• Fish Research Unit Study
    shop,  unit studies

    New Units Available!

    It’s been a little while but we now have three new units available in the shop.

    I am very excited about all of these units. Our plan when creating units, journals and other items is to create things we actually want to use in our homeschool and think others will as well.

    For the first 24 hours all of the new products are 50% off, so if you are thinking of purchasing, now is the time because they won’t be this cheap again.

    Now, onto the new units!


    Gardening Research Journal - a great gardening unit study that also helps document the process


    Gardening Research Journal

    With the arrival of spring just around the corner I wanted to create a resource for us to use as we go about planting and spending more time in our garden.

    This Research Journal is perfect for ages 8 and up to learn about gardening and document their process.

    Topics covered include:

    • why garden?
    • different types of plants
    • mini growth journal
    • types of soil
    • companion planting
    • photosynthesis
    • planning your garden
    • helpers in the garden
    • pests in the garden
    • composting
    • and more!


    Check out the Gardening Research Journal here.


    Japan Unit Study


    Japan Unit Study

    We are already part way through this unit study and have been learning so much about Japan.

    This five-lesson unit study for grades 1-6 is the perfect overview of the country of Japan!

    The lessons in this unit study include:

    • geography
    • wildlife
    • history
    • traditional Japanese culture
    • modern Japanese culture

    In addition, you will get access to a web page of curated additional resources on the topics for further learning.


    Check out the Japan Unit here.


    Fish Unit Study for Elementary - Research Unit Study for kids


    Fish Research Unit

    This Research Unit is great for ages 6 and up* to learn about ten different fish, including:

    • lionfish
    • lake sturgeon
    • electric eel
    • whale shark
    • seahorse
    • humpback anglerfish
    • pufferfish
    • rainbow trout
    • tiger shark
    • piranha

    Students will use a variety of research materials to fill out this Research Unit Study. Each fish has a page to fill out the resources used and overview of the fish.

    * Each lesson involves writing, feel free to let the child dictate and write for them in the longform writing sections.


    Check out the Fish Research Unit Study here.

  • Our Summer Homeschool Plan and a Look Inside the Units We're Going to Be Using This Summer
    homeschool planning,  shop,  unit studies

    our SUMMER HOMESCHOOL PLAN & a look inside the units we’ll be studying

    We tend to be flexible in our homeschool and don’t “do school” five days a week.

    Our more laidback homeschool approach means that we are also never really “off”. So while the summers may look a little different, we are still learning.

    And this summer we have a couple of different studies we plan on doing.

    Okay, here’s a look inside our summer homeschool plans for this year!


    Our Summer Homeschool Plan and a Look Inside the Units We're Going to Be Using This Summer




    The Explorers Research Unit is 50% off until June 2nd!

    And the Forces and Movement Study is on sale until June 15th!

    The Kids Reading Journal and A Line a Day Journals are also on sale until June 15th.

  • Free Vikings Unit Study - a great unit for your elementary homeschool
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    Free Vikings Unit Study

    Okay guys, I’m excited to finally share our Vikings Unit Study with you!

    I’ve been talking about this unit study for the last few weeks in my videos and newsletter and now it’s time to share it.

    My original plan for this unit study was just to grab a few good books, some relevant information and random free worksheets from online but Jared took my tiny idea and made it into something awesome!


    Free Vikings Unit Study - a great unit for your elementary homeschool - Free Homeschool Curriculum Unit Studies



    I have a few disclaimers about the unity study before we get started, you can watch the video below or read on for my disclaimers and how to download the unit study.



    ONE: We made this unit study specifically for our kids levels and interests so while our son was in grade two and our daughter was in grade five the workbooks are not specifically “grade two level” and “grade five level”.

    TWO: We’ve only included the workbooks our kids used and don’t have others for other ages. We do plan on making more unit studies in the future that will include a range of ages.

    THREE: I didn’t include an answer key, future unit studies will have them.

    FOUR: Feel free to make this unit study work for you, I explained a few different ways on how to do this in the video.


