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Spotlight on a New Favorite: Reading Lessons through Literature

You all know by know that our family loves and is having great success with English Lessons through Literature. But, when it came time for us to do our yearly standardized testing, I quickly discovered the kids needed some help with spelling. The plain dictation wasn’t working as well as I hoped it would. They needed something to help them analyze words and learn the spelling rules in the process.

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Enter a new favorite: Reading Lessons Through Literature. Not only is this program an amazing tool for teaching reading, it is also working for us as a spelling program. My older children are starting in level 2 since they already know the phonograms, and they are working through the spelling lists at an accelerated pace. I love this program so much that I have decided to use it for reading instruction with Moose. Since he is not comfortable writing yet, we are modifying the program a bit and I thought I would share with you how that looks.

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Moose works to find a phonogram during our “phonogram quiz”

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He found it!

The first section of Reading Lessons through Literature is all about learning the phonograms. Your child works through the first 30 phonograms, learning a few new ones each day and reviewing the previous ones as you go. There is an easy reference chart in the back of the book to guide you in what to do each day for the lesson. We are following the chart for younger students with Moose, but there is also a chart for older students that are working at an accelerated pace.

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Moose finds the correct phonograms to make the words, and I write them in his spelling journal.

After the first 30 phonograms are learned, you move on to the spelling journal, but still continue to add new and review old phonograms. With the younger students, five new words are learned three times per week. For each word, the phonograms are called out and the student writes the correct phonograms in their spelling journal. In Moose’s case, he spells out his words using the free phonogram tiles provided by the author. Then I write the word in his spelling journal for him.

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Moose- practicing his spelling words.

After several spelling lists are completed, your child will be ready to read the corresponding story from the Elson readers in the back section of the book. Every word in the reading has already been studied and practiced using the spelling journal, so your child isn’t surprised by any new words. The first story has 20 spelling lists to complete before it is read. But after that, there is only one list of spelling words until another story is introduced. If there are any other new words in a story (such as a new name) there is note of it before the story begins and the analysis of the word is shown to the child.

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Moose being silly with his phonogram tiles.:-)

Other than finding your own spelling journal to write the words in, there are no other materials needed to do this program. There is an optional phonogram workbook if you feel your child needs some extra practice, but it isn’t necessary to use. For our spelling journal, I printed off some pages with our Notebooking Pages subscription and had them bound at our local UPS store.

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Our spelling notebook, along with the instructions for the spelling list.

Why do we love Reading Lessons through Literature?

*The lessons are short and effective. I have a very active 5 year-old boy who also wants to learn how to read. These lessons are the perfect length for him. One lesson usually takes about 15 minutes depending on his attention level. 😉

*There is no extra fluff. The kids like games, but they also like to get their school work done. This is basic reading and spelling instruction at its best!

*You can teach reading and spelling at the same time. I can already see this helping not only my older children, but also Moose, with spelling. It is amazing what learning phonograms can do for these two areas of language arts.

*Lessons can easily be slowed down or accelerated. Every child learns at a different pace, and this program is so easy to customize it to fit your child’s needs.

*The lessons are open-and-go. There is no preparation or set-up needed before you start a lesson. The only thing I had to prepare was the phonogram tiles. But that was a one-time thing. Now we just get out our book, phonogram cards, phonogram tiles, and spelling journal. We open the book and we are ready to go!

*The program is very affordable and can be used with multiple children. Whether you purchase the actual book or the eBook, all of the materials can be used again. Any consumables are downloads and can be printed off for your whole family.

If you have been searching for a spelling and/or reading program that is simple, but very effective, I suggest you look into Reading Lessons through Literature. The author was kind enough to list free samples for each of the first three levels of this program, so if you are interested, you can download it and take a look before you decide to buy it. I only wish this program had been around when my older two were a little bit younger. I think spelling may not be such an issue right now if they had been through a program like this. But I am so grateful we found it…even if it meant waiting. 😉

 

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One of the most important things I want to teach my children is to love the Bible. This new Children’s Bible, 101 Color & Sing Bible Stories {affiliate link}, is such a wonderful tool to use for that very thing. When you purchase this book, you will also receive 2 discs that include a coloring page and song for every story. There are 101 stories covering some of the most important events in the Bible. Each story is 2 pages. One page includes a picture of what the coloring page looks like, a fun fact, the read-a-long (which gives the Scripture that the story is based on), the sing-a-long song lyrics, and the exact location on the disc where you will find the coloring page and song. The opposite page includes a full color picture of the story. The pictures in the book are bright and colorful.

