Christian Unit Study Curriculum

Unless otherwise noted, these are all off-site links with whom I have no commercial connection.

Bible Based Spelling Lessons
A series of lessons written to help our young people to become better spellers and writers. They are appropriate for lower elementary, but could be modified for use with other groups. Free online WORD for Windows downloads.

Cadron Creek Christian Curriculum
Academic material to assist parents in training their children in godliness, while challenging students scholastically through literature unit studies.

Highlights of Homeschooling
A free, online magazine around 65 pages, packed with ideas for unit studies and Christian curriculum reviews and offers.

Homeschool in the Woods
We chose unit study among other various forms, because we are a vary ‘hands-on’, project oriented group! My children (as well as myself!) are very visual, and unit studies allow for lots of role-play, activities and arts of all kinds.

Konos
Two paths to choose with their “character curriculum:” one for those who like to do a lot of their own resource selecting, and one for those who want it all in one box.

Learning Adventures
A home based publishing company, dedicated to serving the needs of Christian home school families.  Our first book, A WORLD OF ADVENTURE, is a history based unit study, covering all subjects except math.

Unofficial Weavers Web Pages
Site with links, email list and boards for those using the Weaver Curriculum. Facebook page.

Weaver Curriculum
A unique unit-based, Christian homeschool curriculum for grades PreK-12. This family-based curriculum uses the same daily Bible theme as a foundation and then creates lessons for each student.

Fire Prevention Unit Study

Lacking a fire prevention plan almost cost a little boy’s life. He didn’t know how to get out, and window bars blocked his way.


A young neighbor boy nearly lost his life in this fire.
Decorative grates on the windows and porch door prevented that way to escape.

Get Out! And Stay Out!

The first full week in October each year is Fire Prevention Week. Throughout the U.S. fire departments have open houses, demonstrations on fire safety and prevention. Call your local fire department for information. Check your TV schedule this month for fire safety programs.

Fire Safety For Kids KIDS
Learn how to prevent a fire, and what to do if you are caught in one.

GO! React Fast to Fire!

Early detection and rapid evacuation are two of your best defenses against fire.

  • Install smoke detectors on each level and near each sleeping area.
  • Test your smoke detectors weekly.
  • Change the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year (when you change your clock.)
  • Prepare and practice a fire evacuation plan.
  • Have two ways out of every room.
  • Practice your alternative evacuation plan, too.
  • Have an outside meeting place.
  • Don’t go back inside.
  • Call 911 from a neighbor’s house.

 

How to use a Fire Extinguisher:Before you start make sure that you understand the operating instructions of you extinguisher.
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Pull the pin.
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Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
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Squeeze or pump the handle.
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Sweep from side to side at the base of the flame.To help you remember these four actions use the word PASS

 

Hot Links for Fire Prevention

Note how some of these links cover more than just fire prevention.

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Fire Safety
But were afraid to ask. Excellent unit study on fire safety.

Carbon Monoxide Information
Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “Invisible Killer” because it’s a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. According to the CDC, more than 400 in the United States die every year from accidental non-fire related CO poisoning. Products that can produce deadly CO levels include generators and faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces.

Uncle Rocky Hill, Fireman – Glad to Do It
Fireman Series of children’s picture books. A free downloadable copy of the first book titled “Fire!” Free coloring illustrations to print out.

Everything You Wanted To Know About Fire Safety
(But Were Afraid To Ask) All the “How to’s” and “What to do’s.” Health and safety.

How to Teach a Child Exit Drills in the Home
Teaching a child fire exit drills in the home can save his life in the event of a fire. Do this once every six months so your child is comfortable with the escape procedures.

National Fire Protection Association Fact Sheets
Dozens of fact sheets that would be great for lessons on fire safety and planning.

Prepare for Wildfire
Know your zones. Harden your home. Gather an emergency supply kit. Create your own wildfire action plan. Act immediately when fire strikes.

Publications and Other Children’s Fire Safety Resources
A series of fact sheets on Home Fire Prevention in English and Spanish.

