- Concepts are better understood by children when the information is repeated, or revisited, then built upon on a daily basis
- Information is better understood and retained when it is discussed across the curriculum (Bible, math, history, science, etc.)
- Finding books about a particular subject encourages children to think creatively (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc.)
- The children know what to expect next, and look forward to what else they can learn about a subject
- The teacher has the freedom to see what events are taking place in the world or what her students are interested in, and teach the things that they are interested in learning, while still reaching pre-set goals for the school year
- The teacher can extend a study or follow a unforeseen path when there is a need or desire from the student
- Varying ages can learn together, though the expectations are not the same
- There is a lot of homework to prepare to teach a unit study, organization is key
- It is still necessary to use textbooks in some subjects (spelling, grammar, etc.
- Information must be found in many different places (internet, textbooks, library, etc.
- It is difficult to plan in advance the many activities that a unit may require, so many options should be prepared
So far, my children have enjoyed this approach and have really enjoyed learning so much about each subject. We've studied the five senses, and have begun studying the four seasons. Fall is upon us, and I have found that there is a vast amount of information to discover right under our noses! Although I planned this unit to take six weeks total, it appears that it will take eight. As long as there is interest and the desire to learn more, I am going to fill their minds with whatever we can find.