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May 19th, 2007, 05:13 PM
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I have heard a great deal about this and want to learn more before we start class again next yr.. (this yr we are winding down and pretty much plan to continue to leasurally do Math and English all summer) anyway, I think it would be a nice thing to try so i would love to hear what you have tried, what worked and didnt why it worked or didnt and if you personally know or know from others pros and cons of unit studies. we use a charter so I would still need to make sure we did certain topics for our leaning, but if i could make our s.s or science into unit studies from what i understand i can tie the other subjects into it (exept maybe math) and still not be doing more work than if we did regular book learning.
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May 19th, 2007, 05:50 PM
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Well I haven't really done a unit studies for everything but I have heard that much more planning is involved and more of your time is taken up than with something where everything is planned out for you. Also, unit studies tend to burn people out, probably for the same reason. I did do a small unit on penguins recently- I put it together myself and boy it was soooo much fun, but yeah- lots of planning. However, I'm sure if you go with a company more of it will be planned for you, but just how much depends on the company.
Anyways, sorry I'm not much help!
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May 19th, 2007, 05:53 PM
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I'm actually going to try out the magic tree house unit studies. They include Science, socail studies, music, art, math, geography, health, drama, physical education, and language arts.
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May 19th, 2007, 06:20 PM
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I love unit studies. They are fun. But they definitely can burn you out. Doing one occasionally would be fine.
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We're going to start doing unit studies using Konos in the fall. I'm looking forward to it. I just hope we don't suffer burn out toward the end of the year like we did this year. Or at least not as bad as we did this year.

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I'm actually going to try out the magic tree house unit studies. They include Science, socail studies, music, art, math, geography, health, drama, physical education, and language arts.[/b]
I didn't know there was a Magic Treehouse unit study program! Is there a website with more information??
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May 19th, 2007, 07:58 PM
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They're right on the official Random House Magic Treehouse site

http://www.randomhouse.com/teachers/magicth/guides/
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May 19th, 2007, 08:42 PM
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I enjoy writing units but couldn't do them all the time due to burnout. A bought one might be different but then I would probably be tweeking it to death. Cons are I think is it is easy to overplan then feel like you have to include it all. Also if your not very orginized it's easy to forget that you needed something for a craft or experiment that day. Those things bother some people more then others. Pros are that they are more fun I think and enjoyable to plan if they are not needed like yesterday already!
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I looked at Galloping the Globe and Cantering the Country for unit studies this year, but eventually decided against them because we wouldn't be doing the science and w/o that, I wasn't sure it would be meaty enought. You can see them at www.geomatters.com under unit studies.

It does seem to be a trend with unit studies that you have to figure out the stuff on your own, even if you buy a curriculum. Like GTG will say "play parcheezi" (I'm sure I didn't spell that right) for the India unit study, but says nothing about why that has to do with India (unless we're all supposed to know the history of the game?). I have a friend who used Weaver (from www.aop.com) for 4 years and had the same issue. They would be studying Ancient Egypt and she'd have to figure out what all to do that went with the theme. I've heard the same thing about KONOS. So they CAN be pretty teacher intensive. I think only doing the social studies/science with units would be a good idea. And I liked how GTG had one overarching theme and several units under it, rather than being here and there and everywhere with the units.

I've also seen affordable unit studies from someplace called "earth school." I don't know the site for it, but it's made for younger kids (preK and K level, about). There's a post about it at Mothering.com in the homeschooling forum right now.
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I've not done a unit study that incorporated every subject for school, but the way I see it we can incorporate lots of things without even thinking about them. Does that make any sense at all?
For example, right now we're studying the planets (science) and I've had Reilly reading books about the planets (reading) and she's making a planets book with one page dedicated to each planet. (writing, reading, spelling, language arts, learning how to research , and art because she wanted to include a picture that she drew of each planet) So while it's not an "official" unit study from an outside company, I feel like she's learning a wide range of skills as well as learning about the planets. And I didn't really do anything except get some books and movies about planets from the library, get a package of planet stickers from the bookstore, and pool the ladies here for ideas!

So I think that a unit study can be as labor intensive as you make it!

Oh, and I've looked at Galloping the Globe and Cantering the Country as well! They look like really fun books, but I'd like to get my hands on one so I can read it. I've only seen them in catalogs and online.
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