The Year 1 Bundle includes all twenty of the Year 1 units. In each of the 20 units, you’ll find four components – history, geography, science, and art. Here’s an overview of what you’ll find in Year 1.
Layers of Learning Year 1 covers ancient history. It’s an overview of the history of
civilization, beginning with the Fertile Crescent up through the fall of ancient Rome. It
includes ancient peoples from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Notable
civilizations that are included are the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, Japanese,
Persians, Celts, and Romans. Lesser known peoples are also explored, including the
Phoenicians, African tribal peoples, Arabians, and the scattered peoples of early
Europe. Christianity is explored from a historical standpoint as well.
Geography concepts and continent studies are the focus of Layers of Learning Year 1.
Maps and globes, including mapping skills, map keys, and kinds of maps are all
included. Each of the major biomes, including oceans, deserts, polar regions, forests,
mountains, rivers, lakes, grasslands, and oceans are all explored. Finally, each of the
seven continents has its own unit.
There are units from each of the four branches of science in Layers of Learning Science
Year 1. The physical science component includes laws of motion, fluids, waves, and
machines. The earth science component includes a general study of the earth as a
planet as well as an astronomy unit covering galaxies, planets, stars, satellites, and
space exploration. The chemistry section comprises matter, atoms, elements and the
Periodic Table, bonding, and salts. The biology component is a study of plants,
including both simple plants and flowering plants as well as trees. There is also a unit on
Layers of Learning Year 1 corresponds with the historical units and covers ancient art
from around the world. Cave paintings, Egyptian art, Greek art, South American art,
and Roman art are included. There are also four units about literature and poetry and four
units on music. Finally, each of the elements of art is covered, including line, shape,
color & value, texture, and form. The art emphasis is a synthesis of art analysis, historical
context, and creative hands-on art projects.