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We are having a great time using this story Bible. My kids are catching on to the songs (which we play regularly) and they love the coloring pages. I love that they have a page to color as I read. It really seems to helps them connect to the story. Although the age range is meant to be about ages 3-6, my 8-year-old loves these stories and loves to join in on the coloring fun (maybe that is because two of her favorite things in life are singing and coloring!). If you are looking for a fun way to introduce Bible stories to your little ones, I would highly recommend this book. We love it!

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Supercharged Science

Science can be difficult to teach. Sometimes kids just aren’t interested in what you are trying to teach them. But I think I may have a solution to that problem. What if science experiments were done first to spark the interest of your students? What if there were videos of exactly how to do these experiments before you tried them yourself? You are in luck, because this type of program already exists! A great company called Supercharged Science has an internet-based program that you will absolutely love. The e-Science Premium Membership includes experiment videos, instructions, activities, exercises, tele-classes, and so much more!

The e-Science program can be used with all students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. The monthly membership can be purchased for $37/month for grades K-8, or $57/month for grades K-12. For this review we received the K-12 package. You must provide any needed materials for experiments. This website includes so many different topics and experiments that your children are sure to learn so much! These topics include everything from motion and matter to life science and chemistry. There are twenty different units and also some other subjects like mathemagic, teaching resources, and science fair projects. 

Supercharged eScience ReviewThe Supercharged Science website may look overwhelming at first…there is SO much there! But Aurora Lipper, the creator of Supercharged Science has made it easy for you. She put together some videos and a few experiments to get you started. You can see a tab on the screenshot below that says “Getting Started”. You just click on that and she literally walks you through the whole website. Trust me, I was overwhelmed at first, but after she instructed me on exactly what to do, it was easy-peasy!Supercharged eScience ReviewThe e-Science website is organized in a few different ways. You can search for materials by topic or by grade level. It was originally put together by topic, but several people requested another way so they could have an idea of what to use for each grade level. You can use either method. Each unit begins with an introductory lesson that includes a video explaining what you will be learning. There is also a shopping list for each unit so you know exactly what materials you will need to complete the experiments. Keep in mind that the goal is not necessarily to do all of the experiments…there are so many to choose from that you can pick a few you really want to do and go from there.When you find a topic that is especially interesting to you child, you can do some of the other activities.

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In addition to the experiments and videos (which we were able to watch on the laptop, iPad, and Google book), there are also extra readings and  exercises to check your child’s understanding. The answers are included too, so don’t think you have to know all of the answers.;-) Everything can be downloaded and printed off if you prefer to use materials that way.

My mini scientists have absolutely loved this e-Science membership! We have done more experiments in the last several weeks than we have for probably the entire previous year (I know, sad!). There are so many things I love about this program. When both the parents and the kids love a program, you know you have a winner!

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Like I said, I was overwhelmed with this site at first. But after going through the “Getting Started” videos, I was completely comfortable with how it worked. Although we chose most of our materials by topic, I did take a look at the grade level section from time to time. It helped give me a better idea of which topics would work best for the grade levels I was teaching. The great thing about these experiments is that everyone, regardless of grade level, can participate. The experiments are explained in terms that everyone can understand. They are spoken in a way that they assume you don’t have much prior knowledge of the topic.

One of the things I love best about this program are the videos. I am always leery of doing experiments because I am never sure if I am doing them the right way. With the experiment videos you don’t have to wonder. You get to see the experiment done right before you! Then you just follow along at home and do the experiment exactly like they show you. If you can’t get the experiment to work, you can check out the comment section of the experiment. Odds are pretty good other people may have similar issues and Aurora is great at answering them. If your answer isn’t there, just leave your own comment and she is very quick to answer and help out however she can.

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The other reason I love the videos is because they open up so many possibilities for my kids. Sometimes it may not be feasible for us to do an experiment that is shown on the e-Science website, but that doesn’t have to stop them from watching it anyway. During their free-time I let the kids loose on the website and let them explore topics that interest them, even if it is above their level. Many times we have found our next topic or experiment this way too! It is so much easier to get kids to pay attention when they are really interested in the topic.

