Benjamin Franklin said:
“Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.”
With Unit Studies everyone in the family can provide a more “hands-on,” approach to learning, which is said to increase long-term memory of the subject at hand. They are also a great way to learn, through living books, from Bible study, reading, history, science, language, geography, and other subjects all relating to the topic they are studying.
I love that Once-a-Week Unit Studies from Homeschool Legacy are all biblically centered; they even have studies which are focused on topics taught in Boy Scouts and American Heritage Girls! Each study corresponds to merit badge requirements providing our scouts with the opportunity to “earn while they learn.” These are designed for grades 2 – 12 to make learning FUN for all of us! Homeschool Legacy offers 11 different titles of unit studies which includes: Birds of a Feather, Christmas Comes to America, Early Settlers in America, Forest for the trees, and lots more.
The author provides many suggestions on how to use Once-a-Week Unit Studies, even including a weekly sample schedule with read-aloud’s and unit study activities for each day (regular curriculum is used daily except on Wednesdays). Wednesdays are set aside for continued unit study reading and read-alouds along with the Once-a-Week Unit Study activities. On this day, you do not use your regular curriculum. The author suggests Fridays to study the 3 R’s in your regular studies and include some unit study readings. Then, the rest of the day can be used for field trips, family movies and games. The ultimate goal with this? For learning to be something that is alive, hands on fun, that will stick with them for years to come, not dry and boring but exciting and alive.
We chose the Knights & Nobles studies, a 4 – 6 week unit study. This was not a disappointment either. We began with castles in week one. My son loved the assignments too: building a castle (he made it out of cereal boxes) and learning to play chess. At the end of each week there is a bit of trivia. For example: how were castle walls constructed? What a surprise for the boys to find that back then they were walls built parallel to one another and filed with rubble. As we went along too, we were able to study the stories of Esther, Solomon and David, Armor of God. My son got to design his own coat of arms and made a mini catapult too for his lego guys.
We are still reading; there were so many books suggested we could not pick just one and so are slowly, a couple here and a couple there, reading through the list. Its a great way to get to know your local library too. There are some videos as well that the author lists; aside from A Connecticut Yankee in KIng Arthur’s Court we have not really tapped into these yet. But the ones recommended do look very good. Winter here is Wisconsin is pretty cold so saving these for those days when we just want to be lazy. 🙂
The 4 week Knights and Nobles study covers Castles, Kings and Queens, Knights, Life on a Manor and concludes with the Royal Medieval Feast; all for the cost of $17.95. There are lots more to choose from too which you can view here.
We really did have a great time with this and are looking forward to doing lots more unit studies in the future. With the variety of materials recommended throughout and all the fun hands on learning, this was something that every one of my kids, smallest to biggest, absolutely loved!!!!