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How Unit Studies Changed Our Homeschool + Why You Should Try It Too!

As homeschooling evolves, there are more and more methods and styles surfacing. One of the newest methods is known as the Unit Study Method which a lot of homeschooling families are loving. The biggest reason is it practically fits any learning and homeschool style. It is what it sounds like so you’re basically using the study of a particular subject 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!

Unit Studies give my kids a variety of ways to learn. Whether we are studying butterflies, the ocean, a certain culture, or farming, my kiddos are going to 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, but 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 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!

All of these reasons, plus tons of others, are why I recommend that you give Unit Studies a try in your homeschool. You might just be surprised of how it works out for you!

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. I hand them the laminated page, a dry erase marker, and small cloth and let them go at it {over and over again}!

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?

 

Happy homeschooling y’all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the Huddlestons was not paid to give a review for Holistic Homeschooler’s resource, Butterfly Nature Study Packet. We were gifted a free copy of the resource in exchange for an honest review. If you have a product that you would like reviewed by With the Huddlestons, please send an inquiry via the form on the Contact page.

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