Hello and welcome to our little homeschool on the web! My name is Claire and I am the main writer for AngelicScalliwags Homeschool. I have been blogging for the past ten years and home educating for double that.
I was pregnant with my eldest, Thomas, when we decided our children would not be going to school. I started to research other options and I came across home schooling. There was something about it which really appealed. So I researched and researched…
Our twin girls arrived nine months and three weeks after Thomas. I loved being a mummy. The decision to homeschool was consolidated during those early years. We had so much fun together!
At around the age of three, I began using a workbook curriculum, ACE, mainly because I wasn’t sure what I was doing. By the time they reached four, we were all ready for a change. Deciding to go down the book unit route, I bought the entire Five in a Row curriculum with the manuals. With wonderful picture books in hand, the adventure began…
Mr Men Book Units
Homeschool Book Units
Book Units proved to be the perfect fit for our homeschooling family. Flexible and educational, they utilised all my creative strengths whilst giving enough structure to minimise the affects of my chaotic tendencies.
We focused on one main book each week as a spring-board for creating a preschool adventure box. This was a box full of toys, activities and read-along books all themed around the Book Unit theme for the week.
As the children grew, so did the size of book. We slowly moved from a solely Book Unit approach to a History Unit approach. And this meant we included all the great writers throughout history. The homeschool adventure continued…
History Unit Studies
Starting with the Dinosaurs, we began learning using unit studies. I was hooked almost immediately! This was such a great, simple and all encompassing homeschooling method. Moving our way through prehistory, we learnt about the Stone Age, then moved on to ancient history. We’ve covered all the major ancient civilisations: Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, the Indus Valley, Ancient China, the Celts, Ancient Greece and the Ancient Romans.
We continued into the Middle Ages, through the Renaissance and the Age of Exploration. The children learnt all about the Elizabethan Era before heading into the modern age with the Industrial Revolution. We traveled Eighty Days Around the World whilst learning about the Victorian Era. And finally, we covered the Edwardians and the First World War.
And what a huge adventure it was!
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