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Greece: Simple Acropolis craft

The Acropolis is one of the most famous archaeological sites of Greece. Part of why it has been able to last so long is the strength of its column design. Let’s learn more about that with this activity today that will also help reinforce shapes for younger children.

Level 2: Arctic Unit

For our Arctic Unit, we’ll be exploring the northernmost part of the planet—and getting to know some of the people and animals who call it home! We’ll also explore how the hemispheres work together while strengthening your child’s math, literacy, and fine motor skills.

Level 2: Snow Unit

Whether the world is a little more wintry by your house or not, this week’s unit will give you and your child the opportunity to explore a variety of snow activities first-hand.

Level 1: Snow Unit

Whether it’s blizzards and forts or snowmen and snowflakes, there’s no denying that snow means fun for kids. In this seasonal unit study, we’ll break down basics of your favorite flakes from a scientific, mathematical, and artistic point of view.

Level 2: Outer Space Unit

Let’s shoot for the stars this week! Outer space is often one of children’s favorite topics to learn about, and we’ve packed this unit with play-based science, math, literacy, gross motor skill work, and more to help your little one dream big.

Level 2: India Unit

Pack your bags—at least in your imaginations!—because this week, we’re headed to India to learn more about this amazing country. From the animals and architecture to the language and cuisine, your child will be immersed in Indian culture and gain a hands-on understanding of what life is like there (and how it might not be so different from your own!).

Level 1: Outer Space Unit

Welcome to our Outer Space Unit! This unit is Space Jam-packed with the coolest activities! (Sorry, we just couldn’t help ourselves!) We are going to learn about our solar system, the phases of the moon 🌑 and space exploration 🚀.

India: Week 4

For our final week, we’ll meet some India natives, from a famous mathmetician to some of the animals who call this country home. We’ll also work on autobiographies, practice some natural dyeing techniques, and end the week with a sweet local favorite.

India: Week 3

This week, we will learn more about the different religions practiced in India. This unit also includes several writing options (including research, copywork, and storytelling), but don’t feel the need to do them all—try different methods with your child and see what they enjoy best.

India: Week 2

This week, we will examine how the India we know today was largely influenced by the people who inhabited the land over 2,000 years ago. We will examine their beliefs and their food, and, throughout the week, we will make connections to science and math.

India: Week 1

Long before the country of India existed as we know it today, there was the Indus Valley. This week, we’ll explore the brilliant inventions, delicious flavors, and ingenious business practices of this ancient culture—and see how these customs still influence our lives today.

Level 2: Big Feelings Unit

There is so much more to holistic intelligence than just math and reading. In this special unit study, we’ll be exploroing and strengthening your child’s emotional intelligence, delving deeper into some of the big feelings we all experience from time to time.

Level 1: Big Feelings Unit

Feelings, especially big feelings, are an important part of every day life—especially when you’re little and still figuring them out. This unit will discuss some of the feelings that we all experience all the time, like frustration, happiness, gratitude, and kindness.

Ancient + Medieval China: Week 2

This week, we’ll focus on several Chinese inventions including the compass, the wheelbarrow, and fireworks. We’ll dive into the history of silk and its famous roots in China, including sharing the legend of how this ancient secret made it to the rest of the world.

Level 2: Five Senses Unit

Our senses could also be defined as our windows for experiencing the world around us. We’ve packed this week with experiential activities that encourage yoru child to tune into their senses (while also learning about math, plenty of science, literacy, and more!).

6 things we learned about teaching music from our LIVE with a music educator

The idea of teaching children music can be intimidating—especially if you’ve never had formal training or even any kind of music background of your own. But it doesn’t have to be! And it turns out that teaching your child the basics of understanding music might be even more natural than many of us think.  ToContinue reading “6 things we learned about teaching music from our LIVE with a music educator”

Level 2: Weather + Clouds Unit

So much is happening above our heads—let’s take a look at some of the weather and what makes it happen! This unit is packed with science experiments, as well as opportunities to work on writing, math, and even physics! Get ready for some major brain “storms.”

Level 2: Modern-Day Egypt

When you think of Egypt, do you only think of pyramids and pharaohs? So much has happened to egypt in the last several thousand years—and this unit study will give your child an updated idea of what it would be like to visit this country with such rich culture and history.

Level 1: Ancient Egypt Unit

Pack your bags and your sunscreen—we are going back in time to the mystical land of ancient Egypt! The people of ancient Egypt left us lots of clues about how they lived and what they believed, so this week we will learn about the people, their culture, and their way of life—and death.

