Learning Language Arts Through Literature Red Program
Continuing the excellent phonics, reading, and language arts instruction of the LLATL Blue Program, the Red Program incorporates the same effective methodologies and teaching strategies. The user-friendly teacher‘s manual (Red Book) with 36 weekly lesson plans is comprehensive and thorough with little teacher preparation needed. The heftier Student Activity Book reviews skills taught in the first grade program and reinforces new skills with a similar assortment of excellent activities: word wheels, flip books, games, and cut and paste activities. More emphasis is placed on poetry, sentence structure, grammar and writing - all learned in the context of stories. Spelling is also emphasized more with weekly word lists, visual representation of words, and puzzles and games for review/reinforcement. The six readers are longer but just as engaging with soft-hued color print rather than black & white. Periodic skill assessments give the teacher the tools to decide what the student needs to review. The program includes the Red Book (teacher‘s manual), the Student Activity Book, and six readers. The Student Activity Book and readers are sold separately for additional students. The Read-Aloud Library is integral to the program but sold separately (or available from the library). ~ Janice
Category Description for Red Program
Continuing the excellent phonics, reading, and language arts instruction of the LLATL Blue Program, the Red Program incorporates the same effective methodologies and teaching strategies. The user-friendly teacher’s manual (Red Book) with 36 weekly lesson plans is comprehensive and thorough with little teacher preparation needed. The heftier Student Activity Book reviews skills taught in the first grade program and reinforces new skills with a similar assortment of excellent activities: word wheels, flip books, games, and cut and paste activities. More emphasis is placed on poetry, sentence structure, grammar and writing - all learned in the context of stories. Spelling is also emphasized more with weekly word lists, visual representation of words, and puzzles and games for review/reinforcement. The six readers are longer but just as engaging with soft-hued color print rather than black & white. Periodic skill assessments give the teacher the tools to decide what the student needs to review. The program includes the Red Book (teacher’s manual), the Student Activity Book, and six readers. The Student Activity Book and readers are sold separately for additional students. The Read-Aloud Library is integral to the program but sold separately (or available from the library). ~ Janice
Learning Language Arts through Literature is based on the educational philosophy of Dr. Ruth Beechick and her natural learning method as outlined in her books, "The Three R',” "Language and Thinking for Young Children,” and “You Can Teach Your Child Successfully.” The curriculum is authored by the late Debbie Strayer, a homeschooling mother, teacher, author and public speaker. Learning Language Arts through Literature Red Book is a comprehensive language arts curriculum which teaches phonics, spelling, reading, grammar, composition, research and study skills, and higher order thinking skills, creative expression/games, and penmanship. The author has chosen “real books” which are the back bone for the curriculum’s lessons. “Real Book” selections include: “A Tree is Nice,” “Little Bear,” “The Fire Cat,” “Bravest Dog Ever,” “Ox-Cart Man,” “Corduroy,” “The Little Island,” “Billy and Blaze,” “Harry the Dirty Dog,” and “Abraham Lincoln.” Literature passages from “real books” are utilized for copy work and dictation. Learning Language Arts through Literature incorporates word wheels, flip books, cut and paste activities and games into the daily lesson plans. The Red Book contains six readers, “In, Out and About Catfish Pond,” Up, Down and Around the Rain Tree,” “Forest Fables,” “Underwater Friends,” “All Around the Farm,” and Famous People,” illustrated by acclaimed artist, Jack Stockman. The student workbook is consumable. The instructors guide is comprised of easy to use lesson plans spanning a period of 36 weeks. Each lesson is made up of the following components: New Skills Taught, Materials Needed, Scripted Lesson Plan, Higher Order Thinking Skills, Answers, Examples, Diagrams and References to the student activity book. Assessments allow the teacher to evaluate the student’s progress. Phonics Facts, Grammar Guides, Syllable Sense and Punctuation Pointers provide reinforcement as the student learns the mechanics of reading, grammar and spelling. Placement tests are available online at the Common Sense Press website. As a homeschooler, I have perused several language arts curriculums. I cannot praise this curriculum enough! Learning Language Arts Through Literature receives an A+ from this homeschooling parent!
