Unit Programs (Prek-2)

Why Unit Programs
The unit teaching method has excellent potential for furnishing a great benefit to all children.

  • It provides a balanced education for the whole person: mental, physical, spiritual, and social.
  • The unit study gives the parent and student the opportunity to explore more advanced and complicated subjects than are available in traditional grade-level studies.
  • It provides the climate for students to advance at their individual paces using their own preferred learning styles.
  • The unit method is flexible and easily integrates grade levels, while providing an atmosphere for meeting all school objectives.
  • This is also the perfect way to instill a strong work ethic (by simple household chores) and a heart for service (by letting them serve alongside you).

Foundational Subjects
We ease the child into relaxed academics starting with Preschool Plus (2554) which uses a subject-driven activity guide combined with classic readers. This is followed by the kindergarten Tell Me A Story (1278) which grounds your child in the great Bible stories from Genesis through Revelation. First-grade skills are taught in A Bee Sees (2319) which is based on animal characteristics combined with Aesop’s fables. Twenty stories with delightful drawings and animal facts guide your children into reading. Finally, Across America (2009) takes you on a trip across the United States starting in Maine, exploring each state, and ending with the Territories. After that, you can use Joy of Discovery and Learning Objectives for K–8 (3352) to help your students lead you into what they’re interested in. If you don’t have the nerve to jump into a full year of unit study, at least try it for a quarter, or even as a summer project. Using Hewitt’s My First Reports (2826) gives you a framework for various unit studies that will easily bear your own stamp, as you grow into developing your own studies from scratch. Choose a unit program for your oldest student, and then incorporate your younger learners as you go.

Multi-Grade Approach
If you have elementary students at differing grade levels, consider using a multi-grade approach. We’ve provided supplements to Across America so that you can teach the program to grades 1 through 4 students at the same time. You can also use the Tell Me A Story unit studies to teach a kindergarten and a first-grade student at the same time. Though math and language arts need to be handled at a grade-appropriate level, most other subjects (e.g., history, science, art, and music) can be taught together. This makes your life much easier and encourages students to work together. And you don’t have the a expense of a Grade-1, a Grade-3, and Grade-6 box of curricula.

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