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This is a fairly new program. I’m using level 3 for my 3rd and 4th grader and beta testing level 5 for my 6th grader. So far, I really like it. I wanted to plug it here because I see a few other threads asking about LA. It is very CM, imo. It is what I would do if I had time and inclination to pull it all together myself, but it’s already put together for me here. Here’s a link:DesParticipant
I was just going to post regarding this program. I’m using level 3 with my 5th grader, we will start on MondayServingwithJoyParticipant
Is it called “Language Lessons through Literature?”
Changing the posting title would distinguish it from LLATL by Common Sense Press. The names are similar enough that I think many people are passing over this post, assuming it is about LLATL. And the book ‘covers’ are very similar, as well.
I am looking forward to finding out more! It looks like a language arts system that I would like :-).
I agree. The name and the book covers are very similar. I’m afraid people will get it confused.
I’m interested in this book (vol 1 I think) but it is frustrating that I can’t see a lesson. I’ve looked at the samples at Lulu and Amazon but neither show enough, in my opinion. (Side note: Thank you SCM for having such generous samples!!) I have a strong reluctance to getting a packaged LA program in truth but if I could find something I thought was really excellent I think it would be a really good time to try it right now! Any other uses on this forum? Any advice on where to find samples of the actual lessons?
When I went to Lulu to check samples of level 3, I found 50 pages of sample there. She includes the TOC, the introduction and the first six lessons I believe. Did you find that? You need to click on the preview tab below the picture of the book. Hope that helps,
Thanks Jean. I went to Level 3 and did get a better idea of how it looks. I wish there were equivolent samples for the younger ages! Another thing that would help me almost as much would be a website i can type copywork into and have it print out in Italics font. That step takes me entirely too long and I think if I just had that service I could easily continue what I’m already doing for another year or so without buying more products. Does anyone know how to get Italics font to print from the computer other than by paying $50 to educationalfontware.com? Thanks!sherazParticipant
If you want to see more samples for the younger ages, look at the preview of the PDF version. It has 39 pages of samples that also go through lesson 6. She includes Italics in her workbooks, along with 4 other fonts.
I don’t use italics, so I am not sure about where to get it elsewhere for your own work, though.
Yes, Sheraz, that’s exactly what I was looking for! I didn’t realize the different formats have different samples. Perfect! Thank you.KristenParticipant
I have been looking for a complete LA program for us. Something to save me time in trying to pull it all together. I will definitely check this out. Thanks so much for posting!mrsmccardellParticipant
I’m confused with 2 things regarding LA.
I thought some of the subjects in these books would fall under family study (ie picture study, poetry, etc). Does this program turn that into individual work? I know copywork can only be individual so I’m not sure what else I would look for this program to accomplish (in the early years).
I thought grammar shouldn’t begin until grade 4. Why are so many people using programs like this and Queen’s Language Lessons for Little ones?
Currently, I am creating our copywork and we do picture study and poetry together. Can someone explain what I’m missing? Thanks…I’m waiting for my newbie questions to end but they keep coming!!
MrsMcCardell I think these are great questions and hope to get some experienced folks to answer. I think you are right about grammar not starting until later if you follow Mason’s guideline. It seems the first in this series doesn’t get into grammar but then I agree also it seems…different…to include picture study. I’ve come back to thinking it isn’t the right thing for us at this point. I think I was just getting excited about something being done for me that I’m struggling to do regularly myself.
These are good questions. There is a gentle introduction to grammar in level 3 in LLTL. I’m using this level for my 4th grader.
I would also prefer to do picture study and poetry with all my children at the same time. However, many CM-type LA programs do include it at every level. Primary and Intermediate Language Lessons by Emma Serl does, as well as Queen’s. If you wanted to do it with multiple ages, I would just pick a level and do that all together instead of doing it individually. If I was only teaching one child, I would appreciate that it was included in each level.sherazParticipant
Leslie – Honestly, you are right about CM not starting grammar until later. However – many people are working with state/province requirements and so use these books as a less objectional way of teaching grammar at the younger ages. Some people are not CM “purists” and so blend programs trying make a better fit for themselves, and others just prefer to do it their way, adapting CM methods to their families. It depends on where you and your family are at in life too – sometimes people need a bit of currlculum-organizing help and others need children to be as independent as possible. This is not intended to be judgemental. It is a statement of observations I have made the last few years being on this forum. We are all different and it is okay.
Regarding the picture study and the poetry – we do it as a family: weekly for picture study and daily for poetry. I still have my children read and enjoy them when they are presented in lessons in our ILL. It only takes a few minutes and they are exposed to poetry and artists that we may not get a chance to study more formally together. It helps spread the feast, spark some ideas, and they are fun!mrsmccardellParticipant
Thanks for explaining. So I will need something for our state come next year. Thanks sheraz for pointing that out to me. Could someone list for me the options I may be missing in this list:
Learning Language through Literature
Language Lessons through Literature
Thanks for helping to sort through all this.
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