Everyday Education is a wonderful resource for those looking to add a great literature and writing program to their high schoolers homeschool year. The curriculum has your student reading great classic literature, analyzing the literature and writing a paper after completing the reading. The final at the end of the year is taking the appropriate corresponding CLEP test, which I love! This means your student is earning college credits for completing this rigorous literature curriculum. There are 9 modules in this curriculum with easy to follow lesson plans. My oldest daughter used this curriculum for 3 of her 4 years of high school, we would have done all 4 if we had found it sooner. We have loved the choices of literature reading, discussing great classics together has been a joy and watching her digest, learn about the time periods and author and then tie all this information together into a beautifully written paper has been a joy as a parent to follow along with.
I would recommend this curriculum for any of your children in 8th - 12th grade who are strong readers and writers and want to dig into a more challenging college preparatory program. Everyday Education is a rigorous program and requires a lot of hard work, a lot of reading, and a lot of time as papers are written but the payoff is worth the work.
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A Gentle Feast is a multi-subject curriculum. One of the subjects included in this curriculum is Language Arts. To read more about A Gentle Feast Click Here. The Language Arts program starts with beginning readers and goes all the way through high school. Reading, spelling, dictation, grammar, are all included in this package. You can chose either print or cursive for each of your students. A Gentle Feast is a well rounded, thorough language arts curriculum that should be easy to use without exhausting you or your children. In the link below you will find a video explaining much more about A Gentle Feast Language Arts Curriculum.
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Winter Promise is a curriculum with many different options ranging from Science, Themed Studies, and Language Arts. To learn about Winter Promise Science Click Here to learn more about Winter Promise Theme Studies Click Here.
In this post we will be talking about the Winter Promise Language Art Program. This program is a full program from Pre-school age through high school. I have used several of Winter Promise's curriculums however, I have not yet used their language arts program. I plan to do so with my 4 year old soon. But speaking from the other curriculums I have used with Winter Promise I'm sure this curriculum will be easy to use. Winter Promise curriculum has great teacher plans and is excellent for ease in the school day. The language art program takes children from pre-readers all the way through high school, teaching everything from learning to read, grammar, writing, spelling, story telling, handwriting, and vocabulary.
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All About Reading and Spelling is a full comprehensive reading and spelling program that is easy to use for you and so fun for your kids too! I’ve used it to teach all my children to read and I have loved it.
I love the simple open and go style that keeps teaching each day easy and stress free. The activities, books, and ways of practicing site words and reading is so fun for kids that I don’t think they know they are learning!
All About Reading and Spelling is a leveled program that builds upon itself and by the time you are through these levels you will have a great reader! The spelling fits in seamlessly with the lessons for reading so it all flows together so well!
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Analytical Grammar is a very different approach to grammar and one of the best I’ve seen. The concept of Analytical Grammar is simply that nothing changes from year to year within Grammar, it’s the same 12 rules. What does change is the length and complexity of a sentence.
Analytical Grammar recommends not teaching any grammar outside basic capitalization rules, punctuation rules, and the simple basics of what makes a sentence a sentence. The concepts of further grammar are too abstract and in elementary years a child simply can’t grasp it.
They have 2 courses a middle school course and a high school course. Both can be purchased with DVD instruction videos, a teachers guide, and the student workbook.
I've used more grammar programs than I would care to confess and I can tell you this is the first program that has stuck. My children actually retained and remembered what they learned and amazingly I’m seeing it reflected in their writing too! I will ONLY use Analytical Grammar for all the rest of my homeschooling days because I love it that much!
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Spelling by Sound and Structure from Rod and Staff Curriculum is a simple straight forward spelling program. If you want a simple spelling list, practice the words and take a test then this is the program to use. Simple straight forward, lists are complied by sound and structure and it’s so easy for you as a homeschool parent to use.
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Spelling Wisdom by Simply Charlotte Mason is a great option for a non- traditional spelling program. Spelling Wisdom has compiled great quotes of history, fiction, and famous people all while compiling over 6,000 commonly used words. Rather than your children being given a spelling list where they may spell the word wrong and then have to correct this wrong spelling in their mind, instead children practice spelling by copying these quotes and spelling correctly. At the end of the week you audibly give them the quote and check to make sure they have comprehended the correct spelling and punctuation of the quote. During the week if there are words your child knows they don’t know how to spell they will give these words extra attention.
I love this spelling program and have used it with all my children. I saw a huge growth in spelling while using this program (and as a bonus I also saw a growth in correct punctuation with my children as well). And one other fun bonus is that these quotes have come up repeatedly in other conversations whether it be as we talk about history or a moral it seems at least once a week once of my children are pulling out their Spelling Wisdom book to reread a quote to the family because it pertains to a topic at hand!
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Writing and Rhetoric by Classical Academic Press is a building block curriculum with 12 books (6 years) starting in 3rd or 4th grade. I love this writing program because your children will learn to write by reading great works of writing and mimicking what they have read. This takes all the “I don’t know what to write about” away and gives clear direction on how and what to write.
The skills developed through the program are gained easily and truly without your children even realizing they are learning new writing skills. It happens naturally and is an enjoyable program to use. It’s also an easy program for parents to open and use without a ton of prep work ahead of time.
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IEW is a all encompassing writing program. They have so many options on writing. The main program for writing is their Teaching Writing Structure and Style. It comes in 3 levels A (3rd -5th) B (6th - 8th) and C (9th - 12th). It comes with DVD’s that teach each lesson for you (insert happy dance here!).
I am a huge IEW fan and I have used it with all my children in their middle school years. However, the IEW writing style is very formulated (meaning if you gave me a stack of 8th grade papers I could pick out the IEW writers). That being said once your kids have a solid grasp on the IEW writing style move them on to another writing curriculum and watch them soar. The foundation IEW gives is wonderful I just recommend trying a couple other writing curriculums in high school years!
IEW also has a great grammar program called Fix it Grammar. Your children actually learn the grammar by finding and correcting what is wrong with the grammar in each lesson. It’s a different approach to grammar but one that a couple of my children enjoyed.
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