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How Unit Studies Changed Our Homeschool

As homeschooling evolves, there are more and more methods and styles surfacing. One of the newest methods is known as the Unit Study Method, and a lot of homeschooling families are loving it! The biggest reason is they practically fit any learning style. 

What are unit studies?

Unit studies are what they sound like… You are basically using the study of a particular topics or concept to teach across several (if not all) subject areas. Unit studies have changed the way I homeschool and I can’t say I’m ever going back. Plus, I want to tell you about one of the coolest resources you should check out for summer fun learning!

4 Reasons to Give Unit Studies a Try

Unit Studies give my kids a variety of ways to learn.

Whether we are studying butterflies, the ocean, or a certain culture, my kiddos get a variety of ways to learn about the chosen topic. Through books (especially living books), field trips, videos, and hands-on activities, they never get bored.

Not to mention, a variety of ways to learn is super important when you’re homeschooling multiples.

Unit Studies have the ability to cover any and every subject.

At first I wasn’t sure how I was going to get those “tough subjects” in. As I started researching and finding resources, I quickly realized that it would be easy.

For example, we are currently doing a Butterfly Nature Study using a resource from Holistic Homeschooler. In this resource, she provides over 20 pages of printables that touch science, handwriting skills through copywork, reading, and geography. When you come across a resource like this, it’s like hitting jackpot!

Unit Studies open the door to deeper understanding.

With almost every unit study we did last homeschool year, my kiddos have been intrigued to want to learn more about the subject or was led to want to discover something else.

Best part about this is it shows that their minds are hard at work, and they are eager to learn more or learn something new. With Holistic Homeschooler’s Butterfly Nature Study Packet, my kiddos learned how to identify butterflies. Now when we go outside, they are on the lookout for butterflies and get super excited to be able to identify them!

Unit Studies make education flexible.

Going back to the Butterfly Nature Study… the flexibility of this resource is amazing. I am homeschooling three kiddos (at the time) with a six-month-old baby in tow so it’s important for me to score resources that meet various levels of learning.

The ability to have printables on hand for my toddler, preschooler, and fourth grader has made learning about butterflies and their nature smooth. When we can group learning together, it makes it so much more fun!

A Unit Study You Should Try

As you can probably already tell, the resource I want to tell you about is Holistic Homeschooler’s Butterfly Nature Study Packet. Upon receiving this resource I knew it was going to be a perfect fit for our homeschool because I’m homeschooling multiples from toddler to fourth grade.

Anytime a resource offers printables that all the kids can use, I’m all for it. The Butterfly Nature Study Packet comes with beautifully made printables, two of which I decided to print and laminate {the butterfly anatomy and life cycle pages} so the kids could practice identification with what is now a reusable resource.

The fact that this resource aligns with the Charlotte Mason method means that my kiddos are seeing real life pictures of butterflies and the life cycle process. There is also a list of living books that can be found at the public library to incorporate.

This really brings learning to life and helps my children learn about the nature of a butterfly in a realistic way. This resource also fit perfectly with some other resources I used for our unit study of butterflies. Its a win-win and that’s why I recommend that you check out Holistic Homeschooler’s Butterfly Nature Study Packet. You’re welcome. 🙂

Psst… if you’re looking for ways to incorporate unit studies into your homeschool, I recommend checking out my free unit study lesson plans page. It is chocked full with {free} resources you can use from printables to videos!

CHIME IN: do you use Unit Studies as part of your homeschooling? If so, what are some of your subjects/topics to study?

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Operation Homeschool Success: Parenting Styles

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been on a “styles” kick. You’ve probably heard of learning styles and homeschooling styles as being very important facets in home education – but what about the role that parenting styles play?

In our Facebook group, With the Huddleston’s Homeschooling Community, we started a two-week mission called Operation Homeschool Success. The idea behind this movement is to show just how eclectic each of our homeschools are and share information, wisdom, and knowledge that could help us along this journey. Each day a question is posted and we all share our experiences.

The question about the effects of parenting styles came to the table and a wonderful amount of responses sprang from it. Some mamas shared the importance of parenting styles in their home while another shared how embracing her children’s learning styles on top of her parenting style creates positive change in how she leads. (AMAZING THOUGHT!)

I did some research to better understand parenting styles and I started thinking about how it is just as important as all the other styles we talk about. In my book, Just for Today’s Homeschooling Mom, I devote an entire chapter to learning and homeschooling styles because they are always in the spotlight. But what I’ve come to realize is that the way in which we parent is just as important – and a crucial piece of the puzzle in the picture of homeschooling successfully.

So what kind of parenting style do you mainly operate in? The brick wall parent who has to have total control with no bending… or the jellyfish parent who operates with no boundaries or expectations? Or how about the better-now-than-later parent who wants her child reading by age two? There are a few more to this list and I recommend reading about them here. Then, think about the way your children learn. Are you helping or hindering them by your parenting style? Does this compliment your homeschooling style?

We tackled all of these questions in my Facebook group and a lovely discussion video came from it too! It’s already on YouTube so go check it out, subscribe while you’re there (because I’m always adding valuable content to our channel), and share your thoughts about how parenting styles effect homeschooling!

If you’re new to homeschooling and have no idea about all these different styles, let alone how to implement them – I’d love to help you out! As your personal Homeschool Lifestyle Consultant, it is my desire to he

lp new (and veteran) homeschooling mamas create a path of homeschooling success and have the confidence to live unapologetically authentic in the process! Schedule your free discover session with me today!

 

Until next time, happy homeschooling y’all!