Base your schooling on the Little House series! Written by a Christian homeschooler specifically for homeschoolers, this hefty book will help you get the most out of these beloved books. Like KONOS, there are so many activities to choose from, you may want to pick and choose or, as one mother suggests, use different ones with different children according to their interests. Each of the nine Little House books is a different unit focusing on themes found in that book such as: the Postal Service, Railroads, Plants & Animals, 1800's American History, Courtship & Dating, Photosynthesis & Uses of Plants, Food Chains, etc.
Using Little House on the Praire Books to reinforce core subjects.
Additionally, each unit covers virtually all subject areas (history, science, health, nutrition, practical skills, literature, writing, geography, Bible, character building, crafts and more). The nine units are divided into four weeks each, so that the entire resource can be completed in a year, although you may choose to make it last for two by slightly altering the suggested daily schedule. There are four lessons given for each of the four weeks, with the fifth day left open as a "catch up" day. A Weekly Planning guide highlights resources and materials to be gathered ahead of time and helps direct the focus of the study.
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.
Each Little House book is covered in a four week unit, and there are resources listed for each week. Most of the time I used Internet or book sources that offered the information needed, but were not the same sources suggested in the list. Also, what you need depends on which activities you choose. You may not do everything listed for each day; I didn’t.
Also be aware that, aside from the chapter comprehension questions, there are normally not specific questions to answer for the activities. There is a lot of research-based learning that you can assess through notebooking, posters, discussions, narrations, journals, etc. It’s very Charlotte Mason, in that way.
I have an online children’s book subscription, and we found so many books to use on there. If you don’t have anything like that, your public library should help.
I would suggest that, if you’re able, you buy the Little House Cookbook. My daughter really loved making these recipes to go along with what she was reading.
over 3 years ago
over 3 years ago