With so many learning styles, teaching mediums, and schooling styles, it can be challenging to find the curriculum that best suits your child’s individual needs. Living Learning Homeschool Resource is meant to help you teach your child(ren) in a natural way that works best for them and you!
It’s important to consider each learning style when choosing how you will teach your child(ren) based on how they best learn. Below are four common learning styles. Keep in mind that most children aren’t restricted to learning only one of these ways, so using a combination of two or more learning styles will usually be the most beneficial for your child(ren).
Visual – Learning by seeing, reading, and observing
Auditory – Learning by listening and communication
Tactile – Learning by doing things with your hands
Kinesthetic – Learning by being active and involved
Using a variety of teaching mediums increases skills for resourcefulness, research, problem solving, and more! The list below includes many ideas for teaching mediums you can use with your child(ren). This is not a comprehensive list. Rather, it is meant to give you an idea of how creative you can be in teaching your child(ren).
Charts and Maps
Movies and TV Shows
Tools (Carpentry, Mathematic, Scientific)
Below are listed eight schooling styles with a brief definition of each. There are others, but the most general ones are included here.
Traditional – Uses separate textbooks and/or workbooks for each school subject.
Classical – Teaches children in three stages, known as the Trivium, focusing on using the five tools of learning: reason, record, research, relate, and rhetoric.
Unit Studies – Focuses on a topic by incorporating all school subjects into that topic.
Literature-Based – Uses living books, such as classic novels, historical fiction, and historical documents, to teach children.
Notebook – The child uses notebooks to record what they learn, with a focus on their personal interests.
Computer-Based – Uses multimedia such as CDs, DVDs, and the internet as the curriculum.
Unschooling – The child leads the way in learning, setting his/her own pace and focus.
Eclectic – Uses a little of each method to teach children with a balanced focus on the needs and interests of the child.
Living Learning Curriculum
The benefits of each schooling style would be lost by excluding any of the styles. Thus, Living Learning Curriculum encourages the Eclectic style – striving to implement the best of each learning style, teaching medium, and schooling style to fit the needs and interests of your child(ren). Through Living Learning, you are encouraged to find your own natural balance between all of these schooling considerations to create your own unique Eclectic style.
Living Learning encourages teaching many subjects: Literature, History, Religion, Philosophy, Writing, Art, Music, Science, Mathematics, Culture, Home Economics, Personal Development, and more! You may think that this would take a lot of time, but it doesn’t have to! Some subjects may only require one day a week. And, those that need to be taught every day usually require a small amount of time (around 30 minutes).
Another great thing about Living Learning is how flexible it is. It’s so easy to tailor to the individual needs of you and your child(ren)! You can make it as complex or relaxed, expensive or inexpensive as you want to! Living Learning was fashioned to be a strong, foundational framework upon which to build your personal Eclectic schooling style.
Each subject, at least in part, can be taught within Living Learning’s Chronological Unit Studies (LLCUS). A chronological curriculum of all subjects helps to increase student interest, understanding, and retention of the material. Below are some ideas of how you can implement LLCUS as a homeschool curriculum.
Literature – Read aloud daily from high quality literature that supports the LLCUS. If your child can read to himself/herself, they should take time to do independent reading as well.
History – History is included daily with the LLCUS. In addition, specific history activities may be done once a week or more. Related activities might include: lessons, discussions, a trip to a museum or historical site, creating a timeline, etc.
Religion – If you choose to focus on religion, religious texts should be read aloud daily in harmony with the LLCUS. You may choose to study religious texts from more than one religion.
Writing – Your child(ren) should do free writing and/or assigned writing daily. For free writing, let them choose anything they would like to write about. Assigned writing can be practiced on worksheets or other personal writing assignments. Writing assignments correlating with the LLCUS is encouraged.
Art – Art is meant to be taught in correlation with the LLCUS. Although you may choose to have lessons and/or discussions on various artists, the main implementation of art is through exposing a child to period artistic pieces, as well as giving them time to create their own art each day. Doing handicrafts is encouraged to help your child(ren) to become acquainted with a wide variety of artistic mediums.
Music – Listen to music daily. Also, you may have lessons and/or discussions about period music, musical instruments, or musicians pertaining to the LLCUS. If your child has an interest in learning how to play a musical instrument, this is encouraged.
Science – Science should be taught in a natural way daily. This can be achieved by observing nature, gardening, cooking, etc. The use of high quality science resources, such as science tools, internet resources, and science museums, is encouraged. You may choose to have separate science lessons and/or discussions as well. The study of specific scientists, scientific discoveries, and technological advancements may be taught in conjunction with the LLCUS.
Mathematics – Mathematics should be taught daily. Much of mathematics (particularly early mathematics) may be taught with manipulatives. An effort should be made to apply mathematics to everyday activities such as cooking, shopping, problem solving, and playing outside. You may also choose to learn about different mathematicians that correlate with the LLCUS.