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Subject: I am new to homeschooling my children and have decided on doing Unit Studie
Date Posted: 7/31/2008 8:08 PM ET
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Where do I start with these and does anyone have any books on this type?  Deals would be great but aren't needed.

Theresa

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 9:12 PM ET
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If you would post the age and/or grade level of your children, it might help get more replies.   I know Amanda Bennett has several unit study guides published.  I have used the Thanksgiving one and just ordered one about Baseball but it hasn't arrived.

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 9:27 PM ET
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I have an 11 yr old girl going into 7th grade and a 7 yr old boy going into 2nd grade.  My 11 yr old is a bit behind on some things so on some things, as we are a military family and she has moved a number of times while in school.

Theresa

Subject: Unit Studies
Date Posted: 8/1/2008 2:41 PM ET
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You might look at the Five in a Row books, because you can pull something our of those for both ages. And then there is Charlotte Mason books, we love doing her art and nature study together. What I have done is just pick a topic they are both interested in like Ladybugs and then go to the Library and have them both check out books on that subject  and read together about it. There are literature writing assignments and or art projects, we like file folder projects. I always have spelling and grammar and math seperate from the unit studies.

I'll try to get you some links for unit studies. Maybe someone else can share some if they have them handy.

This is very popular right now!

Subject: Foldables
Date Posted: 8/1/2008 3:43 PM ET
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Hi,

 

I just checked and Dinah Zike's only Foldable study on paperbackswap  is on Community Workers.

If you could get any of her books, they would be a great asset for unit studies.

You can also google Lapbooks, there are some really neat sites.

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 4:39 PM ET
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Found this while looking at something else

http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitstudies/ht/unitstudy.htm

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 9:48 PM ET
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I would recommend checking out homeschoolshare.com for a wide variety of unit studies for free.

Date Posted: 8/2/2008 1:45 PM ET
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I have links collected by topic at www.hwtk.net/links.html Most are to free websites, if the site is fee based I mention it in the summary. 

Dawn H. (DABACF) - ,
Date Posted: 8/2/2008 5:01 PM ET
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If you would be interested in ebook format, take a look at www.currclick.com They have lots of unit study materials, offer a free item each week if you sign up for their newsletter, and are having a sale all of Aug for 10-70% off most of their materials.
Date Posted: 8/4/2008 10:31 AM ET
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We actually do do Abeka curriculum one month and then we do unit studies the next.  I get my unit studies at www.teachercreated.com You can purchase them online and print them.  The have lots of different subject, the last one we did was on Planets and it had lots of wonderful ideas and books to use.

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 6:51 AM ET
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My girls are 8 and 11 and we love unit studies. First, I would suggest making a list of the topics you would like to cover. Involve your children in this so they feel like a part of the process. There are a few different kinds of units studies. Some are Literature Based, which is a unit study built around a book. An example of this kind of study is Five in a Row, which is excellent. You can see oodles of free Literature Based Unit Studies, some with Free Lapbooks, at Homeschool Share. Then there are Thematic Unit Studies, that are built around a one particular topic such as weather, oceans, solar system, presidents, etc. You would collect up several books related to the topic. There are free Multi-Book Thematic Units here and Thematic Units with Free Lapbooks here. If your children are interested in studying a particular animal, there are loads of free animal studies and lapbooks here. HTH! :-)