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Would I recommend the e-Science program to others? Yes, yes, yes! I have never seen another program that does such a great job of sparking the interest of your child when it comes to science. I think a large part of this is because you start with experiments instead of finishing with them. That way you already have tapped into the interest of your child. Their ability to learn when it involves something they are interested in is so much greater than forcing them to learn something they really don’t care about. We have had, and are continuing to have, a great time with e-Science! 

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Want to try this program and see what you think of it? The creators of Supercharged Science are offering a Free Copy of the Science Activity Video Series and Guidebook. Aurora has also included a few extra bonuses for you! Here is a link to another set of free Science Activities. You can also gain access to the whole website for only $1 (this is good for one month of access)! She is so good about making her materials accessible so everyone can see for themselves how wonderful Supercharged Science really is!

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The Gnomes' Gemstones {a review}

Do your kids think math is fun? There are so many kids that struggle with math because they just don’t find it fun. Some kids find it hard to understand math concepts because they have never had a firm grasp on the basics. If you want your kids to enjoy math as they work to understand each number and what exactly it means, then let me show you a perfect new resource for you. Jennifer Compton has written a wonderful math program for early learners from Kindergarten to Third grade based on Waldorf math concepts called The Gnomes’ Gemstones.

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This book includes twelve lessons to teach your child a deep understanding of the first twelve numbers. Each lesson covers one number in-depth. These lessons can be used for your chosen length of time, but the author suggests completing about 2 lessons per week. This gives your child several days to comprehend any new concepts and allows you time to complete all of the activities.

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The Gnomes’ Gemstones does a fantastic job reaching learners of all types. Throughout the book there is a fun story about the math gnomes and their travels as they explore numbers and go on adventures. My 5 year-old loved the stories and I never had trouble keeping his attention. Each lesson’s story is tied to the previous lesson and introduces your child to the new number for that lesson. For example, in lesson 3, the math gnomes meet a family including a mother, father, and child (three people).

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Hands-on learners will enjoy all of the activities that go with the lessons. From creating math gnomes to making number cards to creating a treasure chest, there are so many wonderful and meaningful activities to solidify the number concepts your child is learning. I have never seen another math program do such a great job at tying together math concepts with fun and artistic projects. There is nothing better than making memories and learning at the same time! 

Here is a little glimpse into what a typical lesson includes. Each lesson starts with a story that includes the math gnomes and their adventures. Then there is a page of “teacher notes”. Here you will find ways to discuss the number from the lesson. During the course of this book, you child creates a number book. The teacher notes tell you what to do with that book while working on the current lesson. There is a number verse to help your child remember how to draw the number they are learning. The art activity for the lesson is listed (there are wonderful instructions in the back of the book on exactly how to complete the art activity if you need help). Each lesson also includes a creative way to teach your child how to form the number they are learning.

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Some of the lessons offer other great activities including games, cooking, science, sensory games, songs, music, and other extras. There is no lack of activities when it comes to The Gnomes’ Gemstones! By the end of the lesson you child will have listen to, written, and explored the number they are learning in so many different ways that it is sure to stick in their memories. There is such a wonderful math foundation that is created through all of the activities in this book.

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We have had such a good time reviewing this book! My 5 year-old, Moose, is absolutely loving his math right now. The math gnomes are some of the kids’ favorite toys these days. I know Moose now recognizes all of the different math symbols now because of the gnomes. He has also learned how to write and spell all of his number words thanks to the Gnomes’ Gemstones. We have some beautiful keepsakes from our lessons, including the number cards (which just happen to be my personal favorite!).

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The Gnomes’ Gemstones is a great resource if you want to have fun with math but don’t have the time to put a bunch of activities together (or write a cute math story of your own!). This book is open-and-go! All you have to do is gather some art supplies for the activities, and the rest of the work is done for you! There are sample pictures of all of the art projects so you know exactly what you need to do, which is great for a person like me who is artistically challenged. 😉

If you have any children in the Kindergarten through Grade Three age range, I highly recommend you check out the Gnomes’ Gemstones!

Are you interested in purchasing the Gnomes’ Gemstones? Jennifer has both a download and a printed book available for purchase. The download is only $6.00, or if you prefer a printed book, that can be purchased for $25.00.

