Here’s what you need for our Sharks + Ocean Animals Unit and Dance (Party!) Unit.
The steel drum is one of the most recognizable sounds of calypso music! After learning a bit about calypso in our Sharks + Ocean Animals Unit, bring the music to life with this simple DIY version your child can play at home.
Summer is right around the corner, and what could be more in season than learning about the ocean and it’s sun-drenched beaches? Throughout the unit, we will enjoy some awesome STEAM activities, along with the math, science, art, and music activities you know and love.
Interviewing and charting are two important skills your child will use throughout their education career and life! This simple activity introduces these important concepts while also helping your child connect with friends and family.
Butterflies are amazing insects! 🦋 They can be found in all habitats, from rainforests to deserts to grasslands—no matter where you live, you have butterflies! This unit will be filled with lots of science, plenty of math, and even a biographical story for a splash of history.
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.
Here’s what you need for our Butterflies + Migration and Ancient Egypt units.
Butterflies are one of our favorite pollinators! We’ve discussed in other activities how other animals help to get plants the pollen they need to make seeds, but in this post, we’re taking a closer look at the butterfly proboscis (AKA, a long, strawlike tongue that coils and uncoils) and how a butterfly spreads pollen when it drinks a flower’s nectar.
This beautiful craft takes a closer look at the butterfly’s fascinating life cycle and metamorphosis. This craft can be done in several steps (not necessarily all at once) depending on your child’s level of attention and interest.
This simple activity is a play-based way to teach your child about the concept of sequencing. Start by putting the materials together, and then find a way to play that meets your child’s abilities where they are.
Butterflies do some pretty smart work for the planet. Today, we’re going to borrow some of their smarts for this hands-on math activity that helps your child gain a deeper, more holistic understanding of numbers that will serve them in all their math lessons.
This unit is all about the creepy, crawly little creatures that outnumber us by millions! 🐝🐛🦋🐞🐜🦟🦗🕷(But don’t worry—they’re actually much more interesting than scary!) You will learn about a few specific insects and spiders while also refining your child’s fine and gross motor skills, crafting, and even taking a field trip or two.
By strengthening your child’s gross motor skills as they learn, we help them to make deeper connections and stay engaged. For this literacy activity, we’re going to engage your child in movement while practicing spelling.
Spider silk is a really strong substance! 🕸️🕸️🕸️ Let’s have a little fun with our own experiment. This spider’s web inspired STEM activity will test your child’s engineering skills while encouraging them to think creatively.
One of the first steps to deschooling yourself as a homeschooling teacher is boosting your confidence as a teacher! Here are three ways to do it.
Hummingbirds’ main source of food is the nectar from flowers, tree sap, pollen, and insects. By eating the nectar and pollen from flowers, hummingbirds actually help flowers! It’s a special process called pollination. This activity shows us how it works.
Word families are words that share a phonic pattern. They often rhyme and are used to help children decode and eventually learn to read. For our activity today, we will play with words that end in the same sound and are spelled with the same letters.
Whether you’re just dipping your toe into the homeschool world or you’ve been swimming in this pool for a while, we could all use a confidence boost now and then. One of the best ways to feel more empowered with your education choices? Learning about all the different ways to educate a child!
This fun, hands-on activity will let your child explore rivers layer by layer while sparking their creativity through imaginative play. Plus, it’s super simple to create and modify again and again!
If your child loves imaginary play, this felt sushi set is a great way to get them thinking like an itamae, or skilled sushi chef! It takes a bit of time to put together, but the result is hours of free play inspired by our Japan Unit Study.
This craft was actually created by our co-founder’s 5-year-old daughter after learning that the Union Flag was actually made up of three different flags, and it’s a simple, concrete way to demonstrate how the flags of England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland come together.
