If you’ve spent any time on my blog then you know how much I adore unit studies. With Spring approaching, it’s the season for all things warmer weather, new growth, and enjoying the great outdoors. All the reasons why I’d like to share a few must-do spring-themed unit studies.
Benefits of Using Unit Studies
Using this method comes with many perks. For starters, unit studies are a great way to teach multiple subjects all geared around a particular topic. They also easily accommodate every learning style, which is a plus when homeschooling children of varying developmental ranges. Unit studies can be very versatile and leave room for lots of personalization. You can use them as stand-alone resources or pair them with other curriculum. These are just a few reasons why I highly recommend incorporating unit studies into your homeschool. Here are some ideas for spring-themed unit studies to try this season.
10 Spring-Themed Unit Studies
I go into detail here about how to easily create your own unit studies and that 5-tip method is easy to implement with each idea listed below. Remember to always keep your children’s learning styles and needs in mind as you create them or look for pre-made unit studies. Without further ado…
Gardening has a lot of great lessons from self preservation and growing your own food to having responsibilities and learning how things grow. Whether you plan to have a garden or not, the skills learned through this kind of unit study are good ones to have.
Although clouds are visible during every season, there’s something about the clouds during the springtime. Studying cloud classification can enhance your child’s understanding of what the clouds look like versus what certain clouds mean in regards of the weather they see and feel.
You know spring has officially arrived once you see the influx of a variety of bird species and hear their songs sung early in the morning. Doing a bird unit study can teach your children so much about their habitat, what they eat, how they build nests, migration, and more.
Warmer weather typically brings out many animals and insects, especially those in the bug category. On any given spring day, you’ll most likely spot a few ants, spiders, grasshoppers, and many other creepy crawly friends. Use a bug unit study to help teach your children about the bug world.
Another indicator that spring has arrived is when trees are starting to bloom. Evergreens stay blossomed year-round, but there are many trees whose flowers and leaves won’t bloom until spring has come. Tree studies help children with identifying tree types as well as their benefits.
Along with all things blooming, flowers begin making their debut during this time as well. Depending on where you live, there may be certain flowers your children are familiar with. Why not teach them parts of the flower, their life cycle, and how they are good for the environment (and your health)?
One spring-themed unit study that is always interesting and filled with amazing facts is one about bees. They’re not my favorite flying bug by any means, but learning about how they make honey and the way their honeycomb homes are set up is quite fascinating.
I’m sure we can agree that butterflies are pretty amazing… and beautiful. Their life cycle from caterpillar to butterfly is always a great lesson to teach children and it’s even better when you can see it in action. Learning about butterflies is another cute, yet educational, unit to study.
Learning about bodies of water make for a perfect spring-themed unit study, especially since they are filled with so much spring-like life. Ponds can typically be found everywhere and provide a lot of different learning opportunities.
Of course with spring comes it’s own kind of weather. The days are known to be getting warmer, but they can also be met with windy, rainy, and stormy weather. Why is that? That question, and lots of others, can be answered with a unit study about wind.
Spring-themed unit studies can make learning fun, interesting, and engaging. They don’t take much, but you do want to make sure you plan for it. If you’re putting together your own unit study, check out this post for easy ways to do it. I’d love to hear form you! What’s your favorite unit study? Let me know in the comments below.