Planning our KONOS Units {with a FREE Printable}

Planning our KONOS UnitsI am so excited about our new homeschooling journey we have started with KONOS! The kids are excited about it, I am excited about it, and that spark that was missing in our schooling has now returned.

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For some reason KONOS seems to be misunderstood. People seem to think it takes too much planning and is out of date. I am here to tell you that is far from the truth! This curriculum is full of exciting activities and lends itself well to rabbit trails. I wanted to walk you through how we plan our units to show you just how easy it can be.

1) Go through the unit and decide which activities you want to do. This is a pretty easy step. I usually just read through each activity and circle with a pencil the activities I think we would like to do. Don’t feel like you need to do them all. Some activities may not work for your family, and that it OK. There are so many to choose from and you are sure to find plenty that you want to do.KONOS circling activities

2) Figure out how many need to be done each day. I do this by simply adding up all of the activities I have circled from step #1 and dividing them by how many days we will be spending on the unit. For example, one unit I planned had 45 activities circled and we were going to be doing this unit for 10 days. So I knew we needed to average about 5 activities per day. But some of you may not do KONOS every day. In that case, you just divide by how many days you will be doing KONOS.

3) Jot down each activity according to its category. For this step I make simple columns and divide the activities into categories like Bible, science, history, fun, art/science, etc. This way I know how many days I need to plan for each category. I try to have a Bible activity every day. Other than that, it just depends on how many I have in each category. If I have 4 history activities in our 2 week unit study, then I choose 2 days each week to complete them. If I have 8 science activities, then I choose 4 days each week to complete them.KONOS activity list

KONOS weekly plan

4) Complete the planning chart. This is when it all comes together. I print our *KONOS Planning Pages* to jot down our activities in the days I chose from step #3. I also make note of any materials we need so I can make sure we are prepared. At the bottom of the page there is room to add in any books you make need from the library. I made this printable with 4 pages. This way it will accommodate 1,2,3, or 4 week units.KONOS unit planner

See! That wasn’t so hard, now was it?! I am loving everything about KONOS right now and it seems to work very well for my hands-on learners. I love that it is completely customizable based on your family’s needs. If you have any other questions about how we use KONOS, please feel free to ask. I am not an expert (yet!) but I would love to clear up any of the confusion associated with this curriculum. Stay tuned for much more in our journey with KONOS.

**Free Printable KONOS Planning Pages**

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4 thoughts on “Planning our KONOS Units {with a FREE Printable}

  1. I am going to start homeschooling in the fall (3rd grade and PreK) and my husband and I really liked KONOS unit study from our research online. Is there anything you wish you knew before you did KONOS? What did you children enjoy most? How long did you stick with it?

    • Hi Jamie! We just recently started KONOS is January, so we are still pretty new to it. But I would recommend getting the KONOS Compass and reading through that. I read the Compass before we started any lessons and it was very helpful in presenting the overall picture of what the program is supposed to look like. Definitely don’t feel like you have to do all of the activities in each unit. Just pick the ones that fit the materials you have and activities your family may like. My kids are loving the variety of activities provided with KONOS. There are crafts, plays, games, books, discussions, and so many other things. I have yet to have a day that I lose their attention because they love what they are doing. As long as it continues to be a good fit for our family, I don’t anticipate using anything else. Hope that helps!

  2. We are starting Konos this year with our boys, 6 and 4 yrs old. I know you just started but I am wondering if starting so young is worth it since we can only skim the content. Also I have a two year old and just found out I’m pregnant. 🙂 any advice on how to handle littles while doing such a parent-involved curriculum? Thanks!

    • I would say if you and your boys enjoy the activities then go for it! 🙂 As far as advice with using the curriculum, planning ahead would be a great thing for you. Figure out which units you want to do, narrow down the activities, and write down (and maybe even collect) any supplies you may need for the year. That way when it is time to do schoolwork, you basically have an open-and-go curriculum. Best of luck! When all else fails, just cuddle up with your kids and read a good book. 😉

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