Cuba Unit: Week 4
In our final week of our Cuba unit study, we will learn more about modern-day life on the island. Our lessons will include a tasty book review writing assignment, the foundations for critical thinking conversations, and lots of artist studies!
Cuba Unit: Week 3
his week we will examine the ocean life that sets Cuba apart from many other marine environments, and we will learn about several famous musicians and artists with Cuban heritage.
Cuba Unit: Week 2
This week we will learn more about the history of Cuba, including digging deeper into the Spanish and African influence in Cuban culture.
Cuba Unit: Week 1
Our month-long study of Cuba will begin with a geography lesson. Then, we will learn about the ancient people of the island, as well as the unique animals that inhabit it today―including the smallest bird in the world!
Level 2+: Sports Unit
Throughout this week, we’ll explore science, math, history, geography, and even art and music through an athletic lens, focusing on football, baseball, soccer, hockey, and basketball.
Level 2+: Robots Unit
eady for a week exploring the world of programming and robots? This week, we’ll tackle a variety of subjects (including math, science, literacy, and more!) with a bot-tastic twist, including learning the history of some of the world’s first computer programmers.
Level 2+: Frontier Unit
Get ready to explore the American west! In this week-long unit, we will introduce your child to a period of time that stretched from about 1803-1890, including native and indigenous peoples, the Oregon Trail, the California Gold Rush, and more.
Level 2+: Cuba Unit
Hola, mis amigos! Welcome to our week-long Cuba unit study, packed with play-based, hands-on activities to explore this beautiful country.
Cuban Dinner Recipe: Black beans + ropa vieja
Food is an extremely important part of Cuban culture. In this post, we’re sharing two recipes from the family of our co-founder, Cynthia, who is Cuban! We hope you enjoy making them with your family as much as we do.
Level 2+: Decomposers Unit
Decomposers are like the cleaning crew of our planet, and this week we’ll get to know a few of the crew’s most prominent members (while flexing our math, science, and literacy muscles!).
Level 2+: Parks + Camping
Ready to explore some of the United State’s most amazing national treasures? In this unit, we’ll explore the history and geography of national and state parks through math, science, literacy, and more.
Level 2+: Monkeys + Apes Unit
Ready to monkey around a bit? In this animal-themed unit, we’ll meet a few primates that have captured human hearts for years. We’ll also brush up on math and geography skills, get some purposeful writing practice, and more!
Level 2+: Nigeria Unit
Nigeria has a centuries-old history and a vibrant culture we know you and your child will love to explore, so we’ve packed this week full of activity and book options, experiments, recipes, art, geography, math, literacy, and more!
Nigeria Unit: Week 4
Our final week of Nigeria will end with a ton of science! The beautiful and wonderous ecosystem of Nigeria will introduce us to some amazing (and scary) animals. We will take a closer look at one of earth’s most interesting processes—the nitrogen cycle—and we will practice our research and travel planning skills.
Nigeria Unit: Week 3
If you are an art and science lover, then this is the week for you! Let’s continue our journey through Nigeria as we explore more about the culture and the arts of this beautiful country.
Nigeria Unit: Week 2
This week we will continue learning about The Benin Kingdom and their remarkable advancements in technology and engineering.
Nigeria Unit: Week 1
This week, we will learn about the geography and botany of Nigeria and we will begin to explore the famous Benin Kingdom. Finally, we will end the week with the history of the cassava root as we enjoy some delicious drink and food.
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Norway Unit: Week 4
Our final week of Norway is sure to impress you as we learn about the country’s scientific advances and its infrastructure! It will also inspire some great engineering and writing projects.
Norway Unit: Week 3
This week, we will learn about its medieval history, the language spoken today by millions, and famous artists and classical composers from this beautiful country.
Norway Unit: Week 2
This week, we will learn about Norway’s Viking Age, Norse mythology, and work on some fun math skills.
Norway Unit: Week 1
This week we will learn about this country’s unique geography, its native people, and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Level 2+: Antarctica Unit
Get ready to take your studies to the farthest reaches of the South Pole with this week-long unit study! We’ll explore the world’s coldest continent, get up close and personal with its residents and history, and dive deep into some of the geological wonders found in this incredibly harsh environment.
