Layers of Learning Catalog

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four

Book of Years: A Timeline of World History

Buy the spiral bound paperback timeline companion to Layers of Learning.  Learn, draw, and write your own timeline of world history as you craft your way through Layers of Learning.

*Only ships to United States addresses

Canada Supplement

We wrote these nine Canada units to take the place of some of the U.S. focused units in Years 3 and 4.  Even though these are called "supplements" they are complete units and can stand alone. Download the Canada Units at a Glance to see where these units replace the U.S. units.

You can also learn more about these units and access all the resources for them on the Canada History & Geography page.

Canadian History & Geography

The nine units include

  • First Nations
  • Explorers
  • French Canada
  • Colonial Wars
  • British Canada
  • Early Canada
  • Modern Canada
  • Canada Geography


Layers of Learning Homeschool Planner

Layers of Learning Planner

This is a pdf planner that will help you, the teacher

  • Create a pacing guide for the whole year, so you can map out how much time to spend on each unit.
  • Plan each individual unit, keeping in mind books to read, explorations to complete, and writing's workshop projects to delve in to.
  • Keep track of grades.
  • Plan Writer's Workshop units.
  • And, of course, keep a calendar of your school year.

Student Planners

Help your kids get organized and work more independently.  Designed just for Layers of Learning.

Early Grades

early grades student planner
For 6 to 9 year olds

Middle Grades

Middle grades student planner
For 10 to 13 year olds

High School

high school student planner
For 14 to 18 year olds

Resource Rich!

Did you know that each and every unit has a page of tabs filled with internet links, YouTube play lists, Pinterest boards, extra printables and ideas, and our very favorite books on each topic.  Click on the units below to see!

Year One

Click on the covers to go to the resource page for each unit. You can also buy units one by one on their pages.

Year Two
Year Three
Year Four


  1. Interested to look at your “Units at a Glance” but the link is broken. I’m loving what I’m seeing here so far. When are you anticipating getting the year 3 materials up? Thanks!

    1. Thanks Jenna, just checked the link and it seems to be working. I went ahead and e-mailed you the Units at a Glance pdf just to make sure you can get it. I received the proofs for the first of the Year 3 Units today in the mail, so they should begin coming out within the next 2 weeks. Thanks!

    1. Hi Irma,
      What were you subscribing to? Were you signing up for our newsletter in order to receive the Free Unit 1-1 coupon code? Just checked our newsletter subscription service and it seems to be working, but we didn’t receive a request from you. Let us know if that’s what you were trying to do so we can troubleshoot the problem for you. Sorry for the confusion! Just shoot us an e-mail to contact@layers-of-learning and we’ll get you squared away as soon as possible. Thanks!
      Karen & Michelle

  2. I am very excited about this program. Planning to get the first year right away. My only sad point is that Year 4 seems like it will be too centered on American history for those of us not in the USA. I understand why it was written this way but wish there was a way to make Year 4 more about current world history so it applied to all using it around the world. Just a little wish of mine… Great looking curriculum.

    1. Hi Kori, Yes, we are aware that the Year Four in particular is very US centered and that we have many interested people from Canada, the UK, Australia and other places. We have toyed with the idea of writing a version that is more international or perhaps from the perspective of various English speaking countries. We might do that in the future.

  3. I just wanted to comment on your customer service and how outstanding it is! Thank you for your immediate help (was not expecting an answer in the middle of the night – when are you sleeping?). We loved the first unit that we tried on trial basis and just bought the first year. Can’t wait to get started! Thank you!

  4. I wanted to know how big the download for year one is? Worried about enough space on my device to get them all at once. Also would a good set of encyclopedias be enough extra resources for history and science? Really excited to try the curriculum.

    1. Unit 1-1 is 17.9 MB. All of the units are about the same size. One unit will fit on an iPad or higher end tablet, a laptop or a desk top, but probably not on a phone. We recommend only downloading to a laptop or desk top if you are purchasing the entire year.

      A history or science encyclopedia are great basic resources to keep on hand because not every topic is covered in books and sometimes you just don’t make it to the library. But every unit has recommended book lists to search out at the library (or purchase if you like) and these really help to round out the information in a non-textbooky sort of way. You could get by with just the encyclopedias, especially in the pre-high school years, but we personally always heavily use our local libraries.

  5. I’m a little confused. I thought I read that you plan for a 40 week school year, but all of these units are 20 weeks. Are you suppose to go through 2 units a year?

    1. Do you mean Unit 4-4? We are ordering the proofs even now. It will probably be another three weeks before it’s out though. It includes revolutions around the world, the geography of the mountain west (United States), energy, and the second half of Romantic arts, mostly poetry and music.

  6. I’m very interested in starting the curriculum with my will-be first grader in the fall of this year (2017). It looks like Unit 4-4 will be completed and released this year for sure, do you have a release schedule for the rest of Unit 4 (5-20)? Also, what do you recommend users doing for year 4 if they have completed years 1-3 and all of 4 is not released yet?

  7. I thought when I looked at this before, that there was a place I read somewhere, on the site about the spine books. I had 4 of them. but wanted to go back and look at rest. I didn’t see on the free pdf either. thank you, for that btw.

    1. We used to sell them on Teachers Pay Teachers, but the products we sell there are different now because of different terms TPT has adopted. The items we sell on TPT are mini units (just a portion of our full units). We do work directly with a lot of charter schools though. We also sell all of our unit books through Rainbow Resource Catalog, which most charter schools use as a vendor. If you have more questions or want to speak directly about your situation, feel free to e-mail us at and we’ll do our best to help you with your specific needs. Thanks Gwendolynne!

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