Homeschool Lighthouse Unit Study
Lighthouses have captured the imagination of people for centuries, serving as beacons of safety and symbols of perseverance in the face of adversity. You can turn these captivating structures into a fun and interesting unit study and use them to explore language arts, science, history, and more. Check out this Homeschool Living for some great resources to use in creating your own lighthouse unit study.
Virginia has been home to dozens of lighthouses, nine of which remain active to this day. You can find the history, location, and visitor information (when applicable) for 37 Virginia lighthouses here at lighthousefriends.com.
This children’s encyclopedia is a great online resource for upper elementary and middle-school aged students. Discover the history of lighthouses from ancient times through the present, learn about lighthouse design and function, and follow the development and improvement of lighthouses through the centuries.
The Fresnel lens, named for the French physicist who pioneered it in the early 1800s, was a major development in the construction and function of lighthouses, allowing the light beams to be seen across much farther distances. Check out how the Fresnel lens works, and see how it is put to use in a variety of modern applications today.
This lighthouse unit study from Whole Child Homeschool shares a variety of different ways you can use the topic to explore math, science, literature and language arts, history, art, and engineering.
Lighthouse of God
This hands-on Bible lesson from Christianity Cove is a great object lesson to add to your lighthouse unit study. Using a flashlight and a few household items, you can illustrate how God is like a lighthouse as He guides us through life.
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