How to Easily Create a Secular Homeschool Easter Unit Study

Mar 15, 2024

Are you eager for spring? What better way to celebrate the upcoming spring months then through creating your own tailored secular Easter unit study.

DISCLAIMER: Whatever worldview you hold, any faith or non-faith homeschooler can benefit from this article.

This guide will help you create a super fun Easter unit study that you and your kids will want to return to every year and build upon.

Secular Homeschool Easter Unit Study - Literature Connection

I strongly recommend beginning every unit study with beautiful inviting living Easter books.

Step #1 - Begin a Secular Easter Unit Study with Living Books

What are living books?

Living books are literature in which the author is a passionately knowledgeable about a subject. They often are beautifully illustrated. They will have content that's found nowhere else with their own unique wisdom and application of the topic studied.

Go to the library with your children. Go the children and teen sections. Look for secular Easter storybooks to read aloud together.

Let's have a look at some fun secular Easter living book suggestions that can be appreciated by children of all ages.

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Next, I'll be sharing links from archive.org, a free online library. You'll want to set up a free account for your family on this platform to get free access to digital versions of millions of books.

The Country Bunny and the

Little Gold Shoes

This charming 48-page old time story published in 1939, takes us on a journey behind the scenes of how a young Easter bunny delivered the most colorful and special easter egg using magical shoes. It's great for all ages.

You can also read through the entire book digitally at Archive.org.

Marshmallow: An Easter And Springtime Book For Kids

This adorable timeless story is about how a house cat becomes friends with a new baby bunny named Marshmallow.

LISTEN HERE to the audiobook version of Marshmallow for free on archive.org.

Read aloud the storybook The Easter Egg by Jan Brett.

Listen to Jan Brett, the author, read aloud the story. You can have Jan read aloud to your kiddos if you want. It's very charming!

Step #2 - Read aloud the Easter Storybooks

Ask your kids what books they want read aloud. Read aloud to your kiddos. Notice what interests them. From the books, get inspiration for your tailored secular Easter unit study.

Based on your kids interests, what projects could you do to explore their interests? Make a list.

Get NatureGlo's FREE unit study planner template below.

This free unit study template will help you organize your kiddos Easter interests on one tidy page. You can print out multiple copies of the planner and handwrite into it. Alternatively, you can type right into it on your computer or other device. Learners also like to use the planners for their own planning.

Step #3 - Family Discussion

You can use the Easter storybook read alouds as a springboard for family discussion around what projects, activities, books and other resources that you and your kids want to use for your Easter unit.

The focal points for a secular Easter are the rabbits and eggs, symbolism for fertility since it was celebrated as a pagan holiday during ancient times. Notice what aspects of bunnies and eggs that the kids want to focus on. You can do science experiments, field trips, set up an egg treasure hunt, maze, etc.

It's important to follow your kids interests as that's where real learning occurs.

Step #4 - Research and Gather the Secular Easter Unit Study Resources

Together with your kids, you can start gathering the resources that your kids are the most interested in diving into right away, or, for when you start the unit study. Be careful to not overdo it though. Just focus on their immediate interests. From those resources, new interests will most likely be discovered. Remember, unit studies are an opportunity for you to take a break from the traditional curriculum grind including divided subjects and grades. Unit studies can be enjoyed by the entire family without any grade or subjects barriers.

Go the library and go to the children and teen book sections. Have your kids choose books.

Ransack your basement and attic for resources that could compliment your children's Easter unit resource interests.

Consider getting books out about bird eggs for some Easter egg art inspiration.

Step #5 - Record Subject Connections

As you record what your kids are most interested in learning in their Easter unit, start to categorize the interests into subjects. They should be quite obvious what subjects categories they belong in. If not, hit my live chat button and ask me. I can help you with that.

Step #6 - Record Your Unit Study Outcome

As you and the kids enjoy your Easter Unit Study, record your learning using the free unit study planner.

Secular Easter Unit Study Art Project Ideas

The best ideas for Easter Unit Study art projects can absolutely come from doing the Easter storybook read alouds.

Below are some more ideas with links for doing secular Easter unit study art projects.

  1. Make Easter bonnets and do an Easter bonnet parade.
  2. Create a backyard easter egg maze. That's right, instead of creating a random easter egg hunt, create a maze laid out with rags, rocks, etc.
  3. Make Easter baskets.
  4. Make natural dyed Easter Eggs.
  5. Do sidewalk Easter egg chalk designs.

Secular Easter Unit Study Math Ideas

Math is not typically included in many homeschool unit studies. However, math being the language of the universe that it is, can be found in Easter. Consider the following:

  1. Egg Geometry - Notice the varieties of ovoid eggs
  2. Counting eggs found during an egg hunt.
  3. Notice the Easter math found in the storybooks - numbers of eggs, characters, sizes, shapes

History of Easter

Cover homeschool history by studying the history of Easter during the unit study.

  1. Read the History Channel's history of Easter article. It tends to focus on Easter as a Christian holiday, but, it does go into the ancient traditions from where the Christian holiday originated.
  2. Read Smithsonian decent article called the Ancient Origins of the Easter Bunny.
  3. Create a secular Easter timeline.

Explore a comprehensive history of Easter starting with its pagan origins by watching the video below. There are references to Christianity in the video as well as it dominates the holiday globally today.

Easter Science Projects

One of the best ways for children to learn science is through child self-directed play. Children will naturally create their own science experiments using everyday items around the house.

Give your kiddos access to things like empty egg cartons, baking soda, vinegar, dye, and plastic eggs. This will give them hours to days of free play exploring all the different things that they can do.

Show them any or all of the following Easter science experiments. Set aside a room dedicated to science experimentation that you're not afraid to allow getting very messy, preferably with its own sink or at least a wash basin in it. Cover the floor with plastic or old carpets that you don't care get dirty.

  1. STEM jellybean structures
  2. How to Make Crystal Easter Eggs
  3. Make an Egg Catapult
  4. How to Make Easter Egg Rockets
  5. Colored Easter Egg Baking Soda Experiment

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I hope that this secular Easter unit study guide will help you and your family on your way. I'm wishing you years of returning to this East unit study and building upon it. It is a great opportunity to show your kiddos that they can indeed lead the way in their learning starting with a great Easter storybook read aloud.

Through deep listening and observation, you'll see what sub-topics your kids gravitate to and can tailor your Easter unit study accordingly.

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