Frequently Asked Questions

What ages can use your program?

The lessons and recommendations found in the Learn + Live Letter are broken up by level for children ages 3 to 11. Click here to learn more about our levels to determine which one is right for your child!

Is your program faith-based?

Nope! We designed our program to be entirely inclusive regardless of religion, culture, or holidays celebrated. 

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 literacy and sight words, and developing the fine motor skills needed to correctly hold a pencil. For the full Scope + Sequence of all our levels, click here.

Do I need teaching experience to use your recommended lessons?

Absolutely not! No formal training is required to begin teaching your child—our unit studies 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 child 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 Levels 1 and 2 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. For Level 3, we provide a month’s worth of activities that can be done on a daily basis or be grouped in a way that best suits your family’s rhythm.

What format do the units follow?

While no two unit studies are exactly alike, many of our units begin with reading a book (or several books!) about the unit theme. From there, we bring the topic to life through hands-on experiments, projects, crafts, and multimedia activities that engage their senses and inspire deeper curiosity. Our themes take a different approach from many other unit study programs because, on top of being fun to participate in, our activities teach science, geography, history, math, reading and writing readiness, music, and art in a gentle way that works with your child’s natural learning development.

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 lesson and activities that you could do one every 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 hands-on 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 unit study 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—we even have many of our own that you can view here.

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We’re so sorry for the trouble! First, check your spam or promotions folder. Found it? Yay! 🎉 (You can whitelist our email or add us as a contact to prevent this from happening in the future.) Still can’t find it? Email us at help@learnandliveletter.com, and we will be happy to assist you.

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