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Books Needed for this Curriculum:
Note:For a printable list of what books are needed for this curriculum, please see the "More Information" (PDF) link above.
Please see the Scope & Sequence (PDF) link above for the elements covered in the 2nd grade text for the primary subject headings of grammar, punctuation, spelling, writing, and thinking skills.
Vendor: Common Sense Press
|Publication Date: 1998|
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SPDMOM5 Stars Out Of 5Wow - truly comprehensive language arts programJanuary 7, 2015SPDMOMQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is it. Your one stop shop language arts program! The price is an excellent value for what you get. The books are all high quality, with perforated student sheets for easy removal. My son loves the storybooks. You truly get everything in one - grammar, phonics, spelling, critical thinking and comprehension - it's ALL here. LLATL takes a spiral approach, so they introduce a topic and then review it frequently and build on it. I can see us using this clear through.
The only "cons" (and they're minor cons):
- The handwriting isn't our favorite approach, though for those who prefer an italic approach, they will like this. You may want to supplement the handwriting, but it really isn't a big deal.
- The lessons can be quite long. There are times that I have to split one day's assignments into two.
Sheila KnoxManitoba, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Well rounded curriculumMay 3, 2014Sheila KnoxManitoba, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I have just started using this curriculum so these are my first impressions. I like having the lessons laid out for me, every detail. I really like my teacher manual. The lessons are weekly, broken down into 5 lessons per week. I was having a hard time working poetry into our reading program, partly because I'm not a natural poetry reader. I love that each day's lesson has a variety of different activities and points. It also includes cutting and pasting in some lessons which I like. The pages tear out easily from the workbook. There are a few books (10?) that you need to supply with the curriculum. A couple of them you will have in your home library or else your city library. My city library only had 2 books, so I decided to buy the corresponding books, just because I like to have things ready to go. They may only be used for a day or 2 but on the upside, they are really good quality books that will enhance your own personal library.
The curriculum is really well done, well made. Everything came in great shape. There are 6 readers that come with it but we haven't started those, but they have about 5 or 6 stories in each. Again, really good quality.
This may suit your needs if you like everything laid out for you as a teacher, if you want a comprehensive LA program that is easy to implement and if you like to have something everyday to work on. So far we've been keeping up with the schedule of 5 days a week, but it can also be done 2 days in 1 if needed.
I have a 9 year old boy and a 7 year old girl both working on it. I like that they are short assignments and variety of activity every day. Again, this is just the beginning. And for my son, I like that everything is in one book, we no longer have 3-4 workbooks (1 for spelling, 1 for phonics, etc) every day but its in one book and he knows its done then. Before it was too overwhelming with lots of workbooks. Both are enjoying this new curriculum.
The price was good, but keep in mind the price goes up if you choose to buy the other books you need with it unless you already have them.
A word about the workbooks, they are thick. Its not your ordinary workbook. Again the variety of activities each day varies so kids should not get bored of repetition. Also hands on activities are included. All the lessons seem to include a variety of ways to "catch" all the different learning styles. Its something that you can make work for your kids as well. The curriculum definitely involves the student in a number of ways (cut and paste, discussion, illustration, acting out, etc) and really uses good literature throughout. So far the book has also used a story from the Bible as well.
I should mention we did not use this for previous grades. It does start with review which has been helpful. Before this I've been using a variety of workbooks from various places as well as readers. This is much better and comprehensive then all those workbooks which were repetitive and overwhelming.
Kathy5 Stars Out Of 5Language Arts the Natural Learning WayMarch 31, 2014KathyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Learning 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.
Learning Language Arts through Literature Red Book is a comprehensive language arts curriculum which teaches phonics, spelling, reading, grammar, composition, research and study skills, and higher order thinking skills, creative expression/games, and penmanship. The author has chosen "real books" which are the back bone for the curriculum's lessons. "Real Book" selections include: "A Tree is Nice," "Little Bear," "The Fire Cat," "Bravest Dog Ever," "Ox-Cart Ma," "Corduroy," "The Little Island," "Billy and Blaze," "Harry the Dirty Dog," and "Abraham Lincoln." Literature passages from "real books" are utilized for copy work and dictation. Learning Language Arts through Literature incorporates word wheels, flip books, cut and paste activities and games into the daily lesson plans. The Red Book contains six readers, "In, Out and About Catfish Pond," Up, Down and Around the Rain Tree," "Forest Fables," "Underwater Friends," "All Around the Farm," and Famous People," illustrated by acclaimed artist, Jack Stockman. The student workbook is consumable.
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. Assessments allow the teacher to evaluate the student's progress. Phonics Facts, Grammar Guides, Syllable Sense and Punctuation Pointers provide reinforcement as the student learns the mechanics of reading, grammar and spelling. 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!
