One of the ways I favor when learning with my children is the unit study method. I had never heard of the company Homeschool Legacy until this review became available, but I am sure glad I have heard of it now!
Westward Ho 1 is a five week unit, and Westward Ho 2 is a four week unit. Both are able to be used for grades two through twelve, which, of course, makes it easier and more fun to learn as a group!
In addition, all of the unit studies from Homeschool Legacy fulfill all or most of the requirements for a boy scout badge or an American Heritage Girl badge.
Having moved west to New Mexico a few years ago, I thought this would be a great choice for us! On our trip across the country, we had stopped at the St. Louis Arch, and went through the Museum of Western Expansion, so we had already picked up on some history that would be involved.
There is a lot packed into these unit studies. All of them are “once a week unit studies”, so you do not feel overwhelmed, as I have on occasion with unit studies. I invite you to watch the short video below in which the author explains the way her “once a week” unit studies work.
In Westward Ho 1, we are learning about Frontiersmen such as Daniel Boone, Kit Carson and Johnny Appleseed.
All the way through each unit, we have been given reading lists to choose from, complete with Dewey Decimal numbers so that we can look for them at our library. It’s very nice, and a money saver, to be able to get your read alouds for free instead of having to go out and buy them!
There is a family devotional which goes along with the chapter, and the Bible verses are given as reference only, meaning it works wonderfully for us, as we use only the King James Version.
Beginning with the very first week, we were given the opportunity to start a History Timeline Notebook. This is one thing we have yet to do, as I am still working on the best way to do it in a way for all to participate.
Even though we have all boys, we love the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. They play a big part for us in going through this unit!
There are even recipes for things such as stew that pioneers would have made, and home made butter.
In Westward Ho 1, we cover the following:
Week 1: Frontiersmen
Week 2: Pioneer Life
Week 3: The Lone Star Republic
Week 4: The Life and Times of James K. Polk
Week 5: The Oregon Trail
In Westward Ho 2, we are covering:
Week 1: Gold Rush!
Week 2: Life on the Prairie
Week 3: The Great American Railroad Race
Week 4: Cowboys and Cattle Drives
I like that there really is very little prep work! At most, you would be going to the library for books, and picking up things while doing regular grocery shopping in order to incorporate any recipes that may be included in the unit.
I like that the Westward Ho units can either be used as a complement to your current curriculum or can be your main source for history, by adding some of the other units available from Legacy Homeschooling.
We have been wanting to learn more about the west since moving here, so we are absolutely taking our time with this one, as I don’t want to miss anything, if I can help it!
Legacy Homeschool has many Once A Week Unit Studies available . . .
And I very much encourage you to go take a look. You may find them to be a welcome addition to your children’s (and your own!) education!
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