Topic | Language Arts Using Langue Well Placement

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  • Susehatch
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    We are very interested in using this language arts curriculum this year for our Grade 3 son, but I have a question. The video and placement guide indicate that if your child is not yet ready for the Book 1 set (ours is, according to the guide), you should look to Hymns in Prose. But when I examine the Individual Studies curriculum for Grade 3, it includes the Book 1 set as well as Hymns in Prose for Track B. Since we did Track A last year in Grade 2, we thought we would be moving onto to Track B this year. So my question is this: is the Hymns in Prose a stepping stone to the Book 1 set, or is it to be used in conjunction with the Book 1 set?

    Karen Smith
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    Hymns in Prose is used along side of Spelling Wisdom and Using Language Well. There are two different Hymns in Prose products: Hymns in Prose for Children and Hymns in Prose Copybooks.

    Hymns in Prose for Children is a book for practicing reading. If your child is reading well, Hymns in Prose for Children can be used without the Teacher Book which gives you instructions for reading lessons. Reading practice is still important for children who are already reading well because it gives them practice with reading in a pleasing voice for the listener. It also gives you an opportunity to evaluate your child’s reading skills to make sure he is not reading too fast, skipping over or guessing at words he doesn’t know, and that he is pronouncing words correctly. In Individual Studies, Grade 3, Hymns in Prose for Children is scheduled once per week for students who are reading well and just need to practice their reading and twice per week for students who need reading instruction.

    The Hymns in Prose Copybooks are to give your child more practice with handwriting. Children in grades 1-3 do most of their work orally, so more days for practicing their handwriting are scheduled per week. In Individual Studies, Grade 3, the Hymns in Prose Copybook is scheduled once per week and Spelling Wisdom and Using Language Well are scheduled twice each week. So, your child will have handwriting practice three times each week. Hymns in Prose Copybooks are available in print/manuscript or cursive in both Zaner-Bloser or D’Nealian styles. It is your choice if you want your child to practice his cursive handwriting or his print.

    Susehatch
    Participant

    Karen, this is so helpful – thank you!

     

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