Learning 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 home schooler, I have perused several language arts curricula. I cannot praise this curriculum enough! Learning Language Arts Through Literature receives an A+ from this homeschooling parent!