We have been using LLATL for two years and we are really enjoying it. We started my first grader on the Red level and in second grade this year we are doing the Yellow level. I find this program to be a great blessing in our homeschooling. The lessons are planned for us and laid out in a very easy to follow outline format...practically no teacher preparation, except making sure you have the appropriate literature on hand and basic items such as pencils and crayons. Even though the lessons are planned out and somewhat scripted, the authors tell you to use what you need and change activities as necessary to suit your child's needs. The teacher and student manuals are very similar in content, but I think it is worth having both just to have the answers handy and to have my own book from which to read as we are doing the lesson together. I have not personally used this program with children of different ages, except for the read alouds (4 year-old son listens), but I think it would be very simple to use one grade level with children of slightly different ages (1-2 years apart), with minor modifications. LLATL uses a lot of different activities which work well for various learning styles. For example, it uses poetry memorization, read alouds, writing from dictation, drama, crafts, coloring, writing, and puzzles. It helps tremendously to have the extra books that go along with this program always available on your own bookshelf, if you are able to purchase them. Last year, we ran into the problem of not being able to get a particular book at the library for one of our lessons since it was already checked out, and rechecked out. This year, we purchased all the go-along books. If you are considering using this program, I recommend that you go to the Common Sense Press website and have your child take one or more of the assessments to determine the most appropriate level. This was very helpful to us. Overall, LLATL is a good value and it is very user friendly, both for the teacher and the student.
The language arts curriculum we were using was advertised as "literature based." However it did not live up to our expectations and turned our child off of the subject of language arts. We began to search for a literature based curriculum which taught language arts in a gentle, engaging format. Our search ended when we discovered "Learning Language Arts Through Literature." After previewing the samples on the Rainbow Resource website and speaking with Rainbow's consultant we ordered the curriculum. I can not praise this curriculum enough! It utilizes choice selections from children's literature to teach language arts in a gentle, fun, engaging manner. There are many stories and hands on activities throughout the curriculum. The teachers manual is a dream come true! It is so well organized you can literally pick it up the manual and begin teaching. I give this curriculum an A+!
I am currently using the blue program with my 5 yo and 7 yo and we all LOVE it! I wandered around in the LA wilderness for a few years with my oldest child, never feeling really comfortable or confident in any program. Then one day I happened upon this. It was just what I was looking for. First, it's all encompassing. You get phonics, spelling, comprehension, penmanship, creative writing--the whole deal! This makes for great retention and interest. Second, it's easy for me to use with essentially no teacher prep. Yes, once in a while I need a wire brad or popsicle stick for a small project but that's nothing. I have 3 kids to school and so anything that helps to save me time is a plus. Third, it uses real children's book favorites (i.e. Good Night Moon) as well as their own easy readers. I love the mix because it keeps my children engaged in the material as well as making sure that they learn things in a logical sequence. Plus, I feel the addition of using 'real' books gives my children a boost to their reading confidence when we use them. They love reading the books themselves that I had usually read to them. Fourth, it's more than just just LA. When we read Ferdinand we studied a little bit about Spain. Today our book was about a dog and we studied a bit extra about dogs. It's nothing that interferes with anything else we might be doing that day. It's just a way to further interest my small, impatient children and it works! Fifth and last--it's a bargain. This is a whole year's worth of curriculum for that price. I have friends who have used other, much more costly programs ($200+) with sometimes similar results but certainly not better results. I'm really glad that this program has as many levels as it does because we will using it well into the future.
I am so thrilled with Learning Language Arts Through Literature! (LLATL) My children actually BEG me to begin school. The little segmented parts of learning are just right for boys. Not too little and not too much. If your learner wants more it is easy to add to or continue on ahead if desired. The continued reinforcement throughout the week helps them retain the information very well. I love that it incorporates ALL language arts including handwriting, spelling and grammar. The student book and teacher books are laid out so well, there is practically no work for me to do ahead of time. I suggest getting the accompanying books in case you do not want to rely on your library. Our library is small so it helped me to have them on hand. Besides, the price for this entire set is so reasonable! (consider buying spelling, grammar and handwriting separate and you will understand my point!) Experienced home schoolers and those brand new to the game will enjoy EVERY aspect of this well thought out series. One last thing, if you are concerned about the stories used, DON'T BE! I thought my boys would dislike the "girl" stories. However, they enjoy most of them and in some places they have an alternate story you can read which is more "boy" oriented. Just perfect in every way! We are currently using RED and YELLOW and will continue all the way through!
Our family loves Learning Language Arts Through Literature, we are on red book but have been through blue book and will start in the Spring with blue book for my son. It's hands on and covers a variety of subjects. It works well for various types of learners! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!