We use so many books in our unit studies. I usually start by reserving everything our library has, going through the books looking for supplemental material to our curriculum, and looking for lots of hands on activity options. This time I used some of the non-fiction books to ear-mark pagesContinue Reading

When I start a unit study I reserve all interesting looking books in our library system on our topic, and sometimes I come across a gem I didn’t know I was looking for! With this unit, I reserved a book called Hands-on-History: American History Activities by Shell Education. The bookContinue Reading

One of the thing I love doing in our unit studies, is building in days where we change up our schedule and spend the whole day focusing on our unit. I especially love it when I can make those days math or science based days, because our unit studies areContinue Reading

After our Earliest Americans Unit Study we took a little bit of time to work on various individual topics of the kids and finish up some other threads of study. Everything ticked along OK, and we always seem to have this period of time without a unit study in theContinue Reading

We’re just wrapping up our Earliest Americans unit, looking at how people originally migrated into the Americas, and the main cultural regions of North America before 1492. Here are many of the books we used for our study. This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a smallContinue Reading

Our Earliest Americans unit study will focus on the different ways humans may have arrived in the Americas. We’ll also look at how the different climates around North America may have influenced lifestyles. Before the unit I asked the kids if they had any specific projects in mind that they’dContinue Reading

Our first unit study this Fall is a dive into the Renaissance. We’re coming at the Renaissance from the angle of the knowledge learnt and the Renaissance scientists. I know that when the topic comes around again the focus will be on the role of the church, government, and theContinue Reading

We’ve had a great time learning about The Renaissance! We used a lot of different books, and watched several video clips – hopefully some of what we found useful will be helpful for you too. Don’t forget to check out our initial Renaissance Unit Study Plan, and our End ofContinue Reading

Time to start another school year! We took a long 3.5 week break after our Ancient Maya and Rainforest Unit Studies. This year I want to try to run our year in unit studies. I only want to plan for 5-7 weeks at a time, then take a week orContinue Reading

Wow, this turned into a labor of love! A few task cards I whipped up one evening before giving my kids a lesson on Ancient Maya counting kept growing and turned into 50 pages of information and cards! My kids LOVED this Ancient Maya Math Pack. They used and testedContinue Reading