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Fun Thanksgiving Unit Studies for November

by Rebecca Capuano
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Well, it’s already into the first week of November, and I’m realizing that I am supposed to be doing something Thanksgiving-y with my kids. I mean, I even write for TheHomeSchoolMom on creative ways to celebrate the holiday with the family, fun Thanksgiving activities, and ways to express gratitude. You’d kind of think that I would have this whole Thanksgiving-focus-during-the-month-of-November thing down. But, here I am, already into November, and realizing I’m not prepared. Have no fear, Thanksgiving homeschooling procrastinators, all is not lost. Continue reading »

BSA Merit Badges {Free Unit Studies}

by Jeanne Faulconer
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Where can you find over 100 free high quality unit studies? Boy Scouts! The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program offers great merit badge materials to its Scouts, which my older sons used on their way to achieving their Eagle Scout ranks. Completing merit badge requirements was often a great addition to their study of science, history, culture, government, business, and technology, and they also learned some great life skills for staying fit and healthy, managing money, and dealing with emergencies. Continue reading »

Kids Blogging Unit Studies

by Jeanne Faulconer
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What do you get when your child combines a unit study and notebooking with a blog?

You get the homeschool version of a Virtual Learning Environment (a fancy way of saying learning that is enhanced by the Internet).

Homeschooling parents can use what they already know about unit studies and notebooking to have their children create their own unit study blogs on specific topics — their own VLE’s. Continue reading »

Free Unit Studies

by Mary Ann Kelley

We have 7 different notebooking units available for download along with both printable planner pages and a spreadsheet planner with transcript forms. Continue reading »

Unit Studies

by Mary Ann Kelley
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Helpful resources for unit studies, free unit downloads, resources for books in Five in a Row, and more Continue reading »

Unit Studies

by Mary Ann Kelley
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Unit studies are a popular homeschooling method because they can be hands-on, literature-based, or even geared towards the Charlotte Mason method. Unit Studies typically encompass all of the scholastic subjects through the study of one topic (Weaver units or KONOS character units, for example), although they can be specific to a specific subject (like Evan-Moor science units or Teacher Created Materials units). Since it is easier to teach different ages the same topics with multi-level unit studies, they are popular among homeschoolers wanting to keep all of their children on similar topics at the same time. Continue reading »

Science Unit Studies For Homeschoolers and Teachers

by Mary Ann Kelley

Susan Kilbride is a homeschooling mother with a degree in biology. A few years ago she noticed that many homeschooling parents are either uncomfortable teaching their children science, or just don’t have the time to do the necessary research to teach their children science. Susan wrote her first book, Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Continue reading »

Amanda Bennett Unit Studies

by Mary Ann Kelley

Amanda Bennett Unit Studies offers in-depth study of a topic (space, trees, cars, etc.) that takes into account many areas of the topic, such as geography, science, history, art, etc. A complete immersion into the topic so that the student will see things as a “whole” instead of bits and pieces learned throughout their education. Continue reading »

Beautiful Feet Books Unit Studies

by Mary Ann Kelley

Beautiful Feet Books provides study guides and literature packs for learning history through literature. They also offer unit studies on a variety of topics outside of history. Most resources are guides for purchase, but a few topics include downloadable curriculum.

Unit Studies Using Weaver

by THSM Contributor

The Weaver uses the Bible as the spring-board for history, science, creative writing and many other projects. As we began to systematically work through the Bible I realized that my goal was being accomplished. My children were exposed to the profound truths of the Bible and loving it. Our Bible times do not focus on facts but on the application of the Word. In Ruth 3 we discussed the importance of choosing a mate who was not only a Christian but one who displayed the character of Christ as Boaz and Ruth both did. The Weaver moves us beyond the text to real-life application. Continue reading »

20 Topics for a Nutrition Unit Study

by Jeanne Faulconer
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Nutrition is an ideal homeschooling topic for the 10 – 14 year olds in your family or homeschool co-op. These middle years are an excellent time to go into more depth about what we eat and how it affects our health and growth. Tweens and early teens are especially interested in the changes brought by adolescence, and nutrition is a “safe” topic where kids can think about how their current choices affect their future. Continue reading »

Download ‘N Go units

by Mary Ann Kelley

Download ‘N Go is a series of unit studies and lapbooking materials from Amanda Bennett and The Old Schoolhouse for K through 4th grade students. The units have 5 daily lessons that are complete and require no preparation. A wide variety of units are available for instant download.

Unit Study Approach

by THSM Contributor

Unit studies, sometimes called thematic units or integrated studies, are very popular with homeschoolers. Unit studies usually use a hands-on approach for effective learning. The child learns by actually experiencing or discovering through different methods and activities, rather than just reading a chapter from a textbook. Studies show that children using unit-study methods retain 45% more than those using a traditional approach. Continue reading »


by Mary Ann Kelley
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Many new homeschoolers feel most comfortable replicating school at home. The use of textbooks is most common the first year or two of homeschooling while the parent builds their confidence. Many homeschoolers continue to find the textbook method works for their family while others may continue to use textbooks for some subjects and branch into unit studies or relaxed learning for other subjects. Continue reading »

Celebrating Christmas with School, Part 1

by Rebecca Capuano
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During the month of December, there’s no better place to be than in the house of a home educator! This month provides so many opportunities for creative, fun learning as families help children prepare for Christmas. Arts and crafts, special recipes, decorating, singing… it’s worth taking a bit of a break from the academic rigor maintained through most of the year in order to enjoy some special Christmas-related activities as a family. To get the most out of the holiday, why not try a special study to prepare for Christmas? Christmas lapbooks, Advent devotionals, unit studies – the possibilities are endless! Check out some of these wonderful options for homeschooling in December… Continue reading »

Why I Don’t Do Homeschool Planning in the Spring

by Vanessa Wright
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When I first started homeschooling, I was ALL about the planning. I would research EVERYTHING to nth degree. I almost broke our printer one summer printing out everything I could find about Charlotte Mason and Ambleside Online. I was pumped. We were going all in on Charlotte Mason—100 percent, friends. It was May and I was feeling awesome about everything. Fall came around, and can you guess what happened? Continue reading »

November 2018

by Mary Ann Kelley

Geography Club, Homeschooling an Anxious Child, Thanksgiving, Coding, and More… Continue reading »

Can You Thrive And Not Just Survive February Homeschooling? Yes!

by Vanessa Wright
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Dear February – Why do you sneak up on me and then drag out your days until eternity despite being the shortest month of the year? Why do you keep cramping my homeschooling style? Sorry, February, not this year. Nope. I’m taking February homeschooling by (snow?) storm and I’m going to encourage my friends to do the same. Can we be friends, February? Can we partner together to thrive and not just survive homeschooling in the longest shortest month of the year? Continue reading »

Create an Engaging Homeschool Geography Club

by Vanessa Wright
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Geography. It was not my favorite subject growing up in traditional schools, and I wanted to teach homeschool geography differently from the way I learned it in school. Sure, I knew my states, could identify other countries, large bodies of water, various cities, etc. But, the process was lots of memorizing, spitting out facts, and then promptly forgetting everything. I didn’t want that for my kids. When we began homeschooling, I knew I wanted my kids to have a natural curiosity about out our world. I wanted our homeschool geography study to be something that we naturally discussed in fun and hands-on ways, using a variety of resources. Continue reading »

Middle School Mania: How We’re Transitioning to Homeschooling Middle School

by Vanessa Wright
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Homeschooling middle school is a new season of life. I prepared by buying a new prepackaged curriculum, and while I loved everything about this curriculum, I had forgotten to take my kids’ learning styles and desires into account. I assumed they would be happy to go along with whatever I put on the table. I had to accept that we were in a new season of homeschooling. I had to acknowledge that my kids were growing up and had developed their own interests. They had their own strengths and weaknesses. They were ready to let go of some anchors in our days that I was clinging to for dear life. Anchors that I thought were required to have a “good” or “productive” homeschool. Continue reading »