HOME Unit Studies

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About HOME's Unit Studies 

 

* What is the format? 

Each unit is based on one or two interconnected topics and covers all required subject areas. Each subject includes one or more assignment. A list of suggested reading is included. 

 

* What is the recommended grade level?

While typically aimed at elementary grade school level students, they are written in a way that can easily be adapted up or down, or used in a multi-grade setting.  

 

* How long do they take to complete? 

There is no timeline for completion. Completion is entirely dependent upon the student, their interest, ability, etc.  HOME unit studies are meant to be a guide and a jumping off point.  They are far from comprehensive on the subject, but are designed to inspire a desire to learn more.

 

* What types of projects are included? What materials are needed?

Once again, this is entirely dependent on the family and the student's level of interest.  There are suggestions for writing, research, art and more in each unit study.  Families are free to choose what to do (or not do) within the study.

 

Homeschoolers of Maine has a variety of unit studies and guides to help cover various subject requirements, as well as to accompany some of the many HOME sponsored events and activities that have been held in the past. If you missed the opportunity to purchase one at a HOME event, you can order them by mail. If you missed participating in the event it was designed to supplement, you can still enjoy the special learning opportunities provided through any of the following unit studies!  

 

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MAINE STUDIES

Aspects of Maine Studies are touched on in every HOME Unit Study! For information on how to cover Maine Studies using HOME's unit studies and satisfy state requirements for this subject, please be sure to read Covering Maine Studies Using HOME's Unit Studies.

 

ESSENTIAL UNIT STUDIES

NEW! Maine Studies Essentials

 In this unit you will find resources to assist you in covering the Maine Studies requirement.  Homeschoolers are required to cover Maine Studies at some point between 6th and 12th grade.  HOME has produced a bundle of unit studies titled Maine Studies Bundle. You can use this study in conjuction with the Maine Studies bundle or as a stand alone resource. 

 

NEW! Computer Proficiency

It is rare to find a student today who is not computer proficient.  The real challenge for homeschooling parents is how to document this proficiency.  This study is designed to assist you in documenting your student’s learning in a way that will show their proficiency in computer related skills.

 

Library Skills Guide 

Maine homeschoolers are required to cover library skills each year.  HOME has created a Library Skills Guide to assist you in completing this requirement.  This 15 page general guide will serve as an excellent springboard for your study.  It can be used during the course of a year or over several years, depending on the age of the student.

 

NEW! Fine Arts

In this study, your student will explore the arts in a variety of ways from art appreciation to dance, culinary arts, digital art, and more! 

 

NEW! Health & PE

In this study, your student will begin to explore various aspects of living a healthy lifestyle, including physical activity and education.  Unlike most of our studies, this one is not broken down into the required subject areas, but rather into the major areas of healthy living.  While working on this study, keep in mind that visits to health practitioners are learning experiences, whether it’s a well child check, a trip to the emergency room, or counseling session.  Keep track of these visits as well.

 

 Junior Legislator Kit 

Junior Legislators are acknowledged during Capitol Day events after completing a unit study designed specifically for use during Maine Home Education Week and Homeschool Day at the Capitol. The unit study can be used with students of all ages. Students will learn how a bill becomes a law in Maine, explore who our governing officials are, become familiar with the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and look at ways to show patriotism.  Although the unit study is designed for a specific event, it can also be used at any time to help with Civics lessons.

 

Maine Studies Unit Study Bundle

Purchase this bundle and you'll receive five unit studies:  Colonial Maine and the Freedom Trail, Lost on a Mountain in Maine, Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War, The Province of Maine During the Revolutionary War and Junior Legislator Kit

 

UNIT STUDY BUNDLES

Unit Study Bundles are now available in both eBook and printed format. The suggested donation price for printed copies is $25 plus shipping.  The suggested donation for eBook format is $12.50.

New! HOME Essentials Bundle

Purchase this bundle and you'll receive five unit studies, which include subjects required by Maine's homeschool statute: Maine Studies Essentials, Fine Arts, Computer Proficiency, Health and Physical Education, and Library Skills.

 

NEW! Maine Agriculture Unit Study Bundle

Purchase this bundle and you'll receive five unit studies: Apples, Farming, The Maine Potato, Harvest the Sea and Pancakes: A Unit Study on Blueberries and Maple Syrup

 

Maine Coast Unit Study Bundle

Purchase this bundle and you'll receive five unit studies: Forts of Maine, Lighthouses of Maine, Maine Sea Birds: Past and Present, Maine's Rocky Coast and Sea Glass

 

Bestseller! Maine Studies Unit Study Bundle

Purchase this bundle and you'll receive five unit studies: Colonial Maine and the Freedom Trail, Lost on a Mountain in Maine, Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War, The Province of Maine During the Revolutionary War and Junior Legislator Kit

 


Social Studies Unit Study Bundle

Purchase this bundle and you'll receive five unit studies:  History of the Telephone, Longfellow & Revere, Lowell Mills & Industrialization, Slavery and the Underground Railroad, and Family Tree.

 

Natural Science Unit Study Bundle

Purchase this bundle and you'll receive five unit studies:  Nature Study and Journaling, Backyard & Beyond, Natural History at a Museum Near You, HOME Grown Gardens, and Sled Dogs.

 

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TITLES

* All currently available titles have been recently updated and revised.

 

**A complimentary ebook copy of each print study is now included with your order of unit studies in print format! This makes it possible to  print out extra copies of pages to use with multiple children.

 

Alexander Graham Bell and the History of the Telephone

This unit study is available just in time for National Telephone Day - April 25! Join us in exploring the history and evolution of the telephone from its inception to the present.  Get to know more about the man who is credited with its invention. (included in the Social Studies bundle)

 

American Civics

NEW! 

In this study, your student will investigate their duties as American citizens.  A variety of aspects of citizenship will be explored.  Do not feel limited to these resources, but add others you discover along the way.  Make it personal to your family.  For more information and resources on teaching civics in elementary school visit:  www.hslda.org/content/earlyyears/Civics.asp.

 

Apples 

As you enter the fall season, be sure to check out this unit study.  Are you planning your own field trip to a local apple orchard in your area? This study is a great way to cover the topic of apples across the curriculum.  You'll even take a brief look at missions work.  Want to know more?  You'll have to purchase your own copy to find out! (included in the Maine Agriculture bundle)

  

Backyard and Beyond:  A Unit Study of Maine Wildlife 

Chickadees, salamanders and skunks, oh my!  This unit is designed to help children discover that wildlife is as close as their own backyard, as well as in the woods and animal parks around the state of Maine.  In addition to activities that cross various subject areas of the curriculum, it lists wildlife rehabilitators and suggests field trips to various wildlife programs around the state. (included in the Natural Science bundle)

 

(The) Character of Giving

In this study, you will learn more about people throughout history whose giving has changed the world for the better.  You will also create your own plan for giving that will have an impact on the community in which you live.

 

Chocolate & St. Valentine

Choose this unit study for your Valentine's Day celebration.  This study leads you on an adventure to discover more about everyone's favorite sweet treat, chocolate!  And what about the man behind the holiday?  Who was St. Valentine?  What do our modern traditions of hearts and candy have to do with this man?  This unit study will lead you in exploring more about the man, the holiday, and our modern day traditions!  

 

Choose a Country

FREE!

This unit study is a sample of what HOME Unit Studies are like. It's a very general study and allows the student to pick any country (or invent their own).  Research questions cover all the required subject areas.  It's a fun way to take a break from the daily routine and have an adventure in learning.

 

* This study is free to those who sign up to receive the HOME Email Updates (there is a box on the home page of our website to sign up).  If you already receive the HOME Email Updates, but do not have this study, you can email Raylene Hunt at raye4home@gmail.com and she will send it to you. 

 

Colonial Maine and The Freedom Trail 

Use this unit study to cover Maine Studies or to set the stage for a trip to The Freedom Trail in Boston!  This study is also an excellent stand alone resource for those wishing to look at the colonial period of our country's history! (included in the Maine Studies bundle)

 

Computer Proficiency 

NEW!  BEST SELLER! 

