Missy has been begging for horse lessons since she was 6 years old. Ever since she rode a pony at the pumpkin patch it has been love between her and these gentle creatures. When she was given the opportunity to chose any activity, she chose horse riding.
Missy riding her pony Rocky for the first time.
I was searching for science unit studies when I found Simple Schooling’s The Science of Horses. When I decided to let the kids choose their own science focus this morning, Missy chose horses.
Although the material of this unit study is on a middle school to high school level, I decided to let her start this unit. We can modify as we go along. I printed the PDF, placed it in a binder and gave it to Missy. She spent a good hour reading, answering questions and research. On her own. No prodding. No begging. Nothing. Completely child-led learning. I think I’m in love.
Missy wanted to share her unit study with you. She’s really excited!
We had a 5 minute lesson on study skills and the use of highlighters. I instructed her to highlight whatever information appealed to her. I was surprised what she underlined! We had a great conversation about Bering Strait, Alaska and Russia. She initiated it!
Mustangs are her favorites. We drove the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop Tour last summer where she saw wild horses for the first time. This was the first thing she narrated to me.
Each unit has a true/false section, followed by essay questions.
Her face dropped to see “2 Page Report.” I told her to just write a paragraph and we’d go from there. This is her response. I love her logic. Spelling. Ah, that’s why we are working on the basics.
Missy gives her new science 2 thumbs up! Awesome considering she was begging for more structure. I think she finally figured out that she loves self-directed learning. (Yep, sometimes momma does know best!)