As many of my readers know, we travel a lot and this continues through the holiday season so when we were given an opportunity to review the Complete Unit Study – Christmas for grades K-6 from Homeschool Complete, we jumped at the chance.
Being able to pack along one simple themed unit study is much easier than bringing (and sorting through) our regular curriculum plus it gives our brains a nice break to study things in a different way.
The other nice feature of this unit study is that they provide adaptations for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels so several students can work on it together but still at their own pace. Of course, you can adapt this further to suit your family but it’s nice to have some premade ideas to get started with.
I might be getting ahead of myself. For those of you who haven’t used unit studies in your homeschool yet, I find them to be a fun, hands-on kind of learning, based on a particular theme (this time Christmas) that covers all the basic subject areas. The ones from Homeschool Complete cover; Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art, Physical Development & Fitness, and Character Development and the Bible.
Getting back to the unit study, this 89-page package contains Teaching Procedures, Skills List (separated by subject), Materials List (separated by weekly and lesson), Literature List, and Daily Calendar Routine. This allows you to know what you will be needing when and also to adjust the items if something will work better for you. As I said, this unit study is easy to adapt and personalize for your family and situation.
I liked that each lesson began with the reading of Bible passages that tell the story of Jesus’s birth. This is the “reason for the season.” Students are encouraged to memorize these bible passages but that is a little tough for EJ with his ADHD so this is a spot we modified for him.
Following this section, there was a good variety of activities, including one where EJ was to build a diorama of the stable and Jesus’s birth. As you can see from our photos we didn’t have a shoebox at our hotel and if we had, it would be rather tough to pack without getting squished so EJ made his stand up on the kitchen table in our suite after coloring and cutting them out.
Another fun activity we had was in the math department where EJ mapped out a chart for the daily temperatures. This information was provided for the exercise but it encouraged him to begin checking for the temperatures for the place we were staying and also looking ahead to see what it might be like where we were traveling to next. Another option that fits well with the unit and expanded his interest in learning.
We also appreciated the varied list of books for the unit. We had some trouble finding a few of them but made substitutions where we could. Some we already had and others we found new or second-hand.
I like any unit studies that encourage children to broaden their reading choices and this one certainly does that with a good mixture of both religious and secular stories and exercises that are easy enough to adapt to your personal choices.
In summary, this 89 page PDF unit study (it is available in print version as well) with its eight lessons works well as a stand-alone curriculum or to add onto your regular curriculum to highlight the holidays. We used it while we were traveling and there were no supplies needed that we couldn’t pick up quite simply. Even the baking activities could be done when we stayed somewhere with a full kitchen, otherwise, we adapted (just decorate prebaked cookies etc).
I would recommend this reasonably priced unit study to other families and right now my readers can get 10% off by using the discount code in the image below.
*I received a free copy of this product from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.