During the month of January, Susan at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds is hosting a virtual curriculum fair. Basically, several homeschools have volunteered to show and discuss what is working for them. I have decided to join up and show some of the curriculum we love and what is working for us.
Our favorite homeschool curriculum that we love in grammar is Classical Conversations Foundations & Essentials programs.
Here is a sample video of Cycle 3 - Week 1 English Grammar memory work. It is so simple but it really works!
The Essentials program is where you apply the facts that you've memorized by diagramming sentences and seeing how the facts you've memorized actually apply in a sentence and that leads to writing.
We have used Abeka, Primary Language Lessons, and Intermediate Language Lessons and none of those really worked well for our family.
We have also tried different spelling curriculum including Abeka, All About Spelling, and Spelling Power without success. So, we just go over spelling in writing assignments as they come up and learn to spell our new vocabulary words in our IEW writing course (see below).
Our all time favorite reading curriculum is definitely Sonlight! The kids love their books and I love the questions in the Instructor's Guide (IG). I also love the schedule that is laid out for me in the IG. To save in cost, I try to buy used and combine the levels. For instance, this year in Classical Conversations we are studying American History. So, I chose Level D readers - Introduction to American History for both Stephen (5th) and Sarah (3rd). Stephen follows the advanced reading schedule and Sarah follows the regular reading schedule included in the IG. Many of the books are the same - it just has Stephen reading them at a faster pace than Sarah.
I must tell you that our favorite curriculum for Latin would be the Latin for Children series. We have tried just about all the Latin curriculum choices there are and this is still our favorite go to along with the memory work that we learn in Foundations during Classical Conversations as well.
Our favorite here would definitely be Intitute of Excellence in Writing (IEW). Both of my boys struggle with writing and IEW has broken writing down step by step so it is not so intimidating for them. You can read my review here for more information.
There are so many great choices out there but these are our favorites! As you can tell, we are very eclectic in our curriculum choices.
Be sure to check out what other homeschoolers choices are for Language Arts by clicking the links below.
- Reading on Time by Cindy Horton @ Fenced in Family
- Playing with Words: the Language Arts by Christa Darr @ Fairfield Corner Academy
- Reading and Beyond: Language Arts in Our Homeschool by Laura O in AK @ Day by Day in Our World
- Learning Language at Our House by Jessica @ Modest Mama
- Virtual Curriculum Fair: Language Arts by Christine T. @ Our Homeschool Reviews
- The Learning of Language by Dawn @ tractors & tire swings
- Reading and Spelling: Modifying the Magic by Pam @ Pam and Everyday Snapshots
- An In Depth Look at All About Spelling by Missouri Mama @ Ozark Ramblings
- Virtual Curriculum Fair: Let's Talk About Words by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter
- Why We Love Classical Conversations Essentials (and how I know that is not a complete sentence!) by Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun
- Virtual Curriculum Fair---Playing with Words: the Language Arts by Angie @ Petra School
- Whole Language vs. Phonics by Christine @ Crunchy Country Catholic
- It's All About the Art of Language by Brenda Emmett @ Garden of Learning
- Watching Movies for Language Arts Class by Debbie @ Debbie's Digest
- Only 5 Spelling Tests a Year! (Can we do that?) by LP @ justpitchingmytent
- Playing with Words by Chrissy @ Learning is an Adventure
- Playing with Words, the Language Arts by Cindy @ For One Another
- Language Art at Our House by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
- Virtual Curriculum Fair Week One Playing with Words: the Language Arts by Leah Courtney @ The Courtney Six Homeschool Blog