is part 1 of a 4 part hands-on thematic unit on the five senses. Build and crawl through a model of an ear, watch sound waves at work, make paper cup phones, use a stethoscope and otoscope, and more!
  • Music and Instruments Lesson - This is part 2 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on the five senses. See the inside of a piano and how it works, study pitch while playing water glasses, test out different instruments, and more!
  • Eyes and Seeing Lesson - This is part 3 of a 4 part hands-on unit on the five senses. Make an edible model of an eye, dissect a cow eyeball, visit an eye doctor, and more!
  • Touch, Smell, & Taste Lesson in Five Senses Unit - This is part 4 of a 4 part hands-on unit on the five senses. Feel, smell, and taste mystery items, make a touch and feel book, and more!
  • Five Senses Culminating Project and Field Trip Ideas - This is the culminating project for the 4 part hands-on unit on the five senses. The students created presentations on people and ideas related to the 5 senses and shared 5 Senses-themed snacks and desserts. (Recipes are included.) Also included is where we went for field trips during this unit.

Identifying deer tracks during the tracking expedition from Lesson 1: Daniel Boone, Frontiersmen, & Tracking Lesson
Identifying deer tracks during the tracking expedition from Lesson 1: Daniel Boone, Frontiersmen, & Tracking Lesson

Frontiersmen & Tracking (2 lessons)

Fry up Daniel Boone’s favorite fried chicken recipe and talk a walk outdoors in search of tracks and you study frontiersmen and tracking. Dramatize the purchase of Louisiana from France and more as you study Lewis and Clark in this two week hands-on study!

  • Daniel Boone, Frontiersmen, & Tracking Lesson - This is part 1 of a 2 part hands-on unit study on Frontiersmen & Tracking. Go on a nature walk to practice tracking, cook Daniel Boone's favorite fried chicken recipe, create salt maps of the US, and more!
  • Lewis and Clark Lesson - This is part 2 of a 2 part hands-on unit study on Frontiersmen & Tracking. Dramatize the Louisiana Purchase, taste and see some of the plants and animals Lewis & Clark discovered on their journey, visit with Sacajawea and Pomp, create a Lewis and Clark lapbook, and more!

Setting up a tepee during Lesson 2: Plains Native American Tribes Lesson
Setting up a tepee during Lesson 2: Plains Native American Tribes Lesson

Indians (4 lessons)

Hunt for arrowheads, build tepees, paint totem poles, draw Pueblo chalk drawings, present on specific Native American tribes, and more during this fun four week hands on study of Native Americans.

  • Northeast and Southeast Native Americans Lesson - This is part 1 of a 4 part hands-on unit on Native Americans. Make arrows, cook Three Sisters Stew, go on an “archeological dig” for arrowheads, create Iroquois Bowl games, bead Seminole necklaces, and more!
  • Plains Native American Tribes Lesson - This is part 2 of a 4 part hands-on unit on Native Americans. Create headdresses and war shields, build a teepee, eat dried “buffalo” and more!
  • Northwest and Plateau Native American Tribes Lesson - This is part 3 of a 4 part hands-on unit on Native Americans. Decorate parfleches, fry salmon cakes, create totem poles, dramatize a dramatize potlatch ceremony, and more!
  • Southwest Native American Tribes Lesson - This is part 4 of a 4 part hands-on unit on Native Americans. Make Navajo Fry Bread, draw Pueblo chalk drawings, create Navajo sand paintings and concho-style belts, weave Apache baskets, and more!
  • Native American Powwow and Field Trip Ideas - After our 4 part unit study on Native Americans, our culminating activity was a powwow. Each child presented on a different tribe and brought food from that tribe for us to share. I am also including where we went for field trips during this unit.

Making pine cone bird feeders (Photo taken by Victoria, who participates in our co-op class)
Making pine cone bird feeders (Photo taken by Victoria, who participates in our co-op class)

Birds (1 lesson)

Create an egg model, construct edible nests, test out various types of beaks, and more as you study birds in this one week study. (This lesson is repeated under the topic of Orderliness: Animal Classification.)

  • Birds Lesson - Create an egg model, make edible nests, test out various types of beaks, compare bird bones with mammal bones, examine various feathers, dissect a gizzard, sing a song about bird traits, and more!

Obedience

Creating models of lighthouses activity
Creating models of lighthouses activity

Authority/Light (1 lesson)

  • Lighthouse Lesson - Create a model lighthouse, play a lighthouse game, read books about lighthouses, tour lighthouses using YouTube, and even eat a lighthouse in this fun, hands-on lesson or family activity on lighthouses.

