We are officially on summer break! However, we still like to sneak in some learning to prevent summer slide. You know how it is. The kids want to sit and stare at the television, play PlayStation for hours, or follow you around like a lost puppy complaining they are bored. I try to find fun activities to do that will keep my girls learning. We were given the opportunity to try a unit study about California that is part of the K-12 history curriculum by Love at Home Education.
I have always enjoyed learning about the 50 states. I find it amazing when you see the way one state can have such different terrains and weather. California is no exception to this, and I thought it would be an interesting state to study over the summer. We had a lot of fun doing it.
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Short and Sweet
This California unit study is not long and will only take a week to complete unless you want to chase rabbit trails, which we sometimes like to do. In addition to the history/social studies, it touches on some math, reading, writing, science, and art. If you want to complete this in a week, Sarah recommends doing math on M, W, F along with math facts daily.
My oldest daughter loves art, so she jumped at the chance to do the drawing lesson on painting a poppy, California’s state flower.
My youngest had a great time learning some interesting facts about the animals you can find in California. She especially liked the grizzly bear, the state animal, so we read a book and watched the YouTube video below to learn a little more.
One of the lessons included writing the favorite thing she learned about California and the redwood forest and grizzly bears definitely made the list.
While we were using it as a learning opportunity during the summer months, these would be great during the school year to:
- Break from your regular routine
- Supplement a curriculum
- Add some variety to the types of materials you are using
- Bring everyone together to learn
“Love at Home Education-A Dinner table friendly, all-inclusive family
curriculum; that your high schooler, and kindergartner can learn
together. On their own levels.”
Simple to Use
These unit studies are super easy to put together. There is very little prep time involved, other than printing out the pages of the file (or you can order the print version to make it even easier) and going to the library to gather a few books you think would go along with it.
I love that fact that is print and go! I don’t have time to run around gathering a bunch of materials, and I’m guessing you don’t either. And because it covers grades K-12, everyone can do this together. This is a huge bonus in my book!
The study I did had the materials grouped as Kindergarten,1-3, 4-6, or 7-12. This makes it easy to skim through and find the activities appropriate for your child’s level. However, any of the activities could easily be adapted for younger or older children.
4 Simple Steps
These studies can be done in 4 simple steps!
Step 1: Print or purchase a unit study– There are beautiful color pictures, and if you buy the PDF and want to save ink, you could just display those pages on your computer like I did in the image below and only print the necessary ones.
Step 2: Decide what activities you want to do-. You can use the calendar I created. It’s editable so you can fill in what you want to cover each day. This would work for any unit study you are doing, so be sure to grab it at the bottom of this post.
Step 3: Gather some books– Go to your local library and find a few books that go along with your topic.
Step 4: Go have fun!
There are so many topics included in this study. You could easily take one of them and make a relaxed unit study if your child shows an interest. Here are some topics to spark their imagaination and expand on:
- Pacific Ocean
- Redwood Forest
- Grizzly bears
- Leatherback Turtles
- The Golden Gate Bridge
- California Gold Rush
Below is a list of other products available:
States: Arizona; California; Washington; Oregon and Idaho
Martin Luther King Jr.
Presidents: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison
For Language Arts:
K-12 Vocabulary and Spelling Textbook
1. Biomes, biogeographic regions, and Pangaea (terrestrial and aquatic)
2. Dinosaurs and modern animals (birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians)
Love at Home Education offers both faith and secular curriculum at an affordable price. These unit studies are meant to teach all your students at the same time, pursue interests without having to sacrifice academics, and cut down on prep time so you can spend more time with your family.
Whether you are looking for a way to keep your kids learning over the summer, or add some fun in during the year, you are sure to find something in Love at Home Education’s K-12 history curriculum your children are interested in.