This simple rainbow measurement craft will help strengthen your child’s recognition and memorization of the colors of the rainbow while letting them also work on their measuring and cutting skills. (Plus, the result is pretty beautiful! 🌈)
The Waldorf method of education (sometimes called Steiner education) is about 100 years old. The method began in Germany when a manufacturer approached Rudolf Steiner to create a school for his factory workers. The result was a method that is based on child development and, at its core, healing humanity.
If you belong to a homeschool network or read homeschooling blogs, you have probably heard about co-ops. But what exactly is a co-op? In its most basic form, a co-op (short for co-operative) is a partnership between homeschooling families that come together for a common goal.
Homeschool co-ops are one of our favorite ways to lighten the educating load and provide valuable socialization for our home-educated children. Thinking of starting or joining your own co-op? Here are five things to keep in mind before you get started.
Here’s what you need for Week 1: Cananda + Maple Syrup: Books (find at your local library or order below on Amazon): C is for Canada by Michael Ulmer Or try this Explore Canada board book for preschoolers At Grandpa’s Sugar Bush by Margaret Carney OR Sugarbush Spring by Marsha Wilson Chall A Kid’s GuideContinue reading “Canada + Snow Supplies”
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.
Here’s what you need for Week 1: China: Books (find at your local library or order below on Amazon): The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack (or watch this read-aloud) Riding on a Caravan: A Silk Road Adventure by Laurie Krebs What Makes a Magnet? by Dr. Franklyn M. Branley Ruby’s Wish by Shirin YimContinue reading “China + Up in the Air Supplies”
When we watch our children play, we see how their beautiful, little brains are always learning. Play is how they make sense of the world—how they experiment with ideas and feelings, how they develop language, and how they practice fine and gross motor skills. At Learn + Live, we wholeheartedly believe that playing is learning.Continue reading “7 toys + games that teach your child educational skills through play”
Supplies you’ll need for Week 1: Neighborhood: Books (find at your local library or order below on Amazon): Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney Keat’s Neighborhood by Ezra Jack Keats The Berenstain Bears Visit the Firehouse by Mike Berenstain Owney: The Mail-Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby OR A Lucky Dog: Owney, U.S. Rail MascotContinue reading “Neighborhood + Native Peoples of North America Supplies”
One of our favorite things about homeschool is getting to introduce our children to places and cultures they might not have experienced yet. This week, we’re sharing books and activities about First People of North and Central America.
Most new homeschoolers have a lot to think about these days. On top of figuring out curriculum options, teaching methods, and learning styles, there are also jobs and family responsibilities to juggle. We all want our kids to excel—not just learn the basics—and that can feel like a huge responsibility. But getting caught up in the day to day minutia might make us lose sight of the big picture.
Supplies you’ll need for Week 1: Rocks: Books (find at your local library or order below on Amazon): Rocks: Hard, Soft, Smooth, and Rough by Natalie Myra Rosinsky Rocks Rocks Rocks by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace A Chip Off the Old Block by Judy Jensen Shaffer (+) Book upgrades: Rocks and Minerals: A gem of aContinue reading “Rocks + Dinosaurs Supplies”
Supplies you’ll need for Week 1: Leaves Unit: Books (find at your local library or order below on Amazon): We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger Up in the Leaves by Shira Boss Why Do Leaves Change Colors? by Betsy Maestro Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rowlinson Supplies (use what youContinue reading “Leaves + Fall Harvest Supplies”
One thing the majority of homeschool philosophies agree on is that children benefit when they spend the maximum amount of time outdoors. As your child grows and begins to take in more of the world surrounding them, a nature journal can be a rewarding way to teach them to notice, record, and remember the lessonsContinue reading “Leaves Unit: Leaf nature journal entry”
Bringing your kids into the kitchen can provide break from the day and also time for bonding between the grownup and child (or siblings!). And when you get to eat what you make, even better! The hidden advantage is it also can teach them valuable lessons along the way.
Here’s a quick breakdown of this method of homeschooling, as well as how it keeps learning relevant, organized, and meaningful.
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