Knighting ceremony and joust from Lesson 4: Knights & Ladies Lesson
Knighting ceremony and joust from Lesson 4: Knights & Ladies Lesson

Kings & Queens (4 lessons)

Bake medieval meals, create a medieval village, design stained glass window cookies, hold a jousting tournament, and more during this fun 4 part hands-on unit study of Kings and Queens!

  • Medieval Life Lesson - This is part 1 of a 4 part hands-on unit on the Medieval Period. Cook & eat a Medieval meal, play Medieval games, create Medieval crowns, and more!
  • Castles Lesson - This is part 2 of a 4 part hands-on unit on the Medieval Period. Build model castles, weapons, and more!
  • Medieval Art Lesson - This is part 3 of a 4 part hands-on unit on the Medieval Period. Mix together and paint with egg yolk paint, design and eat stained glass window cookies, create colorful tapestries, and more!
  • Knights & Ladies Lesson - This is part 4 of a 4 part hands-on unit on the Medieval Period. Create a Coat of Arms and swords, hold a jousting tournament, act out a knighting ceremony, and more!
  • Medieval Feast and Field Trip Ideas - This is the culminating activity we did after a 4 week hands-on unit on the Medieval Period. We held a festive medieval feast complete with entertainment and much merriment. Also included are the field trips we took during our unit.

Military Drills
Military Drills

Military (1 lesson)

  • Military Party for Children - Act like privates while training at boot camp, paint camo-style hats, set up a tent, battle using army men, and more in this 1 week lesson on military!

On a field trip to learn about horses
On a field trip to learn about horses

Horses (2 lessons)

Included is one lesson on horses, specifically for younger children. Also included is part 1 of a 3 part hands-on unit study on Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist, Scientist, & Inventor. This lesson will cover his work as an artist. Sculpt his famous horse, use watercolors to paint a bird, practice drawing using perspective, and more!

  • Horse Lesson Plan for Younger Children - Do you have a young child who loves horses? Use this fun, hands-on lesson or play date activity to explore horse breeds, gaits, diet, and more!
  • Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist - Always been intrigued by Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile? Wondering about The Last Summer? This is part 1 of a 3 part hands-on unit study on Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist, Scientist, & Inventor. This lesson will cover his work as an artist. Sculpt a horse, use watercolors to paint a bird, practice drawing using perspective, and more!

Image credit: http://www.kidsconfidential.co.uk/Health-and-Beauty/Police-unveil-new-toddler-uniform
Image credit: http://www.kidsconfidential.co.uk/Health-and-Beauty/Police-unveil-new-toddler-uniform

Crime & Punishment (1 lesson)

  • Laws and Obedience Lesson - Looking for a fun way to help preschoolers learn about obedience and laws? Create and eat edible 10 Commandments, play Cops and Robbers after reading about police officers, act of the fall of Adam and Eve, and more in this fun lesson on crime and punishment.

Orderliness

Constructing a bird house
Constructing a bird house

House Construction (1 lesson)

  • Building & Home Construction for Young Children - Do you have a young child who loves tools and building things? Build and paint a bird house, construct a house out of pretzels, and more in this fun, hands-on lesson exploring the world of home construction!

Examining life in pond water from Lesson 1: Taxonomy, Animal Classification, and Invertebrates
Examining life in pond water from Lesson 1: Taxonomy, Animal Classification, and Invertebrates

Animal Classification (5 lessons)

Examine pond water and yeast cells under a microscope, test out various insect mouths, dissect a fish, create an egg model, perform a play about mammals, present on a specific animal phylum or genius, and more during this fun 5 part hands-on unit study on animal classification!