It is rare to find a student today who is not computer proficient.  The real challenge for homeschooling parents is how to document this proficiency.  This study is designed to assist you in documenting your student’s learning in a way that will show their proficiency in computer related skills.

 

Convention 2020 ~ Celebrating 200 Years of Maine

NEW! Free with convention pre-registration!

This unit study is designed to be used to set the stage for HOME’s Convention 2020.  It can also be used as a post Convention resource of extension ideas and activities for families who will be in attendance.  It can be also used as a stand alone study,  but convention attendance will add depth that would otherwise be missed.  

Eleanor Roosevelt 

In this study, you will explore the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, her character, her commitment and the impact her influence had on others.

 

Family Tree 

Do you have an interesting family tree?  Do you wish you knew more?  Using your family tree as a tool in homeschooling is a fantastic opportunity to make history personal, to make writing pertinent, and to develop skills such as story telling, research and analysis.  This unit study will walk you through the process of discovering the roots and shoots of your own family tree and then using it to teach a variety of subjects. (included in the Social Studies bundle)

 

Farming: Then and Now

In this study, students will explore farming, past and present.  The study will look at various things related to farming in general, while encouraging a visit to your local farm, farmer’s market or farm stand.  It is an opportunity to move beyond online games like Minecraft into the realm of real life farming. (included in the Maine Agriculture bundle)

 

Forts of Maine 

This unit study is a generic format that allows students to explore one, several or all of the forts that once were (and in some cases still remain) along Maine's coastline.  Use this study alone, or combine it with Maine's Rocky Coast and Lighthouses of Maine, for a great summer adventure in Maine Studies. (included in the Maine Coast bundle)

 

Harvest the Sea: Lobsters and Seaweed

In this study, students will explore the subject of lobsters and seaweed as an agricultural resources in Maine.  (included in the Maine Agriculture bundle)

 

HOME Grown Gardens 

In this unit study was originally intended to accompany the HOME program, HOME Grown Gardens.  While we are currently unable to offer that program, the unit study makes a great stand alone study!  Looking for ways to expand the learning opportunities that happen as you garden with your students? This unit ties it all together with activities across the curriculum. (included in the Natural Science bundle)

 

HOME Hikes

NEW!

In this study, you will discover how a hike in a local preserve or state park can be a lot more than a physical education activity in your homeschooling day.  You’ll look at geography, literature, science, and much, much more.  Join us on a HOME Hike or consider starting one in your area.  The same general format applies regardless of the location.

 

Integrating Nature Study & Journaling Across the Curriculum                  

If you think you don't have time to include Nature Study in your homeschooling day, you're missing an amazing opportunity for learning while having fun.  This unit study walks you through the brief study of ants, showing you how to take the concept of covering all your required subjects (and a few that aren't) while studying your chosen subject in nature. (included in the Natural Science bundle)

 

Joshua L. Chamberlain and The Civil War

As Maine residents and parents, we have the opportunity to bring history lessons surrounding the Civil War to life with our very own hero, Joshua L. Chamberlain.  Among other sites in Maine, a trip to the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum combined with this unit study will provide a great spring board for a more in depth study of the Civil War period in Maine's history.  This is a great supplement to any Maine Studies program, as well. (included in the Maine Studies bundle)

 

Junior Legislator Kit 

BEST SELLER!

Junior Legislators are acknowledged during Capitol Day events after completing a unit study designed specifically for use during Maine Home Education Week and Homeschool Day at the Capitol. The unit study can be used with students of all ages. Students will learn how a bill becomes a law in Maine, explore who our governing officials are, become familiar with the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and look at ways to show patriotism.  Although the unit study is designed for a specific event, it can also be used at any time to help with Civics lessons. (included in the Maine Studies bundle)

 

(The) Kennedys

NEW!

In this study, students will learn more about the legacy of the Kennedy family and their significance in American history.  Questions will be asked in a way that will help students form their own opinions of people and events, while covering all of the subject areas required of homeschoolers. 

 

Learning with LEGOs

BEST SELLER!

