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How to Submit a Unit (or Lapbook) to HSS


All titles must be approved by HSS staff.  Please contact us before you write your unit to make sure that the unit suits the purposes of Homeschool Share.  Thank you!

1) Please type your unit into a word processor or HTML program. We can take documents from programs such as Word, Works, WordPerfect, OpenOffice, etc. Another alternative is to simply type the entire unit into an email message.

2) Review your unit to see if it meets our "ideal" unit (see below).

3) Please be sure your unit includes the title and author, your name (as well as email address if you wish that to be located on the document).

4)
Contact us and let us know that you have it ready.

5) Please note that all submitted units are subject to approval. Material you send may be edited by HSS; we may ask you to revise or add to what you have written.  We reserve the right to do the same.

6) While it's not mandatory, it is helpful if your unit is written in Calibri 14 pt.  It is also helpful if you don't center anything or do any formatting yourself (such as adding space, adding bullets, bold, underline [with the exception of book titles within your study], or using the tab key--PLAIN is the easiest for us to work with).   Also, it's really nice of you to go ahead and run the spell check for us.


Basic Guidelines for any HSS Unit

1) The book should be a really good children's book that has educational value. Ideally, a "living book." What is a living book? One that thrills your heart, one that the children beg "Please just one more page" if you should stop in middle of it, one where you lose yourself in the story and the time period, one that when you are done you wish there were more to read.

2) Your unit should not be dependent on web pages. While it's wonderful that you refer to various web pages, please keep in mind that pages are deleted daily from the web. Some parents may be printing these lessons off at the library and may not have time to peruse the web looking for information. So, please do not make your lessons dependent on reading a certain webpage. Instead "flesh out" the lesson, by summarizing information, so that a parent can do the lesson without even reading a website.

For example, please do NOT do this:

Science: Animal Classification: Discuss www.somewebpage.com with your child.

Instead, type out an actual lesson on animal classification, and then offer a website (or a couple) for more information or a website with a worksheet that might enhance the lesson.  However, if you have a topic of research to go-along with your unit, but you don't have time to research it yourself, please include your idea (just don't count it as one of the 8 min. lessons).  For example, "your older student may enjoy researching Eric the Red..."




These non-traditional book reports should adhere to the following guides:

Book Bites Lapbooks
~ Based on an approved picture book
~ Include a minimum of eight minit books
~ Copyright free images on the minit books that are clean (not pixilated)
~ Clear directions for cutting and folding
~ Should not require additional research to be done by the student

Story Studies
~ Based on an approved chapter book
~ Include a minimum of twelve minit books
~ Copyright free images on the minit books that are clean (not pixilated)
~ Clear directions for cutting and folding
~ May require additional research (on topics pertaining to the book) to be done by the student




Unit Study Guidelines
~ Unit should be based on a quality children's book approved by the Homeschool Share Team
~ Unit must include a minimum of eight activities for learning and enrichment appropriate for preschoolers
~"Lessons" must be directly linked to and inspired by the literature
~"Lessons" must be completely fleshed out so that a homeschooling teacher can pick up and go without having to do additional research
~Web links aren't necessary, but can be added to enhance a lesson.  Please limit to a few key websites as the internet is fluid and links constantly change.  

Lapbook Guidelines
~ Images must be copyright free
~ Images should be clean-looking
~ Lapbook should include eight or more minit books with instructions for cutting/folding
~ Lessons should be included when necessary for understanding the activity
~ Any research necessary for completion of the lapbook should be written up (in your own words) and submitted as well
~ Activities should be fun and appealing for preschoolers

Please note:  Homeschool Share does not accept units or lapbooks based on popular cartoons or movie characters. 


Unit Study Guidelines
~ Unit should be based on a quality children's book approved by the Homeschool Share Team
~ Unit must include a minimum of eight lessons for learning and enrichment appropriate for 4-6 year olds.
~ Lessons must be directly linked to and inspired by the literature
~ Lessons must be completely fleshed out so that a homeschooling teacher can pick up and go without having to do additional research
~ Web links aren't necessary, but can be added to enhance a lesson.  Please limit to a few key websites as the internet is fluid and links constantly change.  