  • Taxonomy, Animal Classification, and Invertebrates Lesson - This is part 1 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on zoology. Examine pond water and yeast cells under a microscope, dissect an oyster, sing “The Six Kingdom Song,” eat 5 of the kingdoms on a supreme pizza, and more!
  • Insects and Spiders Lesson - This is part 2 of a 5 part hands-on unit on zoology. Test out various insect mouth types, examine insect parts under a microscope, make and eat edible ants, test out spider webs for vibration, and more!
  • Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish (Cold-blooded Vertebrates) Lesson - This is part 3 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on Zoology. Peel your “skin” like a reptile, dissect a fish, make origami jumping frogs, compare amphibian and reptile eggs by feeling tapioca and grapes, and more!
  • Birds Lesson - This is part 4 of a 5 part hands-on unit on zoology. Create an egg model, make edible nests, test out various types of beaks, compare bird bones with mammal bones, examine various feathers, dissect a gizzard, sing a song about bird traits, and more!
  • Mammals Lesson - This is part 5 of a 5 part hands-on unit on zoology. Perform a play about mammals, experience how blubber keeps marine mammals warm, sniff out your “baby,” examine animal skulls, dissect an owl pellet and piece together a rodent skeleton, and more!
  • Zoology Presentations and Field Trip Ideas This describes the culminating activity for the 5 part hands-on unit on zoology. The children each presented on an assigned phylum, class, or order of animals. They also sang some of the animal classification songs and enjoyed an animal-themed meal. (Recipes are included.) Also included are the field trips we attended during this unit.

Observing parts of a flower from and activity found in Lesson 1: Flowers
Observing parts of a flower from and activity found in Lesson 1: Flowers

Plant Classification (2 lessons)

(These lessons are repeated and additional lessons are added under the topic of Patience: Plants.)

  • Flowers Lesson - Go on a flower hunt, dissect a flower, create edible flowers, paint flowers, and more in this fun lesson on flowers! This is part 2 of a 2 part unit study on Plant Classification.
  • Trees & Leaves Lesson - This is part 2 of a 2 part unit study on Plant Classification. Play a photosynthesis relay race, create an edible leaf structure, act out the parts of a tree, examine and classify tree leaves and use them to identify trees, and more in this fun, hands-on lesson on leaves and trees!

Sun Cookies from Lesson 3: Comets, Asteroids, Meteors, Stars, & Constellations
Sun Cookies from Lesson 3: Comets, Asteroids, Meteors, Stars, & Constellations

Planets & Moons (4 lessons)

Make planet pizzas as you study planets, form the lunar phases using Oreo cookies as you study the moon, study and paint Van Gogh's "Starry Night " as you study stars, build and blast off rockets as you study space exploration, make presentations on individual planets, and more during this 4 part hands-on unit study on the solar system.

  • Solar System Lesson - This is part 1 of a 4 part hands-on unit on Astronomy. Make planet pizzas, take a planet walk, and more in this exciting lesson on our fascinating solar system!
  • The Sun and the Moon Lesson - This is part 2 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Astronomy. Form the lunar phases using Oreo cookies, drop balls in flour to make a crater-filled lunar surface, recreate Galileo's famous gravity experiment, and more!
  • Comets, Asteroids, Meteors, Stars, & Constellations - This is part 3 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Astronomy. Make a comet, study and paint Van Gogh's "Starry Night," decorate a cookie to learn the parts of the sun, form asteroids out of mashed potatoes, assemble constellations using marshmallows, and more!
  • Astronauts, Rockets, and Space Ships Lesson - This is part 4 of a 4 part hands-on unit on Astronomy. Make rockets, try out astronaut tasks, make and eat a spacecraft, and more in this fun lesson on space exploration!
  • Astronomy Presentations and Field Trip Ideas - This is the culminating activity we did after a 4 part hands-on unit on astronomy. We held a star-gazing party and dinner. The children each presented on an assigned planet and they sang the astronomy songs we've been learning during our unit. Also included are the field trips we took during this unit.

Mining for rocks and minerals using seeded dirt
Mining for rocks and minerals using seeded dirt

Rock Classification (1 lesson)

  • Rock Classification Lesson - Make and eat “sedimentary” Seven Layer Bars, create “metamorphic” Snickers bars, do some rock mining, and more during this one lesson study on rock classification.

Trust

Image credit: http://www.havefunproductions.com/magician.html
Image credit: http://www.havefunproductions.com/magician.html

Deception/Illusion (1 lesson)

  • Illusion & Deception Lesson - Use this fun, hands-on lesson or family activity to explore deception and illusions in art, magic tricks, literature, and more! Learn simple magic tricks, read Aesop’s “The Fox and the Crow” and make puppets to act it out, view optical illusions in art, and more in this one week lesson on deception and illusion.

Making edible sheep
Making edible sheep

Sheep/Weaving (1 lesson)

  • Sheep, Wool, & Weaving Lesson - Make and eat edible sheep, card and dye wool, paint sheep paintings, and more in this fun lesson on sheep and weaving!

