Unit studies are a hands-on approach to learning. Through multi-sensory activities and immersion learning, children relate to concepts, confront challenges, solve open-ended questions, and come face-to-face with the difference between knowledge and wisdom.
In this video below, I explain how my children learned about communism through one of these planned encounters while we were doing a unit study on Russia. This lesson is one we all still remember vividly, and which brings me to tears (I can’t tell you how many takes of this video I had to shoot before I captured one without bawling), because of how deeply the lesson impacted us all.
In our homeschool I choose activities that focused on reenactments, building structures, making costumes, and taking field trips. But, activities involving singing, dancing, and coloring were quickly crossed off the list of possible activities. The beauty is you can pick and choose whatever you want from a unit study, and leave all the rest, which I give you permission to do if you happen to be one of those people who feels every activity must be done so your kids are getting the best education.