Homeschooling: Language Arts

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Wondering where to start in choosing language arts curriculum?

To me, language arts is very important as one of the building blocks for learning, and these are my favorite resources for teaching language arts.

When I first started looking into homeschooling, I talked to a lot of veteran homeschoolers I knew to get information about the resources they used and formed my opinions from there. They were also moms I respected, and kids I respected, too, so I found this to be a great source of information.

I find that if curriculum recommendations come from someone you respect and share similar thinking with, you will often end up with something that is a good fit.

Here are our favorites:

language arts

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This program,

The Blue Book Reading Program (1st Grade)

is one of the program I use and love during the primary years.

I love this one because it is rooted in literature, which is important to me, and it is Christian based as there are Bible passages and literature choices throughout.

I would say that this book for 1st grade is more suited for kindergarten age, therefore, everything just bumps up a year from how they have it actually named or labeled. This is just a technicality, however, since I find the learning is consistent with other programs of the correct grade level.  That seems kind of confusing, so I will say it a different way.

If you are using the blue book listed above in kindergarten, your child will be learning language arts skills that are consistent with other language arts programs in kindergarten. I do really love this program and have used it through eighth grade.

Because I felt the above program was a bit weak on the grammar end in terms of what I was looking for, I supplemented in with this,

First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind: Level 1 (Second Edition) (First Language Lessons)

I cannot say enough good things about this program. It starts in 1st grade, but it is easy enough to use earlier with certain kids, too. This program is heavy on the grammar end – it even extensively tackles diagramming sentences, which is my favorite thing on earth to do. Sad, I know.

This is a program by the same author that is strong on the writing end

The Complete Writer: Level 1 Workbook for Writing with Ease (The Complete Writer)

I like using all of these resources because as you can see, each one is strong in their own area. I feel language arts and grammar are so important with all three branches of literature, grammar, and writing being equally important.

Beginning in 4th grade, we pick up Switched on Schoolhouse like here,

2015 Switched on Schoolhouse, 4th Grade, Grade 4 Language Arts Curriculum by AOP (Alpha Omega HomeSchooling), SOS CD-ROM

I will elaborate more on Switched on Schoolhouse in a later post because that program is an entire post on its own. Bu for our purposes here, we do add SOS into the mix for Language Arts in 4th grade, too, and we love all things SOS.

This is also a Christian based curriculum with Bible verses, lessons, and stories throughout.

When it comes to language arts,we are using several programs at one time, but these have all worked well for us!

I realize that this is a lot of information to digest, but in my opinion, language arts is such an important part of school. Take your time to look through the resources I listed, and do your homework in other ways, too. I recommend starting with what language arts skills are most important to you, and going from there.

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If you are looking for information on reading or school for preschoolers, you may enjoy When Should I Start Homeschooling My Preschooler, What to Do When Your Child Hates Learning to Read, or 10 Ways You Can Prepare Your Preschooler For a Lifetime of Learning.

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