“The BEST New Language Arts Program” (Mary Pride)
There are 32 lessons geared toward fourth- and fifth-graders.
“The language arts curriculum, based upon ideas from Ruth Beechick’s books, stands out above the rest as being age appropriate and practical for home educators. [Literary passages are from The Tale of Anabelle Hedgehog, The Sign of the Beaver, Wilbur and Orville Wright, The Boxcar Children, and more provide the basis for students’ study.] Students practice taking dictation or copying according to their skill level. Using the passage as a springboard, they study and apply grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and writing skills. The method is ‘whole language’ in that all language skills are taught in relationship to one another. . . . Large-print copies of the literary passages, called Student Editing Models, are also included in the back of each book to make it easier for students to either copy or correct their work” (Cathy Duffy in Christian Home Educators’ Curriculum Manual).
“Based on Ruth Beechick’s methods, as outlined in her book You Can Teach Your Child Successfully, Learning Language Arts Through Literature is a program based on excerpts from great children’s literature. . . . Each of the lessons includes a literary passage and five daily learning activities designed to help your student learn thinking and writing skills. . . . Every language art is included: spelling, grammar, vocabulary, writing mechanics, penmanship, and thinking skills. . . . Grammar is taught in the context of writing, not as an isolated subject. . . . Vocabulary is developed through studying English classics and through dictation/copying exercises. Penmanship is practiced in the same way.
“Each dictation lesson also includes a writing activity designed to increase thinking skills. For example, the student might be asked to rewrite an entire passage in the past tense, or change it from third to first person. Doing this with technical correctness and literary flair will take some thought!” (Mary Pride in The Big Book of Home Learning).
“What an improvement over the standard methods of language learning! In this series, students learn from excellent literature how to be better writers and thinkers. I highly recommend it” (Dr. Ruth Beechick).
“The effectiveness of the methods used here will help children learn better without frequent repetition” (Cathy Duffy).
“Written in a unit approach, this book provides variety and fun for everyone.
- Everyday Words–focusing upon grammar through dictation and games
- Newspaper–paragraph writing, vocabulary and much more
- Poetry–copying, creating and illustrating poetry
- Research–fact gathering, note-taking, and writing a simple research project
- Journal–map making, photo albums, letters, writing, and more
- Book Making–simple, clear instruction with diagrams for book binding”