We have come to end of the What We’ve Used and Loved Curriculum Series and today we are concluding with Language Arts. Since Language Arts covers a handful of subjects I am going to break it down for you.
English & Writing – We have used BJU Press since the beginning of our homeschool journey and I love it. I like that they do one chapter of grammar and then one chapter of writing. I really enjoy all the different types of writing they have the kids do from writing a poem to writing a research report. I feel like it is a well rounded curriculum.
The only time I do not use BJU is in the early elementary years, Kindergarten and 1st grade, when I use Sing, Spell, Read & Write. I am not much for textbooks in the early years and this curriculum is so much fun. It teaches the kids songs to learn phonics rules and it even comes with readers to help reinforce the rules they are learning.
Spelling – We started off using A Reason for Spelling because I loved the different hands on activities they use to help kids learn their weekly words. I ended up switching to Spelling You See last year because my kids were having difficulty memorizing the list of words. Spelling You See gives them a paragraph that they copy each day to be dictated to them on Friday. I found this worked better for us so I think we are going to continue with this next year.
Sight Words – In the early elementary years I taught sight words. We made a word wall using sight word packs from the dollar store, this also helped us with our review. For curriculum we used You Can Read! by 1+1+1=1 and the Complete Book of Sight Words.
Handwriting – We have used A Reason for Handwriting since the beginning. My kids very much enjoy coloring in their border pages at the end of their week. We did take one year off this curriculum to go through the Draw Write Now series and my kids absolutely loved it. We used the free printables made by Carisa over on 1+1+1=1 to help us out. I just printed them off and put them in a binder for each of my kids.
Reading – I have used BJU Reading since we began homeschooling and I really enjoy it. I love that the stories are engaging and inspiring. I also enjoy that it helps reinforce phonics skills with the skill station days. It also helps test reading comprehension with the workbook pages that accompany the stories.
For reading I also have my kids read books independently. 10 to 15 minutes a day for the younger ones and 30 minutes a day for the older one. To test their reading comprehension on their independent reading we also use a reading program called Book Adventures. This program has tons of titles and asks them a few questions about the story.
So that is it folks. I have spent several weeks going through all the curriculum we have used and loved, subject by subject. If you missed previous weeks we covered Preschool, Kindergarten, Bible, Character Education, Math, History, Science and Art. If there is anything I didn’t cover and that you want to see on my blog, leave me a message in the comments below.
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