Who doesn't love Legos?  Legos are far more than just blocks for play. HOME's Learning with LEGOs Unit Study will show you how to document the time your child spends playing with Legos as time spent learning.  This study also broadens opportunities for learning across the curriculum.

 

Library Skills Guide 

BEST SELLER! 

Maine homeschoolers are required to cover library skills each year.  HOME has created a Library Skills Guide to assist you in completing this requirement.  This 15 page general guide will serve as an excellent springboard for your study.  It can be used during the course of a year or over several years, depending on the age of the student. (included in the Social Studies bundle)

 

Lighthouses of Maine

Maine has  70 lighthouses!  Each one has its own unique story.  If you're looking for something fun and educational to do this summer, consider taking a trip along the coast of Maine and learning about some of these lighthouses up close and in person.  This unit study takes a general look at the things you can learn at stops along the way. (included in the Maine Coast bundle)

 

Lillian Nordica: A Unit Study for Maine Studies and Fine Arts

This unit study looks at the life of Maine's very own Lillian Nordica, opera singer of world renown.  In spite of her world wide fame in her day, she is a nearly forgotten figure in Maine history today.  This study can be done independently or in conjunction with a field trip to the Nordica Homestead in Farmington, Maine.  

 

Longfellow and Revere

This unit provides opportunities to research the American Revolution, the writing of the Declaration of Independence, the classic poem "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" and the lives of both Paul Revere and the famous Maine poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. (included in the Social Studies bundle)

 

Lost on a Mountain in Maine 

This unit accompanies the book of the same title.  Most school children in Maine at some point encounter the story of Donn Fendler and the nine days he spent lost on Mount Katahdin.  This unit suggests many activities across the required subject areas of homeschooling.  It’s a great way to draw many lessons from a single story. (included in the Maine Studies bundle)

 

Lowell Mills and Industrialization 

If you are learning about the Industrial Revolution in America, include this unit study as part of the process.  This 16 page guide contains information, ideas, activities and links that will help you explore, not just the Lowell Mills, but also some of the mills right here in Maine. There are activities for all the required subject areas, as well!  (included in the Social Studies bundle)

 

(The) Maine Potato

In this study, the student will explore the potato, a staple Maine crop.  It’s a chance to see it as more than a part of our dinner menu.  See what your children know before you begin, and be amazed by what they learn through the exploration and discovery process of this study. (included in the Maine Agriculture bundle)

 

Maine Sea Birds: Past and Present

Working through this study, you will explore the enchanting seabirds of Maine, including the now extinct Great Auk.  This is a great opportunity to talk about conservation and preservation of currently existing species that may be threatened.  If you include field trips, it will take students out onto the rocky shore allowing them firsthand opportunities to watch the amazing creatures that inhabit the Maine coastline. (included in the Maine Coast bundle)

 

Maine Towns Named for Presidents

A unit study of ten Maine towns and their namesakes. In this study, students will explore ten Maine towns and the presidents for which they were named. You will want a map of Maine for this study as students are asked to locate each town on a Maine map.

 

Maine's Rocky Coast

This unit study will take you on an adventure exploring Maine's rocky coastline as you study geography, natural science, marine life, and so much more. You'll find lots of great field trip ideas and educational opportunities to take along to the beach with you this summer! (included in the Maine Coast bundle)

 

Natural History: At a Museum Near You

In this study, the student will explore Natural History. What is it?  Why is it important?  Why are there entire museums dedicated to the subject?  And much, much more.  They will also learn about Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution, not as fact, but as theory, preparing them to better defend their faith in creation. (included in the Natural Science bundle)

 

Pancakes: A Unit Study on Pancakes and Maple Syrup

This study allows students to explore Maine’s maple sap and blueberry harvests, combining them into the fun theme of pancakes. (Included in the Maine Agriculture bundle)

 

Sea Glass

In this study, students will explore natural and man-made sea glass.  There is an abundance of resources on the subject, and it’s both beautiful and fun.  Who knew a trip to the beach could cover so much schooling? (included in the Maine Coast bundle)

 

(The) Sign of the Beaver

NEW! Literarure and Movies Series

This study looks at Maine’s history during the early years of European settlement through the book Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Spear and its accompanying movie, sometimes titled Keeping the Promise. First, watch the movie. Then (based on student’s interest and ability) use the book as an independent reading assignment or as a family read-aloud before beginning the study. There are some significant variations between the two for students to consider.

