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 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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Kids Excavating Egyptian Pyramid Model

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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Episode 29: Diving Deep

Karen and Michelle compare scuba diving to studying history and encourage you to dive deep into your studies to gain a new perspective and open a world of understanding that might just change your worldview.

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Episode 28: How To Plan a Writer’s Workshop Unit

A candid chat between Karen and Michelle about how the flexibility of Writer’s Workshop can streamline your lesson planning and simultaneously help your young writers grow in leaps and bounds through a series of tiny steps.

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Homeschool Mom Planner

Episode 27: Planning Your Homeschool Year

Learn all about how to use the Layers of Learning Planner effectively so your whole homeschool year will run more smoothly.

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Episode 26: Raising Readers

Tips for how to help your kids fall in love with books. Raising readers is possible, even with big families, dyslexia, and a busy family. These are the things Karen and Michelle do to help their kids love reading!

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Episode 25: Juggling Family School

Teaching lots of kids of all ages in one homeschool can be a struggle! In Episode 25, Juggling Family School, Michelle and Karen share what has worked well in their homeschools and talk about ideas for keeping everyone learning together. With a big family, it’s not always easy, but it is doable!

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Episode 24: What To Do When Your Homeschool Blows Up

When a homeschool day blows up it can disrupt and destroy the feeling and rhythm of your homeschool. Listen in on these ideas and tips for helping to overcome and eliminate homeschool conflict.

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Episode 23: Morning Time

Morning time in your homeschool doesn’t need to be complicated to be effective. Karen and Michelle share their morning time philosophy in this episode, along with lots of simple ideas for having a gentle start to each day in your family-style homeschool.

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Episode 22: How To Handle Homeschool Critics

If you’re a homeschool parent, you’ve definitely heard criticism from others, whether strangers or neighbors or well-meaning loved ones. Michelle and Karen offer positive ways to interact with homeschool critics to diffuse tough conversations and let you continue your homeschool life without harmful confrontations.

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Episode 21: Taking Part in the Great Conversation

Join Karen and Michelle to hear all about how to take part in the Great Conversation – reading, discussing, and writing about classic literature. You’ll learn how to begin with your little ones who are reading fairy tales and build up the conversations as your kids grow.

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