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Science4Us Review
I have several children who just adore anything that has to do with science. But some days around here it seems that I don’t have time to get beyond the basics of math and language arts. Since I am now schooling three children, my time for teaching can be stretched pretty thin. If you ever feel this same way, I have a wonderful new website for you! Science4Us.com offers an online subscription that can be a lifesaver when it comes to making sure your children are learning about science, even when you don’t have the “extra” time!

The online subscription to Science4Us.com can be purchased for $7.95 per child per month. That price includes access to the entire website. Although the website is geared toward the K-2nd grade age group, it can be adapted to other grade levels. Caspian (who is considered 4th grade) is still learning a lot since there is broad scope to the topics covered. He is able to learn beyond the brief introduction to topics that we have done with other programs. Other children will find it to be a great way to review topics they have already learned. Science4Us.com is currently computer based and it not supported on the iPad.

From the first day we received our subscription to Science4Us.com, my kids have loved it! I let them explore the website on their own while I took some time for myself to check out all of the teacher materials. There is a vast amount of material covered here, and the added activities and worksheets make it even better. Science4Us.com strives to connect language arts skills into their activities. Some days the kids learn alphabetizing or syllabication. They also work on graphing and classifying objects.

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There are 28 different modules offered on the Science4Us.com website, including areas like physical, inquiry, life, and earth/space science. Each of these modules is broken down into daily sessions. Science4Us.com follows a “5E instructional model“. Every module begins with sessions titled “engage”, “explore”, “explain”, “elaborate” and “evaluate”. The “elaborate” sessions include activities in language arts like “silly bulls” and “take a note” where the children work on syllabication and note taking. The notebook entries can all be saved in their virtual notebook. The modules all end with a session to “evaluate” and make sure the material is understood.

The screenshot below is what you would see for each session of the module. There is an estimated time it takes to complete, a brief explanation of what the student will be doing, and printables both for the teacher and the student. These handouts are essential in making this science program complete. The students use these to apply their new knowledge and to extend that knowledge with different activities. The teacher support printouts are great for helping you lead your children further in exploring through activities and questions.

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You as the teacher can assign lessons for your student to complete. They can also just explore their interests and do the activities of their choice. Either way, they may do the activities as many times as they want or need to in order to master the material. When you are logged in as the teacher, you can see scores on evaluations and entries made in their notebooks. You can write notes to them about specific assignments. There are several instructional videos to help navigate through their site. Science4Us.com also offers webinars where you can interact and ask questions to make sure you are using the website to its full potential. You can tell this company has a heart for helping children learn and have a great time in the process!

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During the course of this review, I have never once had to insist my children work on the Science4Us.com website…they ask to “do science” all the time! This is a great feeling since I feel I have not been very consistent with science instruction. They would literally spend hours on this site if I didn’t insist that they move on to another activity. I love that this is something they can do on their own without me needing to be there. We can do the offline activities together, and then they can do their computer activities on their own. Even my 5-year-old can get himself logged in and knows exactly where to go to find his assignments.

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We have taken a few different approaches to using Science4Us.com and they have all worked well in their own ways. As I previously mentioned, when we first started our subscription, the kids were free to choose activities on their own. They told me what they wanted to learn about and I loaded their lessons through the lesson plans section (a star on the lesson tells them when it has been completed). At this point we were not doing any of the offline activities. It worked well, but I didn’t have a good grasp on what they were learning. Then we took a few weeks to do all of the activities together, including the offline activities. We had a lot of fun doing the module all together. The kids worked together to get the activities done.

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The last approach was to let the kids choose what they wanted to do, and add in the offline activities. Honestly, this was too much for me. Three kids going in three different directions in science just didn’t work well. For us, the best choice is to work together on one topic and do the offline activities together. I still let the kids choose extra activities if they want to do that, but our main science is together. It is such a joy seeing the kids so excited about learning new science topics!

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I know some of you may ask whether or not this curriculum is Christian-friendly. From what I have seen so far, I would say yes. Although it is meant to be secular, there is nothing offensive that we have found. There was one section I questioned about using, and that is the module on the history of the earth. This is written from an obvious old earth perspective, but the only phrase I found used was “long ago”. There wasn’t any mention of millions of year ago or anything like that. I will update this section if we encounter anything I find to be not Christian-friendly. 😉

There are a couple of things I wish were a little bit different about the Science4Us.com website. First, I think it would be helpful to have a way to view all of the topics available on the website so you could see which ones your student has completed. You can do this now for each topic individually, but it would be great to have it all together in one place. The other thing I would like to see is for the technology to be supported on devices like iPads. Hopefully in the future these things will be possible.

