Unit Studies are a wonderful tool for homeschoolers to explore a topic in depth, take a break from the routine curriculum, fill a gap in the school year, or study seasonal topics like holidays. We have been using the 6 week Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims Once-a-Week Micro-Study from Homeschool Legacy.
We received a digital copy of Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims for this review.
About Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims
The once-a-week studies from Homeschool Legacy are designed to be flexible for homeschool families to use multiple ways. You can do an entire weeks lesson in single day or spread the lessons out over a week. You could also work a lesson a day and do the entire study in a week or two.
Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims is a 6 week study intended to be done in November, leading up to thanksgiving, and then two more weeks in December with the last lesson focused on what Christmas was like in colonial times.
Each lesson has a short section to be read aloud that presents history, geography, vocabulary, and biblical studies. There are also suggested readings, hands-on activities, and documentaries to watch. Each week has a different type of activity, making this a multi-sensory unit study that will engage students of all ages.
How We Used Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims
I loaded the PDF file onto our iPad to read aloud. I picked out the days I wanted to do the study and added them to the calendar. Because of our other subjects, we ended up doing the first three weeks lessons in one week during one of the breaks from the rest of our curriculum and the finished up the last three lessons slowly in a once a week pattern.
To prepare, I also requested many of the recommended book from our local library and gathered supplies for the activities.
While I did do this study with all three boys, I found it a best fit for 3rd grade Bebop. He most enjoyed the conversations on the different types of governments in the first week’s lessons.
What We Think of Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims
I don’t always do a good job of teaching the boys about holidays because we’re caught up in trying to get through our regular curriculum. Using a Once-A-Week type study was so incredibly easy to fit into our schedule, and I thought it was just the right amount to engage my kids without being extra work for me to prepare.
Bebop really enjoyed the change of pace from our regular curriculum. He had a ton of questions and even helped me pick out some extra library books to learn more.
In addition to Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims, Homeschool Legacy has other topical unit studies that look like fun. Christmas Comes to America would be great to use in December and Cooking up History with the Founding Presidents would be exciting to explore this winter as we prepare to welcome a new President in January.
Homeschool Legacy’s Unit Studies are well written, easy to use, and a lot of fun!