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Why we love homeschool program unit studies

Why we love homeschool unit studies

The Learn + Live Letter is a homeschool unit study program…but what exactly is a homeschool unit study? What are their benefits? And what type of homeschool family do unit studies work for best?

Q&A with Amber O'Neal Johnston on teaching historical truth in homeschool plans

A Q&A with Amber O’Neal Johnston on teaching historical truth

Teaching our children historical truths isn’t just an option—it’s crucial for raising informed and empathetic children. No one knows that better than Amber O’Neal Johnston. Amber is a veteran homeschool mom of four children, the popular blogger and homeschool consultant over at HeritageMom.com, and author of the new book A Place to Belong. Because of her vast experience and knowledge on this topic, we asked her to share with us her ideas on teaching the most accurate version of history.

Level 2: Dance (Party!) Unit

This is our last week of activities for the year, and we are so ready to celebrate your child and all that you both have accomplished! So, let’s get ready to get up and dance.

Level 2: Ocean Unit

Ready for adventure, underwater explorers? For this week-long unit, we’ll begin by strengthening our understanding of what makes up this fascinating biome.

Level 2: Japan Unit

We are so excited to introduce you and your child to a variety of Japanese landmarks, some incredibly cool animals, and to help you learn more about Japanese culture.

Level 1: Ocean Unit

Summer is right around the corner, and what could be more in season than learning about the ocean and it’s sun-drenched beaches? Throughout the unit, we will enjoy some awesome STEAM activities, along with the math, science, art, and music activities you know and love.

Level 1: Japan Unit

Kon’nichiwa! In this county unit study, we’re taking a trip to explore the incredible culture, geography, and arts of Japan.

Level 1: Forest Unit

Many of our units have touched on a variety of trees, but this week, trees are the star. Throughout the week, we’ll explore a variety of forests, types of trees, and animal life that relies on them.

Japan Unit: Week 3

This week in our Japan Unit, we will learn about sumo wrestlers, samurai, ninjas, the Japanese language, haikus, bonsai trees, cherry blossoms, and some of the awesome innovations and technology popular from Japan.

Japan Unit: Week 2

This week is jam-packed full of fun! We will learn about Mount Fuji and volcanoes, the story and artwork of artist Hokusai, ninjas, storytelling in Japan, the island of Okinawa, sea turtles, and sushi!

Japan Unit: Week 1

Welcome to Japan! こんにちは (Kon’nichiwa)! We will start our exploration with detailed mapping skills, a brief history overview, and a deeper dive into ancient Japan. This week will include math and science lessons that connect seamlessly to the unit theme.

2022/2023 Level 2+ Unit Study Schedule

Fall September 5th SendAustralia.Desert.Reptiles.Things That Go. October 3rd SendPeru.Cooking + Favorite Foods.Finance.Entrepreneur. November 7th SendEngland + Ireland.Germs, Viruses + Fungus.Inventions.Fashion. Winter December 5th SendRussia.Outer Space.Espionage.Bears. January 9th SendBrazil.Toys.Recycling + Conservation.The Body. February 6th SendNorway.Mountains.Pirates.Antarctica. Spring March 6th SendNigeria.Monkeys.State Parks + Camping.Decomposers. April 3rd SendCuba.Frontier.Robots.Sports. May 1st SendHawaii.Tide Pools.Sing + Theater.County Fair.

Level 2: Up in the Air Unit

Get ready to take learning up, up, and away this week! We’ll explore the history of man-made flying machines, including a look at da Vinci’s original designs, while also tackling a variety of subjects from math to literacy and everything in between.

Level 2: Animal Care Unit

From domesticated pets to the wildest creatures on the earth, there is so much that goes into caring for our furry, feathered, and scaled friends! In this unit, we’ll explore some amazing human and animal connections from around the world (including several true stories!) and explore how we can take care of the animals we share our planet with.

Level 1: Pet Care Unit

Our unit this week is all about taking care of animals and how some animals have a special job and take care of us. We will also learn about the people who take care for animals both in our community and in captivity.