Level 2+: Pirates Unit
Ahoy, me hearties! Get ready to break out your best pirate speak as we dive into this swashbuckling homeschool unit!
Level 2+: Mountains Unit
Get ready for some high-climing adventures learning about our planet’s tallest peaks!
Level 2+: Norway Unit
Throughout the week, we’ll work on strengthening math, science, literacy, geography, and arts skills while exploring the country and culture of Norway.
Brazil Unit: Week 4
This week, we will learn about the biggest folias (party) of the year in Brazil—Carnival!
Brazil Unit: Week 3
This week, we will learn about Brazilian Portuguese, meet famous Brazilian inventors who have left their mark, and discover artists who have put Brazil’s landscapes in some of the most prestigious museums of the world.
Brazil Unit: Week 2
Get ready to learn about the layers of the forest, the trees spread across the land, and the animals that live there.
Brazil Unit: Week 1
This week, we will be introduced to the history of this country, the people who call it home and their stories, and virtually visit some famous sites you will want to put in your bucket list of places to see one day.
Level 2+: Toys Unit
Have you ever thought about all you can learn from your child’s favorite play things? From teddy bears to video games, this week’s unit is all about taking your child’s natural interests and expanding them into a variety of subjects.
Level 2+: Brazil Unit
We are so excited to introduce your child to this beautiful country and culture, exploring the food, clothing, geography, animals, and more.
Level 2+: The Body
Get ready to explore everything from your brain to the muscles in your toes (and everything in between) through this hands-on, science-packed unit.
Level 2+: Recycling + Conservation
In this science-heavy unit, we’ll take a look at what happens when we don’t care for the earth and see how even the smallest person can make a difference for the planet.
Germs, Viruses + Fungi Unit: DYI bacteria model
Bacteria are a fascinating microbe with lots of special parts that each perform a specific job. Let’s create a larger model of a bacteria so we can examine the parts and learn what they each do.
Russia Unit: Week 4
Our final week in the Russia Unit is literally bursting with science—your child will have many opportunities for hands-on STEM experiments as you learn about famous scientific discoveries, historic events, and the brilliant people who made them possible.
Russia Unit: Week 3
This week is filled with art, dance, history, and literature unique to Russia.
Russia Unit: Week 2
This week we will deepen our knowledge of Russian culture by delving into the language spoken by the people, the art they create and the music they enjoy.
Russia Unit: Week 1
Welcome to Russia! This week, we will be visiting the largest country in the world.
Level 2+: Bears Unit
From grizzlies to polar bears to pandas (and a slew of lesser-known bears in between!), we’ll get to know how they live while also tackling math, science, literacy, geography and more.
Level 2+: Espionage Unit
Get ready to get up close and personal with the life of spies and secret agents—and to learn some of the crucial roles they have played throughout history.
Level 2+: Russia Unit
From the unique geography and alphabet to some of its most famous works of art and most delicious recipes, get ready to experience this fascinating culture like never before.
Level 2+: Outer Space Unit
Get ready to explore the mysteries of the universe, including black holes, the planet Mars, and the life cycle of stars.
Russia Unit: Perepechi recipe
Try this perepechi recipe to make your own traditional Russian dish!
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Level 1: Letter of the Week
Here is a comprehensive list of where you can find each letter or number of the week in our Level 1 unit studies.
England Unit: Week 4
All week, we will be learning about 20th century England, including the architecture, the monarchy and parliament, the natural beauty, and favorite places tourists love to visit!
England Unit: Week 3
This week we will learn about a special queen who sat on the English throne, brilliant writers who many of us still enjoy reading (or watching) today, and the great impact of the science minds of this time in history.
England Unit: Week 2
This week is filled with history, science, and art as we explore the English renaissance!
England Unit: Week 1
Welcome to England! Be sure to mark your passports as we travel this month to a European country with a rich history and connection to all of us English speakers.
Level 2+: Fashion Unit
In this week’s unit, we’ll explore the history behind beloved pieces of clothing and designers who brought them to life.
