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Schoolhouse Review: Homeschool Legacy

Unit studies, the very words bring mixed feeling about schooling in this style. I’m not creative at all nor do I want to do all the foot work with putting one together so thankfully there is Homeschool Legacy. They make it easy with their Once-a-week unit studies. Here at Homeschooling6 we have been reviewing their We the People: Getting to Know Your Constitution.
Homeschool Legacy
What I received: a digital copy of We the People: Getting to Know Your Constitution

Company name: Homeschool Legacy

Review helpers: Ethan 12 and Lance 10 years old and part timer helpers Caleb 14 and Brent 13
Once a Week Unit Studies
These once-a-week unit studies are great if you are like me and don’t want to do a full blown unit study. It’s the perfect way to take a break from your regular studies and NOT feel like you’ll fall behind if you do. Homeschool Legacy really came up with a grand idea with having a unit study one day a week.

What is a Once-A-week unit from Homeschool Legacy? It’s a cross-curricula study that includes: Bible, geography, read aloud, history, science, field trip suggestions, family movie night, Stump Your Dad Trivia questions, and more! And it’s all put together for you in this 8 week study (not all Once-A-Week Unit Studies are 8 weeks).

In the We the People: Getting to Know Your Constitution your child will learn:
  • Week 1-The State of the New Nation
  • Week 2-The Constitutional Convention
  • Week 3-Your Bill of Rights
  • Week 4-The Legislative Branch
  • Week 5-The Executive Branch
  • Week 6-The Judicial Branch
  • Week 7-Amending the Constitution
  • Week 8-Your National Studies
What’s great about these once-a-week unit studies is you can use your library. No need to purchase anything more (unless your like me and will take any excuse to purchase more books!). Sharon the author provides the dewy decimals  making it even easier to find the books at your local library.
We the Peoople Review!
My daughter Annette would request the book online and all we had to do was pick them up. How easy and convenient is that!

Homeschool Legacy provides a sample schedule of how they used it.

Monday: complete your regular studies but read the read aloud from Homeschool Legacy (and if you can’t obtain the read aloud that is suggested you can use any book that is similar with the time period and theme). Have your child do their independent reading using a book from the library list provided.

Tuesday: continue with your regular studies, read aloud and independent reading book selection from Homeschool Legacy.

Wednesday: instead of doing your daily studies you will use Homeschool Legacy for family devotions, read aloud, independent reading, and any of the activities scheduled:
  • History-make a timeline that will be used throughout the unit study.
  • History/Vocabulary- we looked up the term self-evident any any other words that we were unsure of in the Declaration.
  • Language Research- we researched the Articles of Confederation to discover the strengths and weaknesses. We made a list of both.
  • Language-we read a biography of George Washington
  • Life Skills- made George Washington’s Hoecakes
Thursday: back to your regular studies. Continue with your read aloud and your child’s independent reading.

Friday: complete your 3R’s, family read aloud, and if you can go on a field trip (virtual ones are good too), and watch the suggested Family Movie Night movie, and/or the suggested Game Night game.

The movies can all be found on Netflix or you can watch a similar one. We had no trouble obtaining movies and documentaries from the library or Netflix.
The sample schedule above is flexible. If you know you will not be going on a field trip you can make Friday your day to complete the unit study activities.
Books
Each week there are different activities. So another week you might have Fun & Games scheduled and play Preamble Scramble. Art might be included where you study Howard Chandler Christy’s Signing of the Constitution. A link will be provided in your Once-a-Week Unit Study. Current Events is another. This is where we read the national news daily and discussed the events. As you can see each week has plenty to do with and you don’t have to do every, single, thing.

We usually skipped the writing assignment. The kids do enough writing and I wanted to keep our once-a-week unit studies more on the fun side.
Homeschool Legacy
How we used Homeschool Legacy’s Once-a-Week Unit Study: For part of the review I did a little bit everyday. One day I did the Bible study, the next read and examined the articles of the constitution that was assigned for the week, and continued with the activities throughout the week along with our daily read aloud. This worked great but it was becoming too much.

The last half of the review period I used it how it was intended. I read the daily read aloud and did a day of activities which for us usually fell on a Friday. We only took virtual field trips.

So we combined the activity and assignments with the family movie/game night and watched a documentary on the same day.

The kids did real well with this. It was not overwhelming and I didn’t feel like we were getting behind with our regular studies. It was a nice little break and I loved, loved, that my kiddos learned about the constitution (and continue to learn). It really inspired our whole family with digging deeper with understanding the constitution. My older kids were checking out books for themselves on the constitution and government too.

Final thoughts: Homeschool Legacy really made it doable to fit in a unit study. I liked that it was flexible as well. You can do as much or little as you liked. If you wanted to add a lapbook, go off on bunny trails, or just wanted to add more, there was room to do that. If you’re like me and just wanted a break from your regular studies there’s no feeling guilty because it was created as a once-a-week study.

I’m not one for e-books and pdf downloads but with We the People: Getting to Know Your Constitution I was very pleased and actually prefer the download over the physical book because all the links are clickable. If there was a virtual tour or video clip, all I had to do was click on the link!

My only con was was some of the documentaries put my kids to sleep including my 14 year old. They were interesting to me though!

Homeschool Legacy has recently added 4 week micro unit studies called Once-A-Week micro-study, so you can read about those on their website.

A great perk for those of you who have children in Boy Scouts and/or American Heritage Girls, many of the unit studies correspond with the merit badge requirements.
Once a Week Unit Studies 1
These would also be great to use during the summer months.
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