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All sorts of tutorials on using Layers of Learning and on homeschooling in general.

Layers of Learning For High School

Homeschooling in high school feels like a whole new ball park.  Do you want to have the hands-on family-style homeschool that Layers of Learning provides, but you aren’t sure it’s rigorous enough for your high schooler?  Adapt it!  Every homeschool kid deserves a tailored education plan. As my kids have begun high school, I’ve noticed […]

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How to Use a Tablet to Read, Plan, and Print Layers of Learning Units

How to Use a Tablet With Layers of Learning Units

Layers of Learning sells digital pdfs. Here is how to use a tablet with Layers of Learning to make it (nearly) paper-free. I, Michelle, use Layers of Learning directly from my tablet.  I make notes, view the unit, click on links, and print worksheets all from my iPad without ever using a physical book or […]

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How to Plan a Layers of Learning Unit and Year

How to Plan A Layers of Learning Unit and Year

Layers of Learning is a little different from a typical curriculum because we give you the freedom to choose books and activities within the curriculum.  You have to think of it more like a huge guided activity book.  But it can be difficult to get your head around how to plan a Layers of Learning […]

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Homeschooling in High School

Homeschooling in High School

Homeschooling in high school is a whole new ball park. Even seasoned homeschool moms question whether or not it’s a good idea. Not only are the subjects and material more advanced, but the stakes are higher and more long term. What kids do in high school can be a slingshot for future college paths, careers, […]

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Join Karen, the little sister in the Layers of Learning duo, as she gets you started on the rght foot in her Guide for New Homeschoolers

Guide for New Homeschoolers

Welcome, New Homeschooler! I’m Karen.  I’m the little sister in the Layers of Learning duo.  I remember feeling like I was lost at sea when I was a brand new homeschooler.  I want to help you have a smoother start! I know how absolutely terrifying and overwhelming it can be to start a journey at […]

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Step 1: Where Do I Even Begin?

In short, you begin homeschooling at the beginning.  Your beginning may be a different place than mine.  I began when my oldest was starting kindergarten, which will look very different from the homeschooler that is beginning in the middle of 2nd grade when a reading disability is discovered, or during 5th grade when a difficult […]

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Step 2: What’s My Homeschooling Style?

When I started homeschooling it seemed like everyone I spoke with and every book I read talked about homeschooling styles. Everyone wants to know what “style” of homeschooler you are. Well, I wasn’t sure what style I was until I tried each one on for a bit. Here are a few that you might “try […]

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Step 3: How Do I Choose A Curriculum?

Buying homeschool curriculum and supplies is a big commitment.  It’s hard to know where to begin.  Your choices will depend on your homeschool style and your budget, so please keep those in mind with every single purchase.  So let’s walk through the process of planning and purchasing curriculum for your homeschool. Get basic supplies. Buy […]

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Step 4: How Do I Plan A Homeschool Year?

Hopefully by now you’ve thought about your overall homeschool vision, decided what your homeschooling style is, and purchased your curriculum.  {Did you feel as excited as I do when I open the boxes of shiny books?}  Now it’s time to get right down to the business of planning out THIS YEAR in your homeschool. Before […]

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Step 5: How Do I Cover Everything? (& Other Questions From Homeschool Parents)

Over and over I hear the same several questions from homeschool parents, and I want to put your mind at ease a bit as you begin homeschooling by answering them right upfront.  Here they are: How do I cover everything? Can I teach things I don’t know? How do I homeschool when life is hard? […]

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Step 6: How Do I Keep Records?

Making a homeschool portfolio is one of the easiest ways to track and record kids’ progress in school.  Before we get into it much further though, I want to encourage you to find out the laws and requirements in your state or country.  You also need to be aware of requirements for any charter school […]

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How To Track Grades and Transcripts for High School Homeschool

You can keep track of younger kids’ grades if you want to (or if your state requires you to), but in high school you must track your student’s grades.  The high school grades are necessary for college admissions, military admission, and sometimes for jobs, even years after graduation.  Here we’ll explain how to track grades […]

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