Homeschool Unit Studies: How to Teach with Your Unit Study

Part 6 in our How to Write Homeschool Unit Studies series by Tina Franks

So You’ve finished writing out this unit study.  Now what do You do with it? 

How do You use it?

How you go about teaching your unit study depends on a great number of factors.  Before we discuss those, remember again that that beauty of learning with unit studies is the freedom they provide to really learn about a topic. 

While it’s great to set some goals for completing the study, don’t feel like you have to force yourself to run through it in a week.  Take the time you and your student need to learn and enjoy the learning process. 

But how long should it take? 

The answer to this question depends on how wide of a topic you’ve chosen to study. 

A study on a children’s picture book might take a week, while a study on Ancient China might take a month or more.  The broader the topic you’ve chosen and the more you’ve included, the longer it’ll take to go through. 

Let common sense and realism be your guide when planning and, above all, allow yourself the flexibility to take an extra few days or even weeks if you’re really enjoying what you’re doing. 

Foster that love of learning in your students and they’ll learn so much more!

But how do I teach it? 

Just because I’ve suggested flexibility in the duration of your unit study doesn’t mean that it might not be prudent to come up with a loose plan on what to cover and when.  Many people choose to break up the subjects in a unit study, dedicating one day a week to one or two specific subject areas. 

For a smaller unit study, like the children’s picture book mentioned above, you might choose to cover the language arts aspects of the study on Monday, the social studies aspects on Tuesday, science on Wednesday, math and art on Thursday, and field trips or miscellaneous projects on Friday. 

For a larger unit study, like Ancient China, you might choose to allocate one day to a certain sub-topic within a subject or several sub-topics from a couple subject areas per day. 

You know your teaching style better than anyone else.  You know your student better than anyone else.  And by know, you’ve probably got a pretty good grasp of the topic at hand.  Use this knowledge as your guide and schedule your day, your week, your month accordingly.

But I’m teaching several children on several different ability levels.  How can I make this work? 

Again, unit studies are flexible.  You’ve done all of the research already.  The information that an older child will study can be adapted so that a younger child can participate. 

Your older student, if he or she is reading well independently, can read that literature go-along to the younger children.  While the older child is writing a report on it, the younger child can draw a picture.  Everyone can participate in experiments and art projects. 

We include the younger kids in what we do around the house every day, so finding ways to include them in our unit studies is really no different.  Once again, common sense and your knowledge of your particular situation should guide you here.

Coming Next in this Series: Homeschool Unit Studies:Creating Your Own v.s. Buying Premade

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