I am so excited! Last year I finally waded into the waters of Unit Studies. I walked in carefully using a wonderful "beginner" program called "Learning Adventures." This has been a great program for us as it has laid out very clearly our daily activities. It is so detailed that I could just read from Dorian's notes if I wish (and on the days that I'm experiencing fried-brain, that is exactly what I do.) However, now that I have gotten my feet wet and I see how to do a unit study, I am ready to take the plunge into developing my own unit study for next year!
I have been very happy with Learning Adventures, but so far, the author has not had the opportunity to continue the program through the Civil War - a subject in which my children are extremely interested. I am also not completely satisfied with the grammar section of the study. Therefore, I have done some searching.
My cousin's wife introduced us to Evan-Moor's History Pockets this year and has allowed us to borrow 3 of her books. If you have never used these, they can be found here. They are filled with information and lots of fun and EASY projects for the kids to really comprehend what they are learning. I have supplemented our study of the colonization of America with these pockets. The book gives some starter information about the topic and it would be so easy to use that info as springboard into finding other books to dig deeper.
As I was preparing some more pockets for my children to do in the next couple of days, I noticed on the back of the book that Evan-Moor also offers Literature Pockets. I hurried to the computer, went to the Evan-Moor site and I have found a pluthera of educational supplies that will make it easy for me to create a customized curriculum for next year. Each of my subjects may or may not relate to one another, but each subject will be a fun, hands-on, and educational unit.
If you are looking for something more interesting to do with your students next year instead of the same ole workbooks, I highly recommend this site. I understand that the information comes from a secular and evolutional world view, however, I see that as a teaching opportunity in itself. I plan on using their "Daily Science" books, yet when we are confronted evolution, we will see what their belief is and search out and contrast the Creationist view.
I am so excited about this new venture next year and the fact that I have months to plan for it!