Homeschool Unit Studies: All Those Library Books

Part 5 in our How to Write Homeschool Unit Studies series by Tina Franks

All Those Library Books

Homeschool Unit Studies: All Those Library Books

You may have noticed back in part four that I included a warning about the number of library books to include in the research process.  I feel it’s important to spend a few minutes talking about this… to save you some undue stress. 

I call it the “TMI-trap.”  We’ve all done it. 

You go to the library, you’ve got three kids in tow, and you need to get some books on a certain topic that they’re supposed to be studying.  So you grab a backpack and fill it to bursting with everything on the subject that you can find at the library, intending to look through the collection when you get home and decide which ones to use, because you know you don’t have a chance of sitting down at the library and deciding. 

While the free time at home does pop up every once in a while for the typical busy homeschool mom to be able to do that, more times than not you’re just stuck with a backpack full of mostly untouched library books that you’ll have to lug back to the library in a few weeks. 

Please don’t stress yourself out like that. 

More information is great, sure, but taking a few minutes at home to research what’s available will save you a great deal of frustration and prevent you from getting overwhelmed and throwing in the unit study writing towel. 

Many library systems have an online catalog that will search by topic and then let you further narrow that search by branch (if you’re in a system of libraries) or language or type of book.  Check out what’s available if you can.  If the descriptions from your library are vague or you don’t have an online catalog to use, do your research on 

Get an idea of which books you’d really like to use and take that list to the library. 

Choosing a handful of quality resources over a dozen random books on the topic will both save you time and sanity in the writing process and make the study much more fun for your student.  (You might follow this same advice when it comes to web links and worksheets, as well.  More is not always better!)

Coming Next in this Series: Homeschool Unit Studies: How to Teach with Your Unit Study

P.S. Want to learn more about writing your own unit studies? Follow along as Tina shows exactly how she creates her latest homeschool unit study – a study based on her son’s passion for the Godzilla movies. Just sign up below to follow along for free:

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