Monday, June 4

Summer Fun & The Beauty of Unit Studies

Hands-on Learning is the name of the game here at Gypsy Road. But even if you school traditionally, summer time is perfect for field trips, creating costumes, making a movie, or using's always about getting the experience to cement learning. Our freebies, unit studies, and curricula are all about reinforcing this learning style - and we hope that you are enjoying them!

Make Your Own
It's not that hard to put together your own unit studies -- take stock of what's going on in your life, current events, what your kids' interests are, and then build from there.  With a library card and the internet, the sky's the limit!  Just be sure to keep track of what you're studying, in the event that the state comes a-knockin' on the door...

We're a history-loving family, so our unit studies generally center around a historical era, and then hop down the bunny trails that lead off of it.  Also, as we travel to different locations, we will study geography-specific units - learning about the history specific to the area.  Maybe science is your thing?  Start with a unit on backward from there to the history of electricity, the geography of where the inventors lived, etc.

Keep Track
There are a number of different ways to keep track of your unit studies, including notebooking.  We prefer the website method - one for homesteading, one for boy scouts, and our main site for school (that's this one).  

No Time?
You can purchase pre-built units, based on your topic of choice.  There are so many out there, but these are some of our favorites!!

Units we've created : 
Pre-built Units :
  • Homeschool Legacy - Units are anywhere from one to eight weeks long, and are aligned with Girl / Boy Scouting and Heritage / Trail Life badge requirements, if you have a scout in the house.  Here's an entire review just for them.
  • Notebooking Pages - With one lifetime-access payment, you'll have pages for every subject in your curriculum!  This is a supplement (not an actual curriculum) that allows students to document what they've learned about subjects.  It is often used with the Charlotte Mason approach to schooling, but not limited to it.
  • Techie Homeschool - This is the place for a digital approach to learning.  You don't have to know anything about tech; she'll guide your student from the basics to the advanced apps - until you find yourself asking your child how to do something!  Units include science, history, geography, and more.
Summer is a great time to bust out of the rut and try something new!  I hope that you find something here that inspires you and your family -- Enjoy the journey!

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