Designing sailboats and testing rudders from Lesson 2: Floating Ships and Boats
Designing sailboats and testing rudders from Lesson 2: Floating Ships and Boats

Floating and Flying: Ships & Planes (5 lessons)

Build an aluminum foil barge that can hold the most pennies, experiment with what floats and sinks and why, create working models of various ships and a submarine, design and build a variety of airplane and parachute models, and more during this 5 part hands-on unit study on floating and flying.

  • Buoyancy and Floating Lesson Plan - This is part 1 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on Floating & Flying (Fluid Mechanics). This week's focus is buoyancy (floating). Build an aluminum foil barge that can hold the most pennies, experiment with what floats and sinks and why, explore the relationship between density and buoyancy, and more!
  • Floating Ships and Boats Lesson - This is part 2 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on Floating & Flying (Fluid Mechanics). This week's focus is ships and boats. Create working models of sailboats, submarines, and hovercrafts, test out jet power, examine the impact of density of liquids and surface tension on floating, and more!
  • Air Pressure and Aeronautics Lesson - This is part 3 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on Floating & Flying. Discover the properties and power of air as you watch as air pressure blows up a balloon, sucks an egg into a bottle, collapses a can, holds water in an upside-down glass, and more!
  • History and Forces of Flight Lesson - This is part 4 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on Floating & Flying. Learn about the history of flight from the time of the Greeks through present day. Design and redesign foam fliers, balloon jets, parachutes, drag-chutes, and more as you examine the four forces of flight!
  • Paper Airplanes & The Four Forces of Flight Lesson - This is part 5 of a 5 part hands-on unit on Floating & Flying. Have fun while creating various types of paper airplanes in order to examine the relationship between plane design and the four forces of flight!
  • Floating and Flying Unit Presentations and Field Trip Ideas – This is the culminating activity for the five part hands-on unit on Floating & Flying. The children made ship and plane-themed dishes (recipes are included) and presented on famous planes or ships. Also included is where we went for field trips during this unit.

Patience

Acting out germination from Lesson 1: Plant Parts & Seeds
Acting out germination from Lesson 1: Plant Parts & Seeds

Plant Growth (3 lessons)

Go on a seed hunt, act out germination, create seed mosaics, make and eat a plant parts salad, dissect a flower, decorate sunflower cookies, compete in a photosynthesis relay race, got on a plant scavenger hunt, and more during this fun three part unit study on Plant Growth!

  • Plant Parts & Seeds Lesson - This is part 1 of a 3 part unit study on Botany and Plants. Go on a seed hunt, act out germination, create seed mosaics, make and eat a plant parts salad, and more in this fun lesson on plants!
  • Flowers Lesson - Go on a flower hunt, dissect a flower, create edible flowers, paint flowers, and more in this fun lesson on flowers! This is part 2 of a 3 part unit study on Botany and Plants.
  • Trees & Leaves Lesson - This is part 3 of a 4 part unit study on Botany and Plants. Play a photosynthesis relay race, create an edible leaf structure, act out the parts of a tree, examine and classify tree leaves and use them to identify trees, and more in this fun, hands-on lesson on leaves and trees!
  • Botany Scavenger Hunt & Field Trip Ideas - This is the culminating activity we did after a 3 week hands-on unit study on botany/plants. Children went on a fun-filled scavenger hunt for a variety of plants, and afterward had a plant-themed picnic lunch. Also included are the field trips we went on while studying this unit on botany and plants.

Experimenting with bread ingredients
Experimenting with bread ingredients

Grain/Bread/Yeast (1 lesson)

  • The Science of Bread - What makes bread rise? Does the water temperature really matter? What about sugar? What's the difference between whole wheat and white flour? What does wheat look like? Find out all this and more in this fun, hands-on lesson or play date activity on the science of bread!

Image credit: http://www.parenting.com/article/coffee-filter-butterfly
Image credit: http://www.parenting.com/article/coffee-filter-butterfly

Animal Birth/Growth: Butterflies (1 lesson)

  • Butterfly Lesson for Children - Create butterfly crafts and snacks, play a butterfly game, watch live caterpillars transform into butterflies, and more in this one week lesson on butterflies.

Honor

Using a hula hoop to demonstrate how God is eternal image credit: http://learnersinbloom.blogspot.com/2012/03/10-hula-hoop-games-for-preschoolers.html
Using a hula hoop to demonstrate how God is eternal image credit: http://learnersinbloom.blogspot.com/2012/03/10-hula-hoop-games-for-preschoolers.html

Attributes of God (1 lesson)

  • Attributes of God Lesson for Young Children - Play hide-and-seek as a reminder that God is everywhere (omnipresent). Sculpt and then destroy a figure made out of aluminum foil as a reminder that God is sovereign. Compare and egg to the trinity and then snack on the egg. Do all these and more in this lesson for young children on the attributes of God!

