For God So Loved the World CD-ROM

For God So Loved the World CD-ROM

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ISBN: 9780976822615
Grades: K-12

Category Description for UNIT STUDIES - CURRICULUM:

Unit Study Curriculums are "complete" curriculums based on the unit study approach that are intended to be used over a longer span of time (typically a year or more). They generally have an organized structure or flow and incorporate as many subject areas as possible. Typically, organizational materials and methods are provided along with some instruction for use. Broken into logical segments or "units" of study, they are intended to comprise the core of your curriculum.




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.




Category Description for Christian Cottage Schools Unit Studies:

Each of the four volumes in this series contains curriculum for a full year of study. While History and Science are to the fore, all subjects are integrated except for Phonics (for younger students), Grammar (for older students) and Math. You may want to supplement with a separate spelling program for younger grades where a systematic approach to spelling is preferred. Opportunities for writing, both creative and expository, abound. One day each week is set aside as a writing day, allowing the student to synthesize and summarize the week's learning. Literature is integrated via a list of well-chosen, "classic" literature and read-alouds that complement each unit of study. Bible is "built-in" as units use biblical illustration and references in addition to specific scriptures quoted for devotional and memory work. An ambitious work, comparable in scope to the Weaver and KONOS, this curriculum has been thoroughly tested by families enrolled in the Christian Cottage Schools. Like the Weaver, lessons generally follow a chronological flow from Creation (in Volume One) to the year 2000 (the end of Volume Four). Like KONOS, it's emphasis is on hands-on activities. As with any unit study curriculum, outside resources and reference materials are an integral part of the study. As a whole, this curriculum falls somewhere in between KONOS and Weaver as far as the amount of self-contained textual information - probably closer to KONOS. After poring over the volumes, I'd sum up the major strengths of this curriculum as usability, balance, and organization. It's extremely teacher-friendly. Charts, lists, and resources are organized by grade level to help mothers use the curriculum with children of varying age and skill levels. Texts aren't totally cast aside, but are used as tools (if desired), along with other resources and references to complement the activities. Each volume is organized into 10- and 20-day sections (or units) with five-day cycles (see below). A concept scope and sequence details, by subject, topics covered in the volume and which unit(s) they're covered in. Units can be taught in sequence or not. Vol. I, for example, has two suggested, alternate options; one presents topics chronologically, the other, seasonally. Thoughts on scheduling, along with a sample lesson plan page, are included. Within each unit are five basic components: Activity Calendars, Resources, Main Points to Study and Vocabulary, Scriptures of the Month (or Day, depending on Volume), and Daily Activities. Main Points to Study breaks down the concepts to be mastered by each of the four levels: Primary (K-3), Elementary (4-6), Intermediate (6-8), and Advanced (9-12). These build from one level to the next - that is, Intermediate study points listed are in addition to those from the lower two levels. The flip side of this page has Vocabulary. Again, upper levels build on the lower, containing additional words to master. Each unit contains Scriptures of the Month or Daily Scriptures, correlated to activities or related to subjects studied in the unit. Activity Calendars simply lay out the daily plans for each level in grid form, giving you a quick look at how the study will be implemented. The Resources section lists appropriate textbooks, library resources, correlated literature, videos, and sometimes other references. Often, these are broken out by level or age ranges are included. Short summaries and comments accompany each to help you select ones for your study. Included among these are the resources referenced by the authors in compiling the study. The heart of each unit is the Daily Activities section. These are the specific, daily plans, including hands-on activities and easy-to-do experiments, that are the foundation for the unit. They are interesting, well-thought out lessons. I particularly like the emphasis and "fleshing out" the authors have given to them. Rather than overwhelm you with an overabundance of sketchy ideas, they've carefully selected an activity per day and supply background information, materials needed, and clear direction for each. For some lessons, you will want to locate visuals from supplemental sources. Beyond the Primary level, you will want to assign reading from a basal text or resource book to expand on the textual information. Specific suggestions are included for balancing activities with bookwork according to age and on how to integrate textbooks with unit studies. With the information provided in the Resource section, it should be easy to select books and supplements appropriate to the grade level and activity. Since all children work on essentially the same activity (increasing in complexity according to level), the program lends itself well to cooperative effort. Sometimes, the activity is intended as a group project - ideal in a homeschool setting. As with any activity-oriented study, you should scan the lessons in advance to allow time to gather materials needed. The authors state that the daily plans are designed in five-day cycles, with three "bookwork" days, followed by one day of primarily unit activities, and one day of creative writing. In looking through the units, this pattern is not always apparent. It seems as though it was a general goal, but not a "rule," so the activities and learning are not compromised by having to adhere to a rigid structure at the expense of the logical "flow."

Each volume has its own particular emphasis, while maintaining a generally chronological flow. Volume I is


Primary Subject
Curriculum
Grade Start
K
Grade End
12
ISBN
9780976822615
Format
CD-ROM
Brand Name
Christian Cottage Schools
Weight
0.15 (lbs.)
Dimensions
7.5" x 5.5" x 0.25"
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