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What is the attraction of Love2Learn’s Core Subject offering; and how does it differ from Discipline Studies?

Firstly, here is some background to the terminology “CORE” and "DISCIPLINE" STUDIES (Grade 8, Grade 9 etc..) It all begins with the problem that many homeschooling families face…how to teach several children of different ages, all at the same time. Now this may not apply to your situation right now, but here is the background to help you understand these terms:
SCENE 1 Picture the scene: A mother is trying to teach history at the same time to her four children aged 4, 6, 8 and 10 years respectively. To her four year old she says: “Today we are learning about old cars.” To her six year old she says: “Today we are learning about the French Revolution.” To her eight year old she says: “Today we are learning about World War II.” To her ten year old she says: “Today we are learning about Ancient China.” Imagine the chaos! This mother is trying to split herself into four pieces, in order to deliver a comprehensive lesson about four different aspects of history at the same time! She ends up feeling frazzled. Her children have learned little to nothing at all and everyone is frustrated and demoralized.
Enter the solution: The One-Room Schoolhouse!
SCENE 2 Picture the scene, the One-Room Schoolhouse way: A mother is teaching the science of light and lenses at the same time to her four children aged 4, 6, 8 and 10 years respectively, as part of Science. To her four year old she says: “Today we are learning about light and lenses.” To her six year old she says: “Today we are learning about light and lenses.” To her eight year old she says: “Today we are learning about light and lenses.” To her ten year old she says: “Today we are learning about light and lenses.” It looks better already, doesn’t it? The mother begins by reading aloud from the full colour Love2Learn Curriculum book on the subject of light and lenses. The children then look at the colourful pictures together and discuss their understanding of the topic. Next the whole family makesa pinhole camera together. Then they log onto the internet and view a short video clip on the topic. Next each child has the opportunity to give a verbal narration on the topic. To her four year old Mom says, “you can play with the pinhole camera we made today.” To her six year old she says: “draw a picture about what you learned today and write one good sentence about it.” To her eight year old she says: “Draw a picture about what you learned today and write a short essay explaining how light passes through a lens” To her ten year old she says: “Draw a picture about what you learned today and write a comparative essay on the similarities and difference between the functioning of a pinhole camera, and the inversion of images on the retina of the human eye”. The whole family has completed the same lesson, but each child has interacted with the material at their age-appropriate level. The mother is sane and the children have each learned something. The younger children have benefited from the “trickle-down” effect due to the participation of their older siblings. Everyone is happy. The one-room schoolhouse is not an invention of Love2Learn, it has existed for years. This allows for effective, simultaneous, multi-level teaching.
There are certain subjects that can be taught very effectively in the one-room schoolhouse style. These we call CORE STUDIES / CORE PACKAGES; and comprise the following subjects: Bible, History, Geography, Biology (Botany and Zoology), Science, Technology, Human Anatomy, Economics, Literature, Music, Art, Life Skills.
However there are some subjects that cannot be taught this way because they are linear and sequential in nature. E.g. you cannot give Grade 5 Maths to a Grade 1 child, as there are certain foundational principles that need forst to be established in Grades 2, 3 and 4, before they are ready for the challenges of Grade 5. The subjects that cannot be taught in the one-room schoolhouse manner, we call DISCIPLINE STUDIES. These subjects are Mathematics, English, Afrikaans (if resident in South Africa), Learning to Read and Handwriting.
Love2Learn Curriculum is designed in the form of a wagon wheel. The hub of the wheel represents a single Core Curriculum used to teach your children, all at the same time subject to a maximum of 4-5 year age difference in CORE STUDIES and 2 - 3 years in CORE PACKAGES! The spokes of the wheel represent the individual Discipline Studies selected for each child according to their respective grade level. 

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