Enhance Your Homeschool With Unit Studies

No matter where you are in your homeschooling journey, you are probably looking for ways to give your kiddos an effective learning experience. Am I right? The hours spent trying to find the right curriculum, the Pinterest boards filled with “maybe I’ll try this” pins, not to mention the countless Facebook groups you’ve joined aren’t for nothing! One approach to homeschooling that has won me over is this one: unit studies. Unit studies have picked up a lot of momentum in the homeschooling community, and rightfully so. This is one of the best methods I have come across that not

Hands-On Music History

Home School in the Woods has become a favorite of ours! We have now been reviewing the Composers Activity-Pak, which is part of their collection of Hands-On History Activity-Paks. We previously reviewed a couple of their a la carte items if you’d like to find out more about their extensive variety of products. This in-depth music unit study set covers history (obviously) but also music theory, the orchestra, composers, instruments, and a bunch of well-known songs to add an auditory component.

Progeny Press Literature eGuides

We had the opportunity to review one of the eGuides from Progeny Press, which is a Christian-based company offering unit study guides for all ages and reading levels. We reviewed one of the literature eGuides for lower elementary level, The Josefina Story Quilt – eGuide. We do a lot of readlouds due to my kids being so new to reading and they loved this story. But beyond that, we were able to go much deeper into the whys and hows behind the story due to the guide from Progeny Press. To give a plot synopsis of the book we were

YWAM Publishing Unit Studies – Heroes of History

The Heroes of History books from YWAM Publishing are engaging biographies for children, written about people from the discovery of the new world through to the present. Sticking with our early American history theme that we’ve been doing this year, I chose a book about William Penn for this review, entitled William Penn: Liberty and Justice for All. We also received an intensive unit study guide, which was an extremely thorough adjunct to the book itself. Bear in mind that these resources are geared toward ages 10 and up, and my oldest child is only 6. However, it was very

What are notebooking pages?

When I first heard the term, I was like…soooo, these are blank lined pages like in a notebook? What is so special about that? And why would someone pay for these?? As it turns out, it’s something pretty cool. These ARE blank pages for your student to fill out. And they may have lines on them. But they are more than that! They might: be tailored to a certain activity, subject, or topic have decorations, pictures, or words provide space to write and also to draw (great for younger kids) Notebooking pages serve as a way to reinforce information your

Resurrection Day Resources

In our home, we don’t do “Easter” as it were, with eggs and bunnies and those types of things. We focus on Jesus and his sacrifice and what it means for us, giving thanks to the Father! We call it “Resurrection Day,” so we fully grasp why this is such a momentous and joyous occasion. It can be hard to find resources to teach about the Resurrection in a kid-friendly way, so I set out to find activities for you to use in your home and homeschool during this time of year. This article originally appeared on my old blog,

Teaching Your Kids Biblical Truths

Hey, Mom, teaching your kids about God and His Word just got a lot easier! I had been struggling to find the right way to help my young kids understand the happenings of the Bible, but we’ve been reviewing a new book called What God is Doing and it has been a prayer answered! Anne Marie Gosnell, the author, has written this book so parents can teach their kids in such a way that the point comes across without being diluted in the way most kids’ Bibles and books are (particularly the history in the Old Testament, which is often skipped

FREE Dairy Unit Study

This was our first unit study of the 2017-2018 school year! It was pretty intensive and demanded quite a bit of my own time due to all the kitchen activities, but my children are also barely kindergarten age, so older kids (and their moms!) will have an easier time than we did. It was still great fun! In our dairy unit, we learned about how milk comes from cows, the process of bottling it, how cows live, and the many products that can be made from milk. We also learned about bacteria, culturing and fermentation, chemical changes and states of

Unit Study Planning

I’ll be the first to admit that I can get super overwhelmed when planning our homeschool year. Am I cramming in too much? At the right pace? A balance of challenge and ease? What materials will help them learn best? Are textbooks really necessary?? One thing I don’t struggle with is planning a unit study! I love the topical approach to subjects that are non-linear, like science and social studies at the elementary level. Unit studies are the perfect solution for us. I’m going to share with you the system I’ve developed that helps me get my ducks in a