The Lazy Homeschooler's Guide to Unit Studies | Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, MA/CAGS, My Little Poppies

Does this ring a bell?


You started this homeschooling thing with a honkin' cup of coffee and a hefty dose of "I've totally got this" gusto. You visited HSLDA, listened to every podcast episode, and read all the homeschooling books and blog posts. You invested in the perfect planner, the pretty pens, and dusted off that library card. You researched homeschool philosophies, schedules, and local co-ops. And then you found the perfect curriculum... or so you thought.

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You poured yourself a strong cup of coffee, sharpened all the pencils, and cracked open those textbooks.

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You were ready to rock this homeschool gig.


Primed to be the homeschool mom you've seen in your Instagram feed. The smiling one with the engaged, happy kids. Homeschooling was going to be a blast. 


But things didn't exactly go as planned.


That perfect curriculum? It's a bust. It makes your kids cry... and your wallet is crying, too. Your homeschool days are riddled with sibling squabbles, endless interruptions, missing pencils, power struggles, and tears. That plan you envisioned falls apart before you've had a chance to touch your second cup of [lukewarm] coffee.

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You just overheard your daughter telling the neighbor that France is located in New York. Your oldest son doesn't know what grade he's in and your youngest spends more time chewing pencils than writing.


And, honestly? You're spending waaaay too much time hiding in the pantry with your chocolate stash.


Every night, once the kids are in bed, you resolve to do it better. It has to be easier than this. There's got to be a better way. But every day feels like Groundhog Day. 

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You feel stuck. You don't know where to go from here. All of the traditional homeschool methods haven't worked for your kids. You need something outside the box, just like them.


In your darkest moments, when you lay awake at 3 am, you wonder if you're really cut out for this homeschool gig. You fear you're failing your children. That they'll have huge educational gaps. That they'll never get into college. You question whether they'd be better off riding that big yellow bus.

 

You're usually an optimist, but you are starting to doubt your ability to homeschool well. And that you could actually be the calm, confident homeschooler with the happily engaged, curious kids- instead of being constantly plagued by self-doubt, schedule changes and interruptions, and impulsive curriculum switches.


You're about to FINALLY get the confidence you need to shake things up and change the entire atmosphere of your homeschool for the better.



Here's the thing-


Homeschooling shouldn't feel hard or complicated. 


You can cultivate a family culture of curiosity and joyful, lifelong learning and cross off those academic must-do boxes. 


And it doesn't need to look anything like the public school of your past.


If 2020 has taught us anything it's that now, more than ever, we need outside-the-box thinkers and doers. Are you ready to shake things up?


The Lazy Homeschooler's Guide to Unit Studies | Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, MA/CAGS, My Little Poppies


The question is...


If there was a simple, step-by-step method for encouraging curiosity while checking off all of those academic must-do boxes without the constant second-guessing, crippling overwhelm, and "How the heck do I even get started" syndrome...


Would you finally feel confident enough to ditch that public school mindset and make delight-driven learning and joyful curiosity a top priority in your homeschool?

But, before we dive in...

The question we're *ALL* asking, right now, in the year 2020:


This has been the weirdest year ever. 


In the face of so many unknowns and endless uncertainty, how are we

going to hone in on what matters most and make sure our kids are learning well?

Hi there! I'm Cait. 

I'm a school psychologist-turned-homeschool mom to three terrific kiddos. We've been homeschooling for seven years and we've had our share of ups and downs over those years.  


I've learned that children thrive when they are encouraged to pursue curiosity and delight. Simple unit studies make a BIG difference when it comes to cultivating a family culture of joyful, lifelong learning.


And guess what? Curiosity and lifelong learning will help your kids tackle anything- even a year like 2020!

Cait Curley

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Want to know the key to building a culture of joyful curiosity and lifelong learning?

(Hint: It's not that pricey curriculum you regret purchasing or anything that Instagram influencer is telling you!

The best ideas are often the simplest ones!)


The Lazy Homeschooler's Guide to Unit Studies | Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, MA/CAGS, My Little Poppies

Simple Unit Studies


Unit studies allow children to pursue delight and curiosity while also crossing off all of those academic bases that weigh on your mind.


