This homeschool year is full of new experiences for us. Learning science through unit studies is a big one. My kids and I love unit studies. A few times a year, we choose a subject we want to dedicate a couple weeks to and dive in. Unit studies have been a great way to take a break from our regular curriculum.
This year, my son’s homeschool curriculum is almost entirely unit study based. Trail Guide To Learning from Geography Matters is an American History unit study curriculum for 3rd-5th grades. This curriculum covers everything but math. (You can read about our 3rd and 7th grade curriculum choices in this past post.) Through Trail Guide To Learning he will learn history, geography, grammar, writing, art and, yes, science.
Science is woven through the curriculum naturally. There is no physics unit followed by a chemistry unit. The science follows the stories from history. For instance, the first unit covers Christopher Columbus, so one of the first things he’ll be learning about is salt water and how to make salt crystals.
Many of the science lessons and activities come directly out of the Handbook of Nature Study. I was so excited that this book was part of the curriculum. I’ve been wanting it for so long, but I kept putting it off. It is an amazing book. I should have purchased it long ago!
Each month of this school year, I’ll be sharing our science adventures with Trail Guide To Learning. Get ready for experiments, projects, lessons and resources! It’s going to be a great year!