Many methods, many styles, but we always come back to Unit studies.
Sure, there is a place for these other things. Workbooks or worktexts are what we still use for handwriting, grammar, and our critical reading program is a write-in worktext too. These things are very helpful! Unit studies help us tie a lot of the other subjects together.
Want to study early American history, like we are this year?
How about geography? And a little science to round things out? You can tie it all together with a unit study. We will be taking our topic of early US history and bringing in US geography, mapping explorers’ routes and learning the 13 colonies, 52 states, and their capitals, with a little help from the map on my dining room table.
We will also be studying biographies of some famous explorers, using one of my favorite resources.
The boys have expressed an interest in learning about electricity, so a biography about Ben Franklin is on the list, as well as a really neat electricity science kit. They will be shocked to learn that the pilgrims didn’t have the internet! 😀
There are so many unit study curriculums available, it makes my head swim. We have used several, and while I enjoy using a set of lesson plans that I don’t have to create myself, it’s also sort of nice to be able to pick and choose. This year, we are winging it, so to speak. We’re using the Time Travelers studies by Amy Pak as a framework to hang our whole unit on.
What you do is completely up to you! Pick a topic, and do a little research. Chances are you will find a unit study available (and maybe even a free one!) for your topic. Then just hit the library and have fun following those rabbit trails that always happen when you choose something broad to study.
Chasing the rabbit trails is what makes each unit study you do a deeper, richer experience. Think depth of learning, rather than breadth.