English Lessons Through Literature (Upated version, Secular)

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Now English Lessons Through Literature has a secular version (Aspiring, Blossoming, Cultivating, Discerning, Enlightening, Flourishing). The general approach and most of the content is the same; the only difference is that any faith-based content has been removed from the secular version. This means that some exercises/activities have been tweaked and a few changes have been made in the Literature selections. But, all-in-all, the two versions are comparable in terms of course content and rigor. And, it makes this secular version somewhat unique since most of the Charlotte Mason language arts programs have faith-based content.

The six levels currently available can be used for grades 1 through 8. These volumes are designed for the teacher and provide three lessons per week for 36 weeks (108 lessons per level). Each lesson follows a similar format. In each level, whole books are provided as read-alouds, with chapters to be read daily as the first lesson item. Fables, stories, excerpts, and poetry are also regularly used. Occasionally, the student is asked to think about something from the reading, but the author avoids comprehension questions. The instructional nugget is next and "nugget" does seem like the best description particularly in Aspiring/Blossoming. In the upper levels, the "nugget" is something more like a "chunk." Systematic grammar instruction starts in Blossoming and is pretty impressive, covering everything from punctuation to parts of speech to types of sentences and includes diagramming in Cultivating - Flourishing. In fact, in Blossoming and up, the lesson title reflects the grammar covered (i.e. #38 in Blossoming is titled State of Being Verbs; Review: Pronouns) leaving no doubts about the general grammatical scope and sequence. In Discerning & Enlightening there is an appendix that provides additional writing lessons for older students. The author also provides a free download full of worksheets that can be used with any level for extra practice. The appendices in each book include valuable information - memory work lists, a segment on the correct use of words, diagramming references, and sometimes literature passages.

There is very little teacher prep in using these books. You will want/need to get a copy of the read-aloud books and make a copywork master (StartWrite font software would be a help with this.) That½s about it! The daily lessons are pick-up-and-go. Full-color version of the black and white pictures used as picture studies are available on the author½s website, so you may want to provide access to those just to make the whole study more enjoyable for both of you. Your student will ultimately be compiling a notebook to include copywork, definitions, exercise. (The author sells downloadable PDF notebook pages from her website.) Although prep is minimal with these courses, the daily lessons are based on teacher-student interaction.

You can probably tell that I½m enthusiastic about this series. It½s well-constructed, easy-to-use, has a strong emphasis on literature and an equally strong emphasis on systematic grammar and mechanics. Cultivating begins to introduce writing instruction, so that is covered as well. You only need to add phonics/reading instruction and perhaps spelling (the author encourages the use of a personal spelling journal) to have a well-rounded approach to English and Language Arts. ~ Janice

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