Curriculum Guides

Learn to use Layers of Learning and Writer's Workshop, build your home into a family school, start homeschooling for the first time, plus get all your other questions answered.  Use these guides below!  Or scroll down to see all the Layers of Learning tutorials.

Layers of Learning Curriculum Guide

Writer's Workshop Curriculum Guide

Building a Layers of Learning Homeschool

Brand New Home Schooler Guide

F.A.Q.s and Support for Layers of Learning

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Layers of Learning Philosophy

Every curriculum has an underlying set of principles that emerge from the author’s worldview. Before you start using a curriculum it is important to understand that worldview. So what is …

What To Do When You Can’t Find Great Books – Correlation Charts, Videos, & Booklists to Supplement Layers of Learning

If you have trouble finding perfect library books to go with Layers of Learning, take advantage of the spine books with correlation charts, YouTube playlists, and other resources you’ll find right here.

Printable notebook covers for Layers of Learning

Layers of Learning Notebook Covers

We have a variety of free printable notebook covers for your Layers of Learning homeschool. Covers by Year If you’ve purchased the PDF version of Layers of Learning and intend …

How to help kids use Layers of Learning More Independently

How to Help Kids Use Layers of Learning More Independently

Layers of Learning is a family curriculum and we think group learning is one of its best strengths.  But the truth is your circumstances may not be ideal for gathering …

how to use layers of learning as a grab and go curriculum

How to Use Layers of Learning as a Grab and Go Curriculum

Layers of Learning is best if you do some planning, but we all have days or periods in our lives when planning in any degree is just not going to …

Games To Introduce A Unit

We love games in our homeschool!  We play lots of review games to help us remember what we’ve learned, but we also play some games to introduce a unit.  Layers of …

Writing Narrations

Writing narrations is a perfect way to dovetail writing in your homeschool with history, geography, science, and art. Family school is easier when you can combine some of the subjects and learn together!

Homeschool Requirements, Charter Schools, & Layers of Learning

How does Layers of Learning fit in with the homeschool requirements of my state, country, or charter school? Homeschool requirements vary from country to country and state to state.  You …

Review Games for Homeschoolers

We believe learning should be fun, so we play a lot more games than we give tests.  Games are one of my favorite ways to assess my kids’ knowledge in …

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How to Evaluate Layers of Learning Assignments and Courses

You’ve been using Layers of Learning for awhile now and you realize you need to assign grades.  How do you go about evaluating work in an experienced based curriculum that …

Routines for a Happy Homeschool

Part of having an effective homeschool is having an efficient home, and great routines make the difference between chaos and efficiency. Help!  We Need A Morning Routine A good morning …

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Make the Leap From Teaching to Learning Together

Maybe because I knew so little when I started my homeschooling my kids, I have never taught in the traditional school teacher way, standing up front and lecturing, being an …

Adapting 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 …

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 …

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 …

Finding Joy in Your Homeschool

In life, what we all really want is joy.  We want to feel happy and fulfilled and enjoy our lives.  Since homeschool is a huge part of who we are, …

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 …

How To Make A Homeschool Portfolio

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 …

How To Begin Homeschooling

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 …

Homeschooling an Extrovert

Public school is tailored quite well for extroverts, but homeschool can provide a unique challenge for an extroverted kid.  Extroverts get energy from people, so being home and quietly tending …

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Homeschooling An Introvert

I am the parent of six introverts.  I am strongly introverted so it’s no surprise that my kids are too.   Homeschooling an introvert is, in general, easier than homeschooling extroverts.  …

Planning Your 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 …

How to organize a year's worth of homeschool printables.

Organizing Your Homeschool Once and For All

Organizing your homeschool seems hard, but it pays off in huge dividends.  Let’s run through some simple ways to organize that will transform the way your homeschool runs.  If you’re …

How to give your school schedule a rhythm and flow that makes the school day easier on everyone.

Building a Rhythm Into Your School Day Schedule

Effective schools operate on a time schedule, but over the years I’ve come to know that effective homeschools operate on a rhythm, not a schedule. A rhythm doesn’t hold us …

Ten Habits of Happy Homeschoolers

I’ve been around the homeschooling block.  I often think back to my first few years and the things that I worried over incessantly.  The nights that I stayed up lesson …

Monthly Lesson Planner

Every now and then I think I need to get elaborate or fancy in my homeschool planning, but it never sticks for long . . . like less than a …

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 …

A Week With Layers of Learning

Have you wondered what a week with Layers of Learning looks like?  Join us for a springtime week in our homeschool.  And if you aren’t familiar with the Layers of …

Disciplining Teenagers – How To Deal With a Teenage Tantrum

Disciplining teenagers is no cake walk.  How do you respond when your teen sasses back, lies, breaks curfew, fails his math class, torments her younger siblings, or gets into a …

Combining Homeschooling and Housekeeping – 10 Tips

I’m quite picky about my house staying clean, but with each additional kid that comes along the level of cleanliness seems to drift further and further from my ideal.  I …