I love unit studies. We used them for several years until one of my children’s learning disabilities made it impossible to continue with our program. If you aren’t familiar with unit studies they are a multi-age, multi-subject approach to learning. Today’s unit studies have changed from the original concept, but for the purposes of this article we are going to talk about the programs that allow you to teach all your children using one curriculum and and covering most subjects.
Typically a comprehensive unit study covers; bible, history, science, language, art, and music. You will usually need to supplement for math and grammar, but unit studies do a good job of covering the other subjects.
The benefit of unit studies is that you only buy one curriculum for your whole family. The curriculum is usually supplemented with books that can be checked out from the library. While each curriculum is different most of them take a more hands-on approach to learning either with projects, timelines, drama, art, or field trips.
It is easy to look at the price of a unit study curriculum and get sticker shock, but if you are using it for several children you will probably save money in the long run.
Two of the oldest unit study currriculums are Konos and Weaver. We actually used the Weaver curriculum and my kids still remember many of our projects. Other popular choices are My Father’s World, Tapestry of Grace, Five in a Row, and Trisms. There are many more great unit studies available, just google “Unit Study” and you will be overwhelmed!
The downside of unit studies is that may involve more teacher preparation than something like Bob Jones or Abeka, but if your children are hands-on learners and you want to save some money consider going the unit study route. You’ll probably learn something too!
Are you a unit study mom? I’d love to hear what you are using.
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