June 21, 2002, Newsletter Issue #81: The Unit Study

Tip of the Week

Unit study is very flexible and is very effective. It is the latest fad in public education. You can do the unit study method from an unschooling approach or from the parental approach.
*For example, you can plan a unit study on astronomy and if your child is more interested in the planets than the constellations, you can concentrate on that aspect, yet still "cover the material" by working it into other parts of the curriculum.
*If you follow the parental method and want to use a unit study, you could create your own unit about the Romantic period (1820-1900) in European history. You could design your own timeline of Europe, showing the great achievements in art, music and thought and study the cultural atmosphere, the attitudes of government and the people around the Continent during that time. You cuold study Renoirīs paintings and artistic methods and perhaps read a book about his life. Or you could listen to Beethovenīs music and read a biography. While reading about them, you could could period food.

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