Building a Layers of Learning Homeschool

Layers of Learning is a hands-on style of homeschooling where parents and kids are actively learning together. It’s a paradigm shift in the way you think about curriculum and school. The resources on this page can help you change your mindset and get organized to have a Layers of Learning homeschool.

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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 …

Garrett taking a test

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 …

Join the Layers of Learning Community for Support

Everybody's welcome and we'll make you comfortable.

Layers of Learning at FacebookCome to the Layers of Learning Facebook group to ask questions and share ideas. Whether you’re already using Layers of Learning or just thinking about it, it’s a super supportive place full of all sorts of homeschoolers from all over the world, every walk of life, and a variety of belief systems.

Layers of Learning on PinterestFind ideas for every unit in the Layers of Learning Community Pinterest boards. Layers of Learning families pin things they come across that pair well with each unit. Browse around a bit.

You Tube IconExplore the Layers of Learning YouTube channel. There are videos from Michelle and Karen about Layers of Learning.

Then once you’re using Layers of Learning, you’ll love it even more. There are playlists for every unit about every topic.

Get Your Planning Mastered

Units at a Glance PDFYou need the Units at a Glance. It’s in the front of every Layers of Learning unit, but here’s a printable copy to stick in the front of your planner so you can see all the Layers of Learning topics on a two page spread at once.Refer to your Units at a Glance when you’re planning your year with Karen’s pacing guide, which you can get in her free homeschool planning packet.

Layers of Learning Unit PlannerNext, get a Layers of Learning Planner especially designed to map out Layers of Learning units. It’s only 99¢ and it’s a pdf that you can print again and again. It also has pages for planning out each week and keeping track of grades among other things.

Explore the Resources in the Catalog

The Layers of Learning catalog isn’t just where you buy units, it’s also where you can find extras, like links to the YouTube playlists and Pinterest boards for each unit, extra printables, and lots of links to more learning around the web. Watch the video as Karen gives you a tour of the catalog.

How to Homeschool For Brand New Homescholers

Karen from Layers of Learning

If you’re brand new to homeschooling you may be feeling overwhelmed. Karen has a guide for brand new homeschoolers, including a free printable booklet to organize your thoughts and directions and map out your curriculum choices for the coming years.