This is a first for us, we are doing a unit study. What is a unit study? I had this question, and dismissed the idea of doing on because I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. There are many different methods to educating our children, and this is just one more.
But here is it is: a unit study is a collection of learning activities tied to a theme. They are popular with many homeschooling families because they provide a hands-on approach to learning that incorporates subjects such as math, science, language arts, and the social sciences.
Unit Studies in Our Homeschool
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Why are we doing a unit study now? Because we have a fish tank. Yup, there ya go. We got a fish tank in November/December and have been learning a lot since – mainly me as I struggle to keep fish alive.
We are now getting into wanting plants as well, creating a small ecosystem. To me, it seemed like the simpliest why to teach our kids about it, was through trial and error, and a unit study to keep me on track.
In a unit study you start out by deciding on your topic, ours being Aquarium ecosystem. You are also going to pick your subtopics. Our subtopics are Water, Fish Life, Plant Life, etc.
With that, you decide which subjects you can include such as spelling, science, etc, and what you will learn through those subjects. For example, we’ll be learning which plants are best for our small tank, as well as what we need to create a “cleaning” system in our tank – which plants would be part of.
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