I’ve often thought that homeschooling now is so much easier than when I was a homeschool student. There are just so many more resources available to homeschool moms. The Techie Homeschool Mom’s Online Unit Studies are an excellent example of this. Via the computer, my girls can access her fun, interactive courses and learn about a variety of subjects from science to art.
Right now, Beth from the Techie Homeschool Mom is running a Kickstarter campaign to improve access to her unit studies and add even more unit studies to the list. This is awesome because it means for a very small price, YOU can grab next year’s homeschool curriculum! I know we’re just wrapping up the current school year, but it’s a great time to start planning for next year.
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Why Unit Studies?
Unit studies are a great way to teach multiple grades at the same time. Sunshine and Lily are currently in grades 3 and 2, but by doing unit studies, I can cover the same subject with both of them. (And Jade, in preschool, is often listening and watching as well.) This makes our school a bit more interactive, as they both participate and offer ideas. It also saves me time, as I’m covering one subject once, instead of teaching it to each of them.
Unit studies also allow you to pursue your child’s interests. You can cover multiple subjects in one topic, harnessing your child’s passions to help him or her learn. I like this because I feel like it more naturally mimics real life. Most of life isn’t segmented into sections as school is. A unit study can cover all aspects of a topic, showing how math, history, science, reading and other subjects all intertwine.
Online Unit Studies
Online unit studies help parents harness the educational power of technology. Using the computer also eliminates the need for textbooks and workbooks, which can be costly (and take up a lot of space).
I know there’s tons of information available online for my kids, but I don’t have the time to sift through it to make sure that the information is reliable or high-quality. Beth has done all the prep work, making these unit studies super easy for busy homeschool moms. Each unit study contains a curated list of great resources. These include articles, videos and assignments, helping children process information and apply their learning in multiple ways.
Meet Beth, aka the Techie Homeschool Mom
Beth is a homeschooling mom with five children, ages 18 to 8. She has a degree in secondary education and has been designing curriculum for her kids for thirteen years. She first created her unit studies for her own kids, as a way to organize the resources she found for them to study. When other homeschooling families asked to use these resources, her online unit studies were born.
Join the Kickstarter Campaign!
Beth’s Kickstarter campaign runs from now until May 15th, 2017. Currently, Beth has 15 unit studies available for purchase on her site. If her Kickstarter is success, she’ll develop an all-access pass to make it easier for homeschoolers to use the unit studies. Students will also be able to share their projects and comment on the courses. Finally, Beth will be adding more unit studies to the new membership site.
By backing her project, you get great deals on all the unit studies! For just $15, you can a one-month all-access pass this September. If budget is tight right now, you can still test out the most interesting unit studies! For a pledge of $150 or more, you’ll get a one-year access to the unit studies. Just like that, you’ve got your curriculum for next year covered!
For more information about Beth and the Unit Studies, drop by her Kickstarter page. You can also do some sample lessons with your kids! Check out these unit studies:
- “What is Art?” from Famous Artists Volume 1
- “The Sun” from Solar System
- “Thomas Edison” from Famous Birthdays
- “Christmas in France” from Christmas Around the World
- “Ancient Greece Innovations” from Ancient Greece
I’m planning to use the Ancient Greece and Solar System lessons this week. It should be a good review for material we covered last year (Ancient Greece) and earlier this year (Solar System). The girls love it any time I let them use the computer for school, so I’m looking forward to their excitement this week. I’ll let you know what they think!
Do you use unit studies in your homeschool? Have you tried online resources or unit studies before?