Layers of Learning Podcast

Listen as Michelle and Karen get together to talk homeschooling.  Learn to get more organized, keep records, feel happy in your homeschooling, use Layers of Learning effectively, learn how to family homeschool, be a learner in your homeschool and not just a teacher, plus so much more.

Episode 41: The World Is Your Classroom

Learning can and should happen everywhere! Here are some tips about how to take your homeschool away from the kitchen table and out into the world. From learning in your yard to expeditions in your town and vacations across the globe, the world is your classroom.

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Episode 40: Tests in Homeschool

To test or not to test…that is the question for many homeschool parents. The Layers of Learning sisters chime in on when and how to give kids tests in homeschool.

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Episode 39: Learning Challenges

A relaxed and gentle approach to homeschooling kids with learning struggles can help kids find their strengths while they work on the skills that don’t come as easily to them. Recognizing their abilities as much as their disabilities is the key.

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Episode 38: How Long Is Your Homeschool Day?

Are you wondering how long your homeschool day should be? Are you spending enough time doing school work? Are you expecting too much? Michelle and Karen talk about how to create balance in a day and incorporate just the right amount of learning.

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Episode 37: Focus on Learning Skills, Not Content

Most homeschool parents worry that they will miss something as they provide an education for their kids. Karen and Michelle talk about why you need to set aside the expectations of mastering all of the content and instead, use the content as a means for developing learning skills that they will use throughout their lives.

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Episode 36: Our Daily Routines

Michelle and Karen chat about what a homeschool day looks like in their homes. Routines rule over schedules and a rhythm is more important than exact plans. Each day, week, and year is flexible and made to fit an evolving family who is learning and growing together. Daily routines are the key to flexible stability.

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Episode 35: How To Use Kids’ Planners

Using kids’ planners in your homeschool is the backbone to helping your kids grow into independent, motivated, thriving learners. Listen in for tips to help your kids use planners effectively and learn how they will progress into greater independence with each passing year.

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Episode 34: Homeschooling Q & A

The Layers of Learning Homeschoolers Facebook Group submitted questions for Karen and Michelle to answer, and that’s just what the sisters did in this bonus Homeschooling Q and A podcast episode. Listen for answers to your questions from two veteran homeschooling moms and the creators of Layers of Learning.

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Episode 33: How To Teach Art

Once you understand not just HOW, but also WHY you should teach art in your homeschool, it will change your experience. You have the ability to open your family’s eyes to the world in new ways and with deeper insight as you learn to look at and create art.

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Episode 32: How To Teach Science

Homeschool families often struggle with knowing how to teach science. It can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Listen in on this podcast episode as the authors of Layers of Learning talk about how to use scientific principles and hands-on experiments to create a successful approach to homeschool science.

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Episode 31: How To Teach Geography

Listen in on how to teach geography in your homeschool. Karen and Michelle talk about everything from what to teach and how to schedule it to the fun hands-on projects that will help it stick in your kids’ minds.

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Episode 30: How To Teach History

Teaching history can feel overwhelming. How do you cover it all? Where do you start? Karen and Michelle talk about their philosophy about teaching history and what the lessons look like in their homeschools.

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