Urban;myths;are;rampant,;and so are homeschool myths about unit studies. Unit Myth #1: Units are harder for moms
to;do,;because;they;require;loads;of;sup-plies. Unit Myth #2: Units require a mom
to be actively teaching every second of the
day with no chance to change the baby or
start dinner. Unit Myth 3: Units require
costumes and messy activities that are a
waste. Unit Myth #4: Units are not really
school; they are just fun and we do not
have time for fun. My kids have to pass
be serious about their learning! Let’s get to
myth-busting about units!
Supplies: Household or Substitute
Unit Myth #1: Units require loads of
supplies that busy moms have to go
and get. Not only is that an inaccurate
of the reasons I began homeschool-
ing—to teach my children to think out-
side the box AND to climb out of the
“loads of supplies.” The truth is well-
written unit activities usually require
construction paper, scissors, or yarn,
with plenty of room for substituting.
Kids should be the ones that help moms
come up with supply substitutes, which
help the kids with critical thinking and
thinking outside the box. No dowels?
Use pencils. No leather for a cowboy
vest? Use a brown grocery sack turned
inside-out and fringed. No cow eyeballs
lying around your home to dissect? Ask
balls or where would we get some to dis-
resource. Why pay for critical thinking
workbooks when there are tons of criti-
cal thinking opportunities which actu-
ally lighten a mom’s load?
Unit Myth #2: Units require a mom
to be actively teaching every second.
Not;true.;First,;good;units;weave;clas-sic literature and interesting information books into the unit. Since kids are
older ones to read to younger ones and
in turn allows moms time to start din-ner.;Further,;great;teachers;understand
to teach children. Not only do moms not
not be. The best teaching method allows
children to figure things out on their
own much of the time.
Urban myths are
about unit studies.