A picture is worth a thousand words, right?
If that’s the case, then a video must be worth a thousand! 🙂
I’ve written quite a bit about planning simple unit studies for your Preschooler-2nd grader, and I know how nice it is to see a video example.
In this new video, you’ll see how I use the simple unit study planner you can download at the bottom of this post. I’ll also show you exactly how I planned our History of Thanksgiving unit study, which we will work on in a few weeks.
Simple Unit Study Planner
After trying several methods of planning unit studies, I’ve finally settled on this easy set of planning pages.
This packet walks you step-by-step through the various resources you need to gather for your unit.
Click the image at the END of this post to download a planner for your own personal use.
You can watch the video where I outline exactly how I use this planner and what we’ll be studying during our week of Thanksgiving School.
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You can click to watch below:
Resources Mentioned in This Video:
I mentioned several resources in the video, which I’ve listed below. But don’t skip the video and go straight to the resources listed here.
How to Plan a Simple Unit Study
More Resources for Planning a Simple Unit Study
Thanksgiving File Folder Word Wall
Pilgrims at Plymouth Worksheet Packet
Click here to download the Simple Unit Study Planning Packet:
Hi Lauren — Thanks for the great ideas! You mentioned YouTube and the comments section. I wanted to pass along what I do about YouTube in case it was helpful to you or your readers. What I do is first I search for a video I want my child to watch and copy the URL. Then, I go to View Pure (http://viewpure.com/) and paste the URL into their Purify section. This will take out the recommended videos and doesn’t display any comments. I can bookmark this new URL from the ViewPure site for our family to watch. It isn’t perfect — you can still easily click back to the original YouTube video. But since I watch these with my children, it hasn’t been a problem.
Kristen, I’ve never heard of View Pure! Thanks so much for leaving that info!
ANYTHING to get those awful unmoderated comments away from my children’s eyes!
Thanks so much. 🙂
Loved this video. I am going to save it if I can. I have yet to try unit studies yet with my Kindergartener. This is our 2nd year homeschooling. I have 5 & 3 YO girls. This video and packet makes me look forward to it for weeks we take off school. We use Sonlight curriculum so we are busy on a typical week but I’m thinking these unit studies will be great for holiday weeks and such like Thanksgiving, Christmas etc. Thank you so much!
Yes, I use these weeks in the exact same way – as a break from our regular studies. I call it ‘Thanksgiving School’ or ‘Pumpkin School.’
Not a very original name, but my kiddos love the themed school days or weeks!
Hannah Beth Reid
Loved the video! Thank you for all the ideas and tips and for the printable planner. It is also nice to have a place to keep a record of what you did for next time, which I have done a very sloppy job with so far using random index cards stuck in among our school books.
Oh I’m so glad, Hannah! Yes, it is nice to have a place to write everything down so you can reference it for later kiddos. That was one of my biggest mistakes in the early years!