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.

Layers of Learning Notebooks and Student Journals

Episode 49: Organizing Layers of Learning Notebooks

Listen to the latest podcast episode, where Karen and Michelle offer advice for organizing Layers of Learning Notebooks. Learn about the two notebooks you’ll need, as well as the optional Student Journals that are available to keep your homeschool organized and on track.

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Boy reading The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

Episode 48: Teaching the Love of Stories

Teaching your kids to love stories will unlock excitement for learning that you can’t gain any other way. These tips will help your family begin to truly love books and also learn about your library, how it’s organized, and the Dewey Decimal System.

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Episode 47: Deep Thoughts

Help your kids develop deep thoughts by asking effective questions and having discussions in your homeschool. Use the free Bloom’s Taxonomy Question Stems printable to spur on deep thoughts within your family.

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Episode 46: Homeschool Traditions

Homeschool traditions are a simple way to sprinkle a bit of fun into your homeschool. Karen and Michelle share some of their favorite back-to-school, homeschool, holiday, and end-of-year traditions from their families.

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Liz and Summer have bonded over a difference.

Episode 45: Teaching Tolerance

Difference can divide us or connect us. In your homeschool, you have a unique opportunity to break down walls and let you your kids experience so much of the world’s stories, recipes, ideas, people, and more. In this episode, we talk about teaching your kids tolerance.

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Episode 44: Q & A With Karen & Michelle

The homeschooling sisters answer questions from homeschool parents about everything from how to choose books to how to handle a toddler during homeschool.

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Episode 43: 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 42: 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 41: 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 40: 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 39: 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 38: 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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