Level 2+ Inventions Unit
From paper bags to traffic lights, virtually everything we use on a daily basis had an inventor. This week, we will explore and learn more about some of history’s most famous inventors, as well as a few you may never have neard of before.
Level 2+: Germs, Viruses + Fungi Unit
In this week-long unit, we’ll be introducing your child to the world of microbes and microbiology, spending the majority of our time on the features, differences, and similarities of germs, viruses, and fungi.
Level 2+: England + Ireland Unit
For this week’s activities, we’ll be exploring several parts of Europe, focusing primarily on England and Ireland.
England + Ireland: Types of government
In our England + Ireland Units, we learn how England is part of the United Kingdom and operates under a monarchy (technically a constitutional monarcy!). In this activity, we will learn about the basic types of government and how they function.
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Level 2+: Entrepreneur Unit
Calling all budding business owners! This week’s unit will inspire your child’s inner maker, builder, and doer as they explore the world of entrepreneurship.
Level 2+: Finance Unit
In this unit, we’ll break down the basics of money and finance in a play-based, hands-on way that helps bring these abstract concepts down to a concrete level.
Level 2+: Cooking + Favorite Foods
We love when we can let our children’s interests guide their learning—and this week is packed with opportunities to do that!
Level 2+: Peru Unit
From a rich history or stunning mountains and fascinating rainforests, there’s something for everyone in Peru! Throughout this week-long unit, we’ll get a taste of the cultural wonders of this country while exploring geography, flora, fauna, folk tales, and a few famous native residents.
Peru Unit: Week 4
There are some impressive landmarks in Peru, and this week we will learn about some of the most amazing places you will ever see, like the floating islands of Titicaca, the rainbow mountain and Cotahuasi Canyon.
Peru Unit: Week 3
This week we will learn about the animals, the music, and the art of Peru. We will also meet some famous characters from Peru’s past and present and learn about another famous food ingredient beloved in this country.
Peru Unit: Week 2
This week, we will focus on the rich history of the people of Peru. We will highlight the first people to inhabit Peru, the great Inca Empire, and the colonization by Spain.
Peru Unit: Week 1
This country and culture will introduce us to amazing history, impressive architecture, beautiful landscapes and fascinating animals.
Get a free homeschool rhythm chart!
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Get a free DIY passport for homeschool!
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What we learned in our IG LIVE with The Reading School
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Things that go: Car STEM activities
Today, we’ll take a closer look at angles, mass, and the forces of friction to explore how they affect cars.
Level 2+ Things that go
Watch out, coming through! This week’s fast-pace lesson is all about things that go, from trains to cars to motorcycles to…tractors?
Level 2+ Reptiles Unit
This week, we’ll be getting up close and personal with one of the vertibrate types we learned about in our Australia Unit…reptiles!
Level 2+: Desert Unit
Is it getting hot in here? It must be time for our Desert Unit! Get ready to explore this arid (and sometimes not arid!) biome as we learn more about the geography, plants, animals, and cultures found in the desert.
Level 2+: Australia Unit
G’day! Welcome to our week-long Australia Unit, where we’ll be exploring a variety of landscpes, animals, and art forms across this diverse continent (and country!).
Australia Unit: Week 4
For our final week of Australia, we’ll meet some intrepid people, discover amazing inventions, and explore architecture that still captures the imagination of people all over the world.
Australia Unit: Week 3
The majority of this week will be spent learning about the ocean surrounding Australia!
Australia Unit: Week 2
This week of Australia exploration is filled with history and science! We will learn about the British influence on the Australian continent, and we will also enjoy creating a diorama of an important point in history.
Australia Unit: Week 1
Welcome to the land down under! This week we will begin our month-long study of Australia.
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How to do Level 2 and 2+ phonics guide of the week
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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 2: Forest Unit
This week, we’ll explore the incredible ways trees grow—and even communicate!—while we learn more about the other flora and fauna that call the forest home.
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.
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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.
Forest Unit: Parts of a tree craft
We love this tactile craft for reinforcing the parts of the tree!
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