In our LIVE, we chatted with Amber about how to bring this mindset into our homeschools and beyond, fostering an open dialogue with children and teaching them to appreciate humanity through books, explorations, and studies of history.
The Learn + Live Letter is a homeschool unit study program…but what exactly is a homeschool unit study? What are their benefits? And what type of homeschool family do unit studies work for best?
Here are the books we recommend for our Level 2+ unit studies.
Nine years ago, when we first started homeschooling, I was nervous to take on the challenge of helping my kids learn the subjects I’d struggled with in school. Was I really qualified to teach math when I’d barely passed high school geometry? I bought an all-in-one curriculum and paid extra close attention to the mathContinue reading “Why outsourcing some of our subjects is a must in our homeschool”
In addition to hands-on, play-based activities in each Level 2 unit, we will also be introducing a phonetic rule or a multi-letter phonogram to your child each week. (Note: We covered single-letter phonograms in Level 1. If your child doesn’t know these, we suggest using the Letter of the Week from Level 1 before moving onContinue reading “How to do Level 2 and 2+ phonics guide of the week”
When we tell our children stories from around the world and throughout time, we are providing a foundation for how they see their place in the world and how they view the people around them. This comes with great responsibility because it will shape how your child sees the world―not just today but for decades to come.
Teaching our children historical truths isn’t just an option—it’s crucial for raising informed and empathetic children. No one knows that better than Amber O’Neal Johnston. Amber is a veteran homeschool mom of four children, the popular blogger and homeschool consultant over at HeritageMom.com, and author of the new book A Place to Belong. Because of her vast experience and knowledge on this topic, we asked her to share with us her ideas on teaching the most accurate version of history.
Can perfectionism actually be what’s holding back your homeschool productivity? Counselor and coach Celeste Coffman shares insights and tips for overcoming a tendency to procrastinate.
If you’re catching up on field trips over the summer or planning to take more during the school year, here are four ways to make the most of your homeschool outings.
This is our last week of activities for the year, and we are so ready to celebrate your child and all that you both have accomplished! So, let’s get ready to get up and dance.
Ready for adventure, underwater explorers? For this week-long unit, we’ll begin by strengthening our understanding of what makes up this fascinating biome.
We are so excited to introduce you and your child to a variety of Japanese landmarks, some incredibly cool animals, and to help you learn more about Japanese culture.
This week, we’ll explore the incredible ways trees grow—and even communicate!—while we learn more about the other flora and fauna that call the forest 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.
When making your choices and shopping list for next year, we want to remind you of something we say often: You aren’t running out of time.
Kon’nichiwa! In this county unit study, we’re taking a trip to explore the incredible culture, geography, and arts of Japan.
Many of our units have touched on a variety of trees, but this week, trees are the star. Throughout the week, we’ll explore a variety of forests, types of trees, and animal life that relies on them.
We love this tactile craft for reinforcing the parts of the tree!
Our final week of Japan will explore science subjects, including earth science and the weather.
This week in our Japan Unit, we will learn about sumo wrestlers, samurai, ninjas, the Japanese language, haikus, bonsai trees, cherry blossoms, and some of the awesome innovations and technology popular from Japan.
This week is jam-packed full of fun! We will learn about Mount Fuji and volcanoes, the story and artwork of artist Hokusai, ninjas, storytelling in Japan, the island of Okinawa, sea turtles, and sushi!
Welcome to Japan! こんにちは (Kon’nichiwa)! We will start our exploration with detailed mapping skills, a brief history overview, and a deeper dive into ancient Japan. This week will include math and science lessons that connect seamlessly to the unit theme.
Fall September 5th SendAustralia.Desert.Reptiles.Things That Go. October 3rd SendPeru.Cooking + Favorite Foods.Finance.Entrepreneur. November 7th SendEngland + Ireland.Germs, Viruses + Fungus.Inventions.Fashion. Winter December 5th SendRussia.Outer Space.Espionage.Bears. January 9th SendBrazil.Toys.Recycling + Conservation.The Body. February 6th SendNorway.Mountains.Pirates.Antarctica. Spring March 6th SendNigeria.Monkeys.State Parks + Camping.Decomposers. April 3rd SendCuba.Frontier.Robots.Sports. May 1st SendHawaii.Tide Pools.Sing + Theater.County Fair.
Evaluations are sometimes necessary, depending on your state requirements. Here’s what you need to know.
Get ready to take learning up, up, and away this week! We’ll explore the history of man-made flying machines, including a look at da Vinci’s original designs, while also tackling a variety of subjects from math to literacy and everything in between.
Becoming an entrepreneur always means stretching one’s mindset, but it had the added bonus of helping me stretch my mindset about home education while working as well.
Did you know the Leonardo da Vinci conceived of the idea of a parachute long before one was ever tested? Let’s make our own da Vinci parachute!
From domesticated pets to the wildest creatures on the earth, there is so much that goes into caring for our furry, feathered, and scaled friends! In this unit, we’ll explore some amazing human and animal connections from around the world (including several true stories!) and explore how we can take care of the animals we share our planet with.
Our unit this week is all about taking care of animals and how some animals have a special job and take care of us. We will also learn about the people who take care for animals both in our community and in captivity.
This week is all about letting your child’s mind take flight! ✈️ We will learn about things that fly, specifically airplanes and hot air balloons.
We are so excited for this week’s wild ride through the African savanna! Our lessons will also introduce your child to different areas within Africa, focusing a lot on Kenya (including several overlaps with our Level 3: Kenya Unit for homeschool families in both levels).
Get ready to take flight this week with a variety of migratory animals! We’ll dig deep into some map work, learn about science with butterflies, and even make our own butter. Ready to fly? Click here to download your weekly skills tracker. Note: Occasionally we include project upgrades (for kids ready for more) and modificationsContinue reading “Level 2: Butterflies + Migration Unit”
Here are a few examples of subjects commonly mislabeled as “boring” and how to change up your approach.
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.
Here are the books and supplies you need for our Level 3 Kenya Unit.
This week in our Kenya Unit, we will learn about one early civilization, the influence of colonization, and the sadness of chattel slavery. Let’s take a deeper dive into the history of this nation.
Week three of Kenya is filled with science, art and culture! We will explore the monsoons and the waterfalls of Kenya, we will learn about the beautiful woodworking skills of Kenyan artists and the mask traditions of its tribes, and we will enjoy learning about some fabulous flamingos and some delicious cuisine.
This week, we will meet some famous Kenyans! We will learn about a famous Nobel Prize winner and also one of the most famous Kenayan tribes. This week is packed with science—specifically botany, environmental, and earth science.
Jambo! Hello and welcome to Kenya! This breathtaking country is going to inspire the world traveler within you.
Bienvenue en France! We are so excited to explore this beautiful country with you and your child, getting a taste for the culture and cuisine while also exploring amazing architecture, living things, music, and art.
Bienvenue en France! This week, we’ll explore this beautiful country and gain a deeper understanding of the culture, language, cuisine, and more!
Good morrow, lords and ladies! We are so excited to kick off our Castles Unit, which is packed with history around Medieval times and the Renaissance in Western Europe.
Education in medieval times was very different from today. Most people (especially peasants) couldn’t read or write—even many nobles couldn’t read or write. It was mostly the clergy who had all the education. If a noble family wanted to educate their children, they would either do it themselves or get a priest to tutor them. (source)Continue reading “Castles Unit: DIY quill activity”
If you’ve been homeschooling longer than…let’s say 30 seconds, you’ve probably had someone challenge you on how you plan to make sure that your homeschooled child is “socialized.” As common as this question is, though, the truth is that it’s rooted in some serious misconceptions about home education.
Get ready to watch learning bloom with this colorful unit! This week, we’ll learn about flowers in a variety of ways, from dissecting a real bloom to using flowers to inspire our math and literacy activities.
Your little student’s learning will really take flight with this bird-themed unit.
