I’ve dabbled in unit studies with the girls, and while they don’t make up our entire curriculum, I do find that unit studies give us a nice break from our regular curriculum. Recently, we got to try a new unit study curriculum, White House Holidays Unit Studies, courtesy of Silverdale Press LLC.
About Silverdale Press LLC
Silverdale Press LLC was founded by Joshua and Jill Hummer, homeschooling parents of four young children. Joshua has been practicing law for the last 11 years, and Jill has a Ph.D. in Government.
About White House Holidays Unit Studies
There are currently six unit studies in the White House Holidays Unit Studies:
- Labor Day Unit Study (3 lessons)
- Veterans Day Unit Study (3 lessons)
- Thanksgiving Unit Study (5 lessons)
- Christmas Unit Study (4 lessons)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Unit Study (5 lessons)
- Valentine’s Day Unit Study (5 lessons)
Also, a new unit study, George Washington Unit Study, is coming soon.
Each unit study ranges in price from $20 to $30. What I love about these unit studies is that each is self-contained; you do not need to buy or borrow other books from the library. Everything you need for this unit study is in the .pdf file you receive. In addition, most of these unit studies have a free lesson, so you can try it out before you buy. Best of all, they offer a better than money back guarantee–if you’re not satisfied, you’ll get your money back and get to keep the unit study.
We worked in depth with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Unit Study. This unit study has activities for children from K-12. The activities are broken down into two grade ranges–K-6th and 7th-12th. I’m sure that this will appeal to families who homeschool children who span a large grade range.
In general, each lesson has:
- a section to read aloud to the kids,
- activities including a timeline, map work, and key terms and video links to watch for all kids and then separate activities for K-6 and 7-12 students, and
- arts and crafts (for younger students) and questions and answers for older students.
At the end of the unit study, students are urged to participate in a day of service on Martin Luther King Day in honor of MLK Jr.
After we finished the Martin Luther King, Jr. Unit Study, we moved on to the Veteran’s Day Unit Study. One of the first things the lesson suggested was to tell your children about any relatives who served in the military. Two of my great uncles served in World War II, and they recorded their experiences, so I had fun sharing that with the girls.
How We Used White House Holidays Unit Studies
The kids and I started with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Unit Study. We delved further into the unit study, so we didn’t do a lesson a day but stretched it out over a week. There are so many good activities in the unit studies including the videos, the reading, and the activities, that we easily stretched this out.
The kids enjoyed completing the crafts that were included and would have liked to have had even more included. I would have liked to have seen more map work in the program.
They also enjoyed the activities such as separating shoes by color to illustrate segregation.
If you enjoy unit studies, or if you’d like to try them out, you really can’t go wrong with the White House Holidays Unit Studies.
I was one of 75 people to review either White House Holiday Unit Studies or Persuasive Writing & Classical Rhetoric: Practicing the Habits of Good Writers. To read more reviews, click on the link below: