Free Mini Unit Studies for Your New School Year Planning

Free Mini Unit Studies

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We post free mini unit studies to give you the ideas and resources to use the Charlotte Mason method at home in your homeschooling. We offer a topic for study and break it down for you into age ranges and provide you with suggestions for “living books” for reading and narration, copywork, and dictation. A number of reading materials and activities can be used with all of your children or combinations of age ranges within your family.

We supply you with links to notebooking pages on which to write the narration or copywork and activity ideas to add some unit study fun to do along side your Charlotte Mason homeschooling. If we know of lapbooking resources or worksheets that fit with the topic that we feel adds to the study, we supply those as well.

We hope you find topics and materials here that will enrich your homeschooling experience. Remember to check back often for new topics and materials, as we are always updating our materials.

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Click on the links below for the different kinds of Free Mini Unit Studies I’d like to share with you.

Free Science Mini Unit Study

Free Math Mini Unit Study for Pi Day or any day you study the circle and circumference and other dimensions

Free History Mini Unit Studies

Hope you can use some of these ideas in your homeschool this upcoming school year! Have fun planning!


How to use notebooking pages with your unit studies free e-book offer

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Do you hear about notebooking pages and wonder how you can use them in your homeschool? How about unit studies? Does the idea of exploring a topic or historical time period with activities and projects from science, language arts, art, history, and even math appeal to you? Do you ever wonder how you can use notebooking pages in your unit studies?

After homeschooling for over 10 years and teaching in and out of the classroom, I am convinced that notebooking was one of the most effective means of learning I have ever used. My sons went from being non-writers to prolific and mature writers after using notebooking pages in our unit studies in a fun and easy way. One even tested out of Freshman English in college!

Our family has used an eclectic mix of Charlotte Mason methods with oral and written narration and notebooking pages with unit studies for years.

And I wanted to share with you how our family used them in a variety of ways! I hope you find this e-book helpful!

Just join our email list and you will receive a copy of this free e-book – How to Use Notebooking Page in Your Unit Studies!


Free Abraham Lincoln Mini Unit Study using Charlotte Mason Methods

Abraham Lincoln Mini Unit Study

Primary Ages

Read Abe Lincoln’s Hat by Martha Brenner – your child can read to you or you can read aloud.
Meet Abe Lincoln by Barbara Cary
As your child narrates to you the events of the story, you can write it for him/her on a notebooking page to place in a notebook. (See notebooking page links you can choose from below.)

You can have your younger child listen to some of the reading suggestions listed below for the older child and have them narrate to you events from these stories as well, while the older children write their own narrations.

Make a hat and have the child put notes in it and wear it just like Abe Lincoln. Make a donut shape out of black posterboard that fits over the child’s head, roll th top part of the hat and tape it and attach to the inside of the donut shape to stick up like Lincoln’s hat. Then cut a circle out to tape to cover the hole at the top of the hat.

Your child can also make a log cabin like the one Abe lived in when he was a boy. Cut out of a cereal box or light weight cardboard the sides and pointed roof of the cabin and tape together in the shape of a cabin. Cut out a door or any windows you wish to add, and glue craft sticks to the cardboard cabin to completely cover the cardboard. When the glue is dry, paint the craft sticks with brown paint.

If you would like some worksheets and more information to read with some unit study activities, click on the following link from School Express

Intermediate and Junior High and High School Ages

Read any of the following living books:

Abraham Lincoln: Lawyer, Leader, Legendby Justine and Ron Fontes (younger readers)
Abraham Lincolnby Ingri and Edgar Parin d’ Aulaire
Abraham Lincoln by James Daugherty
Abraham Lincoln’s World by Genevieve Foster (this gives you a world view of Lincoln’s time)
Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln by Jean Fritz
Abraham Lincoln the Writer: a treasury of his greatest speeches and letters by Harold Haolzer (for older students, a great resource for primary documents for study, copywork, dictation, memorization, and analysis)

After reading any of these living books, have your students narrate the events from chapters as you read them together aloud as a family or individually and then have them write their narration on any of the notebooking page options listed below.

You can copy nicely worded or key sentences from the books for copywork for the children to write on any notebooking pages. After they have studied these sentences and copied them, you can dictate any sentences to them at the end of the week while they write them down.

When there are key events mentioned in the books from his life or from events occurring around the world, put these into a timeline. (an example of a timeline notebook page can be found here )

Copywork can also include lines or the entire text from the Emancipation Proclamation or the Gettysburg Address. You can find these online or from the collected works mentioned in the book above.

A unit study for Abraham Lincoln for elementary age students can be found here in lapbook form

For more activity ideas, read Abraham Lincoln For Kids: his life and times with 21 activities by Janis Herbert

Have your older and high school students write an essay or prepare a persuasive speech for debate about Lincoln’s actions and reasons for instituting the Emancipation Proclamation. Did he do it for the slaves or save the union? Look at this link to analyze and prepare for this discussion and write your position.

Notebooking links to choose from (this one is written to work with the
d’ Aulaire book) (you can use the blank biography notebooking page or the 1/2 inch Abraham Lincoln page) (a variety of blank biography notebooking pages to choose from)

Looking for Pi Day activities?

Looking for ways to celebrate Pi Day on 3/14? We’ve go you covered!

Try these ideas from an earlier post on our blog!

