What curriculum will we be using?A team which included the leading experts in homeschool curriculum selected curriculum that offers the highest quality of student resources and teaching tools. Our teachers provide you with the lesson plans, giving you the margin to get as creative as you’d like in teaching your children. Language Arts: We craft lesson plans using the award-winning All About Reading curriculum. This curriculum is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading, providing a strong foundation in early reading skills. We also use the wildly popular Easy Grammar series for Grammar lessons beginning in Grade 2. Our teachers provide everything you’ll need for Literature, Spelling, and Writing. Math: Our teachers provide lesson plans and opportunities for review or enrichment as needed. We use the Math Mammoth curriculum, which does a fantastic job of providing a solid scope and sequence, as well as additional resources for students who are struggling or who need a challenge. Social Studies and Science: Social Studies and Science lesson plans are provided by our teachers, and are meant for the entire family to be able to complete together. That means you’ll be studying the same topic, with appropriate assignments for every student’s grade level. We’ll send a complete, detailed list of what you’ll need when you enroll. How is the curriculum chosen?Initially, a team which included nationally-recognized experts in homeschool curriculum selected curriculum that offers the highest quality of student resources and teaching tools. Every year, our curriculum team evaluates each piece of curriculum we’ve used and tweaks the Learnwell curriculum list. What are the qualifications of Learnwell teachers?Our teachers are highly experienced and qualified to teach and lead in K-8th classrooms. Remember, you’ll be teaching your child, and our Learnwell teachers will be supporting you every step of the way. Every one of our teachers is equipped to provide you with the lesson plans, portfolio suggestions, and support that you need as you teach your children successfully. Are you going to add older grades?This model of support is only available to families teaching their children in grades K-7. We will be adding an 8th grade and high school coaching service soon! I’m an introvert and don’t need a lot of “community.” Why do you keep mentioning community as important?We get it. To be honest, we’re not a terribly balanced leadership team – most of us are introverts too. We’re not fans of small talk, and at least one of us (we’re looking at you, Melissa!) have come away from preschool playdates in despair, vowing never to return. But here’s the reality of things – we all do better in community. Scripture is clear in steering us toward a life together. Weight Watchers is clear in recommending that we join a group, or for heaven’s sake at least an online group, if we hope to be successful at losing weight. Isolation can breed insecurity, second-guessing all of our choices, and even fear that we’re doing something horribly wrong. In homeschooling, we know that moms often feel isolated and wonder if they’ve made the right choices of curriculum, whether they’re teaching in the right way, and if their kid is “normal” when she struggles with basic concepts for a while. The community offered through Learnwell will be easy and, we believe, incredibly helpful to you in your homeschooling journey. You’ll be connected with the other parents in your class, allowing you to shoot out a question on the discussion board like, “Anyone have ideas for helping my kids learn the countries in South America? We’re having problems remembering the small ones!” Parents love to help each other, and we guarantee that you’ll get a handful of replies in return. We also know that you’ll have opportunities to come alongside other parents in areas that come easily for you. We’ll also have opportunities for you to get to join other parents in the Collective for special online events, book clubs, and more. Join us – we know you won’t regret it, even if you’re an introvert through-and-through! How will joining the Learnwell Collective make teaching multiple children at home easier?Working with multiple kids at the same time is stressful. There are lots of tips and techniques out there for making this a little easier, but let’s be honest – it’s like herding cats, especially if you have one or two who aren’t reading independently yet. Learnwell eases this stress by aligning all of your science and social studies curriculum. We’ve designed lessons that you can do with all of your children together. We also provide you parent professional development, with tools and tips to help your school days go more smoothly! One of our goals is to restore health and sanity to your homeschooling days, and teaching these subjects to your kids all together is an effective way to give you less to juggle as your kids learn together. Will I need to purchase any curriculum as a member of Learnwell?Our team has written much of the curriculum for you. However, you will need to purchase the following: hands-on reading curriculum for each child (All About Reading), grammar workbooks (Easy Grammar/DailyGrams) our foundational math curriculum (Math Mammoth), a handwriting workbook, and a few supplemental social studies and science resources to be used by the entire family. Additionally, there are literature studies for which you will need access to the grade-level reading list. You can purchase these books or borrow them if you have access to a local library.