5 Stars Out Of 5
Language Arts the Natural Learning Way
April 1, 2014
Learning Language Arts through Literature is based on the educational philosophy of Dr. Ruth Beechick and her natural learning method as outlined in her books, "The Three R'," "Language and Thinking for Young Children," and "You Can Teach Your Child Successfully." The curriculum is authored by the late Debbie Strayer, a homeschooling mother, teacher, author and public speaker, and Susan S. Simpson, a teacher, author and publisher.
Learning Language Arts through Literature Orange Book is a comprehensive language arts curriculum which teaches spelling, reading, grammar, composition, research and study skills, higher order thinking skills, creative expression and penmanship. The authors have chosen "real books" which are the back bone for the curriculum's book studies. "Real Book" selections include: "The Boxcar Children," "Wilbur and Orville Wright," "Benjamin Franklin," and "The Sign of the Beaver." Literature passages from "real books" are utilized for copy work and dictation. The Orange Book includes five units: Research, Journal Writing, Poetry, Newspaper and Book Making. Learning Language Arts through Literature incorporates creative expression activities such as illustrating poetry, recitation, writing an ad, haiku and limerick into the daily lesson plans.
The instructors guide is comprised of easy to use lesson plans spanning a period of 36 weeks.
Each lesson is made up of the following components: New Skills Taught, Materials Needed, Scripted Lesson Plan, Higher Order Thinking Skills, Answers, Examples, Diagrams and References to the student activity book. The Skills Index is an easy to use reference for the teaching parent. Assessments allow the teacher to evaluate the student's progress. Review activities follow the lessons to provide the student with additional skills practice. Placement tests are available online at the Common Sense Press website.
As a homeschooler, I have perused several language arts curriculums. I cannot praise this curriculum enough! Learning Language Arts Through Literature receives an A+ from this homeschooling parent!