As a busy homeschool mom of 11, out of necessity, I have become a bit of an “expert” in finding ways to keep our learning time manageable, simple, and efficient.
Unit studies are one of them.
Now I’m going to admit, at first glance, this resource can look quite intimidating. With its phone book-sized girth and thousands of activities offered, I’ve seen even seasoned homeschoolers run from this curriculum simply because they were so overwhelmed at its sheer volume.
Don’t let it scare you! Once you take the time to sort through it and find a way that works for your family it can be one of the most comprehensive, challenging, and FUN curriculums you’ve ever come across.
Since I get so many questions about how I implement it into our homeschool routine, today I’m going to share a recent KONOS day with each of our groups- the Littles, Middles, and Teens.
Before I begin, I just want to say that these are sample days that we’ve done in the past week or two. I do not do KONOS with every group every day. Typically, I alternate between doing KONOS with the Littles one day and then doing it with the Middles and the Teens (separately) the next. With that being said, here we go!
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Sample KONOS Day with the Littles
- Did devotions with their older siblings
- We read one story from their Bible story book (Bible)
KONOS (Valentine’s Day Unit Study)
- Read-Alouds- St. Valentine and Valentine’s Day Is… (History, Social Studies)
- Copywork from 1 Corinthians 13- “Love is patient. Love is Kind.” (Language Arts, Bible)
- Decorated construction paper hearts with stickers and glued copywork verse in the middle (Art)
- We had a list of Valentine-related words that they copied 2x each (Spelling)
- They did their regular math one-on-one with me (Math)
Sample KONOS Day with the Middles
- Devotions (Bible)
- Read through a section of the Book of Matthew with me (We take turns reading the verses aloud) (Bible, Reading)
KONOS (Africa Unit Study)
- Read-aloud- The Red Pyramid (1 Chapter) (History, Geography, Social Studies, Literature)
- Looked at several library books about Egyptian hieroglyphs and watched a video about them (History)
- Wrote a message and created unique hieroglyphs for each word (Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Art)
- Transferred hieroglyph message onto our “Hieroglyph Wall” (butcher paper taped to the wall) and tried to decipher each other’s messages (Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Art)
- They did their regular math one-on-one with me and partnered up to practice multiplication with flash cards (Math)
- We had a list of Egypt-related vocabulary words which we discussed, and they wrote them 3x each (Language Arts, Social Studies, History, Geography)
- They each read one chapter in a book of their choice (Reading)
Sample KONOS Day with the Teens
- We discussed various passages about courage (Bible)
KONOS (Revolutionary War Unit Study)
- Read-Aloud- Johnny Tremain (1/2 chapter- the printing is very tiny and makes for long reading) (Literature, History)
- Watched a video about how America became a nation (History, Social Studies, Geography)
- Completed a timeline worksheet of the 13 original colonies on which they labeled the colonies, lakes and rivers, mountain ranges, and shaded the British, French, and Spanish claims (Geography, History)
- They each did one lesson from Daily Grams (Language Arts)
- They had one-on-one time with me for algebra (Math)
- They each read one chapter of their Revolutionary War-related books- Dear America – The Winter of Red Snow and King George – What Was His Problem? (Literature, History, Social Studies, Geography)
Believe it or not, that’s it!
Now I know some of you are wondering why we never covered science or electives on these particular days. There are actually a few reasons:
- Since my kids are natural science-lovers, most of the notebooking they do is on science-related topics. (They do notebooking on the days they do not do KONOS (and sometimes on days that they do!)
- These particular unit studies are history-based, but there have been plenty of times that we’ve done more science-based units. It all balances out.
- Since we are relaxed homeschoolers, my kids have plenty of time for self-directed learning. This is often the time when they will pursue activities that would be considered electives (and science, and history, and math, and…)
- I truly believe that life and learning cannot be separated, so I am fully confident that these subjects will be covered because they are a part of the world we live in.
Now I’d like to hear from you. Have you ever used KONOS? How do you incorporate it into your homeschool? Leave a comment!