Although I don't truly do a delighted directed homeschooling approach, I do like to follow things that the kids are interested in and give them opportunities to enjoy learning. But sometimes I feel torn when I choose an interest based unit study because I feel as if we are neglecting our "real" school. That's why I've been so excited to find and use several Once a Week Unit Studies from Homeschool Legacy. I've reviewed several of their studies- most recently one of their brand new Micro Studies. And I was very excited to receive for review the download of their Horsing Around study.
For a Schoolhouse Crew review, we received the PDF download of Horsing Around, called a Grab-N-Go. This is a digital once a week unit study for grades 2-12. The digital version is $14 on the site. With the digital version, you can print as needed for your family. (There is also a physical version available.) I used it with my younger girls- grades 4 and 5. We've actually had a horse theme going on around here with some other Crew reviews as well as some books the girls have been interested in. So I thought a horse related study was a good choice.
There are several unique things about the unit studies from Homeschool Legacy that make them great for me.
They are completely ready to use. There is no prep work required. There are links to websites needed, a suggested book and movie list, teaching instructions, and any printables needed.
- Other than a family read aloud that is done more frequently, the studies are meant to be used once a week. That way you can be doing other school work the other four days of the week, and you can enjoy an interest based unit study as well.
- The studies are written from a distinctly Christian worldview.
- Their unit studies are specifically designed to meet some boy scouting and American Heritage Girls badge requirements. The badges covered in each unit are clear to see. So if you're involved in scouting, you can easily pick studies that you need. We don't do either of these groups, but, because we have friends who do, I realized how nice this feature was.
- We used the girls new love of art and water colors and painted horses.
- We looked at all of the parts of a horse.
- We read poems about horses and talked about the poets who wrote them.
- We listened to the William Tell Overture and looked at clips from the old black and white Lone Ranger shows.
- We looked at the art of Frederic Remington who painted horses.
- The girls planned and performed a cowboy skit with the big kids.
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