Heading to China

Planning a unit study can be overwhelming work.  There are so many things to consider, so many subjects to cover.  As I plan our 2015-2016 school year, I’d like to take you along for the ride.  If you are a homeschooling parent who plans your children’s curriculum, following my journey may give you some ideas how to approach your own planning.  If you purchase curriculum, maybe I can give you some good ways to supplement them.

I’ve mentioned before that we are doing the entire school year in unit studies based on Asia, Africa, and Oceania.  The subjects I’m trying to include are geography, history (including garden and art history), art, science (animal and earth), reading, and writing.

When I first started researching China for lessons, the sheer amount of information bogged me down.  China has a thousands-year history compared to the paltry 200 of the United States.  There is so much to choose from in every area.  My enthusiasm petered out as I realized I might never be able to winnow it all down to a week’s worth of lessons.

That is, until I had my Bright Idea.

I’ve written so many research papers in my life I could almost make an income selling them.  I love research papers.  I love the investigation that comes with preparing to write them.  I get excited about learning a subject so well I can write a paper explaining it to others.  I had certain rituals I followed in high school and college that kept me on track and focused.  Utilizing those well-honed tools, I had soon gathered enough information in such an organized manner that I could make it into an interesting introduction into the subject.  What Fun!

So yesterday, as my mind boggled at the influx of all that is Chinese, I realized that I could better organize it in my head if I treat it like a research paper.  So I got out a notebook.  And I started taking notes, just like I did in school.  And the next thing I knew, I was ready to put those notes to the purpose of deciding what to include in the lesson plan and when.


If you are planning any lessons for next year and finding yourself bogged down, don’t despair.  Get out a notebook.  Take notes instead of just bookmarking or copy-pasting.  Write down the important aspects of whatever you’re reading.  You can go back and do full research later if you have to, but right now just write in your notebook the main point of each article or book you’re looking through.  Suddenly, I promise, it will start to coalesce in your head.   You can get it organized into main points, and then go back and flesh it out after your brain stops whirling.

I hope it works for you as well as it did for me!  Let me know what you think.

Love wins,



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: Lit Mama Homeschool
  2. annamarieasha
    May 07, 2015 @ 13:23:56

    Excellent………….thank you

    Liked by 1 person


Add Your Flame to the Fire

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Number of Fires Lit

  • 2,110 hits
Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

where blessed meets stressed.


all the things I'd rather do

My Crafty Life as an Air Force Wife

Proverbs 12:4 A wife of noble character is her husband's crown...


Secular Science Resources for Homeschoolers


"home is where the heart is"


The Blessing of the Home is Contentment

Squarehead Teachers

Free teacher stuff to get your elementary classroom all SQUARED away!

Summer School

It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.

Meghan Tells It

Just another WordPress.com site

Lisa Swaboda is Atlas Educational

I'm just doing my part to uplift others through learning.

The Seeds 4 Life

Seeds of Inspiration, Wisdom, and Positivity

Exert, exhale

Please subscribe for useful updates on Homeschooling and life in general

A Literary Education

Learning along with my teenagers using good books


Wife, Mommy, Christian Step Mom's Journey.

%d bloggers like this: