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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 Books

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 Books

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 Books

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.

7 things we learned from our IG LIVE with The Confident Homeschooler

summer series! Serena is founder of The Confident Homeschooler, a homeschool coaching and education company that works with families to find the schooling philosophies and curriculums that will work best for them. We sat down with Serena to discuss how to reflect on the past year in a way that will propel your future homeschool, how to avoid homeschooling from a place of fear, how to stop comparing your journey to others, and more.

What I want you to know about our first year of Learn + Live Letter

This past week was momentous for my family for a few reasons. First and foremost, my oldest child completed her kindergarten year of homeschool, ending our second year as a homeschool family! My daughter’s graduation also marked the first full year of the Learn + Live Letter. As my co-founder, Cynthia, and I have talkedContinue reading “What I want you to know about our first year of Learn + Live Letter”

Japan Unit: DIY felt sushi set

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.

What is Waldorf Education?

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.

7 toys + games that teach your child educational skills through play

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”

6 things I wish I knew before homeschooling

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.

Apples Lesson: Apple Stamping

Engage your child’s seasonal senses with this simple art craft. Before you start cutting open your apples, ask your child what they expect to find inside. (Most children love discovering that apples hold a secret “star” when you cut them in half!) Next, let their creativity fly.

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