Homeschool Legacy wants to make unit studies easy and accessible to all kind of homeschoolers. They have created a product that helps to make the thought of unit studies seem less intimidating. They are well laid out with plenty of options. They have created “Once-A-Week” Unit Studies. They don’t require any fancy preparation, use books from the library, they are biblically center, and are also lots of fun. There is also a great variety of studies to choose from.
The Review Product
Hannah and I review Native America – Once A Week Unit Study. Native America is designed to be a 6-week unit study. Over the course of six weeks you will study:
- The Northwest Woodland Nations
- The Southeast Nations
- The Southwest Nations
- The Plains Nations
- The Pacific Northwest Coast Nations
- The California/Plateau/Great Basin Nations
The unit study also provides the information needed for those participating in Boy Scouts or American Heritage Girl to work on earning the badges that cover this topic. They also provide information on how to schedule your unit study. Also, provided at the back of the booklet is all the information you need to get the most out of your unit.
Each week provides an intensive list of choices for books to use for that week’s study. The ones that are most needed to complete the assignments are marked. We have a small library and we often had to make substitutions but with the great information and Dewey Decimal call letters finding something that you could use was easy.
And while it is a Once-A-Week Unit Study there are some daily activities included in the study. There is both independent and family reading assigned to use throughout the week. The Once-A-Week activities can be used all at once for a full day of study or can be spread out over the week for shorter unit times.
Each week activities include a Family Devotional that explores a different character trait and ties it into the study of the natives being study that week. There are also art, music, history, language, research, anthropology, crafts, and geography to name a few. The activities vary from week to week so you won’t get bored.
Using Native America At Our House
We received the digital copy of the study. The first thing I did when I received my copy was to look through the digital file. I used Adobe to print out the whole unit in booklet form to use as my guide was I was teaching my daughter. Then as we needed things like a recipe or map I would print out that page as needed.
I used the online library catalog from our local library system to order the books I needed and then I could pick them up. For “The Song of Hiawatha” we used an audio file that we checked out through our library. It made it a fun way to listen to this longer piece.
Since I work we did the reading every day when I got home from work and did the activities over 2 or 3 days depending on my work schedule on any given week.
Thoughts On Once-A-Week Unit Study
I loved doing unit studies and with having to return to work force I figured there was no way to make them work but Once-A-Week Unit Study showed me that it is possible to do a unit study while being a working homeschool parent. Everything was laid out and easy to follow. Any supplies needed were clearly listed at the beginning of each week so that you could have what you needed. Since each week was so rich with activities I didn’t feel guilty about having to skip a couple because time got away from us.
I really like how the devotional activities covered character traits and that those traits were linked and related to the regional tribes we were studying. I really liked the mapping activity that first examined how many of our state names came from natives. Another week you take that map and lay over the regions that the are covered in the unit.
I think the meal Hannah cooked in week one as a big favorite with the whole family as it turned out really well. We had posted pictures on Facebook and everyone at work was asking how it tasted because the pictures looked so yummy.
Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study is designed to be used with grades 2-12. It is suggested that for older students you might want to substitute some non-fiction books from the adult section. This can be easily used with the whole family.
The PDF digital copy we used for the unit study sales for $15.00. You can also order a printed copy for $19.95 plus shipping.
The review crew had the chance to use several of the units from Homeschool Legacy so click on the graphic below to check out the full range of reviews.