Lapbook Guidelines
~ Images must be copyright free
~ Images should be clean-looking
~ Lapbook should include eight or more minit books with instructions for cutting/folding
~ Lessons should be included when necessary for understanding the activity
~ Any research necessary for completion of the lapbook should be written up (in your own words) and submitted as well
~ Activities should be fun and appealing for 4-6 year olds

Please note:  Homeschool Share does not accept units or lapbooks based on popular cartoons or movie characters. 




Unit Study Guidelines
Unit should be based on a quality children's book approved by the Homeschool Share Team. 
A full unit should contain 1 to 5 different lessons per the following subjects with a minimum of 8 lessons total:

Social Studies (includes history, geography, cultures, holidays and traditions, occupations, issues of human relationships, etc.)
Language Arts (including defined vocabulary, writing, grammar, punctuation, literary devices, parts of a story, genre, ideas for copywork, etc.)
Art (great artist tie-in, art in the style of the illustrator, medium used, art technique, music lesson, etc.)
Math (applied math, everyday math)
Science

A Bible application or character study lesson is also appreciated.   If you don't include a Bible lesson within your unit, the team at Homeschool Share may add one for you. 

If you have fun things to do along with the unit, those may be added to a "Just for Fun" section at the end.  This can include a recipes, field trips, and crafts.    You may also want to add a "Resources" section.   You may want to include a library list as well as a few key websites that help enhance your study. 

Lapbook Guidelines
1. Images must be copyright free.  Images from Microsoft, WP, and other free sources are acceptable.  If you can't find what you are looking for,
contact us, and we can help you. 
2. Images should be clean-looking (not pixilated or distorted).  
3. Lapbook should include a minimum of ten minit books .   If you need help thinking of some ideas, we will try to help with the brainstorming process. 
4. Books should include clear instructions for cutting/folding.




Unit Study Guidelines
Unit should be based on a quality picture book approved by the Homeschool Share Team.  Books for this level are generally longer and meatier than books for Level Three. 
Since many moms use Level Four units for two weeks, they should have at least 14 lessons from a variety of subjects and topics. 

Lapbook Guidelines
1. Images must be copyright free.  Images from Microsoft, WP, and other free sources are acceptable.  If you can't find what you are looking for,
contact us, and we can help you. 
2. Images should be clean-looking (not pixilated or distorted).  
3. Lapbook should include a minimum of ten minit books .   If you need help thinking of some ideas, we will try to help with the brainstorming process. 
4. Books should include clear instructions for cutting/folding.




It is almost impossible for us to set concrete guidelines for a chapter book due to the many variables (length of book, topics presented in book, length of chapters, etc.).  Please remember that your lessons need to be fleshed out and complete (background information and research should already be present for the majority of your lessons).  The lessons should be plentiful (teachers and students should have a variety of lessons to pick and choose from).  If you would like, you may submit a rough outline for approval once you know which direction(s) you will go with your unit.

For an example of what we consider an excellent chapter book unit study, please view Homeschool Share's unit for Stuart Little.




Rather than relying on one book that is read each day of the week, these units revolve around one theme (such as chocolate, Beatrix Potter, or pigs) and are dependent on a variety of books to enhance learning.

Unit Study Guidelines
Unit focuses on a minimum of three core books (all books need to be approved by HSS staff)
The majority of the lessons should directly tie to the books.
Multi-book units should have a minimum of twelve lessons.
Lessons should be completely fleshed out (researched and background information provided as applicable).




~ These units focus around one animal or a group of animals (mollusks, lizards, polar animals). 
~  Lapbook should have a minimum of ten minit books with clear instructions for cutting and folding
~  Images on minit books need to be clear, not pixilated, and copyright free
~  You need to submit research and lessons (written in your own words) from a variety of sources
~  We appreciate a library list of fiction and nonfiction books that can also be used to go-along and enhance the lessons/lapbook experience.

Examples of Animal Studies

Please note:  If you enjoy researching, but you don't want to make minit books, please join our Yahoo!  Group.   There are other moms there who enjoy making minit books but don't want to do research.  We can team you up with someone and get your Animal Study done (and you both benefit!). 


Thanks so much for your interest in Homeschool Share!  It's people like you who are making this site a success! 

And now back to our own unit-study-writing, lapbook-making, and homeschooling,
Ami, Celia, & Wende


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