So the question is, would I recommend Science4Us.com? Yes!!! I am so grateful to have products like these to help lessen my teaching load. The kids have learned a lot from this website, and even better, they have a lot of fun in the process! I wish they would develop this into a website that could be geared toward older children too since I really think they have a great concept on how to teach children in a way that they retain what they are learning. Their “5E Instructional Model” is perfect for teaching to all types of learning styles. If you have ever struggled with finding time for science or worry that you aren’t doing enough, I highly recommend you check out Science4Us.com.

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Kinderbach Review

Our family loves music. It is a rare moment in our home that someone isn’t listening to or playing music. I think learning about music and rhythm is such an important skill for children. Young children seem to be especially perceptive when it comes to music, and KinderBach is a company that has tapped into this. If you are looking for a fun and creative way to introduce music and the piano to your young children, but don’t have the free time to put a curriculum together yourself, then The KinderBach Online Piano Lesson Membership with Teacher Corner may be a great option for you!20140220-155149.jpg

The KinderBach program is geared towards 3-7 year olds. You can purchase an online subscription for the year, but if you would like to try it before you buy it, they have a 2 week trial you can sign up to use. A yearly membership can be purchased for $95.88 for a limited time, which works out to only $7.99 per month…you could never pay for private music lessons at a price that low! The regular price is $130 per year. Each membership comes with access to the Teacher Corner, which makes teaching music easy for anyone to do. 20140220-155134.jpg As you can see from the picture above, the Teacher Corner gives you quick downloads to everything you need for each level. The lesson plan book goes through the specifics of what each lesson should include. The teacher aid book has many printable extra activities for each week, and most of them are in color! The teacher guide book is a great way to get an overview of what exactly your goals are in teaching with KinderBach and how to achieve them. The activity book is a download that includes all of the printable worksheets your child will need to that level. The goal book is full of cute pages to mark completion of a musical goal. Finally, the certificates are to be printed and handed out when a level is completed. There is so much here to help you!Kinderbach Review Each level comes with a collection of worksheets and activities to use with the lessons. These can be conveniently downloaded by the level so you don’t have to print off a worksheet every time you have a lesson. We print off the pages for the whole level and keep them in a binder for Moose to use when he needs them. He loves having his own “official” school binder! Some of these worksheets include songs to play or activities to do that include coloring, cutting, and pasting. There is a nice variety to these pages so that your child isn’t doing the same thing every day. I never have to ask Moose to get his music lessons done…he willingly asks to do them, and does several at a time!

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Each lesson typically lasts only a few minutes, which is perfect for the short attention spans of small children. Sometimes your child will watch the teacher, sometimes they work along with the teacher, and sometimes she instructs them on what to do after the lesson is over. We are able to watch the videos on the iPad so Moose can take it to the piano for the lessons when he needs to play a song. He usually wants to do at least 2 lessons per day, if not more. He willingly does his piano lessons, and loves them!

Kinderbach Review Here is how a typical KinderBach lesson goes in our home. I gather any needed materials, whether that be worksheets, crayons, scissors, rhythm sticks, or the piano. Then Moose and I watch the lesson together on the iPad. He does any of his necessary activities, which sometimes are done while he is watching the lesson. Then he typically asks to watch it again (the boy loves repetition!). If he finds anything especially amusing, he takes the iPad around the house and shows everyone. 🙂 After he has completed all of his activities, he typically begs to do another lesson. I usually give in as long as we have time. 😉 Kinderbach Review So what are my final thoughts on KinderBach? I love it! I think this website not only has so much to offer, but it makes teaching music fun, for both the teacher and the student. It warms my heart to see Moose having so much fun learning rhythms and playing the piano. The approach KinderBach takes is such a gentle one that any student can easily learn about music. We love music so much and I am so grateful that KinderBach can help me share that in a fun and educational way with my children. You know a program is a hit when both the teacher and the student enjoy it! Kinderbach Review There is only one small change I would suggest to this website. That is the clarity of the videos. We actually found the iPad mini was the best place to view the lessons. The regular iPad was alright, but the computer screen was a bit fuzzy. Other than that, I can’t think of anything else that would be needed for this program. It is so thorough when it comes to both preparing the teacher to teach and preparing the student to learn.

