Sunday, January 6, 2013

Playing with Words: The Language Arts

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Language Arts always baffle me.  There are so many aspects to it, that I am never sure which way to go.  I seem to flip around quite a bit with this one, but I am feeling pretty confident in what I am going with this spring semester.  

Spelling - I have been using School House Teachers (great website!!) and their dailies for spelling, but I am going to switch to using Eagle's Wings Comprehensive Book  and give that a try.  I am switching for two reasons - one, I am not on my computer much, and School House Teachers is & two, I am using this for Writing as well, so it just seems to work - for now!

Writing - Eagle's Wing book mentioned above has several pages of creative writing prompts and ideas, from poetry to letter writing.  In addition to this, they will blog daily as well.  If they cannot come up with a topic to blog about, the I give them one.  They can blog their writing assignment, but they still have to do another blog - it doesn't count for double!

Vocabulary - I am going to start using a book called Painless Vocabulary, and then if we get through that - when we get through that, switch to a SAT Hot Words book I have and we will work out of that.  I used Painless Grammar back a few years ago and I liked it, so I think I will like Painless Vocabulary also.

Grammar - We will be using English Grammar Online 101 - we are starting with their free lessons and see how that goes and how long that lasts.  Not sure where I am going after this.

Reading - this is where I am stuck for now.  We will be doing a Shakespeare group, reading Hamlet aloud, and they both have a part.  We are meeting once a week, but I know they need more reading.  Besides just encouraging them to read - and maybe using the book report ideas from Eagle's Wings, I'm not sure what to do.  Maybe this blog fair will give me some ideas.

Please feel free to visit the other blogs participating in this fair...
Nurturing Novelists = Building Strong Writers by Susan Anadale @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Building Blocks of Education--Learning to Read  by Kristi Kerr @ The Potter's Hand Academy

Finding Our Way Through Language Arts by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool

How Does a Unit Study Teach Language Arts? by Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun 

Our Language Arts Adventure by Linda @ Homeschooling6

2013 Virtual Curriculum Fair-Playing with Words:  The Language Arts by Leah Courtney @ As We Walk Along the Road

Virtual Curriculum Fair-Playing with Words by Karyn @ Teach Beside Me

Virtual Curriculum Fair ~ Language Arts by Dawn @ Guiding Light Homeschool

Writing Help in a Critical Thinking book? by Missouri Mama @ Ozark Ramblings

Virtual Curriculum Fair: Foreign Language Immersion in the Homeschool by Tonia @ The Sunny Patch

Formula for Reading by Erin @ Delighting in His Richness

Words and Learning by Annette @ A Net In Time

A Custom Designed High School English Credit by Tech Wife @ A Playground of Words

Virtual Curriculum Fair 2013: Still Loving Language Arts by Pam @ Everyday Snapshots

Word Play by Lisa @ Golden Grasses

Loving Language Arts by Kristen H. @ Sunrise to Sunset

Learning Language Arts ~ 2012-2013 School Year by Laura O in AK @ Day by Day in Our World

Virtual Curriculum Fair - The Language Arts Department by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory

Playing with Words:  The Language Arts by Christa Darr @ Fairfield Corner Academy: The Story of Our Life

Playing with Words:  Language Arts by April @ Coffee, Cobwebs and Curriculum

What Language Arts looks like in our house - Are we doing it right? by Hillary M @ Our Homeschool Studio


  1. interesting to see what others are doing as part of the VCF.

    Good to read through your post. :)

  2. Stoppping by from VCF and fellow Crew member! For reading we do tons of read-alouds and use the lists from SL, VP, MP and Bethleham books- so many great reads ; )!

  3. I didn't realize Eagle's Wings had all of that, thanks for letting us know!

  4. Eagles Wings for spelling looks interesting. I'm going to have to take a peek ;) Thank you for sharing.


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