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How to Use Children’s Books for Unit Studies (+ Book Review!)

I was recently given the opportunity to review a new children’s book called Grandma Snuggles. After reading this book, I knew it would make a great addition to my homeschool library and be used as a valuable resource in my animal unit study.

Here’s why…

Grandma Snuggles highlights eight different animals:

  • panda
  • hedgehog
  • beaver
  • mouse
  • dog
  • duck
  • rabbit
  • cat

Each animal receives its own “grandma” highlight and also makes mention of foods they eat, places they live (and sleep), and animal attributes.

The overall story is well written and uses words that any child can understand. If you have an early reader, you can even pick out sight words for them to read.

The pictures also add to the written detail of each animal, and will help when showing my children illustrations of what I’m reading.

On a side note, this book also makes a wonderful gift for the grandmother in your children’s lives!

How to Use Children’s Books for Unit Studies

First you’ll want to choose a unit study theme. In the case of Grandma Snuggles, the theme will be animals. You could even break it down to pets (dog, cat, rabbit) or forest animals (hedgehog, beaver, mouse, duck).

Next, gather your resources. In addition to books, you may also want to include:

  • videos
  • documentaries
  • movies
  • hands-on projects
  • activity pages
  • lapbooks or interactive notebooks
  • field trips

Then, create a unit study plan. In most cases our unit studies last at least a week, sometimes two. If the kids are really enjoying it then we’ll go as long as they’re interested.

Having a plan is a great idea but don’t feel tied down to it. Also keep in mind that multiple subjects can be crossed with a good unit study resource and activity. Using Grandma Snuggles alone, I will touch base with:

  • English & Language Arts
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Math
  • Socio-Emotional
  • Preschool basics (colors, shapes, etc.)

Once you have your plan and resources in place, all there’s left to do is get started!

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

For one week only, you can enter for a chance to win a hard copy of Grandma Snuggles! Simply answer this question in the comments below – Do you use unit studies in your homeschool? Why or why not?

(NOTE: Must be U.S. resident and at least 18 years old to enter.) Thank you, Zonderkidz, for providing the winning book. This giveaway ends Monday, September 7, 2020 at 11:59 pm CST.)

(I was given a free copy of Grandma Snuggles for review in exchange for writing a blog post and hosting a giveaway.)

5 thoughts on “How to Use Children’s Books for Unit Studies (+ Book Review!)”

  1. I don’t use unit studies because my student is a special needs child. She loves to hear books read to her, but using a book to teach subjects she doesn’t understand just doesn’t work.

  2. I have not used unit studies in our homeschool. Mainly because we just found a program that seems to be working for my little guy after trying several and they just…. were horrible really. I like the idea of them and the way you broke it down really makes it look easy and doable. Thank you for this post. I think we might try adding something like this to our program. 🙂

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