Language Lessons for a Living Education
Self-described as Charlotte Mason-flavored, this language arts curriculum (with reading, grammar, vocabulary, composition and handwriting practice) pulses with a biblical emphasis (NASB). Learning activities are based in story/reading. In levels 2 through 5, students read a continuing story about friends Micah and Claire and their Sunday School experiences, and then they alternate with an age-appropriate literature selection. To select a level for your student, the general expectation is that the students’ skills should be comfortably at grade level (in reading, writing, and handwriting).
Each week follows a similar pattern of activities, with an included schedule. All levels encourage picture study, handwriting, Bible memorization, spelling (with creating a dictionary), progressively more challenging composition and reading tasks, and Just for Fun critical thinking activities. Quarterly checklist-type reviews of skills help monitor progress. These streamlined worktexts combine student and teacher material; you’ll find just-enough teacher direction highlighted throughout, additional direction in the front matter and in the Teachers Aid section (about 100 pgs.). This section includes such things as dictionary pages to copy, optional learning games, spelling practice ideas, copywork practice, and grammar study sheets. Recommended Master Books reading lists are included. Most levels require Favorite Stories from the Bible or other resources. Course includes a course assessment chart to record whether a child has mastered specific skills and a completion certificate. All levels in the series are non-reproducible (except where indicated), consumable, and 3-hole punched. ~ Ruth