Layers of Learning Unit 3-2

Layers of Learning Unit 3-2

Layers of Learning Unit 3-2 is here. This unit in the Layers of Learning Program includes: History: Ottoman Empire Geography: Egypt & Libya Science: Reptiles & Amphibians The Arts: Poetry Learn the tale of Osman’s Dream, paint it, and retell it in your own words when learning about the founder of the Ottoman Empire.  Learn how to celebrate the Egyptian holiday of Sham el-Nessim (smelling the breeze) and go on a picnic with your colored eggs.  Make a snake mobile, internal anatomy and all when studying reptiles.  And learn step-by-step to create your own Diamante and Cinquain poems.   Unit … Keep on reading

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My Simplified Homeschooling Plan 2014-15

Layers of Learning Curriculum

Ready for a tour of curriculum and basic homeschooling plan for the year?  This year is a bit strange for our family.  We just sold our house near Salt Lake City and are in the process of building a new one on acreage we just bought in North Idaho. This project involves everything from clearing the land and building a road to plumbing, electrical work, painting, and much more.  We are doing much of the actual building ourselves, so our entire year will be monopolized with this huge undertaking.  It’s an exciting and awesome time in our lives, but it’s … Keep on reading

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Layers of Learning Unit 3-1

A homeschool unit study on explorers, Argentina & Chile, insects and fairy tales.  This is part of a series of units that make up a complete homeschool curriculum.

Layers of Learning Unit 3-1 is here.   This unit in the Layers of Learning Program includes: History: Age of Exploration Geography: Argentina & Chile Science: Insects The Arts: Fairy Tales Learn about the Age of Exploration from Magellan to William Barents.  Crafting your own treasure chest and filling it with treasures of knowledge about the explorers is just one of the activities you can try.  You may also like reading a book about the Argentinian Pampas and creating a book project about it.  You can experiment with fruit flies and learn about their life cycle hands on.  And delve … Keep on reading

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Covered Wagon Craft

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The pioneers and the wild west are a fascinating part of American history. Here’s a fun and simple covered wagon craft to go along with a pioneer theme. Start with a food box packaging, like a small cracker box. Cut off about 2 to 3 inches off the bottom of the box depending on how big the box is. Paint the box brown. Let it dry. Cut a piece of white construction paper, the same length as your box and leave it wide enough to make a big round top for your wagon. Glue the edges of your wagon top … Keep on reading

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Delaware State Study

Delaware

We’ll explore history, geography, and more in this Delaware state study.  Also, look for the printable map of Delaware. History of Delaware Delaware was first settled by the Dutch in 1631.  The entire Dutch colony was killed by native tribes and 1638 a group of Swedes established a colony. The Dutch tried again in 1651 and in 1655 conquered the neighboring Swedes.  But in 1664 the English took the colony from the Dutch.  The English land was sold to William Penn in 1682.  But by 1704 the two areas, Pennsylvania and Delaware, were again acting as separate entities, though they … Keep on reading

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Maryland State Study

Maryland

This is a Maryland state study, all about Maryland’s history, geography, and some fun things to do when you’re studying Maryland. Super Short History Maryland was first settled in 1634.  The earliest settlers bought an existing village from an Indian Chief who was anxious to trade guns and other technologies with the settlers.  The settlement attracted thousands who mostly became tobacco farmers.  Most of the original setters were Catholics who were being mistreated back home in Europe and who sought asylum in their own colony in the New World.  But very quickly Protestants also began to settle in Maryland, soon … Keep on reading

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Summer Play is Summer Learning

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We don’t completely bag all learning in the summertime, but we do take a little more time than usual for some good, old-fashioned play.  A summer day for us starts with breakfast and then a chore or two.  Then we spend the morning solving math puzzles, writing stories, or reading great books just for fun.  My biggest expectation for my kids though, is that they just PLAY.  I want them to swim, build sand castles and tunnels, play in our tree fort, and swing as high as they can go.  I want them to set up obstacle courses, ride their … Keep on reading

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New York State Study

New York

This New York State Study includes brief history about the state, geographical information, ideas for activities, interesting facts, and a printable New York map.  Join us! Super Short History New York was home to the Iroquois and Algonquin people from approximately 1100AD.  Both of these cultures had settled homes and villages and farmed corn, squash, and beans along with other crops.  They also hunted and fished.  The Iroquois were a confederacy of five tribes (later joined by a sixth) which had a federated monarchy sort of arrangement with a grand council made up of the hereditary sachems.  Their government was … Keep on reading

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Ohio State Study

Ohio

Join us for an Ohio State study, including activities and information, plus printable Ohio map.  We have State Studies, including printable maps for all 50 states.  Find your state or plan to study all 50 in in your homeschool this year. Geography of Ohio Ohio is located in what Americans have nicknamed “the Heartland”, a region of fertile farmland, waterways and highways for transport, and industry.  The northern border of Ohio is Michigan and Lake Erie, to the west is Indiana, Pennsylvania lies to the east and south of Ohio is Kentucky and West Virginia.  Most of Ohio is low … Keep on reading

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Exploring Color

Exploring Color

Color is one of the basic elements of art.  Sometimes we become almost immune to color.  We are so used to it being all around us that we fail to recognize what an important part of our lives it is.  It is everywhere!  We have reactions to it, both positive and negative.  It affects our moods and can even cause us to act in certain ways.  Color is both simple and complex at the same time. When it comes to art, the youngest child and the wisest art expert can both evaluate and discuss color.  We’ll take a look at … Keep on reading

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