So far, Layers of Learning is working wonderfully! We are all enjoying working with this program, and we are looking forward to continuing with it for the rest of the year. As always, I tweaked the program to fit our needs. This unit, we learned about first civilizations, maps and globes, planets, and cave art.
LL does a wonderful job with providing background information for all of the areas discussed. However, I am actually using LL as a supplement to our core history program. Why add more, you ask?? Well, LL is just that awesome!!! There are sooooo many hands-on projects to choose from, and they cover several areas that I feel we aren’t covering. I am particularly enjoying the geography and science portions. We are using the LL geography sections as our core for geography. And our science curriculum focuses on one area per year, and I am enjoying the varied themes LL covers to shake it up a bit. Basically, we do our core reading from whichever program we are using and notebook what we learned. Then, we chose a few hands-on projects from LL to complete. Usually, we read and note booked one day and then did a project the next. This method seems to work well for us, and was used for science, history, and geography.
Our favorite projects:
I am providing a list of the notebooking pages I used from notebookingpages.com.
- Continents/Oceans copying
- General Astronomy pages
- Planets copying
What I loved about using LL: This was not an open-and-go curriculum, but I did find it extremely easy to use. I had many of the supplies needed for the hands-0n projects, and those that I did not have on hand were easy to find and inexpensive. There were also a lot of different projects and activities to choose from…notice I said choose. There are too many to really do all of them in a limited time frame, but I had plenty of options that allowed me to pick what would work best for us (after I convinced myself that it would really, really be ok if we didn’t do one or two fun projects). The projects are also leveled, so you can easily tell if it would be appropriate for your particular student. My all time favorite aspect of LL is Jasmine’s reaction to it. Nearly every day I heard comments like, “My school is soooo much fun!” and “Can I just keep working on this?” What teacher/parent doesn’t like to hear that?!
We are moving on to Year 1, Unit 2 next!!!