Start Safe Fire
This video is for educators to learn how to use this curriculum teaching children ages 3-6 about fire safety.

Free Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House Unit Study

Little House Nine-Book Box Set
Little House Nine-Book Box Set
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
The set includes: Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years.

Activities for Kids

Laura Ingalls Wilder Activities
Timeline, mapping the journey, make a pioneer town, a quilt, a bonnet or a straw hat. Clipart of prairie wildflowers.

Little House Home
Five generations of pioneers girls from one family.

Little House Ink and Envelopes
Items like pens and blank paper were luxuries not readily available to the Ingalls family. Often, pioneers had to make their own ink and letter envelopes and you can too by following this easy tutorial! Instructions for this fun pioneer-era DIY came from the book A Pioneer Sampler by Barbara Greenwood.

Little House on the Prairie Postage Stamp Coloring Page
Postage stamp coloring pages are fun to use to learn about Philately – the hobby of collecting stamps and postal objects.

Pioneer Era Games Laura Ingalls May Have Played
Have you ever wondered what games pioneer children played? Laura Ingalls Wilder describes many games and activities in her books, and research shows us a few other games that children played during this era. Here you’ll see a full list of games and activities from the “Pioneer Era” that require either easily made items or no equipment whatsoever.

Pioneer Girl and Pioneer Boy Paper Doll Printables
“After the day’s work was done, Ma sometimes cut paper dolls for them. She cut the dolls out of stiff white paper, and drew the faces with a pencil. Then from bits of colored paper she cut dresses and hats, ribbons and laces, so that Laura and Mary could dress their dolls beautifully.”

Book Copies for Free

Little House in the Big Woods
This is a preview of this book. While a good deal of the pages are visible, some will be missing. But this is a good way to tell if you would enjoy this book. Click on the right facing triangle or just scroll down to move through the book.

Field Trips

Historic Little House Sites and Museums Index
Laura Ingalls Wilder traveled extensively throughout Wisconsin, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri and beyond. We have compiled a list for you of the historic sites and museums related to Laura Ingalls Wilder and Little House on the Prairie, as well as other points of interest.

Information on the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historical Sites
Information on the different locations in the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. You can also view the Laura Ingalls Wilder address page for quick reference to the mailing addresses of all the sites.

The Wilder Pageant
A family-oriented outdoor drama based on the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder in Walnut Grove, whose writings provided the inspiration for TV’s “Little House on the Prairie.”  It is a live performance weekend nights in July with all characters from the Walnut Grove area.

Lapbooks

Little House in the Big Woods Lapbook
Projects and coloring pages for a lapbook per chapter of this Laura Ingalls Wilder book.

Movies

Little House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder
by Dean Butler (Director, Narrator, Producer)

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A one-hour documentary that goes beyond the famed “Little House” book series to the behind-the-scenes, true life story of one of America’s most iconic authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her adventures come to life through passages from the “Little House” books, archival photography, paintings from famous frontier artists, dramatic reenactments, a beautiful original score and original illustrations. Uncover more about Laura’s story through interviews with experts, including Pamela Smith Hill, editor of the Best-Selling “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography”, and historian John E. Miller, author of notable biographies about Laura Ingalls Wilder. Step further into Laura’s world with 35 minutes of bonus features which explore such topics as Native Americans and African Americans on the prairie, the Morgan Horse, and American artist Harvey Dunn. Travel behind the scenes with director Dean Butler and illustrator Cheryl Harness to experience the making of this documentary. Learn more by visiting the Little House on the Prairie documentary web page.

Unit Studies

Homeschooling with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie
Some of my most beloved homeschooling memories date back to the year our homeschool co-op studied Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” series. We would read portions of the books on our own, and then get together for discussion and fun book-based activities. By Rose West.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prairie Definitive Guide
This page is to share my love of all the Little House books with you, and to keep you up-to-date on new book releases about Laura Ingalls Wilder and special events at the Laura Ingalls Wilder heritage sites.

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
South Dakota State Historical Society; annotated edition. First edition (November 20, 2014).

