• Free Pirate Unit Study Resources - great for talk like a pirate day
    history,  unit studies

    Pirate Mini Unit Study Resources

    One of the units I had on my list to study this year was pirates. And since September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day I thought we would learn about them leading up to that day. We’ve only done a few unit studies so far this year but this one was our favorite one yet. Pirates are a fun topic to study but it does involve a fair amount of weeding through fact and fiction. The kids totally got into pirate mode and dressed up in some old Halloween costumes.     There are so many great books, videos and resources for a pirate study, we could have studied the…

  • How I Plan Our Homeschool Year Without a Curriculum
    nature study,  science,  unit studies

    Weather Mini Unit Study Resources

    We’ve been continuing with our Monday mini unit studies in as part of our homeschool rhythm and our next topic of study was weather! I actually gave the kids the option between butterflies and weather and this is what they both chose. I was actually surprised by that choice. Weather is a broad topic and we definitely didn’t cover everything in one afternoon but we learned some stuff we didn’t know and that’s kind of the goal here. Little bits of learning all add up!     I gathered all the books I had from the library on weather as well as ones we had around the house and we…

  • Free Owl Unit Study Resources
    nature study,  science,  unit studies

    Owl Mini Unit Study Resources

    Part of our homeschool rhythm for the year is to have a mini unit study every Monday afternoon. My main reason behind this was because there are so many different topics I want to study with my kids and many of them don’t quite fall under our plan for the year, this is my way of sneaking those topical studies in. This last Monday was our first mini unit study and we kicked things off with owls!     I started out by having the letter board and a few resources and books about owls out on the table in the morning. As soon as my son woke up and…

  • Rocks Relaxed Notebooking Page and Resources for Rock Unit Study
    real homeschool stories,  relaxed notebooking,  science,  unit studies

    Rocks Mini Unit Study Resources & Relaxed Notebooking

    In the last few weeks we have been doing what I’ve dubbed as “relaxed notebooking”, I share more about the concept in my Homeschooling as a Lifestyle Workshop but in essence we have been picking topics each week to do mini unit studies on. This approach works really well with our relaxed, interest-led homeschool style. I thought it would be fun to share some of the mini units we have been doing as well as the resources we are using. At the beginning of each week I ask my kids what they want to learn about that week and that helps guide our week. So far they have had a balance of…