Unit studies provide amazing opportunities for homeschooling. They are great resources for homeschooling multiple ages, provide countless hands-on learning activities and are perfect for child led homeschooling!
There are several unit study sites that have a wide range of unit studies covering many topics that your children would greatly enjoy. At times though it can be difficult to find specific literature based unit studies. The good news is that you don’t have to throw out your literature based unit study idea, you can simply create your own!
Creating your own literature based unit study isn’t hard to do and having the knowledge of what your children enjoy doing and how they learn best are two great benefits to making your own! Getting started is the hardest part of anything, so I’m going to share a few tips to help you begin creating your own literature based unit studies!
Select the literature you’d like to use and read it.
This is a great time to include your children in the homeschool planning process. Allow them to share what literature they would enjoy reading and studying about in depth. If you’re homeschooling multiples and they can’t agree, have each of them write down their choice on a slip of paper and draw the order for your literature based unit studies from a hat.
Decide what subjects and topics you’d like to cover through the unit study.
If you’re going to continue using your math and english curriculum, you can leave those off if you’d like. Subjects that I recommend including are; geography, science, art, penmanship, writing, cooking, spelling, history and music.
Find resources covering the subjects/topics you’d like to cover from the literature you selected.
Pinterest is one of my favorite resources when creating my own unit studies. I honestly use it more as a search engine than I use Google. You can easily find art, penmanship and science homeschooling resources on Pinterest.
Select other works of literature, video and audio resources to help teach the history, geography and music topics for your literature based unit study.
Adding visual and auditory resources to your literature based unit studies helps learning come alive for your students. You Tube, Classics for Kids, the library and Usborne books are my favorite resources for this step!
Create your own additional resources.
If you’re unable to locate any necessary resources for your literature based unit study, you can easily create your own! Using Microsoft Word you can design your own penmanship or notebooking pages and with Pic Monkey you can create fun activity pages!
Plan a loose schedule/outline for literature based unit study.
Having all of your resources, activities and reading plan ready to go will help ensure that you cover everything you wanted to when you began the planning process. This is important because there are sure to be rabbit trails to follow and life to be lived throughout your literature based unit study and you don’t want to forget teaching any important or fun topics you planned out.
Literature based unit studies provide opportunities to snuggle with your kids while you’re reading aloud and you’ll have fun while learning together! Ensure that you don’t stick to your plan/outline so tightly that you rush or fail to experience your homeschooling journey together!
If your children love reading then literature based unit studies will help bring their favorite books (or new ones!) to life for them! If your children are not fans of reading then they will enjoy learning with the hands-on activities and additional resources you pull together. All children can enjoy and will benefit from literature based unit studies!
Have you ever done a literature based unit study? If so, we’d love to hear any tips you have so please share them in the comments!
This post is part of the Out of the Box Homeschooling Series from the Homeschool Blogging Connection featured here!
And now – take a look at this amazing Box Day homeschool giveaway! The winner of this giveaway will receive 8 boxes in the mail! How cool is that?
Contents of each box are pictured above and include:
1. Jim Elliot Unit Study Kit – Enjoy studying missionary stories in your homeschool! Get started with this Jim Elliot unit study kit (retail $44.96) from Tauna at Proverbial Homemaker.
- Jim Elliot: One Great Purpose from the YWAM Christian Heroes Then and Now series
- Jim Elliot: A Light for God from the YWAM Chrisitan Heroes for Young Readers series
- Usborne Children’s Picture Atlas for a fun beginning look at the different areas of the world. Mark the different areas you study!
- Usborne First Thousand Words in Spanish to have fun practicing a language Jim learned as a part of his mission to Ecuador.
2. The Usborne books in this box were contributed from Misty at Year Round Homeschooling and include Secrets of the Seashore, Planet Earth, and Billie B. Brown. The Secrets of the Seashore provides a unique reading experience with the use of a flashlight, Planet Earth is a great resource for teaching the basics about the earth and the early reader, Billie B. Brown – The Extra-special Helper is on a trip to the zoo!
3. Twin-Tip Sharpie Set and Prismacolor Scholar Colored Pencil set from Amy at Homeschool Encouragement. These fun, high quality coloring sets are perfect for using with our grown-up coloring book series and any school project!
4. Wildlife Adventures Unit Studies – 2 Bundles (value $60) from Kelli at Adventure Homeschool. These unit studies will allow you to teach the whole family – together! Each unit highlights a different animal and includes bible, handwriting, science, spelling, vocabulary, language arts, history, geography and more (just add math)! Additional links for more research, and reading suggestions are included, as well as hands on Learning projects and activities for art and creative homeschooling.
5. Education Usborne Sticker Books from Sarah at My Joy-Filled Life. The Human Body Sticker Book is packed with over 130 stickers to help build up a complete picture of the human body and how it works. It contains clear anatomical diagrams and color photographs, as well as stickers of organs, bones, X-rays and scans. Includes links to recommended websites to find out more about the human body and its workings. And, the Ancient Egypt Sticker Book will help you delve into the past with this lavishly designed sticker book, packed with over 120 stickers of magnificent monuments and amazing objects from Ancient Egypt. Discover all about life in Ancient Egypt while adding stickers of beautiful ancient artifacts to complete the pages.
6. A cookbook and measuring set from Ben and Me Blog. Rachael Ray’s Look + Cook—100 brand-new recipes, each featuring beautiful and helpful step-by-step full-color photographs that illustrate how to create each meal, along with photographs of the gorgeous finished dishes. You literally look along while you cook! KitchenAid Classic Soft Grip Plastic Measuring Cups and Spoons Set, Tangerine — The kitchen measuring cup and spoon set features all the standard size measuring cups and spoons, ensuring precise measurements for cooking accuracy. The handles feature both standard and metric measurements.
7. Features two gifts from the home businesses of Jennifer from Glimpse of Our Life. The Who’s Who Owl design is one of our popular flexiclips. Lilla Rose can help with #prettyhair. Cuts By Laser makes custom laser etched gifts, and this prize includes artwork provided by you. Your child’s drawing (or your own) can be etched on Baltic Birch and turned into a unique puzzle.
8. Asia: It’s People and History from Bonnie at Write Bonnie Rose. Is the land of Asia a mystery to your kids? Do they know who lives there? Do they know how to pray for them? Asia is home to more than fifty countries and territories and roughly three-fifths of the world’s population. Could you use some help introducing your family to this vast land? This sixteen-week course presents a brief picture of six nations. It is by no means all encompassing. Its purpose is to introduce your students to the people of Asia, share their stories, and spark curiosity.
You could win them all!