Level 2: Leaves Unit

Who’s ready to fall into learning? (Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves!) This week’s lessons are inspired by the changing season. Get ready for stunningly illustrated stories packed with science and play-based activities that cover a variety of skills and subjects, such as math, science, music, and art appreciation.

Level 2: Fall Harvest Unit

Get ready to seriously dig into the fall season with this autumnal unit study! We’ll take a closer look at the life cycle of pumpkins, practice measuring weight and reading sight words, bake up some delicious fall treats, and so much more.

Level 1: Leaves Unit

This week, your child will experience beautiful stories and playful activities while developing fine and gross motor skills and phonetic awareness and learning math, science, music, and art appreciation. 🍂

How to do Tea + Poetry

As an eclectic program, The Learn + Live Letter loves to collect our favorite ideas from popular homeschooling styles and philosophies and bring them to you in a manageable, easy to follow format. Tea + Poetry is one of our favorite ideas.

How to do copywork in homeschool lessons

When our children initially learn language, they first listen to the words and then begin to speak them. Next, they learn to read and, finally, to write the language. This writing becomes another way to communicate thoughts, feelings, and ideas! It is a key component of communication and expression. The first step of learning to write? Copywork.

Level 2: Dinosaur Unit

Dinosaurs once ruled the earth—let’s let them have a little fun ruling our homeschool this week, shall we? In this unit, we’ll work literacy skills as we examine all the different types of dinosaurs who roamed, flew, and swam our planet. We’ll flex our math muscles with a variety of games and puzzles. And we’ll end our week with a paleotologist-worthy dino dig.

How to teach the letter of the week in Level 1

For all of the Learn + Live Letter levels, we strive to make the activities in each meet your child at a place that is developmentally appropriate for their age. One way we do that in Level 1 is by including a letter of the week in most of the units. This letter links to the unit theme and has a natural, organic connection to other topics you will learn during the week.

The benefits of picture books for upper elementary students

In fact, picture books are extremely important to children of all ages. Even if your child is reading independently, picture books continue to have real value. Picture books offer complex vocabulary and discuss rich, thought-provoking topics. They are a valuable teaching tool, introducing people and places and sensitive and complex subjects. They teach literacy and critical thinking skills. 

What are living books?

Simply put, a living book brings a subject to life. It engages the reader, bringing them into the story and presenting inspiring ideas. They are often written in narrative form, allowing the reader to step into the story. 

Learn + Live Letter Level 3 Book List

We’re so excited to have you join us for our Level 3 unit studies for the 2021/2022 school year! This year, we are trying to give you as much advance notice as we can to get books for your lessons. Throughout the year, we’ll be updating this blog post with the books you’ll need, aiming to update you at least a month before you need them.

Learn + Live Letter Level 2 Book List

We’re so excited to have you join us for our Level 2 unit studies for the 2021/2022 school year! This year, we are trying to give you as much advance notice as we can to get books for your lessons. Throughout the year, we’ll be updating this blog post with the books you’ll need, aiming to update you at least a month before you need them.

Learn + Live Letter Level 1 Book List

We’re so excited to have you join us for our Level 1 unit studies for the 2021/2022 school year! This year, we are trying to give you as much advance notice as we can to get books for your lessons. Throughout the year, we’ll be updating this blog post with the books you’ll need, aiming to update you at least a month before you need them.

Modern-Day Egypt Unit: Feed the Crocodile Math Activity

Ready for a math activity that’s truly a *SNAP*? 🐊 This activity will strengthen your child’s understanding of greater than/less than using the Nile crocodile! Keep scrolling for instructions on how to make your crocodile and set up the activity, and then check out our list of ways to play. What you need: 2 popsicleContinue reading “Modern-Day Egypt Unit: Feed the Crocodile Math Activity”

How to do Read + Discuss

When you are doing the lessons that include a Read + Discuss activity, we are encouraging you to have shared reading with your child. During and after your reading, there are several ways to engage your child and strengthen their reading comprehension.

How does Learn + Live Letter work?

Learn + Live Letter in 2020, it was our goal to create a curriculum that fostered joy in learning—for both your child and you. In this post, we’ll break down exactly what to expect when you subscribe, how the curriculum works, and how you can tailor it to your family’s needs. For more information, we also recommend visiting our FAQs page, as well our Levels page for our full scope + sequence and pricing information.

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