Math Intervention Without A Curriculum

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Last week CJ, who is thirteen, threw down his math book in frustration.  He just wasn’t getting it.  Even after I explained it.  Repeatedly.  In as many different ways as I could think of.  Even after watching Khan Academy videos.  Even after switching from Saxon to Life of Fred.  Algebra was just beating him up. Seeing the irreversible signs of frustration that would stop any learning for that day, I told him to put away the book and move to another subject.  I pondered the problem.  A few things occurred to me. Math Understanding Does Not Come Automatically For Most People Math is easy for me now, but it was by far my worst subject in school (except for that pottery class my sophomore year, but we don’t talk about that).  I made Bs in all my math classes from Jr. High pre-algebra to college calculus by doing all the … Keep on reading

Layers of Learning Reviews

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Can’t decide whether or not Layers of Learning is right for you? Are you curious what others think about Layers of Learning or just want to see how they are using it?  We have included some Layers of Learning reviews from around the web for you to see.    These are all reviews and feedback our customers have given on sites like Amazon, Rainbow Resource, and Teachers Pay Teachers. The first one is a long review from Rainbow Resource, who contacted us requesting to sell our units through their catalog.  The other Layers of Learning reviews are from various customers who have given us feedback.  Here’s what some of our customers have had to say about Layers of Learning: As a firm believer in the value of unit studies for homeschool families, I was delighted to have the opportunity to review this winning new curriculum. Written for a wide grade … Keep on reading

Crispy Parmesan Zucchini

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Zucchini and Parmesan cheese – a delicious match made in heaven!  Crispy Parmesan Zucchini is quite possibly my favorite vegetable in the whole wide world.  I love how quickly it comes together, because boy, do I need quick and easy by the end of a whole day of teaching four kids, doing laundry, and running errands.  Crispy Parmesan Zucchini helps all that melt away.  Just wait.  You’ll see the delicious crispy perfection in a moment. Here’s what you need: Zucchini, sliced into rounds 2-3 eggs, scrambled in a shallow dish Bread crumbs (you can use plain bread crumbs, or for even more zip, use Italian style bread crumbs and add some garlic salt into the crumbs) Parmesan cheese Here’s What You Do: Prepare a baking sheet with non-stick spray.  I like to put aluminum foil down on the sheet before spraying it for easy clean up later. Once you’ve sliced the zucchini … Keep on reading

Layers of Learning Unit 3-20

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Layers of Learning Unit 3-20 includes: History: American Revolution Geography: South Africa Science: Acids & Bases Arts: Crafts II Description Make a John Paul Jones naval costume while learning about sea battles of the Revolution.  Learn about and try some Ndebele House Painting.  Use your breath to turn a solution from basic to acidic.  And make a personalized concrete paving stone.  All this, dozens more explorations, printables, library lists, additional layers, web links and more are included in Layers of Learning Unit 3-20. This is part of a unit study covering four subjects: history, geography, science, and the arts.  It is designed to be used family style with all ages from 1st graders up to 12th graders learning together.  Each book is in full color and includes printables at the end.  Learn more about the Layers of Learning Curriculum.   To learn more about the Layers of Learning program see our FAQ page and What … Keep on reading

Design A Postage Stamp

Design A Postage Stamp

Your kids can design a postage stamp of their very own.  How cool would it be to be a stamp designer? This printable can be used for lots and lots of things.  Here are a few ideas: Design a stamp about a famous person or event you are studying from history. Make a stamp similar to a coat of arms, that represents significant things about a historical person. After learning about a country, design a postage stamp that would highlight something or someone important from the country. Make your postage stamp feature an important invention or inventor. Create a stamp based on your favorite book, author, or character. Make a stamp all about you.  Draw yourself in the center surrounded by things that represent who you are. Design a postage stamp about an important scientist and their contribution. Make your postage stamp feature your favorite subject, or even the job … Keep on reading

Romantic Music Cards, Part 2

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These music cards cover the late Romantic Music period.  The cards are designed to be printed on card stock then used to help kids learn about the music of the greatest composers.  The cards should be used in conjunction with listening to the pieces featured on the cards.  All of the music can easily be found online.  Below we have each of the selections in the art cards embedded as a YouTube video. The late Romantic Period was a continuation of the emotionality and nationalism of the earlier Romantics. Many composers wrote patriotic pieces and used folk songs and tales of their countries as inspiration. The piano and the orchestra remained the most important instruments for musical performances and opera and program music (music that tells a story) were both important through the entire Romantic period. But late Romantics became more and more free with their musical expression. They began … Keep on reading

Layers of Learning Unit 3-19

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Layers of Learning Unit 3-19 includes: History: 1776 Geography: Samoa & Tonga Science: Oxidation & Reduction Arts: Crafts I Description Learn about the siege of Boston and play a game of “siege”.   Make and wear a pretend Ta’ovala, bark cloth wrapping, like the people of Samoa. Perform the famous flaming gummy bear experiment while learning about oxidation and reduction.  And make your very own town play mat in the arts and crafts section of this unit. All this, dozens more explorations, plus printables, library lists, additional layers, web links and more are included in Layers of Learning Unit 3-18. This is part of a unit study covering four subjects: history, geography, science, and the arts.  It is designed to be used family style with all ages from 1st graders up to 12th graders learning together.  Each book is in full color and includes printables at the end.  Learn more about the Layers of … Keep on reading

Unit 3-18

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Layers of Learning Unit 3-18 includes: History: Founding Fathers Geography: Iran Science: Compounds Arts: Rococo Art Description Make a sentence strip timeline of your favorite Founding Father (or Mother).  Show your books a little love with some Thomas Jefferson Book Plates.  Learn the Iranian tale of the Magic Horse.  Set off some “rocket fuel” on your driveway.  Decompose water.  And take a tour of The Swing by Jean-Honore Fragonard.  All this, dozens more explorations, plus printables, library lists, additional layers, web links and more are included in Layers of Learning Unit 3-18. This is part of a unit study covering four subjects: history, geography, science, and the arts.  It is designed to be used family style with all ages from 1st graders up to 12th graders learning together.  Each book is in full color and includes printables at the end.  Learn more about the Layers of Learning Curriculum. To learn more about the … Keep on reading

Poetry Books For Kids

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I took my kids into our library with one goal in mind: have them fall in love with poetry.  I wondered if it was an insurmountable task.  I’ve read them poems lots of times before.  Sometimes they even like them.  Sometimes.  If it’s Shel Silverstein anyway.  But I was determined this time to help them enjoy a wider range of poems.  My end goal is for them to enjoy writing poetry, but I’m not sure you can ever truly enjoy writing poetry if you haven’t learned to enjoy reading and listening to it. I took my lofty goal into the library and headed over to the poetry books section.  There were so many to choose from!  I hardly knew where to begin.  I soon found myself falling back on some already old favorites.  I knew my kids would like them, but I also knew I wanted more than what we … Keep on reading

Topographic Maps

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We have been learning about elevation and topographic maps and I could tell the kids weren’t quite grasping the idea of contour lines.  They understood that the lines meant a change in elevation, but couldn’t quite visualize the spatial concept of it.  I decided a hands-on lesson was in order. EXPLORATION: Topographic Maps With A Mountain Model I covered our school table with white butcher paper and got some colorful markers, dental floss, and some rulers out.  I made a big lump of salt dough and created a mountain with it in the middle of our table.  The kids all helped sculpt the mountain. We picked up the mountain and one by one, put it right in front of each kid, allowing them to trace the outline of the mountain on the spot in front of them using a marker.  Then we put the mountain back in the middle. Next, … Keep on reading