unit studies

You’ve probably heard of them, but what exactly is a unit study?  A unit study is simply learning about a particular subject, whether it be grasshoppers, ocean currents, or a particular book.  A unit study could be about anything, as long as you’re able to cover the material in depth and from different angles.  This method is great when you’re homeschooling multiple children, because the older kids can learn about predicting weather from ocean currents, for example, while the younger ones learn about the life cycle of a fish.  It’s all connected as a unit study about oceans!

Unit studies allow for superficial review of less interesting aspects of the subject matter, while allowing kids to explore particular areas they enjoy.  A unit study on oceans should probably include some geography, but could be expanded to include things like scuba diving and deep sea drilling too.  The flexibility appeals to moms and kids alike.

writing prompts

Besides online sources, there are books and teacher magazines galore with suggested writing prompts for kids, which are suggestions for what topic to write about.  Quite often these prompts will consist of a sentence or two and the child should complete the thought in a story.  For example, “If I had a million dollars, I would…..” or “As Sally got off the school bus this morning, a squirrel came by and grabbed her lunch bag.  Then he ran up a tree with her lunch and Sally…..”

Creative writing and storytelling are great ways to expands kids’ minds and sharpen their writing skills too.  Who ever said there was no room for imagination at school?