luthernose Posted September 28, 2012 Share Posted September 28, 2012 This is our first year of homeschooling and I would SOOO appreciate the wisdom of your more experienced moms or dads and what you think works for this area. :bigear: I need help figuring out language arts. What I mean by that is what are the areas I specifically need to cover and how can I cover those areas without having 4-5 different workbooks. My kids are 6 (1st grade) and 8 (3rd grade). We have been using Modern Curriculum Press Phonics, FLL for grammar, and then this curriculum which I really don't care for called Houghton Mifflin Reading. The private Christian school they previously attended let me borrow the student books for this. It seems to cover grammar (lightly), reading comprehension, spelling (the spelling part is the only part I like), vocab, writing, and structural analysis (whatever that is). I don't have the teacher's edition nor will I (it's very expensive). I feel like we spend SO much time doing workbook pages and they don't always make sense to me. The stories are dumbed down and way below my son's reading level (the 3rd grader). It's confusing having all these different elements of LA to cover. I'm not sure I'm explaining myself well. What I was envisioning is maybe we could just go with a simple but effective method of using high quality classic books and just read, have them narrate for testing comprehension, copywork from passages. This would cover reading comprehesion and writing. I guess I would still need a grammar and a spelling workbook. Is that enough? :confused: I see Memoria Press has some literature guides that claim to cover all aspects of language arts, but when I read through the samples the words don't seem to be systematic for spelling. Seems to me like spelling and phonics should go hand in hand. Maybe it's just me? If anyone has thoughts on this, I would so appreciate it. I feel like there is hardly enough time in the day to cover all subjects and then we have almost no time to read good books and just snuggle and talk about them. It's like we've brought the classroom home and I'm following someone else's agenda for my kids' education, but I'm not sure myself what I need to cover. :confused: Sorry my question is SO long! :001_smile: Bobbi Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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