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Although my college years were more focused on science-based studies, I have always enjoyed aspects of language arts. Reading for edification or entertainment is something I do on a regular basis. My love of reading and learning from what I’ve read is something that I strive to pass down to my boys.
Truly, there is nothing like a good book!
This passion for reading is why I often get more excited about language arts programs than my boys. Well, maybe not trying to help a child do handwriting or spelling when they fight you on it. But, give me a great book to share and I am in my element!
About Home School Navigator for Reading Strategies
Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum is a complete one stop shop for your elementary students. However, it can also become a base framework for your studies with the parent customizing the experience based on a child’s abilities and needs.
Ashley and Beth are the masterminds behind the program. They bring years of reading instruction to the table as well as a passion for homeschooling.
They offer six different color-coded levels for their program (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and indigo) which correspond to grade levels, but take into consideration that not all students learn at the same pace.
The program is like a giant smorgasbord that presents reading strategies, grammar, writing, word study, and responding to reading. Each month, a new genre, reading strategy, and writing style is presented. The daily learning plan makes it possible to do all the activities, but parents are free to pick and choose what they want to use.
All levels include:
- 36 weeks of instruction.
- Daily learning plan that includes reading, writing, and word study.
- Instructional Videos
- Portfolio Maintenance (with the ability to check off days as you complete them)
Subscribers have the first few weeks to hop between levels. This allows you to determine which is the best for your child. At the end of this time, you will find a screen prompting you to commit to ONE level.
You can download pages by the month, week or go to the individual days. The monthly package includes an overview of all printables and the pages they will use during that time. The weekly packet is the teaching guide for the week given by the day.
Book Studies in Home School Navigator
For the upper levels (Green, Blue and Indigo), there are interactive notebooks included as book studies. These titles are fit for the reading level that corresponds to the Homeschool Navigator level. The interactive notebook has the student focus on the key information and record it in different formats in a lapbooking style.
These interactive notebooks can be purchased individually as well. Below are 4 from Level Green.
Video Explanation of Home School Navigator for Reading Strategies & Life Long Learning
Seeing something in action often helps me decide. Here is a video from the ladies at Home School Navigator to show you more about their program.
Our Thoughts on Home School Navigator for Reading Strategies & Life Long Learning
I did spend a bit of time hopping between levels to see which would be the better fit for J. Level Green which corresponds to a 3rd-grade scope and sequence is what I chose. This is the grade he is entering in the upcoming school year. And, I figure that we can customize our approach by using other programs in the house to fit his needs.
The writing component is a bit of a struggle for him, though, as he has not fully developed skilled handwriting or good sentence formation. For some things, e.g. the ‘hamburger paragraph’ doing in the first month of Level Green, I had him tell me his sentences aloud and I wrote on the paper. Even with this approach, we often had to discuss sentence formation during the process.
Because of his needing a bit of handholding for some aspects, a daily schedule is sometimes done over 2 days. However, he never complains about doing the read aloud component! This has held true even though he initially asked why they have you read the same short story 2 days in a row. The repetition is a good thing for students to build their comprehension skills.
Things We Like About Home School Navigator
There are many things about this program that I like. Having everything broken down by day with the ability to print what needs to happen or just look at your screen is awesome. It makes things more ‘bite-sized’ for the busy homeschool parent.
I like the video instruction that is included throughout the program. The only downside to this is that some of the videos have poor audio quality or opening it larger does not give you a larger image. We compensate by turning up the volume and just need to remember to turn it back down before going to a new video.
I really appreciate that they have found selected titles as read aloud videos on YouTube. Typically, I prefer to hold a book and snuggle with my son while we read aloud. However, this allows me the freedom to work at our desired pace and not push things off until I can get a copy at the local library. This has also introduced my son to read aloud options on YouTube as an alternative way to spend free time compared to gaming or watching a TV show.
Quick Thoughts on Interactive Notebooks
For Level Green, the first title with an interactive notebook is Ahyoka and the Talking Leaves. It is found at the end of the 6th week of the program. As J is not quite there on his progress, I took a peek at the materials.
The book IS required for the study. Additionally, the recommend a composition book for mounting the individual pieces. Alternatively, you could do this on loose-leaf paper placed into a binder.
The interactive notebook provides a background page which encourages the student to learn more about the Cherokee Nation. There are prompts for you to engage your child in a discussion so they have a sense of Ahyoka’s motivation.
Each chapter has individual elements for their notebook. This includes words to define or literary devices in a particular chapter. An answer key is provided for the parent as well.
Final Takeaway for Home School Navigator
Overall, this is a great program for elementary years. The planning is all done for you and aside from the need to print out pages, there is little additional expense required for the levels.
This can be a one-stop shop for language arts. However, the ability to pick and choose what elements you use with your child allow for a customized program.
Do you use picture books in elementary language arts like Home School Navigator does?
What approaches do you use for language arts, particularly with developing reading strategies?
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit Home School Navigator post on the Homeschool Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this resource.