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Spotlight on a New Favorite English Lessons through Literature

Language arts can be such a difficult subject to teach. There are so many different approaches and different resources to use. After several years, we have finally found a program that seems to fit all of our needs… and that calls for some celebrating! Are you ready to see our next curriculum that we consider a new favorite?

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English Lessons Through Literature (previously called Language Lessons through Literature) is our favorite resources for teaching language arts in a way that is gentle, but thorough. Kathy Jo DeVore has put a lot of effort into creating a program that is perfect for a busy mom to use without much preparation. English Lessons Through Literature takes a Charlotte Mason type of approach to teaching language. Not only does the curriculum include reading great literature, but it also includes important learning tools such as copywork, exercises on the day’s lesson, prepared dictation, narration, picture studies, and memory work. It has everything I want for teaching language arts!

(The pictures in this post will take you through one lesson from Level 3)

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Why do we love English Lessons Through Literature?

-I love the simplicity but thoroughness of English Lessons Through Literature. The kids don’t feel overwhelmed with their daily work, but they are still learning so much!

-The lessons are only 3 days a week so we still have 2 days a week to do other things for language (that is when we do Latin).

-This curriculum is open-and-go. As long as I make sure the kids have the literature book they need for their daily reading, we are set!

-We can use the iPad to read the lessons so I don’t even need to print anything out. We can do picture studies on beautiful pictures without having them printed or having to check a book out at the library.

-The kids are learning the most important language skills and soaking in great literature at the same time. Nearly every day they are reading a classic book, a beautiful poem, and a thoughtful fable from Aesop.

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How do we use English Lessons Through Literature?

-Currently we use English Lessons Through Literature on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This rhythm seems to work for us, but you can use whatever works best for your family.

-I “try” to have the kids read the chapter of the book they need for their lesson before we start school. Some days that doesn’t happen. If that is the case, I have one of the kids read while the other is working with me on a subject like math. Either way, it is only one chapter a day. I have yet to have any complaints on book choices or too much reading. 😉

-Every third day there is either a picture study or a narration to go along with the lesson. Kathy Jo recommends possibly staggering your children’s lessons so one has a picture study while the other has a narration. We haven’t done that yet, but we may if I start to feel that it is too much to have both kids doing the same type of lesson on the same day.

-A typical lesson for us (after their books are read) includes reading the lesson, reviewing memory work, reading the poem, reading the Aesop’s Fable, doing the exercises, and copying the copywork. Some days also include dictation. Kathy Jo did create a workbook if you want a printable resource for the copywork and exercises. I just have the kids use notebooks, but I have debated getting the workbooks, especially since Caspian is starting sentence diagramming.

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What materials are needed?

-The books (or eBooks) for English Lessons Through Literature can be purchased either through Amazon or Lulu.

-All of the literature that goes with this curriculum are in the public domain, so no purchasing is necessary! I do try to get audio books from the library for Aurora if I can since she seems to read best following along with a book while she listens to it.

-You will either need a notebook, or you will need to purchase the workbook to go along with the level you are using.

-If you choose the eBook, you will either need something like an iPad to read it from, or a printer to print it all out if you prefer.

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**If you want to “try it before you buy it”click this link to get a sample of the first 2 weeks of levels 1,2, and 3. (Levels 4 and 5 are currently under construction)**

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Other products you may want to consider.

-Kathy Jo has several other language arts materials to use with your children. Currently, we are using Handwriting Lessons through Literature. It does a great job of introducing cursive through phonograms in a similar way to Writing Road to Reading.

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-Next year I plan to start Moose on her reading/spelling program called Reading Lessons through Literature. Again, this is an approach to spelling similar programs like Writing Road to Reading, Logic of English, and All About Spelling. I haven’t purchased it yet, but I am sure it is just as wonderful as Language Lessons through Literature.

-We recently started using her free literature program called Pathways: Language Lessons through Literature. It is a pre-K/ Kindergarten program that does a fantastic job introducing some of the best literature to your young children (and provides a great opportunity for some cuddling!).

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If you decide you want to give this curriculum a try (or maybe you already use it and love it!) there is a great Yahoo group for answering any questions you may have.

Do you have a favorite curriculum for language arts?

*You can check out my “review” of Reading Lessons through Literature here!*