Sweetpea3829Upstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Lacking in this level, but gets betterMarch 8, 2014Sweetpea3829Upstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2I'm really not understanding the love for LLATL Red level. I find it to be sorely lacking in several key areas. Before I get into my review, I'd like to say...this curriculum was recommended to me by quite a few folks...most of whom said the same thing...red level is terrible. But stick it out until yellow level and it improves tremendously.
Let's look at key content areas:
Grammar: Red level gets an A from me for its grammar. This is about the only area in which LLATL Red is solid. The concepts presented are thorough and they are reviewed quite often. There is no drill and kill, but just enough review and practice.
Handwriting: I did not use their handwriting. We use HWT.
Spelling: Terrible. Four words a week? There is very little explanation of why words are spelled the way they are. We are using AAS instead and find it to be an incredible spelling program.
Reading: In my opinion, the reading level is below grade level. Most 2nd graders are able to read early chapter books. The 3-4 page reader stories were too easy for my crew. Perhaps at the beginning of the year, they were fine, but by the 2nd semester, they really should have started transitioning these kids to higher quality reading choices.
Writing: The writing process is really missed here. I'm not saying kids should be writing essays in 2nd grade, but surely, they are capable of writing a paragraph. We ended up substituting our own writing activities in which I assigned a topic, the kids would brainstorm, rough draft, proof/edit, revise and then write a final copy.
**After lesson 28 or so, the writing improves quite a bit with the Red level.
Misc: A lot of the activities are busy work. Cut and paste type stuff that I would expect from a 1st grade, not 2nd grade curriculum.
Overall, I think that the curriculum is "ok" but not tremendous. I plan to check out yellow level as well as Total Language Plus and Progeny Press and then make a decision from there as to whether or not I will continue with LLATL.
Other users promise me that it improves dramatically in yellow level. We shall soon see!
Mrs CCorinna, MEAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Thorough and enjoyable!January 13, 2014Mrs CCorinna, MEAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This curriculum is wonderfully set-up and easy to follow. The lessons are not so long that they are boring and there is a great systematic approach to teaching. The spelling lists are great and I like having my student focus on a short list each week instead of many spellling words that they can't really learn well. He enjoys reading quality books and the readers are cute and easy to comprehend. I have only 4 complaints or suggesstions for this curriculum: 1. SPIRAL BOUND OR PERFORATED PAGES would be MUCH easier for the sake of record keeping. We use portfolios to keep school work in each year, and the pages are not easily ripped out which makes this an annoyance. (Especially since the blue book has perforated pages. Not sure why they switched on this level). 2. There seems to be a gap from the blue book to this one if your student isn't a strong reader. You may want to go at a slower pace then recommended if they are unable to read well. 3. The teacher's guide doesn't give corresponding pages to the student work book so you have to search for them or bookmark them. Certainly, not a huge deal, but would make it a bit more "teacher friendly". 4. Seems to be lacking on handwriting. I would suggest supplementing. That being said, those things are not enough to discourage me from continuing on in this series. My son loves it so on we go!
Q: Do you feel like you need to supplement? When using this as a complete LA/phonics/writing/reading curriculum do you feel like you need to supplement? If so in what areas and with what?I saw some reviews on other sites that said that this was not on the right level and that it was too easy/ not complete enough to be a stand alone curriculum.Thanks!
This is a complete language arts program, that utilizes an integrated approach to learning. Students learn the skills appropriate for each grade level in the context of real literature. This creates a deeper understanding and generates greater interest in grammar, writing mechanics, vocabulary, spelling, and other language skills.
Q: How long does it take to teach and complete each daily lesson? Does the child do any independent work?
Each daily lesson takes about 30 minutes to complete and does include activities that your child can do independently,
Q: Why are the readers shown in the photo different to the readers list? The readers for the Red LLATL are shown as:1. All Around the Farm, by Yuriko Nichols2. Famous People, by Yuriko Nichols3. Forest Fables, by Yuriko Nichols4. In, Out, and About Catfish Pond, by Charlotte Graeber5. Underwater Friends, by Lieba Gouin6. Up, Down, and Around the Rain Tree, by Charlotte Graeberwhereas the books listed for use with this book are:Books Needed for this Curriculum:â¢A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry / ISBN: 9780064431477â¢Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik / ISBN: 9780064440042â¢The Fire Cat by Esther Averill / ISBN: 9780064440387â¢The Bravest Dog Ever by Natalie Standiford / ISBN: 9780394896953â¢Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall / ISBN: 9780140504415â¢Corduroy by Don Freeman / ISBN: 9780140501735â¢Little Island by Golden MacDonald / ISBN: 9780400408307â¢Billy and Blaze by C.W. Anderson / ISBN: 9780689716089â¢Harry, the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion / ISBN: 9780064430098â¢Abraham Lincoln by the D'AulairesCan you tell me why there is a difference?
The "Readers" are included in the kit; the "Books Needed" are required additional resources that do not come with the kit.