My Konos Unit Study Journey Through Konos Volume I …and My Favorite Konos Blogs

Are you using Konos or curious about what hands-on unit studies look like in real life? Here are my pictures & lessons that describe our adventures as we roll up our sleeves and have F-U-N while learning! I have divided my Konos co-op lessons in the order presented in Konos Volume I. You can follow along even if you’re doing these lessons with only your family. If you’d like more information on how you can start your own Konos homeschool co-op or if you’re curious how I operate my co-op, check out my lens: How to Start a Homeschool Co-op.

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ATTENTIVENESS

Fives Senses

Build a crawl-through ear as you study hearing, play scales on water glasses as you study music and sound, dissect a cow eye ball as you study sight, try to identify mystery objects simply by their smell, present on various aspects of the five senses, and more during this four week hands-on study of the five senses.

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Frontiersmen & Tracking

Fry up Daniel Boone’s favorite fried chicken recipe and talk a walk outdoors in search of tracks and you study frontiersmen and tracking. Dramatize the purchase of Louisiana from France and more as you study Lewis and Clark in this two week hands-on study!

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Hunt for arrowheads, build teepees, paint totem poles, draw Pueblo chalk drawings, present on specific Native American tribes, and more during this fun four week hands on study of Native Americans.

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Create an egg model, construct edible nests, test out various types of beaks, and more as you study birds in this one week study. (This lesson is repeated under the topic of Orderliness: Animal Classification.)

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Birds Lesson

OBEDIENCE

Authority/Light

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Lighthouse Lesson

Kings & Queens

Bake medieval meals, create a medieval village, hold a jousting tournament, and more during this 4 week hands-on study of the medieval period!

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Act like privates while training at boot camp, paint camo-style hats, set up a tent, battle using army men, and more in this 1 week lesson on military!

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Included is one lesson on horses, specifically for younger children. Also included is part 1 of a 3 part hands-on unit study on Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist, Scientist, & Inventor. This lesson will cover his work as an artist. Sculpt his famous horse, use watercolors to paint a bird, practice drawing using perspective, and more!

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Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist

Crime & Punishment

Looking for a fun way to help preschoolers learn about obedience and laws? Create and eat edible 10 Commandments, play Cops and Robbers after reading about police officers, act of the fall of Adam and Eve, and more in this fun lesson on crime and punishment.

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Laws and Obedience Lesson

ORDERLINESS

House Construction

Build and paint a bird house, construct a house out of pretzels, examine tools used to build a house, and more in the fun lesson on orderliness and the construction of a house.

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Animal Classification

Examine pond water and yeast cells under a microscope, test out various insect mouths, dissect a fish, create an egg model, perform a play about mammals, present on a specific animal phylum or genius, and more during this five week unit study on animal classification!

Taxonomy Animal Classification and Invertebrates Lesson Plan

Insects

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Birds

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Plant Classification

(These lessons are repeated and additional lessons are added under the topic of Patience: Plants.)

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Planets & Moons

Make planet pizzas as you study planets, form the lunar phases using Oreo cookies as you study the moon, study and paint Van Gogh’s “Starry Night ” as you study stars, build and blast off rockets as you study space exploration, make presentations on individual planets, and more during this hands on unit study on the solar system.

Solar System

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Space Exploration Lesson Plan

Astronomy

Rock Classification

Make and eat “sedimentary” Seven Layer Bars, create “metamorphic” Snickers bars, do some rock mining, and more during this one week study on rock classification.

Earth Science Unit on Rock Classification

TRUST

Deception/Illusion

Learn simple magic tricks, read Aesop’s “The Fox and the Crow” and make puppets to act it out, view optical illusions in art, and more in this one week lesson on deception and illusion.

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Sheep/Weaving

Make and eat edible sheep, card and dye wool, paint sheep paintings, and more in this fun lesson on sheep and weaving.

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Floating and Flying (Ships & Planes)

Build an aluminium foil barge that can hold the most pennies, experiment with what floats and sinks and why, create working models of various ships and a submarine, create a variety of airplane and parachute models, and more during this 5 week unit on floating and flying.

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PATIENCE

Plant Growth

Go on a seed hunt, act out germination, create seed mosaics, make and eat a plant parts salad, dissect a flower, decorate sunflower cookies, compete in a photosynthesis relay race, got on a botany scavenger hunt, and more during this fun 3 week unit on plants!

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Grain/Bread/Yeast

Bake bread loaves, compare whole wheat and white flour, inflate balloons using yeast and baking powder, and more!

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Animal Birth/Growth: Butterflies

Create butterfly crafts and snacks, play a butterfly game, watch live caterpillars transform into butterflies, and more in this one week lesson on butterflies.

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HONOR

Attributes of God

Play hide-and-seek as a reminder that God is everywhere (omnipresent). Sculpt and then destroy a figure made out of aluminum foil as a reminder that God is sovereign. Compare and egg to the trinity and then snack on the egg. Do all these and more in this lesson for young children on the attributes of God.

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Pottery

Create clay pinch and coil pots, form Rice Krispie “pottery,” and more in this fun hands-on lesson on pottery.

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Sculpting

Examine works by Leonardo da Vinci, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, and others and the recreate their works through soap carvings, pizza dough sculpting, mobile making, and more!

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Tabernacle

Make an edible model of the tabernacle, draw the articles used in the tabernacle, create a walk-through tabernacle using household articles, and more in this fun hands-on lesson on the tabernacle from a Christian perspective!

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Cathedrals

Decorate stained-glass cookies, design a dome using blocks, sketch each type of cathedral, sing about the true foundation of cathedrals, and more in this fun one week lesson on cathedrals!

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Heredity

Use M&M’s to determine genetic traits, extract DNA from a strawberry using normal household materials, create edible DNA strands using marshmallows and licorice, design dog breeds as you select alleles, and more in this fun lesson on Genetics!

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Japan

Make an origami paper crane, a carp fish kite, a Japanese meal, a Japanese doll, and more during this less on Japan!

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Japan

Countries/Cultures

Create and decorate an Australian didgeridoo, make maracas while studying Brazil, eat sticky rice with chopsticks while studying China, construct Denmark’s flag out of Lego’s, bake baklava while studying Egypt, build a model of the Eiffel tower when studying France, and more!

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Kindness/Service/Etiquette

Using role playing, picture books on manners, and a formal sit-down dinner, cover various aspects of manners and etiquette in this fun 1 week lesson on etiquette and kindness.

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Manners Lesson

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My Favorite Konos Blogs

Talking to Myself (March 2007 – July 2010)
Fabulous pictures and descriptions of what they do at the Konos co-op.
Talking to Myself (August 2010 – Present)
Fabulous pictures and descriptions of what they do at the Konos co-op.
Training in Wisdom Academy
Great lists of what they do every single day using Konos!
Cultivated Lives
Amazing photos and descriptions of what this family with young boys does using Konos (I think the mom was raised using Konos homeschool as well.)
Sprittibee
Links to a number of years of this family’s favorite Konos moments
We Count It All Joy
Great photos & descriptions of this family’s Konos lessons
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