Ten Unit Studies Your Preschooler Will Love

Ten Unit Studies (and lapbooks) Your Preschooler Will Love! Find these free downloads at Homeschool Share
It seems like 1.4 katrillion resources are housed at Homeschool Share. Maybe you are overwhelmed by the volume of goodness, and you don’t know where to start. I get it. Maybe I can help.

I decided to take a peek at the behind-the-scenes stat stuff to see which units and lapbooks were favorites for preschoolers in 2015. Here are the Top Ten Most Popular Preschool Units of 2015. Browse the list, and I am sure you will find a few gems to try with your tot!

10. Owl Babies
Sweet little story about owl babies who are waiting on Mama Owl to return from a hunt.

Note: You may want to preview this book if you have a sensitive child or a child who has had early trauma/abandonment issues. You can read reviews here.

9. Going to the Grocery Store Unit Study
Learn shapes, colors, healthy eating habits and more while practicing fine motor skills and enjoying pretend play!

8. Hello Ocean
Learn all about the ocean–tide pools, seagulls, buoyancy, and more. Play a fun shell matching game, learn to count by 10s, and have fun fishing! It’s no wonder this unit made the top ten list.

7. The Mitten
Based on a Jan Brett classic, this unit study provides ample opportunities for your young student to learn: story sequencing, drama, geography, counting, comparing, matching, and woodland animals. A perfect choice for winter.

6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This favorite Eric Carle book is a delight for preschoolers. The lessons in the free lapbook focus on days of the week, counting, life cycle of a butterfly, opposites, sequencing, and healthy eating habits.

5. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Download this free lapbook and enjoy learning about mice, story telling, circles, cookies, nursery rhymes, and more!

4. The Grouchy Ladybug
This irritable insect will provide a good story and an introduction to telling time, counting by 5s as well as making patterns. Your little student will also enjoy the science of ladybugs and whales.

3. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Learn colors, make patterns, create your own book, enjoy finger plays, and have fun with all the printables found in one of our MOST popular units of 2015.

2. Alphabet Notebook
If you haven’t seen this, please take a minute. Pin it. Share it. Let people know that this resource is FREE. Six homeschool moms put their noggins and talents together to create this. It’s big. It’s great. It could last your preschooler an entire year as a Letter of the Week Program!

And now, I feel that we should insert some dramatic music. Or pause. Or drum roll. Something? What was the #1 preschool resource in 2015?

1. My Body Unit Study
Measure, sing, rhyme, move! Learn about germs, arms, exercise, bones, and your brain. This unit is a fantastic way to teach science to your young students. Have fun!

Have you used any of our Top Ten 2015 Preschool Units? Which ones? Do you have plans to use more? We would love to hear from you!

Favorite Unit Study ~ Armadillo Rodeo

One of our very favorite units from Homeschool Share is on Jan Brett’s Armadillo Rodeo.  My son was six when we used this unit and he had so much fun!

The unit study has been re-done since we used it, so the graphics are even better and it’s easier to download and print!

We also used The Kids’ Wildlife Book to learn how animals like the armadillo can get moisture even when they live in dry climates.

We learned about non-standard measurement in math and tried measuring our horse in hands.

We ended our unit with a trip to the rodeo!

A few more books we used as go-alongs:

I hope you enjoy the Armadillo Rodeo unit as much as we did!

Favorite Unit Study – Just Plain Fancy

To choose my favorite unit study, I went back in time about 10 years, to when we shared Just Plain Fancy by Patricia Polacco My girls were about 3 and 6 at the time, and remember the unit fondly.

 Just Plain Fancy by Patricia Polacco, is about two sisters who live on a farm in Pennsylvania’s Amish country.  Being “plain folk”, the one sister, Naomi, longs for something fancy. When she finds an unusual egg by the side of the road, puts it in her hen’s nest, and watches it hatch and grow into a beautiful peacock, she gets just what she wants!  But alas, being fearful that the elders of the Amish community will shun it for its fanciness, she keeps this special bird a secret. When the secret finally gets out, Naomi is praised for raising such a beautiful bird, and learns that some kinds of “fancy” are acceptable.

This unit study has so many great themes, including discontentment, envy, and responsibility, and gives a glimpse at the unique culture of the Amish. We read another charming picture book, Katy’s Gift by Keith Bowen, to expand on the lessons about Amish children, learning that they are not all that different from us.

My girls especially connected with Just Plain Fancy, well, because they too are two sisters who live on a farmette near Pennsylvania’s Amish country. It was a great opportunity to learn some local history, and obtain a better understanding of our neighbors.   Some of the books specific to Pennsylvania we read were:

The Folks in the Valley: A Pennsylvania Dutch ABC by Jim Aylesworth, with each letter of the alphabet cleverly describing an aspect of life among the Amish.

Seeds of a Nation: Pennsylvania by Margaret Coull Phillips, presenting the early history of Pennsylvania using colorful photographs, illustrations, maps and engravings.

For some hands on learning fun, my girls made and played For the Birds File Folder Game, with simple lessons regarding birds and their habits. 

 The high point of this unit study was bringing all the lessons to life, visiting a Pennsylvania Dutch Festival.

 

My children did learn a lot about the Amish, birds, Pennsylvania, pride, and envy with this unit, but the best part was the memories we made!