We are heading into our sixth year of homeschooling--which I can't believe at all! I still feel like a newbie in so many ways. (Which may have something to do with the fact that every year we do different things, curriculum, outside classes, etc--so in a way we kind of are newbies every year!)
However, in some ways I'm getting my sea legs. This coming year, for instance, for the first time, I am going to rely primarily on Unit Studies for my youngest's curriculum.
And I'm only a little bit scared of it!
We have done bits and pieces of Unit Studies each year, and each year we seem to do bigger bits and pieces. My kiddos love them, and really demonstrate that they learn effectively through this method. So, really, it's been me that's had a hard time making the transition to using them as a primary way of learning for the whole school year.
Now I'm ready. And so very excited! I'm looking forward to a fun year where Bug continues to learn to be excited about learning and enthusiastic about his schooling.
So what exactly do I plan to cover with unit studies?
--Reading. We will be collecting plenty of fiction and non-fiction books about each topic. Bug has always been a strong reader and enjoys it, so I don't see much of a struggle here. We will do some reading aloud, some oral narration, and lots and lots of silent reading.
--Science. A given, when I show you my final unit study list for the year.
--History. Also a given.
--Geography. This will be included in the studies, but we will also be doing a study on the United States as a family as well, so it's like "double duty".
--Writing. As in handwriting. Lots and lots of copy work based on things we are learning about. Bug's spelling and composition skills are pretty rough right now, so we will work a bit individually on these another way.
And the "other stuff"?
--Math. We will be using CTC Math and Singapore Math. Bug does well in math, but gets bored quickly with textbook approaches, so hopefully mixing these up will hold his interest. We are also still working on getting addition and subtraction facts memorized using our Learning Wrap Ups.
--Spelling. We will be using the dictation exercises found in one of our Heart of Dakota manuals: Bigger Hearts for His Glory.
--Bible. We are using Apologia's What on Earth Can I Do? through the summer, and after Labor Day, our Community Bible Study will start back up. This will be a nine-month long study on Mark and some of the Epistles, and Bug will have work assigned every day. We are also continuing devotions kind of daily, and working on memorizing Scripture. Both unit studies that we have chosen also are Christian-based, so hopefully we will be bathed in God's Word every day.
--Poetry / Artists / Composers / Nature Studies. We are going to try to head back to our Charlotte Mason roots and incorporate each of these things one day / week. My plan is to use the Great Artists Study from Confessions of a Homeschooler and various composer studies on the internet. Poetry will be done with his sister, who will be studying Emily Dickinson this year.
What Unit Studies will we use?
I am not the kind of Momma who wants to do her own Unit Study Creation. I buy them. I especially like them when they are scripted or include "point and click" downloadable links! Because of that, we've always loved Amanda Bennett's Unit Studies. Now that I've gotten more comfortable with the concept, I will also be branching out into KONOS.
Here's what our year looks like:
August - October
Amanda Bennett's Space
Amanda Bennett's Autumn Treasures
Amanda Bennett's Birthday Bonanza
November - December
Amanda Bennett's Thanksgiving
January - March
KONOS Kings & Queens
Amanda Bennett's George Washington
Amanda Bennett's Easter Promise
April - May
Amanda Bennett's Terrific Tigers
Amanda Bennett's Baseball
I can't wait! Looking forward to a super-fun year!
Have you ever done a whole year of unit studies as your curriculum? Do you have any helpful tips for me?