Sorry, it’s been a busy summer catching up on bookkeeping for our business and I’m just now researching the recommended language arts programs. (As I understand it, spelling is a required subject in my state starting at the age of 6, and homeschoolers must use a written curriculum. So I guess waiting to start formal spelling until age 9 or 10 like CM recommends is not an option for me.) I’ve missed all my local homeschool bookfairs & conferences so I’m having to rely on internet research and recommendations to compare what’s available.
I’ve just spent some time reading about Writing Road to Reading, so now I want to investigate the others.
What does LLATL stand for? And LEM?
Anyone have any experience with Spelling Power recommended by My Father’s World for grade 3?
If my son had trouble with Spelling By Sound and Structure in 2nd grade, any ideas on whether or not Spelling Wisdom would work for him in grade 3? (Using the Alphabetic Principle and Enunciation, SSS says “The lessons… cause the pupil to encounter words whose spellings follow certain patterns, and help him to apply those patterns to spell other words.”) My ds never really caught on. I think everything seemed arbitrary to him.
Thanks for any help or advice… I’m trying to learn as much as I can before choosing a spelling/LA program!
Pardon my being nosy, but I noticed your name and if you are in Texas, you don’t have to do anything. If you are in another State, I apologize and would look at Queen Language Lessons. Some ladies recommended it here, and I will probably order it when my daughter is around 8 or so since we don’t have to account for anything here in Texas.
This is the link:
Hope this helps,
I am using All About Spelling and I really like it. It is designed for all types of learners. There is a large amount of information on the website about this program. www.all-about-spelling.com/AmyTXParticipant
Thanks, I’ll look into those programs!
And yes, Cindie, I’m in north Texas! (Howdy, neighbor!) For the past 3 years, I, too, thought we didn’t have any regulations to conform to here, but while working through the Planning Your CM Education video, I recently went back and reviewed http://www.hslda.org/laws/analysis/Texas.pdf and was surprised to find we “must use a written curriculum consisting of reading, spelling, grammar, math, and good citizenship” (see 1.c. and 3.). Is this a recent addition to TX laws, or am I misunderstanding the application? While there is no enforcement that I’m aware of, I still want to have peace that if anything ever were questioned, we wouldn’t encounter any problems. Thoughts?
I second the All-About-Spelling suggestion. I’ve used SWR, Phonics Road, LEM (this is from Australia and pricey b/c of shipping) and now AAS. AAS is definitely the easiest to implement.
I had this exact same question. I have a friend who is a lawyer here and asked him to read the law as written and discern what to make of it. While the law states that you must use — directly quoted from http://www.hslda.org — “…said curriculum [is] designed to meet basic academic goals of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and a study of good citizenship…” The child must start at age 6, however, it is not required to do all of them at 6, just that they are accomplished. Legally you don’t have to; spiritually, that is, of course, between you and the Good Lord. I know how you feel. Even though I am under my Maker’s authority, He commands us to obey the law too, even if we don’t want to. If you read it another way, please, let me know. I hope this helps you.
By the way, it’s not a recent addition. I thought I had to use a “packaged curriculum” because of the way it was written, but my friend told me they just want something “in writing,” like a lesson plan of when you are planning on accomplishing certain things; but the law doesn’t make a provision to check up and make sure we are. Kind of strange. I have some acquaintances I’ve met here who just do whatever the child wants to that day, absolutely no writing curriculum. I keep a written account of all we have done just because I want to be free of accusation no matter what happens.
LLATL= Learning Language Arts Thorough Literature
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