Layers of Learning Unit 4-2

Come explore Layers of Learning Unit 4-2. History: Expanding Nation Geography: Pacific States Science: Motors & Engines The Arts: Tall Tales Description Make a Trail of Tears mobile as you learn about the expulsion of the Southwest tribes from their homes.   Go surfing for facts with our Hawaii surf board printable.  Build your own pop can hero engine as you learn about steam power.  Make your own illustrated map of Paul Bunyan’s exploits in America. Unit 4-1 has all of this and dozens more ideas to keep your kids learning with hands-on fun.  This is a PDF. In each unit study you’ll find a recommended library list, important background information about each topic, lots of activities to choose from for kids of all ages, and sidebars with a bunch more ideas including Additional Layers, Fabulous Facts, On The Web, Writer’s Workshop, Famous Folks, and Teaching Tips.  Printable maps and worksheets are … click to read more

Layers of Learning Reviews

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 … click to read more

Layers of Learning Unit 3-17

Layers of Learning Unit 3-17 includes: History: Boston Tea Party Geography: Japan Science: More Reactions Arts: Folk Music Description Learn about the Boston Tea Party and the important people involved as you make a model of Faneuil Hall.  Make authentic Japanese food from a recipe brought to the states by Japanese exchange students and write a report on our kimono printable.  Learn about reversible reactions with the iodine clock reaction, adapted for home.  Explore folk music from all over the world with YouTube and a printable map to color.  All this plus printables, library lists, additional layers, web links and more are included in Layers of Learning Unit 3-17. 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 … click to read more

Layers of Learning Unit 3-16

Layers of Learning Unit 3-16 includes: History: British India Geography: India Science: Chemical Reactions Arts: Classical Music Description Take a guided tour of British India in 1780 as you color a map.  Do a craft to understand the effect the Cornwallis Code had on India.  Make a hand print peacock, a symbol of India. Learn about Holi, the festival of colors and make a colorful art project. Combine iron and sulfur to make a new compound and then decompose baking soda.  Finally do hands on activities to understand and learn about Classical music and a few of the great composers.    All this plus printables, library lists, additional layers, web links and more are included in Layers of Learning Unit 3-16. More From Layers of Learning

Layers of Learning Unit 3-9

History: Enlightenment Geography: Korea Science: Light Art: Journaling Description Learn about the Enlightenment with finger puppet figures.  Play a Korean game called Yut.  Split light into a rainbow and create some optical illusions.  And get a little guidance as you learn about art journaling. All this and much more can be found in Unit 3-9. In each unit you’ll find a recommended library list, important background information about each topic, lots of activities to choose from for kids of all ages, and sidebars with a bunch more ideas including Additional Layers, Fabulous Facts, On The Web, Writer’s Workshop, Famous Folks, and Teaching Tips. Printable maps and worksheets are included at the end of each unit and may be printed as often as needed for your family or class.   More From Layers of Learning        

Layers of Learning Unit 3-6

History: Thirty Years War Geography: Spain Science: Science of Sound The Arts: Baroque Music Description Make a graphic showing the two sides of the Thirty Years War and some of the major players using printables from this unit.  Play a “running of the bulls” game of tag when learning about Spanish traditions.  Make your own set of mathematical pan pipes as you learn about the science of sound.  And get a guided tour of Baroque music in a series of activities that explain what made this a whole new movement in music history.   Unit 3-6 includes all of this, plus library lists, printables, and links to take you to the web.  49 pgs, full color. This is a PDF. In each unit you’ll find a recommended library list, important background information about each topic, lots of activities to choose from for kids of all ages, and sidebars with a bunch … click to read more

Layers of Learning Unit 3-4

History: Reformation Geography: Angola & Zambia Science: Birds The Arts: Reformation Art Description Make a chart discussing the argument between the Catholics and the Protestants during the time of the Reformation and teach your kids your two cents about what you believe.  Play a “Bible Smuggler” game.  Discuss the costs of the salve trade that still plague Angola and how important family and society structures are to individual happiness.  Play a matching game and learn how bird’s bills are shaped to make eating their favorite foods easier. And practice identifying the differences between Reformation and Counter-Reformation art with some simple exercises.  Unit 3-4 includes all of this, plus library lists, printables, and links to take you to the web.  52 pgs, full color. This is a PDF. In each unit you’ll find a recommended library list, important background information about each topic, lots of activities to choose from for kids of … click to read more

My Simplified Homeschooling Plan 2014-15

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 not without its difficulties, especially when you’re already a full-time homeschool mama.  Besides being incredibly busy, we also have most of our stuff in storage for a year.  I got to bring along 2 boxes of homeschool goodies, and the rest resides in a storage unit, buried until our house … click to read more

Baroque Art Cards

These Baroque Art Cards are printable postcard sized prints of famous paintings from the Baroque period.  Use them to teach your kids art appreciation and art history.  Each card is accompanied by a description that gives a little information on the piece and helps you understand what you are looking at. *Heads up: Some of the cards include nudes. Print the cards onto white card stock and cut them apart on the solid lines.  In the document they are paired with a description of the piece, a little history, a little about the techniques, or a little about the artist. The pdf includes 6 pages of art cards, 12 different paintings, and one page of instructions.  Click on the image below to go to the free pdf. About Baroque Art The Baroque period lasted from 1600 to about 1725.  It was a response to the Protestant Reformation and the art of … click to read more

Readers’ Theater: A Chinese Tale of Seven Brothers

I was very privileged to go to China recently.  Our parents are living there for several years and teaching English at Nankai University in Tianjin, a city south of Beijing.  They have fallen in love with the people of China, and I treasured the bit of time I got to spend there.  China was a fascinating and beautiful place.  Every inch of it feels infused with history – the stories of centuries of Chinese who have lived, worked, celebrated, and often suffered there. I was most fascinated with the art, archaeology, and stories I learned while there.  I thought you might enjoy this old Chinese tale, written as a readers’ theater to perform as you learn about China.  It is the tale of seven brothers who must go up against the emperor.   Here is the printable PDF version for you. The Seven Chinese Brothers Narrator: Long, long ago, when Ch’in … click to read more