March 14 is coming quickly! Make your plans now to celebrate math with Pi Day using some of these neat resources, books, and ideas. We have links to tons of websites with activity suggestions for all grades. We also have a list of books that you can read and follow up with notebooking pages or lapbooks.

We have started out our day with headbands. On the front of the headband we attached a triangle resembling a slice of pizza pie or a circle resembling a whole pie. The kids colored in their favorite pizza or pie. Then wrote the word “Pi”, underneath that “3.14″, then “(the pi symbol).” We wore our headbands for the rest of the day, so that whenever we looked at one another, the “visual” learners had a reminder of Pi throughout the day.

We read a variety of stories involving the use of measuring a circle and all its measurements. At the same time, we happened to be studying ancient Egypt, so that we were reading a book about Archimedes at the time. Here is a list of books that relate to the study of Pi:

  • Sir Cumference and Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander
  • Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter (diameter of a circle) by Cindy Neuschwander
  • Sir Cumference and the First Round Table (circles) by Cindy Neuschwander
  • Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone (cone’s dimensions) by Cindy Neuschwander
  • Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick (the chapters near the end of the book look at Archimedes’ mathematical studies)
  • Piece of Pi: Wit-sharpening, Brain-bruising, Number-Crunching Activities with Pi by Naila Bokhari (activity book)
  • The Joy of Pi by David Blatner (middle to high school range)
  • A History of Pi by Petr Beckmann (high school) (reference to million years old earth on first page)

Part of our day we read books, writing a notebook page summarizing what we learned about Pi on the bottom half of a notebook page and on the top half, drawing diagrams and examples of using Pi in a formula. My younger son had a worksheet with a table to fill in as he measured the circumference, diameter, and radius of objects around the house. My older son had a similar table to complete, but had an extra column where he had to use Pi to calculate the different dimensions of various circular objects around the house. Some Pi activity worksheets can be found at and

To obtain different notebooking pages to write your findings of Pi, go to

Other Pi activities can be found at the following websites:

If you want to have your kids do a Pi lapbook, join Live and Learn Press’s Yahoo group and receive a free wonderful lapbook at

You can end your Pi Day celebration like we did, by making a pizza (or ordering one) and taking its measurements using the formula. Enjoy your day making memories no one will forget!

Fun Activities about the 2012 Elections

Now, more than ever, is the time to educate our children about our government, constitution, and the election process. And the 2012 election year is the prime opportunity for parents to bring this study into their homeschooling. Call it Current Events, Civics, American Government, Social Studies, Political Science, or basic life skills, it is key in raising children to be responsible, active, and knowledgeable citizens of the United States.

A study of this topic can be as simple as reading some fun and educational books about the election process and accompanying parents to the polls during the primaries and general election or completing a full unit study. The unit study can include a lapbook, a set of notebooking pages, or a series of hands-on activities and field trips to government offices after completing a research paper.

Here are some suggested resources and possible field trips to get you started in your study of the 2012 elections and the election process:

Activities To Do

Make Your ABC Book About … The 2012 Presidential Election
 A fun and educational way to assist your child in writing his own ABC book about the election process or the 2012 presidential election covering the current candidates for the Republican primary and current issues being discussed in the daily news and by all of the candidates.

 Free lapbook about the Election Process

Free lapbook about the Presidential Election Process (some reference to 2008)

Presidential Activities for Kids

Special Free Electoral College Map Poster and Activities from C-Span

Informative Websites

Election Process for Federal Executive and Congressional Offices

Election Process and Explanations of Electoral College

The Electoral College

Background information on all issues and all Candidates including President Obama

2012 Presidential Candidates from all Parties, Background Information, and Issues (very interesting site with lots of not well-known information

Hope you enjoy your study and get out and vote in the primary and general election!

New Thanksgiving Curriculum Solution

Just in time to add something different to your curriculum that’s fun, easy, creative, and educational in time for Thanksgiving! Never know what to do before a holiday to give you a break, but still give the kids something to work on that would improve some much needed skills but is still interesting to them?

The Make Your Own ABC Book About Thanksgiving is the perfect solution for you and your kids! It’s something they will enjoy doing because it is different and creative and lets them choose what topics they want to write about and become an author of their own book! It’s something you will enjoy because it gives you a break right before a holiday and you can be rest assured that your kids are learning and practicing the important skill of writing!

You can choose to focus on writing about topics to do with Thanksgiving as a family event and warm memories and traditions or your children can pick words to fill their alphabet pages with information about the first Thanksgiving and the pilgrims. A couple of book suggestions and a list of interesting, fun, and informative websites are also provided to assist you in your content for writing!

There are 5 pages per alphabet letter, each having a different line spacing and holiday decor, so your children can pick and choose what pages they wish to print and then compile to make their own books! Topics to choose from are included in an alphabetized list for easy reference, or your children can think up some of their own!

At only $1.99, this activity is a bargain for something ready made with no extra planning on your part, just in time for the holidays!


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Try it out today and start on the road to helping your kids become their own authors and publishers!

Carnival of Homeschooling and Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival

Just wanted to share with you the locations of this week’s Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival at Neat site! Molly is also the powerhouse behind My Audio School. Very Cool site! Check her out. The Carnival of Homeschooling is at About . Com Homeschooling this week. I’m on her newsletter and love it. Always getting good homeschooling tips and unit lesson plan ideas from this site.

If you haven’t tried it check it out! I even receive a weekly newsletter about the 50 states to include in our state study.


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