 

Slavery, The Underground Railroad & the Maine Connection

As you study the Civil War, be sure to cover the Underground Railroad, including Maine's part in it.  This unit study will help you cover required subject areas while exploring Maine's role in helping escaped slaves on the road to freedom.

 

Sled Dogs

February through March is dog sledding season in North America. Famous races like the Iditarod and local races like the CanAm Crown are all taking place during this time.  This unit study is a great cabin fever reliever!  You will learn about sled dogs and the work they do.  Learn about famous sled dogs like those that aided in the Serum Run of 1925 from Anchorage to Nome. Incorporate Maine Studies, too, while learning about sled dog racing right here at home! (included in the Natural Science bundle)

 

The Province of Maine During the Revolutionary War

During the Revolutionary War, Maine wasn't a state. It was a province of Massachusetts.  Maine was not without a role in the war that formed our country.  In this study, students will look at key figures in the Revolution, including General Henry Knox and Benedict Arnold. (included in the Maine Studies bundle)

 

Tour the World in Maine

In this study, we'll take you on a world tour without ever leaving the state of Maine.  Maine's heritage is rich with a diversity of cultures from foreign lands, as evidenced in the names of many of our towns. In this study, you'll be invited to choose one or several locations around the state to visit and learn about as you tour the world in Maine.

 

Trains

In this study, the student will explore trains and railways of Maine.   Where did lines run?  What purpose did they serve?  What has happened to them, today?

 

Watercraft: A History from Canoes to Iron Ships in Maine

In this study, students will explore the history of water travel in Maine from the first boat used to Maine's first ship, the Virginia built in 1607.

 

Year-Long Study Guide

Designed to guide you through a year of using HOME's Unit Studies as the foundation of learning for your student(s). Includes suggested unit studies for each month and a sample two-week schedule to help with planning.

 

Ordering Information

Click the HOME Unit Study icon below for online ordering made simple.

 

 

Buy a complete set of HOME's Unit Studies, Volumes 1, 2 and 3 on CD for just $80. This includes all of the titles published through 2019 and the Year-long Study Guide

 

New! Volume 1 of HOME's Unit Studies includes the Social Studies Bundle and the Natural Science Bundle, as well as HOME HikesLillian Nordica, Eleanor Roosevelt, The Kennedy's, and Maine Towns Named for Presidents. Suggested donation $30.

 

New! Volume 2 includes the Maine Coast Bundle and the Maine Agriculture Bundle, as well as Water Travel, Tour the World in MaineTrains, Learning with Legos and Chocolate and St. Valentine. Suggested donation $30

 

New! Volume 3 includes the Maine Studies Bundle and the Essential Studies Bundle, as well as Convention 2020,  American Civics, and The Character of Giving. Suggested donation $30

 

To order printed HOME Unit Studies by mail, please mail your request with a check made out to HOME for $10 ppd. per unit or $35 ppd. per bundle to the HOME Office, P.O. Box 159, Camden, ME 04843.  

 

Unit Studies are also available in an ebook format (pdf file).  The suggested donation is $3 per each ebook requested.

 

Unit Study Bundle Packages in ebook format (pdf file). The suggested donation is $12.50 for each ebook Bundle requested.

 

Complete Set of all 3 volumes of HOME Unit Studies on CD. The suggested donation is $80.

 

  • Request by mail: To request the ebook version by mail, please send your request and a donation to the HOME Office, P.O. Box 159, Camden, ME 04843.  
  • Please allow two business days to receive your ebook, after HOME has received your request.

NEW! Keep track of all of your unit study learning in a portfolio. As a convenience for your family, HOME now offers pre-assembled portfolios.  Included is a 3-inch binder, subject dividers, plastic sheet protectors, all required pages, and simple instructions.  Just fill in the required information, add work samples and submit!  Find out more here!

 

** Before you order, be sure to check here to see if you qualify for a free unit study! **