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Books Needed to Use This Curriculum: Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder / ISBN: 9780064400039
Note:For a printable list of what books are needed for this curriculum, please see the "More Information" (PDF) link above.
Vendor: Common Sense Press
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 11 X 8.5 X .75 (inches)
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godsamazinggrace2 Stars Out Of 5Not impressedApril 2, 2015godsamazinggraceQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Although I LOVE the concept of learning language through literature, I felt that the activities in this book were incredibly shallow, work-booky type exercises that did not encourage depth of thought, creativity, or true understanding. I will be trying to resell this book unused through my homeschool co-op. Very disappointed in this.
Homeschool Mom5 Stars Out Of 5Covers it allAugust 26, 2014Homeschool MomI like how this program is all encompassing & is not too time consuming.
Kathy5 Stars Out Of 5Language Arts the Natural Learning WayApril 4, 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, and Susan S. Simpson, a teacher, author and publisher.
Learning Language Arts through Literature Purple Book is a comprehensive language arts curriculum which teaches spelling, reading, grammar, composition, research and study skills, and 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: "Farmer Boy," "The Trumpet of the Swan," "Meet Addy," and "Caddie Woodlawn." Literature passages from "real books" such as Mr. Popper's Penguins," "David Livingstone, Foe of Darkness," "Strawberry Girl," "Amos Fortune, Free Man," and "Color the Classics" are utilized for copy work and dictation. The Purple Book includes three units: Speech Making, Poetry, Oral Presentation of Folk Tales and Tall Tales.
*Learning Language Arts through Literature incorporates creative expression activities such as choral reading, family tree, interviewing, memorizing, role playing and speech making 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!
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CALaurieCAGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5August 24, 2012CALaurieCAGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've used LLATL books before and I like the way they are laid out and progress sensibly. This is a great deal for elementary Language Arts.
Q: Is this a curriculum I could use with multiple age levels or should I get each level for the appropriate grades? I currently have Kindergarten, first, Third and 4th grades. Will I need to get each level for each child or is it something where I could use one grade level across all the grades and scaffold the assignments appropriately?
This curriculum is written to a specific grade-level. Younger children can participate in a limited number of activities, however, most assignments in this book would be beyond the abilities of younger students.