One approach to learning is to create a unit study. This all encompassing, focused study uses resources from all areas of a curriculum whenever possible, and provides an in-depth learning experience.
Often these studies start with a main resource book, dig into extras, involve hands-on where possible, and expand through many subjects such as math, language, history, geography, etc. Usually this method involves getting very comfortable with your local library, your computer, and the related resources that might be available in your local community. Popular ways to showcase what you’ve learned are through compiled presentation methods such as lapbooks, notebooks, or scrapbooks – but more technological options such as videos and blogging are starting to pop up too.
If this is the way you want to teach your kids, how can you get started learning like this?
Option 1: Find or buy pre-made / pre-prepared unit studies.
One of the wonderful thing about our world today is that you can find just about anything you want online. There are quite a few terrific unit study resources available out there – on just about any topic!
Here are some sites to check out:
Option 2: Create Your Own.
Making your own unit study can be a lot of fun, and mean that you can tailor fit it to your child’s favourite subjects and interests.
The first step is to pick the subject and then develop a plan around it – using whatever resources you have available to help. If you have a Look for books, videos, websites, field trips you can take, resources in the community, people you can have as guests or visitors to teach, crafts and/or hands-on projects to do, etc. etc. The goal is to saturate your child’s learning experience with a fun, creative, and educational focus on the topic of choice.
If you are looking for some help to create your own unit study, please feel free to download this printable. Included are worksheets for:
- Overall plans
- Breaking the unit into subtopics
- Connecting the topic to other subjects
- Worksheets for books, videos, websites, printables, field trips, guest speakers
- Planner for crafts and hands-on activities
- Daily Plan outlines for your unit
- Extra planning pages
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