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"Unit Study" approach to homeschooling.
A unit study, also called thematic units or integrated studies, incorporates many subjects into an in depth study of one main topic or theme. Rather than studying six or seven unrelated subjects, a unit study will bring many subjects together to enable the student to gain a deeper understanding.
For example, while studying an era in history, one could study the types of art, music, and literature from that time period. Or, perhaps a younger child might spend a month studying butterflies by reading and writing about butterflies, doing art projects, creating a butterfly garden for scientific observation and spelling words related to their findings.
Strengths of the "Unit Study" approach:
- Children of all ages can learn together and share what they are learning with one another.
- A child is not limited in the depth of learning in a particular subject. They can delve as deeply as their interest permits.
- A child can study and pursue his individual interests while learning necessary skills.
- Encourages independent thinking and curiosity.
- Since knowledge is interrelated it may be easier to retain.
Potential Weaknesses of the "Unit Study" approach:
- Can require highly intensive parent involvement and preparation.
- Some subjects that are not easily incorporated may be neglected.
- Prepared Unit Study Curricula can be expensive.
- Learning and progress may be hard to monitor and record.