Review of the memoir. Parents and teenagers could read the biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and the story behind the series, while younger children read the fictional story. Families then encouraged to talk about the similarities and differences. How do authors use memories to create works of fiction?

Free Unit Studies

A to Z Free Unit Studies

Explorations 4 Kids
Truly fun online learning! Make this your online learning center!

Fire Prevention Unit Study
Fire Prevention Week provides lots of opportunity to discuss fire safety with your children.

Free Curriculum and Field Trips
A sortable database for free curriculum and field trip ideas.

Kit Kittredge: American Girl – 7/4/08
Ann Zeise reviews the movie, and offers unit studies ideas to help chidren understand the Great Depression.

Kitchen Unit Studies
Sample using Toll House Cookies as a unit study.

Little House Unit Study
Fun projects for kids to do while reading Laurel Ingalls Wilder Little House books.

Valentine’s Day Unit Study
A jam-packed page of fun Valentine projects for you and your children. A unit study to share with your friends.

Winter Unit Study
Find out about really cold places, about the science of cold, fun in the snow, and winter tales.

Resources

ABC Teach
Some of the themes include: Coral Reef, Rain Forest, Butterfly Centers, Antarctica, Peace Circle, Spring, and Where the Sidewalk Ends Presentation.

Debbie’s Unit Factory
Elementary level units both online and to order. Each unit is designed to appeal to children and includes many child-centered activities.

Happy Homeschool (Used to be Funschooling Unit Study Archives)
Karen Caroe has been publishing her unit studies online since 1997 and has quite a collection of interest to homeschool families.

Homeschool Helper
We have a collection of unit studies, worksheets and other homeschooling helps. All of our units and worksheets are free.

Homeschool Share
Try What you Came For Unit Studies. Facebook page.

Kids Soup
We are here to save you time and money and to help you build core skills with our ready-to-use creative teaching materials. Primarily preschool and kindergarten activities.

Miksike Integrated Learning Environment
Join in with students all around the world on some project of mutual interest. Webpage templates provided for submitting your work to this site. (A site with a history that goes back to 1994, making it one of the first unit studies on the net.)

Mosaic World History
In an effort to make rich learning experiences easily accessible to as many as possible, Mosaic offers lesson plans, curriculum guides, and resource suggestions to everyone at no charge.

Parent Child Education
With years of experience working with children of various ages and abilities, we have many innovative and fun suggestions that will empower you, the parents, with confidence, information and tools to inspire your children to work to their potential.

Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool
This site is about the unit studies and printables I have used in my own homeschool and with my co-op group.

Food

Kids Stuff – NC Dept of Agriculture
Agriculture can be a lot of fun! This is the place for kids of all ages to play around with agriculture. This area will be expanding and growing constantly. Check back often for more fun things to see and do!

See also Food Chemistry and Cooking Kids’ Recipes for moe free unit studies covering the topic of food.

How To Create Your Own Unit Studies

Advice

Amanda Bennett, The Future of Learning
Welcome to my new home. I’m thrilled to show you around the place. There are plenty of new things to see and try, and great adventures just waiting to happen!

How to Create Your Own Curriculum
Many homeschooling parents — even those who start out using a pre-packaged curriculum — decide somewhere along the way to take advantage of the freedom homeschooling allows by creating their own course of study. By Kathy Ceceri.

Resources

Brainstorming for Unit Plans
Printable (pdf) form to help you develop your own unit studies.

Design-A-Study
Resources for creating a custom curriculum. A commercial site with some good ideas to get you started.

Discovery School Lesson Planner
A free membership online “space” to help your plan and store and eventually share your unit studies with others. Tools for creating games, quizzes, worksheets, add links, objectives and more.

Notebooking

Dateline: May 26, 2006

By Dana Sorrell, homeschooling mom to 3, in Kentucky.

