Though I was very familiar with the name of the well-known publisher
Brandenburg, I had never tried a Brandenburg Unit Study before
my family began All About Knights. I wasn't entirely sure what
I had signed on for, but now that I have, I am so glad that I did.
Brandenburg Unit Studies are web-based studies that allow students
and families to investigate topics with various internet resources.
However, it is much more than a list of links! Rather, it is a
fully organized unit study with daily lesson plans and assignments
for students. Students are encouraged to work independently, with
parents as guides.
Each lesson is read directly on the computer where topics are
introduced and then link to various websites for an in-depth study
on each topic. There are no worksheets to quiz students with, but
students are encouraged to write summary pages for each day's reading.
Notebook sheets are provided for this. Projects, Videos, and Reading
Lists that correspond to the topics are also included. Though more
resources are included than most families could incorporate into
their lessons, I love that there are plenty of options to immerse
students in the topic.
In All About Knights, there are 15+ days allocated for students
to study. These could be taught in consecutive days or broken into
a couple lessons per week if desired. Once students are given handouts
and lesson plans, they are ready to begin their study. The lesson
plans are lined out to include:
- History of Knights
- Code of Chivalry
- Knights' Horses
- How to Become a Knight
- Famous Knights
- Knights Templar (two lessons)
- Teutonic Knights
- Hospitaller Knights
It is recommended that students complete at least one project
with the unit. Project ideas are included with instructions and
include: Creating a Coat of Arms, Shield and Sword, and a Knights'
Camp with links for suggested outfits and games.
I love the ease of scheduling, the flexibility, the organization,
and the independent learning that defines this unit study. I did
not discover the price of the lesson until after reviewing the
product and the cost absolutely surprised me. All About Knights
costs less than $7! I realize it is $7.00 for an ebook, but it
is not a thrown-together ebook; it is a fully organized Unit Study.
Though much of the lesson is based on websites, Brandenburg takes
pride in their workmanship and updates all unit studies every June
and December to be certain the web-links are still active and effective.
Now that I know how affordable and well-made the studies are,
I will be looking at Brandenburg every time we are in need of a
unit study. They have studies for a myriad of topics, including
history, science, holidays, and much more. Many of these studies
can be purchased for only $1.00! I am definitely impressed.