Level 2: Savanna + Safari Unit

We are so excited for this week’s wild ride through the African savanna! Our lessons will also introduce your child to different areas within Africa, focusing a lot on Kenya (including several overlaps with our Level 3: Kenya Unit for homeschool families in both levels).

Level 1: Butterflies + Migration Unit

Butterflies are amazing insects! 🦋 They can be found in all habitats, from rainforests to deserts to grasslands—no matter where you live, you have butterflies! This unit will be filled with lots of science, plenty of math, and even a biographical story for a splash of history.

Kenya Unit: Week 4

This week in our Kenya Unit, we will learn about one early civilization, the influence of colonization, and the sadness of chattel slavery. Let’s take a deeper dive into the history of this nation.

Kenya Unit: Week 3

Week three of Kenya is filled with science, art and culture! We will explore the monsoons and the waterfalls of Kenya, we will learn about the beautiful woodworking skills of Kenyan artists and the mask traditions of its tribes, and we will enjoy learning about some fabulous flamingos and some delicious cuisine.

Kenya Unit: Week 2

This week, we will meet some famous Kenyans! We will learn about a famous Nobel Prize winner and also one of the most famous Kenayan tribes. This week is packed with science—specifically botany, environmental, and earth science.

Kenya Unit: Week 1

Jambo! Hello and welcome to Kenya! This breathtaking country is going to inspire the world traveler within you.

Level 1: France Unit

Bienvenue en France! We are so excited to explore this beautiful country with you and your child, getting a taste for the culture and cuisine while also exploring amazing architecture, living things, music, and art.

Level 2: France Unit

Bienvenue en France! This week, we’ll explore this beautiful country and gain a deeper understanding of the culture, language, cuisine, and more!

Level 2: Castles Unit

Good morrow, lords and ladies! We are so excited to kick off our Castles Unit, which is packed with history around Medieval times and the Renaissance in Western Europe.

3 myths about socialization + homeschooling

If you’ve been homeschooling longer than…let’s say 30 seconds, you’ve probably had someone challenge you on how you plan to make sure that your homeschooled child is “socialized.” As common as this question is, though, the truth is that it’s rooted in some serious misconceptions about home education.

Level 2: Flowers Unit

Get ready to watch learning bloom with this colorful unit! This week, we’ll learn about flowers in a variety of ways, from dissecting a real bloom to using flowers to inspire our math and literacy activities.

Level 1: Birds Unit

This week’s unit is for the birds—in the best way! 🐦🦜🐤 We are going to learn about our winged friends this week, including their habitats and what makes them each unique.

Level 1: Flowers Unit

Ready to let creativity and exploration bloom? In this colorful unit study, we’ll explore the science and makeup of flowers while also improving skills around reading, math, art, and more.

French Unit: Week 3

French culture has influenced many others with its food, fashion, and more. This week, we will explore some of the most visited places in France, learn about two famous French inventions, and try one of our favorite food groups—French desserts!

France Unit: Week 2

This week you will no doubt be impressed with the beauty of France. From its gorgeous gardens and impressive architectural structures to the creative art of masters and glorious music of famed composers, France is filled with magnificent things!

France Unit: Week 1

Bienvenue en France! This week we will tour the terrain and landmarks of France with some fun mapping exercises. We will also explore the French language with our friends from The Cultured Kid and learn how to write a research paper.

Our review of The Cultured Kid language program

Language has always been a subject I knew my oldest daughter would explore. From a very young age, she showed an interest and appreciation for different languages–and a knack for imitating them, even in her toddler babble. The problem? I only speak English fluently.

Level 2: Insects + Spiders Unit

This week, we’ll get on a roll with some dung beetles, explore what gives fireflies their signature glow, and spend a couple of days exploring the world of spiders (all while strengthening literacy, math, and science skills).

Level 2: Spring Unit

We’re so excited to welcome a new season with our Spring Unit study! This week’s lessons will cover a variety of plants and animal you see in the western hemisphere during spring.

