Using a Homeschool History Unit Study approach is very effective and can be done in a number of ways. Before you choose the content of what you will study, you need to think about how to incorporate unit studies in your homeschool. In, design your own unit study approach I have explained what decisions you need to make.
Once you have covered steps 1,2 and 3, you can work on
Step 4: How to choose a theme or a topic.
When creating a History Unit study, you could choose a theme or a novel as a base for your homeschooling studies.
The scope of the theme is very wide. You may choose to work according to Time periods (Creation, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Renaissance, Modern....) or explore the History of an invention (flight, transport, trains, weapons,)or a people group (history of Australia, history of India, and so on) or a famous person, or event. Here are some more History Unit Study Ideas.
Next, in Step 5 you need to Brainstorm your unit study topic. You can brainstorm your homeschool history unit study topic on your own or it can happen with your children, depending on their ages.
You may decide to build a chart with four columns:
As you brainstorm, refer to the list of questions which I have coined to help you explore the theme. These can help you to see the scope of the history unit study and apply it across the curriculum. Using these questions will help you to see the scope and possibilities in Geography, Literature, Bible, Copybook and dictation, Reading, Writing, Drama, Arts and Craft and Music.
When you brainstorm the topic write
Some people like to use a novel (historical fiction or other literature) as a springboard for a history Unit Study. For example, you may enjoy reading, A Little House on the Prairie and use this as the basis of a unity study of the 1800's in America- westward expansion and so on.
Use the same list of questions to Brainstorm Your History Unit Study Topic and investigate the text by looking at its
What books should I use?
Use the best! Use "Living Books" which C.S.Lewis describes as books which "capture the issues of life in such a way that they challenge the intellect, they inspire the emotions, and they arouse something noble in the heart of the reader.
Living Books will want to be picked up again and again. They are full of interest and depth, not written to dumb down an audience, but rather to inspire, and cause one to think and dwell on what was written. Living Books can both be fiction and non-fiction.
Our family love historical fiction novels. We are always in the middle of one book or another as a family. This family read-aloud time is the best part of the homeschooling day!
In our homeschool history is read using exciting literature and followed in a chronological way. If you would like to use living books to teach homeschool history, I continue this discussion in a Living Books Approach to History.
Read a curriculum description on Time Travelers Homeschool History Series
Where to now? You can study homeschool history in these ways: