Horses - a One Week Off unit study eBook


One Week off in Horses gives ideas for learning about horses and riding. Many activities are discussed, including a field trip/ horse ride at a local stable. Covers topics such as history of horses, training, tack, health, safety, and riding styles. There are questions for beginners just interested in horses as well as questions for more advanced riders.

How to Use Our One Week Off Unit Studies

The One-Week-Off series of unit studies are designed to be a structured week off of the regular studies of school. Each unit is designed to be done in a week as a way of taking a break from classroom routine. At the end of the week, the student(s) and teacher will have learned a great deal in the interest area chosen, and the student will have produced a notebook of his/her findings to be graded. If you have more time, more interest or more experience with unit studies, the books of this series have enough activities and research topics to last a month or more.

The One-Week-Off units are made to accommodate varying age levels. Several different activities are included in a particular area so the teacher can choose which ones are suitable, given ability level and materials available. The units are not literature-based or school oriented, but are built around the topic itself. So, a unit on aviation is about flying, flight, planes and their design, and other topics about aviation. The student is encouraged to learn to fly, take a first lesson, and read the pilot manuals.

A trip to the local university or community library is included in the week’s activities for research on the subject. From knowledge gained at the library, the inquisitive student can formulate questions to be asked on the field trip later in the week. Suggestions for field trips are included in these units, but depending on where you live, you may be able to come up with other informative and fun places to visit.

Planning for to field trip is done the first day of the week, or before, if advance notice is required for the trip. The field trip is to be the culmination of the week, where the student takes pictures and has questions answered. All this is to be included in the final notebook.

Questions we are frequently asked:

Q: Must we finish the unit study in a week?

A: No. Feel free to adapt these unit studies according to your needs. It is possible to spend several months in any given study area. You decide what is appropriate.

Q: How can varying aged students work simultaneously?

A: It is a matter of expectations. The younger student may write only a paragraph where an older student should write a page in the notebook. The very youngest may dictate to an adult if necessary. The younger student would select different reading material at the library and answer the easier questions. We expect the more senior students to set up their own field trip and only rely on teachers for transportation.

Q: What if we can’t do the field trip in the same week?

A: No problem. Planning your field trip should be fun, not a burden. Make it a fun outing as well as educational. Remember, the objectives are to break up the normal routine, learn something useful, and produce a notebook showing what the student has learned.

Sarah Chude, DVM