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Unit studies can be really hard to plan. I’ve always said I want our unit studies touch on all our senses and incorporate great books, hands-on projects, movies, good food and more. The problem with doing an “all-senses” unit study like this is the prep time is huge! We’ve done several Homeschool in the Woods unit studies over the last few years and they never disappoint. For those that want to do unit studies but don’t know where to start, this Homeschool in the Woods review is for you.

The folks at Homeschool in the Woods sent us the Colonial Life study to try out. We started it several weeks ago and just wrapped it up and I can’t wait to show you all about it.

Homeschool in the Woods Colonial Life Study

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For Ages: 4th-8th grade (we used for 4th + 6th)

Study Length: 6-12 weeks

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Our Homeschool in the Woods Review

This is not our first Homeschool in the Woods (HSITW) unit study. We’ve done learned about Egypt, the Reniassance + Reformation, the Industrial Revolution and now Colonial Life through Homeschool in the Woods thorough studies. These reviews are all downloadable, which I love because you don’t have to wait for delivery or take up space on my packed bookshelves.

HSITW has a ton of studies such as:

  • Explorers
  • Colonial Life
  • American Revolution
  • Civil War
  • World War II
  • Middle Ages
  • Ancient Greece
  • and more!

The studies feature:

  • a daily text for the homeschool teacher to read each lesson
  • a newspaper for kids to fill in after each lesson…
  • tons of hands-on projects
  • notebooking projects
  • copywork
  • lapbook pieces
  • a lesson plan schedule for easy planning


The Projects: Homeschool in the Woods Review

The hands-on projects are one of my favorite parts of HSITW unit studies. The instructions are all included and most don’t include tons of crazy supplies to go searching for. Here’s a video of the projects we did for the Colonial Life study.


Creating an Awesome Lapbook with Homeschool in the Woods

What We Loved: Homeschool in the Woods Review

Finishing a big, meaty unit study and seeing our stuffed lapbooks and line-up of gorgeous hands on projects is one of my favorite things about homeschooling. The best thing about this sentiment is that my kids love it just as much–they are SO proud of their hard work! Homeschool in the Woods studies give me the opportunity to knock out an awesome unit study without spending hours and hours planning and more time actually DOING the study. That time/doing trade off has been a game-changer for us.

Favorite Things about HSITW Studies:

  • The projects! We’ve loved them!
  • The lapbooks–such a great portfolio to show off the study.
  • The daily texts make it so easy to plan.
  • The newspaper makes writing assignments SO easy too.
  • The only thing you really need to add is math during these studies. Makes homeschooling so streamlined and simple!

I hope this Homeschool in the Woods review gives you the push to start a unit study if it’s been something on your list of things to try. If you download one, I’m betting you’re going to want to download more. Have fun!




  1. OH I hope you’re having so much fun with this study! My kids did each make their own lapbooks. They will color and cut things out while I’m reading the text for the day.

  2. Also… What were your favorite books that y’all read to go along with this? I saw in your video some books, but never saw the list in your blog post. Thanks!

  3. We are starting this study next week! Did you let each kid make their own lap book? Also, did you do any of the penmanship rules copy work?

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