Learning Language Arts Through Literature Red Student Book (3rd Edition)

Learning Language Arts Through Literature Red Student Book (3rd Edition)

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Item #: 001026
ISBN: 9781929683529
Grades: 2

Product Description:

The Student 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.

Category Description for LLATL Red Program (3rd Ed.):

Organized around quality childrens literature, this program covers phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, handwriting, and higher-order reasoning. Phonics instruction is systematic, introducing a few sounds at a time and providing opportunities to read a "real" book. The literature component emphasizes the joy of reading wonderful books. The wide variety of activities appeals to all learning styles. Handwriting method is unique to the program. The Teacher Book provides 36 step-by-step lessons, answers, and periodic assessments; no teacher prep needed. The Student Book is consumable. Well-known childrens literature from the Read-Aloud Library (an integral part of the program) is suggested with each weekly lesson.

The Red Program (1-2) covers intermediate and advanced phonics (with more emphasis placed on poetry, sentence structure, grammar and writing). Red Program Set includes Teacher Book, Student Book and six Readers.

E-book versions of the Red Program Teacher Book, the Student Book and Readers are now available. All content from the hardcopy products are available as pdf files for download. In 1-2 business days after order is processed, the customer will be sent an email with information on how to access the files, and will then have 14 days to download the material. Once downloaded, they never expire from the customer’s computer and can be read and printed from any device.

"Its just common sense!" Yes, everything about this program is common sense. A very complete program organized around quality children's literature and covering phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, handwriting, and higher-order reasoning. Phonics instruction is systematic, introducing a few sounds at a time and providing opportunities to read a "real" (small story book) book which uses those sounds. The literature component (carefully selected children's favorites) reminds students that the reason for all the hard work in phonics is the joy of reading wonderful books. And woven through both of these elements is comprehensive instruction in all aspects of language arts. Relying heavily on Ruth Beechick's principles for teaching reading (including her letter dice activities), the program includes a wide variety of activities appealing to all learning styles.

The current 3rd edition features updated covers and clearer day-by-day instruction; there are also updates throughout the series to reflect changes in how research is conducted. Also, there is clearer direction for making personalized spelling lists. Some lessons have been "switched-out" to give students exposure to more classic literature. Since the original series was written over several years by two different authors, this 3rd edition has been tweaked to make it more consistent. A few out-of-print books have been replaced as well.

The Teacher Book is a homeschooler's dream; all the work has been done for you, taking you step-by-step through the 36-week/36 Lesson program. The Lessons are grouped into "Parts" and each is divided into five days of detailed instructions. New skills are listed for each lesson and necessary supplies are included at the beginning. There is virtually no teacher preparation needed; you teach as you read. All answers are provided within the lesson. Examples and diagrams are user-friendly including the easy-to-follow references to the Student Book. Periodic assessments are provided to help you determine your childs readiness for the next "Part." The Student Book contains the materials (except for household and school supplies) needed for cut-and-paste, word wheels, flip books, picture sequencing, story-telling puppets, and handwriting pages. The comfortable, natural handwriting method that isnt exactly traditional, modern, or italic was developed by the authors. This handwriting instruction is coordinated with the phonics and includes pages for children to carefully complete and display or give as gifts. The Student Book is consumable with perforated pages. Even the back cover is put to good use providing the miniature book covers to be added to the personal reading chart that marks the childs progress. Phonics concepts are reinforced in separate beginning Readers. They are small-sized for little hands and include black-and-white illustrations. Stories are engaging which is a good thing since the weeks learning activities are built around them. The student uses puppets to retell the stories, completes sequencing activities with a series of reader-related events, and answers comprehension questions. One interesting aspect of the teacher-student interaction concerning these readers is that the weeks lesson starts off with the teacher reading either the small book (Blue) or a part of a reader (Red) to the child. After several lessons thoroughly covering the new phonics concepts and practice reading parts of the story, the student concludes the week with the successful reading of the same reading selection. This is an effective variation of the typical approach because the goal of reading the book is always before the student. The Materials Packet (Blue Program only) is a useful collection of color-coded letter and word cards for learning and review along with cards used for reinforcement games and, of course, the letter dice (to be assembled from cardstock patterns). While this part of the program is not exactly consumable - you could use the various components again - the components do get a workout. If you are expecting to use the program with another child, you'll want to save these items, possibly laminating them. However, we sell additional Material Packets as well as Student Books and Reader Sets so you can easily use the program with a second student. Well-known children's literature (Read-Aloud Library) is suggested each week, so at the same time your child is learning phonics, he is also learning other important reading skills such as literal recall, comprehension, predicting outcome, and drawing conclusions. These books are an integral part of the program and the Student Activity Book relies on them. Although usually available at the local library, for your convenience we also sell them. ~ Janice


Language arts programs listed in this section cover most areas of language arts (reading/literature, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting) in one curriculum, although some skill areas may be covered with less intensity than a focused, stand-alone course.

Primary Subject
Language Arts
Brand Name
Common Sense Press
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11.0" x 8.5" x 1.0"
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See my answer for why I purchased the blue book
Dan P on May 2, 2020
See my answer for why I purchased the blue book
Dan P on May 2, 2020
My kids are looking forward to using this program.
Monica K on May 6, 2019
My kids are looking forward to using this program.
Monica K on May 6, 2019
Are the student pages still perforated and hole punched?
User on May 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, the 3rd edition Student Book is not hole-punched nor are the pages perforated.
Is this usable with the older teacher's manual?
A shopper on Aug 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, they are not compatible. Three of the five readers for the red program have been replaced which affects 16 lessons.
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Takes the Guesswork Out
Love how these take the guesswork out of teaching Language arts, makes it fun and engaging and because it is step-by-step, I can follow it and use my energies to focus on other things, instead of figuring out a curriculum.
October 15, 2020
4 months ago
Not perforated or hole punched like 2nd edition....WHY????
I was very disappointed that the publisher decided not to perforate or hole punch the Student Workbook like they had in the 2nd edition. That may seem minor to them, but with many workbooks per student it is difficult to manage. And you can't just leave the pages in the workbook because it is so thick and make it hard to write in. So I will have to take it to an office supply store and have them cut the binding off and store it in a binder.
We loved the 2nd edition and I used it with two of my kids. The content is great and I love this curriculum, just really disappointed they took away the added convenience.
May 8, 2019
My daughter seems to have a natural inclination toward maps choosing to colour them for fun when she was three so I took a guess about which programme to buy for her when we started schooling formally She loved this series from the beginning even though it's only black and white She responds to its clean lines and uncluttered appearance Even though she's just starting 3rd grade she is halfway through the Grade 5 book However the math and spatial skills required in this volume seem to be quite a leap from the others and she has struggled more with it -- especially the overly drilled latitude and longitude pages I think she will enjoy Book 6 more but we're skipping some of the pages in this one to keep her enthusiasm up BTW she and I didn't agree with some of the answers being one or two degrees off and this she found extremely frustrating
August 23, 2008

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