What ages can use your program?
The lessons and recommendations found in the Learn & Live Letter are appropriate for children preschool to kindergarten age (3-6), or up to first grade if you are also using a reading and math program.
Is your program faith-based?
Nope! We designed our program to be entirely inclusive regardless of religion, culture, or holidays celebrated. You can see the past and upcoming unit themes here.
Do you include a writing program?
Because our recommendations are seasonal and not journey-based, we do not provide a writing program. Our activities support writing readiness by strengthening letter recognition, introducing sight words, and developing the motor skills needed to correctly hold a pencil. We do, however, recommend starting your kindergartener on a writing program, especially if you plan to re-enter traditional schooling for the first grade. We’ve recommended one of our favorites here!
Do I need teaching experience to use your recommended lessons?
Absolutely not! No formal training is required to begin teaching your child—our lesson units make it easy to build on your child’s natural learning ability in a way that flows seamlessly with the rest of your life.
What if I don’t want to homeschool forever?
That’s totally fine. While we firmly believe anyone can homeschool, we understand that it doesn’t work for everyone. Our lessons are specifically designed to support you in educating your preschooler or kindergartener for as long as it works for you—while also imparting the skills your child will need to excel in a traditional school environment.
How much time do the lessons take?
Each day of lessons can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on your child’s level of engagement. We will also occasionally recommend additional reading that can be done during bedtime story time and Montessori-inspired activities that can be incorporated into your daily routine.
What format do the lessons follow?
While no two lessons are exactly alike, many of our lessons begin with reading a book or watching a video about the topic. We then provide question prompts you can use to engage your child after reading or watching to encourage them to develop their own thoughts about the topic. The lesson ends with a simple project or activity that teaches science, math, reading and writing readiness, music, and/or art.
Do I have to do a lesson every day?
The beauty of our program is that it is designed to fit into your life. While we provide enough lessons per week that you could do one per week day, it isn’t required. We strive to bring you a variety of topics and ways of learning that could appeal to every child, but that doesn’t mean every single lesson will click with your child. If something isn’t working, skip it! If life gets away from you one day, don’t stress about forcing in a lesson. Regularly incorporating our play-based learning is all it takes to see major educational growth (even if you miss a day here and there).
Are there any supplies I should have on-hand for the activities?
We include a full supply list needed for every lesson unit we send out, but we highly recommend having these 20 basic school supplies on hand (it will vastly cut down on what you need to order each month!).
Why do your lessons recommend so many books? (And what if I can’t buy them all?)
We are glad you asked! Our lesson’s eclectic style borrows from the Charlotte Mason philosophy that children learn best from “living books.” (AKA, books written by one person who has/had a passion for the subject and writes in conversational or narrative style. In short, living books make the subject come alive!) Because of this, we incorporate at least three books into each unit. If you are trying to build your home library, know that we have only recommended books that we believe will add value to your child’s education today and also in the future.
But while we hope these books will grow right along with your family, we understand that not everyone is in a position to buy each book. Instead of buying, try reserving your books from your local library as soon as you receive your newsletter so that you can have them in time for your lessons. (Many libraries are even offering pick-up options so you don’t have to spend time inside the building!) Many of the books are also available as e-books and can be borrowed from places like OpenLibrary.org. Still can’t get your books in time? Be sure to search the title on YouTube for free read-aloud options.
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