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Homeschool Unit Study Curriculum Index
One popular homeschooling method is the unit study approach. If you are tired of the textbook approach and want to try something new, I would suggest a good unit study curriculum. I've said before that one of the nice things about the homeschool movement is that many homeschoolers wrote their own curriculum and then published it for others to use. You can benefit from all the great choices!
Unit studies are wonderful for folks who want a multilevel family friendly homeschool.
For the upper elementary ages, the Prairie Primer makes use of the Little House on the Prairie books. If your children are interested in that series, it offers structured lesson plans and gives you lots of options.
Another unit study from Cadron Creek is Further Up and Further In. It is for the next age group. It is based on the Chronicles of Narnia, which is sparking the interest of a new generation with the new movies that are in production.
Where the River and Brook Meet uses the Anne of Green Gables series as the literature base. Designed for grades 7 to 12, your student will study the Victorian era in this one year curriculum.
America An Integrated Curriculum by Chris Roe is a literature-based integrated American history curriculum for grades 3 to 6. It is a two year program with three 11 week studies for each year. The events in Peter Marshall's Light and the Glory series for children are the focus for the first year. Other good books round out the study of America.
On this page we also offer Unit Study Resources such as the All Through the Ages Literature Guide and Valerie Bendt's Unit Studies Made Easy. These are "must haves" if you are going to pursue unit studies.
Kathryn Stout wrote Guides to History Plus as an easy to use multi-level guide for studying any time period or culture! She shows you how to turn your history study into an in-depth unit study. Ruth Beechick goes back to Biblical beginnings with her Genesis Finding Our Roots.
Genesis Finding Our Roots
With good resources from your personal library and the public library, you are on your way to digging deeper into any topic incorporating several subject areas. We have books to help you choose good literature for your unit study.
The All Through the Ages History Through Literature Guide is a great listing of books for all grades. Listed chronologically and geographically, it is comprehensive and well organized. Let the Authors Speak is another excellent listing of books by author, time period, and location.
In addition to these book guides, Valerie Bendt wrote the definitive book about doing homeschool unit studies. Unit Studies Made Easy: A Guide to Simplified Learning at Home is a revision and compilation of Valerie Bendt's four unit study titles: How to Create Your Own Unit Study, The Unit Study Idea Book, For the Love of Reading, and Success with Unit Studies. You'll find it helpful if you are new to this method of homeschooling.
Unit Studies Bendt Family Ministries
Quick Flip Charts
If you are the creative unit study type or want to be, Quick Flip Charts from Edupress are quite useful. Depending on the chart, they list questions, activities, projects, writing assignments, etc. It is fun to be creative without having to reinvent the wheel. Quick Flips can help make the creative side of homeschooling a little easier for a small investment. The following topics are available:
Critical Thinking Quick Flip Questions
Writing Domains Quick Flip Ideas
Multiple Intelligences Quick Flip Activities
Six Trains of Writing Quick Flip References