With simple unit studies, children of all ages can learn and explore together.


And unlike that pricey curriculum, simple unit studies are budget-friendly.


Better yet? Homeschool parents can serve as curiosity mentors, showing children where to find information, how to think about it, how to digest it, and how to apply it.


By learning alongside your children, you will build a family culture of joyful curiosity and lifelong learning- and this is a life skill that will serve your children well!



The biggest thing I've learned in 7 years of homeschooling is THIS:


You don't need the perfect curriculum, the perfect planner, or the perfect schedule.


You don't need to remember how to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius, the Pythagorean theorem, the dates of the French and Indian War, or how to diagram a sentence. You can relearn all these things together.


You were your child's very first teacher. You celebrated first smiles, first steps, and first words together. No one on this planet loves this child more than you, and no one knows this child better than you. No one, not even the world's greatest teacher, wants this child to succeed in life more than you do.


But the good news is- you don't need to be the world's greatest teacher to rock this homeschool gig. You need only be a willing sidekick, a joyful mentor, and your child's biggest cheerleader. Just as you've always been. You've been doing this all along, mama. The only thing that has changed is the label: homeschool mom.


By modeling joyful curiosity and lifelong learning, you can teach your child how to learn anything, from knitting a pair of funky socks, to recording an album, to fixing that leaky dishwasher.


How do you model this joyful curiosity and lifelong learning, you wonder? Through simple unit studies that include heaps of delicious books, hands-on exploration and discovery, and so much more.

Can you relate?

Why you're still stuck

(and how to make a change today!)



Ready for some HAPPY news?

There is a tried-and-true method to help you cultivate a family culture of curiosity and lifelong learning.


If you've made it this far, you already know traditional method aren't working for your kiddos. You need a change.



By creating simple unit studies based on your children's current interests, you'll be able to:


  • Cover many academic bases at once. In the real world, academic subjects overlap!

  • Combine ages and stages, making for a more fluid homeschool day. Unit studies level the playing field. Bigs and littles can pursue delight together! In the real world, we aren't separated by birth year!

  • Teach your children how to seek information, think about it, digest it, and apply it. You're modeling how ​learn well!

  • Stop struggling with analysis paralysis and finally make important changes to your homeschool routine.

  • Quit trying to find the perfect tools and embrace the now, enjoying the moment and learning alongside your children.

  • Raise joyful, curious, and lifelong learners who aren't afraid to think outside the box and pursue passions.


Yes, these outcomes are within your grasp

(despite the weirdness that is 2020!),

but you must take action

TODAY.


And that's why I'm over-the-moon thrilled to share The Lazy Homeschooler's Guide to Unit Studies with you. This approach to homeschooling can have an immediate impact on your homeschool and family life. More joy and less overwhelm, my friends!


If this sounds like what you've been looking for, let me introduce you to...


The Lazy Homeschooler's Guide to Unit Studies | Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, MA/CAGS, My Little Poppieshe Lazy Homeschooler's Guide to Unit Studies | My Little Poppies

The Lazy Homeschooler's Guide to Unit Studies


{DIGITAL COURSE and PRINTABLE RESOURCES}


Do you want to raise curious, joyful, lifelong learners?


Unit studies can help!


Learn how to create super-simple, effective, and completely engaging unit studies that the whole family will love.


Each lesson includes actionable PDFs and printables to help you get off and running.


Embrace those rabbit holes and surrender to delight-driven learning while crossing off those nagging homeschool must-dos.


Get ready for more joy and less overwhelm today!


Join The Lazy Homeschooler's Guide to Unit Studies TODAY:




I combined my background as a school psychologist and my

7 years of homeschool experience to help homeschoolers who are:


  • Feeling like their homeschool is "stuck"
  •  Searching for a simple unit study method
  • Just starting the homeschool journey and looking for help getting started
  • Struggling to meet the needs of their outside-the-box learners
  • Tired of waiting for the perfect routine/curriculum/schedule and ready to craft a homeschool environment that works for their unique family
  • Looking for more consistency in their homeschool
  • Ready to stop the stressing and start enjoying the homeschool journey!





