Teach Me Tuesday #4
This week with homeschool, we have sort of unintentionally turned science into a unit study kind of thing. That happens occasionally. If you don’t know what a unit study is, let me say that you have got to learn about them! It is just so easy to learn so much on one topic using unit studies!
So, let me explain what happened to us, and then I will explain a unit study further. We were studying DNA in our science text in iBooks “CK-12 Biology Interactive Edition” when we read that the human body has 100 trillion cells. That led us to talk about how many 100 trillion really is. I recalled watching this video sermon by Louie Giglio years ago and thought it would help explain it. The information I was looking for is at 12 minutes FYI. Of course, this video is pretty amazing, no matter how many times you have seen it. So, we put it back to the beginning and watched all of it! If you haven’t, you need to!
After that, we moved on to geography in our Expedition Earth study from Confessions of a Homeschooler. Our country this week was Canada. We talked about mountain ranges and then volcanoes. Of course, the older kids have studied volcanoes in the past, but it is hard to remember everything AND each time you study something, you take something different away from it. As we talked about volcanoes this time, the kids recalled Pompeii and we moved in to history!
So, without spending time using worksheets and reading through mundane text, we covered concepts in Biology, Astronomy, Geology, Geography, History, Math, and even watched a sermon! FYI my 5 year old was right along for the ride! While he may not understand everything on the same level as the older 2, he still learned a lot. See how EASY it is to homeschool?!
Now, I have to be honest, we typically do not school like this, but we should! The kids were asking questions. I was answering them. We were looking up videos and fun facts. They were learning what THEY wanted to learn! I wish I could do it every single day! It seems so easy, but for some reason it’s not. For some reason, sometimes when we start things like this, we cannot find answers that we are looking for and we get frustrated. It can be planned ahead of time, of course, but its not as effective–or as fun–with my kids as it is when it happens on the fly!
What’s going on in your homeschool this week? We would love to hear about it!