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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homeschooling the introverted child

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

Homeschooling and housekeeping . . . a seemingly never-ending battle. I’m quite picky about my house staying clean, but with each additional kid that comes along the level of cleanliness …

Homeschool Science Curriculum in a Four Year Cycle

As Karen and I were hashing out how we wanted the Layers of Learning curriculum to be organized I assumed we would do science in a traditional pattern.  We would …

Is Homeschooling Really Right For Us?

Have you been at this homeschooling thing for awhile, but you are still struggling?  Are you questioning your decision or feeling burned out and inadequate?  Do you feel out of …

A Day In Our Homeschool

People, mostly mildly curious, but sometimes sincerely wanting to know if they could ever manage homeschooling, ask me what do we do when we’re “doing school”?  I usually give a …

Exploration Stations

I want to raise curious kids who are lifelong learners, so I’ve created a home that can help foster those traits in my kids.  Around the house, I’ve set up …

Reviewing by Fishing

We’re big fans of alternatives to boring test taking for the younger set, especially the under ten crowd.  Here’s an easy and fun idea for reviewing the facts you’ve learned …

Homeschooling Styles

When I started homeschooling it seemed like everyone I spoke with and every book I read talked about homeschooling styles. Everyone wants to know what “style” of homeschooler you are. …

Homeschool Structure

I am constantly asked about what our homeschool is like, especially by people who are considering homeschooling themselves.  They want to know how it’s done.  They wonder what our schedule …

“How Do I Cover Everything?” . . . and Other Questions From Homeschool Moms

Over and over I hear the same several questions from homeschool moms, and I want to put your mind at ease a bit as you begin homeschooling by answering them …

Join the Layers of Learning Community for Support

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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.