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Friday, September 21, 2012

Lewis and Clark: From Sea to Shining Sea

Last week I began talking about our Lewis and Clark Expeditions Unit Study we are working on this school year. I shared with you a review of one of of the things we’re using in our studies. This week I will share another product we’re using with it as well.

Homeschool Legacy has provided us with something more to add to our studies of Lewis and Clark. Homeschool Legacy provides Once-a-Week Unit Studies for kids grades 2-12. The Unit Studies are written by Sharon Gibson. “Once-a-Week Unit Studies are designed to help your children have more fun learning and for YOU to have more fun teaching. The goal is to help you instill a love of learning in your children and to help you get them fired up for the Lord. The Once-a-Week Unit Studies are designed for you to dive right in and get started! There is nothing you need to prepare to do the lessons. The only thing you have to do is plan a quick trip to the library because the rest of the work has already been done for you!”

The most unique feature of the Once-a-Week Unit Studies is that your Boy Scouts or American Heritage Girls kids can fulfill merit badge requirements while completing the unit study assignments with the rest of the family. What really appealed to me are the features that we can relate to:

* Once-a-Week Unit Studies are easily incorporated into your schedule by working through them once-a-week.
* They are Biblically centered.
* They are flexible enough to compliment any curriculum.
* They incorporate a wide variety of subjects while focusing on one particular topic like:

Quality literature
Arts and Crafts
Art Appreciation
Music Appreciation
Life Skills
Field Trip Suggestions

* They add fun, creativity, and hands-on learning to your homeschool lifestyle.
* They increase better retention of the material being learned.
* Gives you a breather from textbooks.
* They are appropriate for all learning styles.
* Once-a-Week Unit Studies help you build relationships while making family memories.

The Schoolhouse Crew had a choice between several different Homeschool Legacy Once-a-Week Unit Studies. I chose their Lewis and Clark: From Sea to Shining Sea. I figured it would fit in perfectly with our studies. I was right and glad I did not miss out on an opportunity to add this to what we had begun. Lewis and Clark: From Sea to Shining Sea is a 7 week study where your family will learn all about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It's over 80 pages and sells for $19.95.

In it you will find suggestions for how to schedule your weekly Unit Study Time (This is merely a suggested schedule. You can go with a day that best suits your family’s needs. The idea though is to keep with the idea of setting aside one day each week that’s strictly “unit study day”.). For each week there are lists of suggested library book selections and videos to accompany what you are learning for the week. You will also find a lists of supplies needed for the art projects or field trips for each week.

Each week begins with a weekly focus. On Unit Study day you will find daily activities like independent reading and once-a-week activities (family devotional, writing assignments, research, documentaries, field trip suggestions, and Stump Your Dad Trivia, and more).

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Here my son is working on the Geography portion of the Unit Study.

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He also learned how to create a history timeline and put information in his journal of what he learned about that day.

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Creating the journal was really fun for him. Every week he would say “I like doing this mom”.

It has been a great time as a family learning about Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery. Other things we’ve been learning about is the beaver and the part it played in the westward expansion, the colonies of New France and the French explorers who settled them, the link between Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon Bonaparte, and the Louisiana Purchase, different plants and animals they discovered, the ancestors of present day Louisiana Cajuns, various Native American nations who helped the expedition succeed, and we’ve watched some interesting documentaries. 
The family devotionals where great because they focused on a variety of character traits like diligence, preparedness, perseverance, joy, and faithfulness. It was so funny how my son was fighting to be the first one who would find and read the Bible verses. I ended up having to assign each verse between us so everyone got their chance to read.

Our family relies heavily on Unit Studies so this fits in great for our learning style. Taking a break from all our other studies one day a week was not something I even considered until doing this review. I want to continue this in the future of our schooling. We also made use of some other suggestions by Sharon. She suggested making a lapbook which we are doing that as well using other sources I found online. I got the mini books for the lapbook free at Dynamic 2 Moms and Homeschool Helper Online. You can find free printable worksheets at Homeschool About.com. Don’t forget to stop by the crew blog and read about other Homeschool Legacy Unit Study reviews.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this review are entirely my own. As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I was not paid to write this but received this “Lewis and Cark Unit Study” at no cost to me for review purposes, and to give my honest opinion.

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