The Result Is

A simple, sustainable approach to learning via unit studies. Simple unit studies can change the entire atmosphere of your homeschool. Plus, this approach provides a foundation for cultivating a family culture of joyful curiosity that will serve your children for the rest of their lives!


Want a sneak peek?

What Homeschool Moms Are Saying


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I LOVE this course, Cait! It's so well done- the audio is crystal clear, the content is top-notch (as always), and the layout is stellar! You've got my wholehearted 2 thumbs up, and as someone whose homeschool was radically changed for the better by the concept of Lazy Unit Studies and desire-led learning from you on the podcast and from following you online, I can see how this is really going to help so many.


Celeste

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Cait's Lazy Unit Studies really helped reset calm in our home. I've gone from drowning in my kids' sea of interests to navigating tsunamis (a current kid obsession) like a pro!


Erika

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Cait's passion for being a champion for the homeschooling parent is evident in the time and care she's put into this project. I love how the course is self-paced and how every lesson within it holds a valuable, "ah-ha" that has helped me shift from feeling overwhelmed and frustrated at time to encouraged and ready to take my children's next topic of interest and turn it into a fun and authentic educational experience for them, without the planning fatigue I've encountered before. Thank you Cait!!"


Melissa


Here's why you need to enroll TODAY


Yes, it has been the weirdest year ever. We all wish things were different, but it is what it is.


You don't want to waste another minute worrying about whether you're doing this homeschool thing right, wondering if the curriculum you bought is a bust, or losing sleep due to overwhelm.


It doesn't have to feel this hard.


You can enjoy learning alongside your children. When you do so, you are teaching them how to be joyful, lifelong learners. And you're creating countless memories together!


You're building a home they'll want to come  home to.


I truly believe that there's never been a better time to break from from that public school mindset and craft the homeschool of your dreams.


I want you to homeschool with confidence, knowing you're raising curious, joyful, lifelong learners who will be ready for anything life throws at them- even a year as weird as 2020!


The Lazy Homeschooler's Guide to Unit Studies | Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, MA/CAGS, My Little Poppieshe Lazy Homeschooler's Guide to Unit Studies | My Little Poppies

The Lazy Homeschooler's Guide to Unit Studies


{DIGITAL COURSE and PRINTABLE RESOURCES}


Do you want to raise curious, joyful, lifelong learners?


Unit studies can help!


Learn how to create super-simple, effective, and completely engaging unit studies that the whole family will love.


Each lesson includes actionable PDFs and printables to help you get off and running.


Embrace those rabbit holes and surrender to delight-driven learning while crossing off those nagging homeschool must-dos.


Get ready for more joy and less overwhelm today!


Join The Lazy Homeschooler's Guide to Unit Studies TODAY:



What People Are Saying


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Strewing and unit studies always look so easy and amazing on Instagram, but then when I do it with my boys and it doesn't look like those other families, I get very frustrated. This course was extremely beneficial. I highly recommend Lazy Unit Study 101 for every homeschooler, no matter where they are in their journey- newbie to veteran and for any style. For the homeschooler who wants to add more in simply to the rigorous homeschooler who wants to slow down and relax a bit. 


Deneen

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Nothing knocks the wind out of a homeschool mama's sail as quickly as the words, "but I like [insert interest d'jour] now." I want my children to want to learn and unit studies can be the perfect way to engage them but I didnt' know how to best balance their ever changing interests with how much time and effort I put into organizing the units until I took Cait's Lazy Unit Study Course! Not only is this course so encouraging to me as a homeschooling parent but she really has done all the work for me too! This course is practical and informative. Her resource library alone is worth every penny! 


Melissa

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I'm a mom of 3 double gifted children (yeah, the three of them) and as I struggle with depression, homeschool was hard for me. But Lazy Unit Study 101 forced me to search and find wonder in everything. To play more. To smile more. To reconnect with my children. It's not perfect every day, but now, when I'm lost in darkness, I know how to light a spark.


Sofi