Level 1: Insects + Spiders Unit

This unit is all about the creepy, crawly little creatures that outnumber us by millions! 🐝🐛🦋🐞🐜🦟🦗🕷(But don’t worry—they’re actually much more interesting than scary!) You will learn about a few specific insects and spiders while also refining your child’s fine and gross motor skills, crafting, and even taking a field trip or two.

Level 1: Spring Unit

Spring is one of the four seasons. Let’s welcome spring with some of our favorite books and hopefully a visit to a local garden or farm!

Level 1: Castles Unit

This unit is full of fun history about medieval times in Western Europe. We will examine many parts of life during the feudal system of the dark ages—but with a kid friendly spin. Huzzah!

Level 2: Rocks Unit

If you think of something stagnant and boring when you hear rocks, it might be time to give them a second look! In this week’s geology-rich unit, we’ll explore rocks under and above the earth’s crust for a deeper understanding of how rocks form, change, and explode! Click here for our printable tracker to keep aContinue reading “Level 2: Rocks Unit”

Level 1: Rocks Unit

This week’s lessons are rich with science lesson and experiments that will have your child putting on their geologist hat.

Ancient Rome: Week 4

Let’s end our month of Ancient Rome by learning a bit more about the geography (including a historic volcanic eruption!), how the ancient Romans liked to relax, and what modern-day Rome looks like now.

Ancient Rome: Week 3

This week, we’ll dig deeper into some Roman discoveries that are still relevant in the math, science, and art worlds.

Ancient Rome: Week 1

In this month-long unit, all roads lead to Rome—ancient Rome, that is! We’ll cover a variety of topics, including history, writing, science, and more through hands-on activities your child will love.

10 ways to teach math with movement

A recent study demonstrated that motor rich learning activities directly improved mathematical performance. Even more significantly, the study identified that gross motor movement (whole body) activities yielded larger improvements than participation in fine motor activities in relation to math performance.

Level 2: Quilts Unit

As you work your way through this unit, you’ll actually be introducing several important events in U.S. history to your child—events that you will likely cover again and again throughout their education.

Level 1: Quilts Unit

If all you think about when you think of quilts is the afghan on your grandma’s couch, think again. Quilts can teach us the beauty of culture, family, and diversity—especially when it comes to gaining understanding of cultures different from our own.

Level 2: Greece Unit

From famous stories to famous discoveries, so much of our modern-day culture has roots in ancient Greece! Throughout this week, we’ll explore this fascinating country and culture while strengthening your child’s skills in a variety of subjects, including math, science, and literacy.

Level 1: Greece Unit

γεια σας! (Or yeia sas, which is Greek for hello!) This week will we immerse ourselves in all things Greece. Besides learning about the people and culture of this ancient and modern civilization, we will also practice important fine and gross motor skills.

Level 1: Tools + Construction Unit

Brick laying, construction sites, and tools—oh my! This week’s unit is all about building up (and even a little breaking down 😉). By the end of the week, you’ll have tackled measuring, engineering, phonics, photography and more!

Ancient Greece: Week 4

We begin our final week of Greek studies by learning about ancient Greek inventions and government. We will learn about the lasting impact the Greeks have had on our modern world and how their influence in our lives.

Ancient Greece: Week 3

For week three of our Greece Unit, we’ll take a trip to Mount Olympus to learn how the Greek gods impacted life, culture, literature, and more.

Ancient Greece: Week 2

The Olympics as we know them today are very different from the original games that began in Greece. This week we will learn about the history of the games.

Ancient Greece: Week 1

There is so much to examine in Greek history—get ready for an exciting month with your child! For our first week, we’ll explore some geography, a famous myth, and more about this rich culture.

Simple Acropolis craft homeschool unit studies

Greece: Simple Acropolis craft

The Acropolis is one of the most famous archaeological sites of Greece. Part of why it has been able to last so long is the strength of its column design. Let’s learn more about that with this activity today that will also help reinforce shapes for younger children.

Level 2: Arctic Unit

For our Arctic Unit, we’ll be exploring the northernmost part of the planet—and getting to know some of the people and animals who call it home! We’ll also explore how the hemispheres work together while strengthening your child’s math, literacy, and fine motor skills.


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