Welcome to the 4th year of the Virtual Curriculum Fair! January is a time when some of us experience homeschooling burnout and wonder if there’s something better we could be using. And, for some, it is a time to start planning for the spring homeschooling events where we’ll purchase materials for the next school year. This week’s theme is Playing with Words: the Language Arts which includes phonics, reading, writing, grammar, spelling, speech, literature, etc., etc., etc. Latin and foreign language studies could also go here.
Language Arts ~ Phonics
J is considered preschool still, so we continue to move slowly through materials I have in the house. The primary material is Foundations A by Logic of English which we received almost 2 years ago for review. He’s also enjoying the kindergarten Spectrum Workbooks.
We go at a snail’s pace still because I want learning to be FUN for him and if something isn’t clicking I’d rather set it aside for later. While we practice writing in the air, we have yet to integrate the handwriting component on paper.
J likes to ‘play’ on the iPad and will use a variety of apps including the Talking Shapes iPad App and Hooked on Phonics.
Language Arts ~ Literature
For my high school students, we have a mixture of materials in use. P is doing a half credit of British Literature this spring using Hewitt Homeschool’s Lightning Literature British Medieval Studies. He began the course during a review period with Beowulf and will start back up in a few weeks to complete the material by the end of April.
Both boys are studying for the Academic Decathlon teams sponsored by our charter school. We’ll know in 2 weeks if they are on one of the teams. The literature selection this year is
Language Arts ~ Writing
For P, his writing is integrated into his British literature course. But, R needs more basic instruction and this is the year for me to step back and let someone else offer suggestions. He’s working on Write at Home‘s High School Composition 1 course with a writing coach who provides lots of feedback on his assignments. He is still struggling, but making progress so far.
Curious about past years for our homeschool?
Visit Language Arts in Our Homeschool This Year (2014), Learning Language Arts ~ 2012-2013 School Year, and Reading and Beyond: Language Arts in Our Homeschool which covered the 2011 – 2012 school year.
How do YOU approach learning the language arts in YOUR homeschool?
Any favorite products or curriculum that you absolutely loved?
Visit the other Articles from this week’s Virtual Curriculum Fair
Building a Foundation of Words by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Language Arts for 2015 by Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses
Bible-Based Language Arts Resources by Tauna M @ Proverbial Homemaker
Relaxed Homeschooling: Language Arts in the Early Elementary Years by Brittney @ Mom’s Heart
Loving Books and Words by Sarah@Delivering Grace
5 Language Arts Resources We Love by Becky @ Milo & Oats
Teaching Reading at Home: A Tale of 5 Readers by Kristen H. @ Sunrise to Sunset
A More Simplistic Approach to 7th Grade Language Arts by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
Language Arts Reading for Delight-Directed Learning by Susan @ The Every Day of Education
How To: Spelling Dictation by Heather @ Only Passionate Curiosity
The World of Words in our Homeschool by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Unschooling and Words, Words, Words by Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun
Learning With Literature and Language Arts Resources by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road
Words and More Words! by Michele @ FamilyFaithandFridays
Language Arts in Our Homeschool (2014 – 2015) by Laura O @ Day by Day in Our World
Our curriculum choices ~ Language Arts by Renata @ Sunnyside Farm Fun
The 2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair ~ Language Arts in Our Homeschool by Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life
Loaded Pistols: Virtual Curriculum Fair Playing with Words by Lisa @ Golden Grasses
A Renewed Focus on Reading Aloud by Debra @Footprints in the Butter
Language Arts in our Classical / Charlotte Mason Homeschool by Sharra @ The Homeschool Marm
Logic of English Foundations: The Grand Prize Winner of Phonics by Chelli @ The Planted Trees
A Sentence a Day Teaches Grammar the Fun Way by Amy A @ One Blessed Mamma
Tackling Language Arts by Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Middle School Monday – Lightning Literature and Composition by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
The Great Grammar Discovery by Laura @ Four Little Penguins