    Free Vikings Unit Study - a great unit for your elementary homeschool



    This unit study includes:

    • Parent’s Guide
    • Toddler Coloring Pages
    • Adventurer Workbook (approximately grade 2)
    • Explorer Workbook (approximately grade 5)


    Each day the workbooks cover:

    • History
    • Bible (memory verse)
    • Math
    • Language Arts

    Some days include additional subjects like art and geography. And the Parent’s Guide includes a number of optional projects.


    Free Vikings Unit Study - a great unit for your elementary homeschool



    Okay, are you in?

    If so, you can head over here to download the free Vikings Unit Study!

    If you have ideas for topics you would like to see for future unit studies, let me know.


    Free Vikings Unit Study - a great unit for your elementary homeschool



  • 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.


    Free Pirate Unit Study Resources - great for talk like a pirate day


    There are so many great books, videos and resources for a pirate study, we could have studied the topic all year!

    But since there are other topics we want to study it can’t last forever.

    Today I want to share some of the resources we used for this study. We actually will continue to learn about it all this week yet so if I come across any more as the week goes by I’ll add them in here.


    Free Pirate Unit Study Resources - great for talk like a pirate day




    I like to do my own version of strewing* when it comes to our unit studies.

    *Not sure what strewing is? It is simply just laying out a number of materials for your children to discover and letting them pick up the ones they find most interesting.

    The evening before (or in the morning before the kids are up) I get a lot of our resources out and display them on the table along with a fact related to the topic.

    Like this:


    Free Pirate Unit Study Resources - great for talk like a pirate day


    Then I see what peaks their interest first.

    This time it was the fact that I had displayed:

    Pirates actually wore eyepatches.

    I explained to each of my kids (separately because they wake up at very different times) that they did not wear an eyepatch because they were missing an eye but I would explain to them later the reasoning behind it.

    Well, that piqued their interest!

    When it came time for our unit study I explained that pirates actually wore an eyepatch to help with fighting in the dark, like at night or below deck.

    Mythbusters even tried this out and found it to be very effective:



    Of course, when you happen to have an actual eye patch from the days of correcting your son’s eye muscles, it not only becomes a great addition to a costume, it also helps in testing the theory.


    Free Pirate Unit Study Resources - great for talk like a pirate day


    My intention behind strewing with out unit studies is just to lay out a number of different materials on the topic and dive into the ones that interest them the most. I often get resources from the library and just search our house for books and items on the topic.

    Here’s a list of the different books I had out:


    Tough Boris – our favorite Mem Fox picture book!

    Boris von der Borch is a mean, greedy old pirate–tough as nails, through and through, like all pirates. Or is he? When a young boy sneaks onto Boris’s ship, he discovers that Boris and his mates aren’t quite what he expected.


    Small Saul – another ones of our favorite pirate picture books (also, I love that the French version is Petite Paul).

    When Small Saul joins the crew of The Rusty Squid, it doesn’t take long for the other pirates to notice something is very different about this tiny fellow. He was born to sing sea shanties, bake pineapple upside down cakes and redecorate, not to hold a sword and plunder. Being rough and tough just isn’t in his nature.


    Pirate Handbook – this was one of our favorite books, we read through most of it, learning about different ways to be a “good” pirate, some of the myths and truths and some information about actual pirates.

    This is a humorous guide to life on the high seas packed with intriguing historical detail that no self-respecting sea-dog should leave port without. Young landlubbers can become the fiercest of pirates by finding out how to keep their ship in tip-top shape, the best way to settle an argument with a shipmate and how to survive a storm at sea. It reveals the true nature of piracy to be more fascinating than the myths of peg legs, eye patches and parrots.


    Free Pirate Unit Study Resources - great for talk like a pirate day


    Pirates Past Noon – my kids love all things Magic Tree House, this book included!

    It’s a treasure trove of trouble! Jack and Annie are in for a high-seas adventure when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of deserted islands, secret maps—and ruthless pirates! Will they discover a buried treasure? Or will they be forced to walk the plank?


