Unit Studies Made Easy CD, PDF Edition

Unit Studies Made Easy CD, PDF Edition

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ISBN: 9781885814289
Grades: AD

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This CD-ROM contains printable PDF files of four of Valerie Bendt's previously published books (which are no longer available separately) and one new section. The first of the books is How to Create Your Own Unit Study.  This how-to, easy-to-use guide helps you plan your own unit studies, customized to meet your family's needs. The unit studies are primarily based on literature rather than activities, so these can easily be incorporated even by families who don't have much extra time. The second book, The Unit Study Idea Book, is the companion to the above book. It is divided into sections (literature, science, history, fine arts, and general knowledge) which contain actual unit study plans for specific topics (science, for example, contains plans for studies on aviation, astronomy, ants, birds, the human body, and electricity). After using these plans as well as reading through the information in this book you should be well-equipped to plan unit studies on other topics of your choosing. The third book included in this volume, Success with Unit Studies, is a sequel to the first volume, and it picks up right where that book leaves off. Chapters in this book include research, reading, writing, recording, and reporting, all of which are vital to a good study. Methods and suggestions are given, along with specific examples. The fourth book is called For the Love of Reading, and the new section included this book is entitled Homeschooling or Schooling from Home? This CD-ROM contains a lot of information in a single place for your convenience.

Category Description for UNIT STUDIES:

What is a "unit study"? Briefly, it's a thematic or topical approach to teaching as opposed to the traditional by-subject approach. Rather than teach each subject separately, a unit study attempts to integrate many or all subject areas into a unified study - usually centered around a particular subject or event. Obviously History (the study of events) and Science (the study of "things") are well-suited to unit studies, and usually form the "core" around which other subjects are integrated. Subjects like Bible, Geography, Government, English (writing), and Reading/Literature, Music, Home Economics, Life Skills, and Art, are usually easy to integrate around a core topics. Remaining subjects (Math, Phonics, Grammar, Spelling) can be integrated to some extent via related activities. Each, however, has its own "system" (progression of skills, mastery of "rules") which must be followed to some degree. Since one of the additional advantages of a unit study curriculum is the ability to use it with students of varying ages and skill levels, these subjects are generally taught apart from the core curriculum. This may be as simple as assigning pages in a grammar or spelling book, or using a separate "program" for Phonics and Math. Unit studies also tend to be more activity-oriented than the traditional approach, a real boon to kinesthetic learners. Advocates of the unit study approach site studies showing that children learn best when learning is unified rather than fragmented and when learning is more participatory than passive.




Primary Subject
Curriculum
Grade
AD
ISBN
9781885814289
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Bendt Family Ministries
Weight
1.7 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.75" x 8.5" x 0.75"
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I bought this book 4 years ago right after Valerie Bendt merged four of her books into one book with some updated information I bought it because I had been homeschooling for nine years using textbooks and I was looking for a better way to educate my five children (I now have six children: ranging from newborn to 18 years old) Valerie does a wonderful job of explaining what unit studies are and how to conduct your own unit studies I read the book cover to cover when I first got it and I have read it many times since then Not only does she tell us how to put together our own studies but there are glimpses into her children's lives so you get to see how well unit studies work It�s even more interesting to go to her current website now that her five oldest children are out of high school and see what different paths they took in life; yet all are successful Her book helped me to learn how to homeschool many children of differing ages all at the same time and keep our family unity in tact As a bonus there are about 30 sample unit studies included in her bookThis book has now become my favorite "homeschooling help for mom" book I highly recommend it How have unit studies helped my family? My younger children like to be able to help pick the topics that we study Wouldn�t you be more inclined to get excited about something that you want to learn? One of my teenaged boys prefers unit studies because they are more �realistic� to him that dry textbooks are He now knows much more history than I do and even participates in Civil War Reenactments My oldest son had a combination of textbooks and unit studies during high school and is now on his way to becoming an engineer
July 14, 2008

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