This year Buddy worked on unit studies off and on for a couple of subjects. I switched Little Miss to unit studies for History this year and she has done well. Both of my children have done small unit studies for other school subjects when they have fit what we were working on. Next year for school I plan to add in more unit studies. They allow us to dig deeper in topics that really interest my children. They also allow them to be creative with their work and how they present the topics they research. They give us flexibility because we have a general overall plan and learning goals set, but we can take multiple paths within the unit studies to reach the goals. Do I have to do some research and planning ahead? Yes, but if it makes our school run smoother, I am all for it.
Take it one step at a time. Start small and pick just one school subject to try for unit studies. If it works for you, keep going. If it doesn't work for, that's okay too. If you feel like you can't plan out your own unit studies, search the Internet. There are great unit studies that are already made that you can buy, download, and then print everything you need to do the work. Don't be afraid to purchase those and start there, there is nothing wrong with that. I've used some of the unit studies that you can purchase through being on the Review Crew and they are fantastic. The best piece of advice I can leave you with this week is.....don't be afraid to try something new and see if a unit study works for your student. There is no right way and no wrong way, just what works for you.