Monday, February 6, 2017


I've said in the past that I would share some of our curriculum choices and somehow, I never really get around to it.  Well, I have a few minutes tonight.

Writer's in Residence is a new curriculum by Debra Bell, put out by Apologia.
It is a bit pricey, but when I looked at the sample pages prior to purchasing, I really liked it.

We are moving slowly through this--we could do it daily, but I just can't fit it in.
So, we will be continuing this next school year as well.

I am using it with my 2nd, 4th and 5th graders and I wouldn't go any younger personally.
From what I see, it could work with students up into high school.  It focuses on not only the writing process but also grammar and critical thinking.
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My picture is off of amazon.  Sorry for the blurriness.  I would recommend checking it out.

In addition, we also use this:

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Language Lessons for Today put out by My Father's World is great.
Short, concise lessons with a variety of poetry, narration, copywork, memorization, grammar and so forth.  We used the previous book in the series last school year.

A new thing we introduced this year is Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization by Andrew Pudewa

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I was given this book and we may not be using it in the "intended" way, but we are definitely memorizing poetry!  Boogie and Bubba (ages 6 and 4) both can recite several poems and their authors!  This was not my intention, but they picked it up along with the other kids and completely surprised me when they started saying the poems too!  Win!

The other things I include under the broad term "language arts" are typing, spelling, cursive, journaling and manners.  Oh, and our read-alouds and what the kids choose to silent read.
I don't normally assign silent reading books--I let them choose.  
That may change in the future though.

None of the subjects mentioned above have a formal curriculum.

MJ finished his spelling workbook and is currently using
The girls are still working on a spelling workbook that includes puzzles and word games etc.

That is about it.
Any questions?

What do you use for your Language Arts?

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