So, I'm back to designing my own unit studies for our family, based on their interests (and a dose of "we really should learn this" - from me). So, here is our tentative plan and order of unit studies for the year:
Measurement (heavy on math, but also some history of measurement terms)
Ancient Greece / Greek Myths
Chemistry overview (lots of experiments and intro to terminology)
Literature around the world (plans to create our own story)
People around the world - a study of different cultures
That gives us a game plan, right?
For my unit studies, I plan an outline which we loosely follow (so as to allow for rabbit trails). I try to incorporate the following items in each study (as appropriate):
- Books (love my library)
- Videos (if applicable)
- Field Trip
- Internet resources
- Hands-on projects (necessary in our house - I have three hands-on learners)
- Tie-in to fine arts, if possible
- A writing menu (especially geared for my 7th grader who HATES to write) - for more info about implementing a writing menu, see The Writing Menu: Ensuring Success for Every Student at Amazon. I highly recommend this book, it's changed my daughter's attitude toward writing, because she has the ability to pick what writing she wants to complete. It's reduced some arguments at our house.
Stay tuned - I'll let you know how it's going very soon.