I have been mapping out future unit study ideas with Joy of Discovery w Learning Objectives from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources for my own edification when it comes to Christian history studies. I received a copy as part of the Homeschool Review Crew. As always, all opinions are our own.
Over the years of homeschooling, I have dabbled with the unit study approach. This includes using ready-made unit studies and writing my own.
When I wrote unit studies in the past, I did not give serious thought to what was being included in the learning. Rather it was centered around a specific topic and allows the boys to enjoy the learning process.
About the Joy of Discovery w Learning Objectives from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources
Written by Barbara Wagner, a Hewitt staff member, this is the bundle of two previously published resources. Between the 2 resources, you have a sturdy foundation for planning out a unit study.
Inside the Pages of Joy of Discovery
Joy of Discovery is a labor of love by Mrs. Wagner. Within the pages, she shares how she approached developing unit studies in her own homeschool. Following her approach, you can develop a unit study for supplemental learning or have them be the foundation of all learning.
Her process is called the I3 unit study.
First, you look at the Individual (your child) to determine the topic of interest.
Second, you use inquiry (ask questions) to define the question being answered by the study.
Third, you use instruction (find answers) to develop the unit study.
As you work through the pages, you walk through the process of developing a complete unit study. This includes having more than one project per study with the method of expression being different for each.
The instruction section is significantly longer than the other two parts of the I3 unit study process. This area is further broken down to help you pick what thinking skill will be addressed, what project will be completed, and then develop the actual assignment. Along with this are directions for how the parent can determine the learning objectives for the study.
Incorporated in that instruction section is mention of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. Mrs. Wagner includes a chart which shows his hierarchy of thinking skills and behaviors.
Learning Objectives for Grades K-8 delves into the different skills expected by grade level. Not only does it list the objectives, but you can also track progress for up to 3 students.
Subjects included in the resource are language arts, math, history and geography, and science and health. Each subject is then divided into different objectives. A supplemental section covers the arts of art and music.
My Thoughts on Joy of Discovery w Learning Objectives
We have used other materials from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources and have always enjoyed them.
This one is completely different as it is a tool to help the homeschool parent do the planning.
I greatly appreciated how you are walked through the process of development. And it isn’t just a list of steps as each part of the path includes examples from past studies Mrs. Wagner developed. Seeing her implementation of the steps helps me to better visualize the process.
What working through this resource has shown me is how loosely I have planned some unit studies in the past. Most of the ones I have developed centered around a book with the incorporation of different subjects. However, I was not always as creative with the types of projects to complete. And, the studies did not originate with my child’s interest.
What I am looking forward to is taking time later this summer to work with my now 4th-grade son to develop a few paths of study. These paths will be initiated by his interests and not just my thoughts of what he should study.
Look Inside The Joy of Discovery
Join me on a video walk through this resource with additional thoughts included.
Final Takeaway About Writing Your Own Unit Study
If you are considering taking a more delight driven approach to learning in your homeschool, then definitely take a look at this. Your first walk through the process may seem daunting, but within short order, you should have the hang of things.
Past Reviews for Hewitt Homeschool Resources
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit the Hewitt Homeschooling Resources review post on the Homeschool Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this book.