This week’s unit is for the birds—in the best way! 🐦🦜🐤 We are going to learn about our winged friends this week, including their habitats and what makes them each unique.
Ready to let creativity and exploration bloom? In this colorful unit study, we’ll explore the science and makeup of flowers while also improving skills around reading, math, art, and more.
Our final week of our France unit is full of hands-on STEAM activities.
French culture has influenced many others with its food, fashion, and more. This week, we will explore some of the most visited places in France, learn about two famous French inventions, and try one of our favorite food groups—French desserts!
This week you will no doubt be impressed with the beauty of France. From its gorgeous gardens and impressive architectural structures to the creative art of masters and glorious music of famed composers, France is filled with magnificent things!
Bienvenue en France! This week we will tour the terrain and landmarks of France with some fun mapping exercises. We will also explore the French language with our friends from The Cultured Kid and learn how to write a research paper.
Language has always been a subject I knew my oldest daughter would explore. From a very young age, she showed an interest and appreciation for different languages–and a knack for imitating them, even in her toddler babble. The problem? I only speak English fluently.
Later in his life, French artist Henri Matisse became famous for brightly colored collages of paper, and it was often said that he “painted” with his scissors.
This week, we’ll get on a roll with some dung beetles, explore what gives fireflies their signature glow, and spend a couple of days exploring the world of spiders (all while strengthening literacy, math, and science skills).
We’re so excited to welcome a new season with our Spring Unit study! This week’s lessons will cover a variety of plants and animal you see in the western hemisphere during spring.
Earthworms are one of our favorite springtime creatures—let’s use them to work on some estimation and measurement practice! What you need: playdough ruler small sticky notes (or you can cut up a large sticky note) googly eyes (optional) What to do: Start by creating three worms” out of playdough (googly eyes optional!) and arranging themContinue reading “Spring Unit: Earthworm estimation + measuring activity”
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.
Get ready to defend your kingdom in style! This simple knight’s shield craft works perfectly with our Level 2 Castles Unit, or with any medieval unit study in your homeschool.
Virtually every bird begins at the nest! And one of the most intricate nests in the animal kingdom is made by the weaver bird. Click here for a video depicting how this tenacious builder creates its elaborate home. Next, let’s weave our own nests with this simple activity. What you need: 6-8 sticks yarn rubberbandsContinue reading “Birds Unit: Bird nest weaving craft”
Spring is one of the four seasons. Let’s welcome spring with some of our favorite books and hopefully a visit to a local garden or farm!
This unit is full of fun history about medieval times in Western Europe. We will examine many parts of life during the feudal system of the dark ages—but with a kid friendly spin. Huzzah!
occasionally in our time, but it was much more popular during medieval times.
We’re kicking off our castles unit with a royal structure of our own!
Let’s kick off our Insects + Spiders Unit by comparing and contrasting insect and spider anatomy.
Let’s let our favorite waddling birds inspire our math activity today!
are many things that make a spider different from an insect, but one major one is their life cycle. In today’s simple craft, we’ll bring the spider life cycle to life in a hands-on way your child can refer to again and again.
Let’s hit the water this week with a unit study packed with animal and plant science! (Plus a lot of art, math, phonics work, and more!)
Have you ever wondered how a waterfall forms? When you have a river running over rocks with different rates of erosion, eventually you create a new watercourse: a waterfall! This page shares more about how a waterfall forms, but here are the main points to share with your child: A waterfall forms when a riverContinue reading “Waterfall kinetic energy experiment”
If you think of something stagnant and boring when you hear rocks, it might be time to give them a second look! In this week’s geology-rich unit, we’ll explore rocks under and above the earth’s crust for a deeper understanding of how rocks form, change, and explode! Click here for our printable tracker to keep aContinue reading “Level 2: Rocks Unit”
We love this simple activity for reinforcing your child’s understanding of how to tell time—and for taking our school outdoors!
As we get closer to spring, there is so much to discover about in small bodies of water! This week, we’ll explore rivers, lakes, and ponds and the many animals and organisms that live in them.
