Trish is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She has been married to her best friend, David, for 22 years and they have three sons (ages 19, 17 and 15). Trish is from the coast of North Carolina, but they now live in rural West Tennessee on a 40+ acre farm. She has been homeschooling since 2009 and her homeschool style leans towards a Montessori approach with a heavy emphasis on hands-on learning. Trish’s family is Messianic and they love studying the Scriptures, learning Hebrew and growing in their faith and walk daily. In her spare time, Trish loves to travel, write, work in their garden and can regularly be found trying to learn something new, modeling that learning is indeed a life-long endeavor!
* This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content. * Language Arts Homeschool Curriculum Review: Learning Language Arts Through Literature Reviewed by Chellie Haight This year my daughter, Jana, is a third grader. She’s reading well enough that we have moved on from phonics to a complete language arts homeschool curriculum. We started our…
Explode The Code provides a sequential, systematic approach to phonics in which students blend sounds to build vocabulary and read words, phrases, sentences, and stories.
This program is designed for Pre-K through 3rd grade.
Volumes for preschool-aged children:
Get Ready, Book A – Book A teaches students consonants b, f, k, m, r, and t with an emphasis on phonemic awareness and sound-letter correspondence.
Get Set, Book B – Book B teaches students consonants d, h, j, n, p and s with an emphasis on phonemic awareness and sound-letter correspondence.
Go For the Code, Book C – Book C teaches students initial and final consonants c, g, l, q, v, w, x, y, and z with an emphasis on phonemic awareness and sound-letter correspondence.
Volumes for Elementary-aged children:
Book 1 – Children will learn to sound out short vowel CVC words.
Book 2 – Skills addressed through a variety of encoding, decoding, and writing exercises include: bl, sp sw, -mp,dr, and more. Students will also practice final consonant blends.
Book 3 – Skills addressed through a variety of encoding, decoding, and writing exercises include: y as a vowel, silent -e, consonant digraphs (sh, th, wh, ch, -tch, -ng, -ck), and vowel digraphs (ee, ea, ai, ay, oa, ow).
Book 4 – Skills addressed through a variety of encoding, decoding, and writing exercises include: compound words, word endings -ful, -ing, -est, -ed, -ness, syllable types (open, closed, Cle, silent-e, digraph) and syllabication with 2 and 3-syllable words.
Book 5 – Skills addressed through a variety of encoding, decoding, and writing exercises include: sounds of -ed, words ending in -ey, word families (all-alk, old-olt-oll, ild-ind), word letter blends (thr-, shr-, scr-, str-, spr-, spl-), and qu words.
Book 6 – Skills addressed through a variety of encoding, decoding, and writing exercises include: -r controlled vowels (ar, or, er, ir, ur, war, wor), silent letters (-igh), and vowel diphthongs (oo, ea, ie, oi, oy, ou, ow, au, aw).
Book 7 – Skills addressed through a variety of encoding, decoding, and writing exercises include: sounds of soft c and g, silent consonant patterns such as -dge, -mb, kn, wr, and silent t and silent h.
Book 8 – Skills addressed through a variety of encoding, decoding, and writing exercises include: common suffixes and endings (-ness, -less, -ous, -able, -ment).
Half books (1 1/2, 2 1/2, 3 1/2, etc) are also available, to be completed if a child does not master the lessons for that level book.
TruthQuest History puts God back at the center of the past.
Centered on “living books,” this creative approach to history integrates elements of both Charlotte Mason and Classical methods.
Short, very informal introductions are written directly to the student and open up each topic with a distinctly Christian perspective. Suggestions for activities or writing exercises are often included as well. The booklists follow, with selected annotations on what pages or sections to read and appropriate grade levels for each entry. Incredibly flexible in nature, families can proceed at the pace that’s best for their students as they select “spines,” biographies, in-print books, and out-of-print classics from the extensive lists.
Proceeding chronologically, entries include lists for Mighty King Arthur, Augustine, Vikings, Alfred the Great, Robin Hood, Medieval towns, Marco Polo, Charles the Wise, and other relevant unit-study topics.
Grades 5-12; may be adapted for younger siblings. 146 pages, softcover, spiral-bound.
Full resource list is included at the back of the book.
The English I: Language Skills course from Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum (PAC) develops language arts skills reviewing the parts of speech and their application, alongside a focus on strong writing skills. This course was designed to help students who’ve been identified as exhibiting weak composition skills; it’s recommended for use as a grade 9 remedial language arts curriculum.
5 Chapters; non-reproducible pages, stapled bindings, paper covers. Suggested for Grades 9 remedial. Designed to cover one year.
The English II: Composition course from Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum (PAC) will continue to develop language arts skills by teaching students how to build strong writing skills in various contexts. This course was designed to help students who’ve been identified as exhibiting weak composition skills; it’s recommended for use as a grade 10 remedial writing curriculum.
This course teaches through five high-interest “text” booklets, which cover crafting strong sentence and paragraphs; how to write effective poems, letters, essays, narratives, articles, and research papers; how literary concepts such as cause and effect are used; parts of speech; spelling and pronunciation; and more.
Non-reproducible pages, stapled bindings, paper covers. Suggested for Grade 10 remedial. Designed to cover one year. 5 Texts, 5 Activity Books, and 1 Teacher’s Resource Packet included.
Analytical Grammar teaches English grammar, punctuation, and usage. It is designed to be taught in three grammar “seasons” over three years; however, it is flexible enough to be adapted to a one- or two-year schedule.
AG has been used successfully with students from the learning disabled to the highly gifted. This innovative and logical method is not only extremely effective, but makes learning grammar fun.
It is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step approach that will prepare your student for high school and college-level work. The home teacher does not need to be a grammar expert but can learn along with the student. For grades 6 and up.