Shaping clay
Shaping clay

Pottery (1 lesson)

  • Pottery for Young Children - Create pinch pots, form animals out of Rice Krispie Treat "Clay," examine various types of pottery and more in this fun, hands-on lesson or "play date" activity to explore the world of pottery!

Alexander Calder-inspired standing mobile
Alexander Calder-inspired standing mobile

Sculpting (1 lesson)

  • Sculpting for Young Children - Examine works by Leonardo da Vinci, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, and others and the recreate their works through soap carvings, pizza dough sculpting, mobile making, and more!

Edible model of the tabernacle
Edible model of the tabernacle

Tabernacle (1 lesson)

  • Tabernacle Lesson - Make an edible model of the tabernacle, draw the articles used in the tabernacle, create a walk-through tabernacle using household articles, and more in this fun hands-on lesson on the tabernacle from a Christian perspective!

Stained Glass Rose Window  Cookies
Stained Glass Rose Window Cookies

Cathedrals (1 lesson)

  • Cathedral Lesson - Decorate stained-glass cookies, design a dome using blocks, sketch each type of cathedral, sing about the true foundation of cathedrals, and more in this fun one week lesson on cathedrals!

Observing how traits are passes through multiple generations by conducting the M&M Gingerbread Activity
Observing how traits are passes through multiple generations by conducting the M&M Gingerbread Activity

Heredity (1 lesson)

  • Genetics Lesson – Use M&M's to determine genetic traits, extract DNA from a strawberry using normal household materials, create edible DNA strands using marshmallows and licorice, design dog breeds as you select alleles, and more in this fun lesson on Heredity and Genetics!

Japanese Screen, Sumi-e Painting, & Cherry Blossoms
Japanese Screen, Sumi-e Painting, & Cherry Blossoms

Japan (1 lesson)

Studying China with crafts, food, and fun!
Studying China with crafts, food, and fun!

Countries/Cultures (26 lessons)

Countries/Cultures: Around the World in 26 Letters - Create and decorate an Australian didgeridoo, make maracas while studying Brazil, eat sticky rice with chopsticks while studying China, construct Denmark’s flag out of Lego’s, bake baklava while studying Egypt, build a model of the Eiffel tower when studying France, and more!

Learning mealtime manners
Learning mealtime manners

Kindness/Service/Etiquette (1 lesson)

  • Manners Lesson - Using role playing, picture books on manners, and a formal sit-down dinner, cover various aspects of manners and etiquette in this fun 1 week lesson on etiquette and kindness.

Konos Theme Song

Konos Volume I
Konos Volume I

Konos Curriculum

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Konos Curriculum

I use Konos Curriculum as a springboard from which to plan my lessons. It's a wonderful Christian curriculum and was created by moms with active children! You can even watch free on-line videos as Jessica, one of the co-authors of Konos, walks you through a unit. (Look for the Explanation Videos tab.)

Konos Home School Mentor

If you're new to homeschooling or in need of some fresh guidance, I highly recommend Konos' HomeSchoolMentor.com program! Watch videos on-line of what to do each day and how to teach it in this great hands-on format!

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      moonlitta 5 years ago

      Your contribution and all the work you've done should make you really proud- I would be in your place. You deserve the biggest success for all the pages (lesson plans) you've created.

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      DianaHarper LM 5 years ago

      I love this lens. Great job! Liked. Subscribed. Shared. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      ngio64 5 years ago

      Great lens. Blessed by the homeschool curriculum squid angel.

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      Heidi Reina 5 years ago from USA

      Engaging all the senses is the very best way to help kids learn. Thanks for sharing.

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      SnoopyGirl1 5 years ago

      I will be beginning this curriculum this January with my kids. I just discovered it and I feel it is just what my visual spatial guy needs. I know my daughter will like it too. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I used Konos during 10 years of home schooling my children -- who are now grown with children of their own who are also beginning home schoolers. Konos blesses the entire family in ways you cannot imagine that go beyond academics. Thank you for this wonderful lens. Very thorough and informative! And it brings back fond memories.

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @anonymous: We do love Konos and have made so many fond memories together while using it. Thank you!

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