The frog life cycle is one of the most incredible mtamorphoses of the anuimal kingdom. If your child has never seen it before, watch this beautiful video that shows you each stage of the metamorphosis. Next, solidify the lesson with this simple thumbprint craft. What you need: paper plate green paint thin green and blackContinue reading “Rivers, Lakes + Ponds Unit: Frog life cycle”
This week’s lessons are rich with science lesson and experiments that will have your child putting on their geologist hat.
There is so much more to the earth than the crust we walk on! While we often think of planets as big hunks of rock, our earth is actually made up of several layers, or what scientists call the geosphere. Let’s break down the earth’s layers with this hands-on felt puzzle. What you need: 8×12Continue reading “Rocks Unit: Felt Earth’s layers puzzle”
Here’s what you need for our month-long Ancient Rome Unit.
Let’s end our month of Ancient Rome by learning a bit more about the geography (including a historic volcanic eruption!), how the ancient Romans liked to relax, and what modern-day Rome looks like now.
This week, we’ll dig deeper into some Roman discoveries that are still relevant in the math, science, and art worlds.
This week, we’ll learn about some Roman architecture, including the
In this month-long unit, all roads lead to Rome—ancient Rome, that is! We’ll cover a variety of topics, including history, writing, science, and more through hands-on activities your child will love.
Let’s explore some shapes as we make our own patterns with this activity.
A recent study demonstrated that motor rich learning activities directly improved mathematical performance. Even more significantly, the study identified that gross motor movement (whole body) activities yielded larger improvements than participation in fine motor activities in relation to math performance.
Here’s what you need for the Level 2 Quilts and Light, Shadows + Rainbows Units.
There’s so much more to light than meets the eye! In this science-rich unit study, we’ll explore everything from the color of light to the power of its energy through hands-on activities and experiments that will bring complex concepts to life for your child.
As you work your way through this unit, you’ll actually be introducing several important events in U.S. history to your child—events that you will likely cover again and again throughout their education.
Our activities this week are full of bright ideas! 💡 We will learn about light, the shadows that are created when it is blocked, and the beautiful colors that are seen when we send it through a prism.
If all you think about when you think of quilts is the afghan on your grandma’s couch, think again. Quilts can teach us the beauty of culture, family, and diversity—especially when it comes to gaining understanding of cultures different from our own.
When white settlers started to make their way west in the Westward Expansion, many of them did so in a covered wagon. The Oregon Trail was one popular route that took emigrants to Oregon and other western destinations. The trail was about 2,000 miles long, and an estimated 250,000 to 650,000 migrated on it fromContinue reading “Quilts Unit: Covered wagon craft”
From famous stories to famous discoveries, so much of our modern-day culture has roots in ancient Greece! Throughout this week, we’ll explore this fascinating country and culture while strengthening your child’s skills in a variety of subjects, including math, science, and literacy.
This week’s unit will inspire your child to think outside the box and “build” on their understanding of a variety of subjects, including math, engineering, and more.
γεια σας! (Or yeia sas, which is Greek for hello!) This week will we immerse ourselves in all things Greece. Besides learning about the people and culture of this ancient and modern civilization, we will also practice important fine and gross motor skills.
Brick laying, construction sites, and tools—oh my! This week’s unit is all about building up (and even a little breaking down 😉). By the end of the week, you’ll have tackled measuring, engineering, phonics, photography and more!
We begin our final week of Greek studies by learning about ancient Greek inventions and government. We will learn about the lasting impact the Greeks have had on our modern world and how their influence in our lives.
For week three of our Greece Unit, we’ll take a trip to Mount Olympus to learn how the Greek gods impacted life, culture, literature, and more.
The Olympics as we know them today are very different from the original games that began in Greece. This week we will learn about the history of the games.
There is so much to examine in Greek history—get ready for an exciting month with your child! For our first week, we’ll explore some geography, a famous myth, and more about this rich culture.
Here’s what you need for the Level 3 Greece Unit.
For this art activity, we will be examining the idea of texture in art through a simple rabbit drawing of our own.
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.
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.
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