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Unit Studies From Homeschool Complete: Review

We have been working with a lovely unit study about Pioneers, which was given to us by Homeschool Complete for the purpose of this review.

Unit studies from Homeschool Complete truly ARE “complete!” This is really chock full of cross curricular skills, all rolled up into one topic, Pioneers in this case.

The literature we used for the Pioneers Unit Study was On The Banks of Plum Creek, and Farmer Boy, both written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I have always liked her books. I watched every single episode of Little House On The Prairie, when it was first run ( way back “in the olden days,” as my children say ). They watch them now, though, and “The Puzzler” really likes them, along with the books, so I thought this would be a pretty good fit for him.

This and other Unit Studies from Homeschool Complete cover the following subjects

  • Bible
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Fine Arts
  • Physical Development
  • Fitness
  • Character Development

There is a very informative introduction for you, the parent/teacher, followed by pages listing the skills the child will cover, a materials list, a United States map, world map, a board game to make and play, and a number of manipulatives you can print out, cut up, and use if you don’t have the actual physical manipulative. There are twelve lessons in this 154 page pdf, followed by 39 pages of student workbook pages. The workbook pages are well designed, covering every skill listed for the unit study.They are colorful, so if your child has an issue with distraction caused by bright and busy workbook pages I would recommend printing them out with just black ink.

For Bible, the scripture used is taken from the New International Version, however I had no trouble switching and using the King James Version, which is the only version used by our family.

“The Puzzler” is really enjoying the books, and the worksheets from the Unit Study. Because of his developmental delays, we are going very slow, but keeping it interesting. Here is “The Puzzler,” doing some of his reading, and getting started with some science and language arts worksheets about crickets and other things related to the pioneers.



I had previously purchased a boxed set of the Little House books, so I wasn’t sure if these would match up with the unit study, but in fact, they do! When told to use a certain page in the book to read the word which “The Puzzler” was supposed to describe its meaning within context, there it was, right on the page given.

This is an awesome unit study! We are eager to finish (but at the pace he can handle), so that we can move on and do the other two Unit Studies we received,  Colonies and Pilgrims.

Before this, I had never even heard of Homeschool Complete, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to get our hands on their products.

Please go and check out reviews about this and a number of other studies, along with reviews of Homeschool Complete’s All Inclusive Year Long Curriculum, offered from Kindergarten through the fourth grade, by clicking on the banner below.

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Paddington Bear Unit Study From Branch Out World {Review}

When offered the chance to review the literature study Paddington Bear from Branch Out World, I jumped at it!

A couple of years ago I had given a copy of Paddington Bear, along with Paddington himself to a friend who was having a baby. Had I realized that “The Puzzler” didn’t even know who Paddington was, I would have gotten two sets! Because he didn’t know about Paddington, I really wanted to do this.

Up until now, I had never even heard of the company Branch Out World, but I am sure glad I know about it now!

Branch Out World is a homeschooling family based in West Yorkshire, a metropolitan county in England. I believe strongly that whenever possible, supporting homeschool families with your educational purchases is a good thing, just like when I go shopping in person I prefer to keep my dollars in my own city if I can.

This literature based unit study was written to accompany the book Paddington, written by Michael Bond. It is part of the Picture Book Explorers Series. Here you can see “The Puzzler” and me with the book (he hates having his picture taken!)

Paddington 4

This  unit study, like all of those from Branch Out World, is written as if the reader is in the United Kingdom. This is fun, because we got more of a view of where and how Paddington lives, and where he came from (Darkest Peru). It is not at all difficult to work out different spelling and different terms. I thought it was fun for example to read in the list of things to get, a library “ticket.”

The Paddington Bear 69 page Unit Study is intended to be used over a five-day period, with different topics to be covered each day. The idea is to read the book, and cover the topics for that day, then each day after that, do the same thing with another topic. Using this study as intended, you will cover:

  • Day 1 – Exploring the Setting – when and where
    This section looks at history and geography, and looks at the themes
    presented in the book.
  • Day 2 – Exploring the Words
    This section looks at literary devices and some grammar, as along with
    giving opportunities for creative writing.
  • Day 3 – Exploring the Pictures
    This section has the student looking at the pictures in more detail, giving ways for your child to create his or her own artwork.
  • Day 4 – Exploring Science
    This section looks at scientific topics that come up in the book, from animal
    studies to hands-on experiments.
  • Day 5 – Exploring Maths, Crafts and More
    In this section, your child will lightly touch on math activities in a way
    that relates to the story. Math will also often come into the
    suggested craft activities and recipes intended to bring a fun ending to your
    exploration journey.

“The Puzzler” really enjoyed the map and flag activities the best! He loves coloring, and here, he is coloring the included map of the United Kingdom, after labeling England, London and the River Thames.

Paddington 2

Here, you can see him sticking Paddington’s explorer flag as close to London as he can get it. He used a very small piece of double-sided tape on just one end, so it would partially stick up.

Paddington 1

As you can see above, the page where he colored the flags of England and Peru is peeking out.

This study is actually written towards ages 5 through nine. However, with special needs children at varying levels of ability, this worked very well for us. In fact, I could have used it with all of the boys, and I am thinking that I will at some later point when we can delve even more deeply into all of the rabbit trails and projects. I think it will be fun for us all to do it together as a collaboration!

While browsing the Branch out World catalog, I saw a number of interesting options! I would love for example, to do the Earthquakes & Volcanoes Bundle together with my boys. I think they would love it!

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Paddington Bear {Branch Out World Reviews}


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