When homeschooling multiple grade levels, theme units can be a real life saver. Even if you’re not homeschooling more than one child at a time, theme units are a really fun to use! Rather than students learning subjects individually, they learn about math, science, art, history and, of course, language arts, based on a particular topic or theme.
Theme units formed the basis of much of our homeschool curriculum, even in high school! I purchased some of them, but for the most part, I made my own. My favorite type of unit study (or theme unit) is based on literature. It’s such a delight to watch children learn a variety of different subjects while enjoying a great book.
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler was certainly one of our favorite books and one of our favorite unit studies. There’s just so much to explore in this book!
For those of you not familiar with it, here’s the description from Amazon:
When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn’t just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere — to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along.
Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn’t it? Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.
Can’t you just imagine the possibilities?!?!?
This is such a delightful book and packed full of extended learning opportunities. That’s one of the reasons I’m so excited to let you know that we here at Modern Homeschool Family have published our very first full-length literature unit study based on this book!
This unit study covers practical math, mapping skills, history, language and, of course, art! It’s hands-on and easily used with multiple ages!
Here’s a sneak peek at what’s inside:
This 16-page unit study based on the classic story, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is sure to liven up your curriculum!
Since this is our first published unit study, I’m offering it to you, our faithful readers and homeschool friends for just a fraction of what you’d normally pay. If you want to get this unit study, just click the link below! If you like it, please let me know and we’ll create more for you to enjoy!