I am not crazy about the term “unit study.” I much prefer “integrated study” but it’s really just semantics, so for the sake of the search engines I will use unit study here.
As I was considering again this whole idea of unit study, related to Principle Approach and most importantly to my little lambs, I had some thoughts. Unit studies can be enjoyable. They can also take over your life. If you are not careful they, like anything else out of balance, suck every ounce of enjoyment out of education. I came up with a list of things I am printing out to keep in my teacher’s notebook concerning this.
Education is not about the activities but about the learning. More activities does not equal more learning. Simple is almost always better.
I want my unit studies to be:
- not fun, but interesting (Ps. 16:11, Prov. 2:10, Ps. 145:18, 19)
- not complicated, but complete (Mt. 11:29, Job 37:16, 2 Tim. 3:16)
- not only temporal, but eternal (2 Cor. 4:18, Eph. 5:15-17)
- not fact-based, but based on Biblical principles (Is. 28:10,13; Ps. 119:40,94)
- not standard issue but customized (Prov. 22:6)
When my plans are led by the Holy Spirit and based on the Word of God, they will do all of that and more.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.Is 55:11