Notebooking is like Scrapbooking

I became fascinated with notebooking a few months ago. According to what I read from the internet, it was kind of like scrapbooking. Okay, I wanted to know more! I’ve found that notebooking varies greatly from one family to another, depending on how much the kids want to put into it and how much money you spend. I think most people go out and get some of those white binder notebooks with the pocket on the front to make your own cover and slide it down inside. Some people buy sheet protectors and use them for every page and some just punch holes in the papers and put them in the binders. I’ve also bought small scrapbooks from the dollar store and used those for short subjects. Some people even use cheap spiral notebooks. Some folks go all out and make covers and have the notebook pages actually bound into books.

Using Notebooks for Every Subject

Notebooks can be used for every subject, even math, I’ve learned recently. A preschooler can start with an ABC notebook, start by writing one letter at the top of every page and drawing or pasting pictures that start with that object in the book. A fourth grader might be working on a history notebook that is a actually a time line with 100 years on every page, with drawings, photos, pockets with tiny little mini-books in them, pictures from the museum you visited about that era, drawings depicting events or even fashion of that time, short written explanations of the period or copywork that might be a quote from that time. A geography book would definitely have maps, reports about that country, any crafts that you can press flat and get in there or pictures of the larger crafts. A math notebook might have illustrated math word problems, “Johnny has 4 apples … ” and detailed notes on how to work each type of problem or contain graphs and number lines. Spelling notebooks might list the spelling words, with definitions, drawings, stickers, coloring pages or even photos. They can be as plain as a pencil drawing with a few words (as in my older son’s notebooks) or as fancy as any scrapbook you’ve seen with paper cut outs, photos, borders, popups. There is no limit to the amount of creativitiy you can put into them. They can be pages made on a computer or by hand. They can have a lot of writing or be mainly illustrations or photos with captions. They can be journals. They can be photo albums of large projects.

Individualizing Notebooks

I think notebooks are outlets for all of the different types of creativity because it is such an open-ended activity. For example, I asked my children to make a notebook page about each book we read this year. They pages were so different. My older son prefered to write about the story and draw a picture or two. My daughter wanted a lot of cutting and pasting, very little writing, but beautiful illustrations. My younger son does not like to write and prefered to do his on the computer. All of the pages told the story as the kids remembered it. My kids were resistant at first to the idea, I think because it was so open-ended. They like me to be more specific in helping them get started sometimes, so sometimes I tell them things like “Draw your favorite scene from the book” or “Show what happened at the end” or something like that, just to get them started. Often, I like to make my own page while they’re working on theirs. Hey, mom likes cutting and pasting too!

A Treasure to Save

The notebooks end up being a record of what the child has learned. They can go back and look at them and remember. After the year is over, the notebook can be kept just as it is or the pages can be put in an envelope and stored while the binder itself is reused for the next year’s projects!

Websites to Help Get Started Notebooking

Several web sites now offer printable notebooking pages to help you get started. They frequently have different boxes, borders and drawings on them, to help jump-start your creativity. Do a search on notebooking and you’ll find some good resources to help you get started.

Everything You Need To Begin Notebooking E-Book Set
Cindy Rushton, who has become known as The Binder Queen, uses Notebooking for every subject in her homeschool. She will show you how to begin whether your child is a toddler or the most skeptical high schooler.

Notebooking Pages
Homeschool mom Debra offers both free & affordable notebooking pages plus a variety of other homeschooling helps & ideas. Moms are always very thankful in their responses to the offerings at the site.

You may contact Dana at fatcatpaulanne@bellsouth.net.

Unit Studies

Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers by Susan Kilbride
Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers
by Susan Kilbride
If you are a homeschooler or teacher who is looking for fun ideas on how to teach science, then this book is for you! Its hands-on approach is designed to capture students’ interest and promote a love of science and learning.

Learning Every Minute
AN A to Z ARTICLE
Our daily lives are teeming with opportunities for learning. If you look at your life closely, you will realize there are a myriad of teachable moments each day.

Notebooking
AN A to Z ARTICLE
I became fascinated with notebooking a few months ago. According to what I read from the internet, it was kind of like scrapbooking. By Dana Sorrell.

Academic Club Method
Instead of lectures and textbooks, this format enables a child to become an active part of whatever topic is being studied. Children make, do, act, chant, build and live the material that they could not learn by reading.

The Joy and Ease of Learning Through Child-led Unit Studies
The great advantages of unit studies are that they can be tied into a child’s interest and that the entire family can learn about a subject together. By Kandi Chong.

Lapbooking on Squidoo
Lapbooking can be done by any learner– from preschoolers to adults. With this learning technique, you make mini-books covering details that you’ve studied. After making a variety of mini-books about a larger topic, all the books are put together in a large folder. The finished product is called a lapbook. By Jimmie, a homeschool mom.

Learning Success with Unit Studies and More
Unit studies take advantage of a child’s natural curiosity. By Jane Boswell.

Unit Study Approach
Unit studies, sometimes called thematic units or integrated studies, are very popular with homeschoolers. Unit studies usually use a hands-on approach for effective learning. by Robin Sampson.

What is a Unit Study?
Unit studies or thematic units take a topic and “lives” with it for a period of time, integrating science, social studies, language arts, math and fine arts as they apply.

What Is a Unit Study? Pick a Topic, Any Topic!
The term “unit studies” is an especially slippery fish of a term, because it can mean so many things. It may refer to a relaxed, interest led frolic through a subject or a traditional approach, using packaged unit studies.

Unit Studies for Sale

General Unit Studies for Sale

Amanda Bennett’s Unit Study Series
These interactive studies have been created to build a strong and interesting knowledge base of each topic, using the areas of learning that are woven through each topic – history, science, geography, literature, and so much more.

Design-A-Study
The guides show you what to cover and how to teach, giving you a framework flexible enough to meet your children’s needs.

Christian

Christian Unit Studies Materials
Suppliers of Christian Fundamentalist unit study curriculum.

Cultures-based

The Adventures of Simon and Barklee: For Homeschool Families
Simon and Barklee uses world cultures as a study platform to incorporate curriculum including reading, writing, vocabulary, basic foreign language, math, geography, history, science, music, art and more.

The Amazing Race
Learn about world cultures while following the fun reality tv show. By Tina Scott Smith.

Hands-On

Enrichment4You
Projects with step-by-step instructions with photographs, patterns & templates in History, Art, Science, Language Arts and more.

Gardening Adventures
This comprehensive 60-page, multi-level garden-based curriculum introduces your children to a valuable skill and lifetime resource, while motivating them to apply themselves. Family pricing.

History-based

Beautiful Feet Books
History through literature. For those who wish to have their children really love history through fine literature and non-fiction.

A Journey Through Learning
American History Unit Studies by homeschool moms, Nancy and Paula. Copy work and games to keep kids interested.

Learning Adventures
Each of the books cover skills and concepts for grades 4 through 8, and each will include a year (180 days) of lesson plans for all subjects except math. Books two through five will be presented within the context of American history, but other countries, personalities, and events will also be covered as they apply to events in America.

National Center for History in the Schools, UCLA
US and World History unit study materials for sale.

Literature-based

Five In A Row
A literature-based unit study for children ages 2 through 12. Site includes an active Facebook Page.

Learning Treasures
Handcrafted felt sets, unit studies, books and more.

The Prairie Primer
A literature based unit study utilizing the “Little House” series. It was developed for students in grades 3-6.

Unit Studies Mail Lists

CatholicUnitStudy
This group is for homeschoolers from the Catholic/Orthodox faiths that wish to help create unit studies based around our faiths.

Konoscurricula
This loop is for the buying and selling of used or partly used books and curricula that would be compatible with Konos unit studies. Nature books, craft books, science biographies, history stories, etc. are all welcome here.

Unit Safari
This is a Christian co-op site where we put together unit studies as a group. This isn’t a site for lurkers, but for active participants. We pick a topic every two weeks and our members send information to the list on that particular topic.

Unit Study Coffeetable
In message area put “SUBSCRIBE unit-study-coffeetable” (no quotes). Very active unit study email list.