    Usborne Illustrated Unabridged Treasure Island – I love the books in this series!


    Usborne Abridged Treasure Island – I couldn’t find this one to link it but I think it’s a good chapter book for kids to read on their own if they are interested in the book before they are ready for the full thing.


    Free Pirate Unit Study Resources - great for talk like a pirate day


    Frances Drake and the Sea Rovers of the Spanish Main – I remember learning about Sir Frances Drake in elementary school so I was excited to find this one.


    Usborne Timelines of World History – I found some references to Frances Drake and it was nice to see it on a bit of a visual timeline.

    A gorgeously illustrated guide to the history of the world, from wars and revolutions to ground-breaking inventions, discoveries and artistic movements. With over 3,500 key dates from the Stone Age to the year 2000, organised geographically so readers can compare what was happening in different parts of the world.


    You can check out more great pirate books here.


    Free Pirate Unit Study Resources - great for talk like a pirate day


    We also used two of our step-by-step drawing books to draw some piratey pictures. This book and this one are our favorites.

    While we used the drawing books a bit the kids also decided to draw some of their own pirate creations as well.


    Free Pirate Unit Study Resources - great for talk like a pirate day


    Of course, if you prefer to use a drawing video you can always turn to Art for Kids Hub, this pirate drawing video looks fun.



    Of course it was fun to learn that there actually were some women pirates as well since the only ones I had heard about previously were men, here’s some information on two real-life pirates you’ve probably never heard of.


    Free Pirate Unit Study Resources - great for talk like a pirate day


    Fellow homeschool mom and blogger Monique Willms recommended we listen to Lives of the Pirates which our library has on audio, it includes short stories on actual pirates. We’re a few stories in and enjoying it.


    And of course, we can’t study pirates going into Talk Like a Pirate Day and not have a handy dandy pirate talk sheet! I found this free one online. As well as this free find your pirate name sheet.


    Free Pirate Unit Study Resources - great for talk like a pirate day


    There really was so much more we could have learned about pirates but for a short less-than-a-week study I think we did pretty good!

    We’re actually going to continue studying pirates for the next couple of days so I may add a few more resources to this post if we find some good ones!


    Have some great pirate resources to share? Leave them in the comments below!


    Free Pirate Unit Study Resources - great for talk like a pirate day

  • 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!


    Free Weather Unit Study Resources


    I gathered all the books I had from the library on weather as well as ones we had around the house and we picked a few to look through and read.

    I created a list of weather books a couple of months ago, many of which we used for this little unit study.

    A couple more books we used that aren’t on that list are:

    Nature Anatomy

    Usborne Storms and Hurricanes

    Usborne Weather (in an edition so old I can’t even find a link for it)


    Free Weather Unit Study Resources


    The weather fact I put up on the letter board was:

    Wind doesn’t make a sound until it blows against an object.

    One of my children gets very frightened by the sound of wind and when they heard this fact they decided wind really wasn’t that scary then. #scienceforthewin


    Free Weather Unit Study Resources


    I remembered making a tornado in a bottle in elementary school and it was something I wanted to do with the kids. The one I remembered involved two large pop bottles and a piece of plastic, but honestly, the little plastic piece was $5 and I didn’t want to have to order it and wait for it to come in so we just made a mini tornado with a water bottle, water and glitter. It wasn’t as impressive but it worked.

    Here’s the one I originally wanted to make:



    Here’s what we made instead:



    We also watched a couple of educational videos about weather from some of our favorite kids science YouTube channels:






    And that’s really all there was to our mini unit study on weather!

    If we would have taken more time/had the kids shown more interest in the topic I would have printed out the Clouds Fact Cards that we have from Brave Grown Home that we got in a previous bundle, maybe we’ll do that if/when we study the topic in the future.

    If you have suggestions on other topics we should study in the future, I would love to hear them, I’m currently keeping a running list of ideas!