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Unit Study Homeschooling Style

Did you take the homeschool style quiz and find out you are a unit study homeschooling style? Unit studies are FUN you guys! They are basically a themed approach to learning. So you would base your actual school work around one common theme and fit in all your subjects–with all your children–into that one theme. Sound too good to be true? On the downside, unit studies mean a lot more involvement from you. However, they are often full of crafting, lapbooking, and discovery that make the other subjects seem not quite so daunting. If you’re feeling a little lost, take a look at an example here:

If we were say doing a unit study on sharks we would spend a week or two weeks or a month, learning about sharks. We would read about sharks, we would maybe visit an aquarium, we would go to the ocean if we could. We would be shark math and figure out how fast they could swim and how far in what amount of time. We would measure out how many teeth they had and skip count them (math). We would learn about their anatomy, what they eat and how they sleep (science). We would write a report about them and look up vocabulary references (language arts). We would learn different spelling words that applied and watch some shark week videos on iTunes. Are you starting to see how it works?

One of my favorite ways to compile the information is through notebooking or lapbooking. These are both common approaches with people who do unit studies, as they don’t have workbooks per-say and it is a convenient way to keep everything they have learned together. There are many different unit studies that are pre-made out there for you to purchase (did you get your Beaver unit study just for subscribing to my blog?), there are many unit studies you can make on your own (all you need is a library and paper and you’re set). You can find a lot of different curriculums that are put together for notebooking or lapbooking where you just have to print off your resources and assemble it. Which is great! Companies know how much work it is to put together and they are trying to make it as easy as possible for you to use this approach if you find it works for your family and vision.

But the absolute BEST thing about this approach is that you can use it for the whole family. So you can all read together or watch a movie to get your information, and then you can all work on projects at your individual levels. This means that for large families, it really is the only approach that allows you to facilitate multiple subjects as a unit (hm, I’m sensing a play on words here 😉 ). In case you can’t tell, I love unit studies. I don’t use them exclusively, but we definitely use them. We use them for our social studies with an amazing curriculum that has it all put together for me! And we often do a science lapbook or unit study if my children feel led (see how eclectic I am?). Help get the word out about this homeschool style by pinning the image below and keep reading!

What is unit study homeschooling? Come learn more about unit studies and why this approach is amazing for large families! Plus, if you don't know your homeschool style, take the free quiz! Unit Study homeschooling


Are you as excited about unit studies as I am? What appeals to you most about this homeschool style? Comment below!

Make sure you go back and take the homeschool style quiz if you haven’t already, and take the time to read about each of the homeschool styles. The more we can become aware of the focus of each style, the more we will find what resonates the most with us, and sometimes that is fluid and changing!


  1. I love this style! I have created my son’s preschool “curriculum” based in this style and we both love it! Frequent trips to the library, YouTube, and Google are how we accomplish his “lessons”. Thanks for the quiz!

  2. I love the Charlotte Mason style best, though I like this as well. Though I’m curious, do you or the child usually pick the topic? Does it matter? How long do you study it? Etc.

    • The wonderful thing about Unit study homeschooling is… It’s totally up to you! My oldest is preschool age right now, so we focus on a topic for however long we need to. Usually my husband or I will choose our current “Topic,” but sometimes my daughter will express and interest in something and we will nust go with it! For instance, she suddenly got really into trains, so we took her to a historic train station, got train books at the library, watched some train themed videos on YouTube (my favorite was the Alphabet train) or the PBS app (Dinosaur Train and Thomas the Tank Engine) and learned the ASL sign for “train.” She was loving that for about a month! When our kids get older, we hope to let them take turns choosing topics and we will probably spend a week or two on each subject.

  3. Soooo, I guess I am mostly a unit study homeschooler, my four kids range from almost nine to two and a half (wait, what? They are growing so fast!!!!!)
    We love Sonlight book based curriculum, I have been investitagting and including Charlotte Mason style about nature and hands on, we switched to a Spanish curriculum because of where we live, but since starting with lapbooks this year, this is what we truly love and I use the Sonlight books to guide us on what to do when but we take as little time, i.e. one day or as much time i.e. a month to work on a topic, the oldest uses cursive, the second uses print ti write, the third child traces over letters and th fourth colors some drawings for example, they all build vocabulary and learn to work as a team, so I guess this is us !!!!

  4. I had previously felt that my daughter(9-10 grade) was in fact a unit study homeschooler. Myself, I like things in a somewhat orderly fashion. Having said that, we are not completely bound to unit studies. For example, if something interests her out of her unit studies, we go in that direction for awhile. Currently she is more interested in Art than History so we are fully examining that industry.

  5. Could you please let me know what curriculum you use for social studies unit studies/notebook/lap book? You mentioned you have one you love and I’d like that I look into it. I’ve tried to do it myself but if I could find something already put together that would make things so much easier!

  6. Mom I’m search for help, first time accidental homeschooling 😂. Have been tempered to homeschool our two boy for a while but never really jumped in until now. I have a 9, almost 10 year old boy who has been all about reading books for the most part, hands on learning and doing research. My youngest ( has learning disability (auditory processing disorder due to a brain tumor ). Anyway our youngest just turned 8, has been playing catch up from us not knowing about the tumor and not learning at the pace a normal 5 year does when they start school. Now going into second grade and has done a great job and instead of two year behind he’s now only 1 age wise . He’s amazing with math, numbers , science. Somewhat opposite of his older brother but both love hands on learning. Like doing projects, making stuff etc. I love it as well. I’ve had somewhat of a bit of guidance but not sure how to even get started . Have so many ideas and excited of how much we can do .

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