Of Places Textbook
No study of literature is complete without exposure to classic authors such as Robert Frost, Rudyard Kipling, O. Henry, Washington Irving, and many more. Of Places will take your child on a world-wide adventure as he journeys through the life of Corrie ten Boom in The Hiding Place, fact and fiction to find Paul Bunyan’s flapjack griddle, the headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow, and Mowgli’s friends from The Jungle Book. Several selections based on missionary and military adventures promoting character-building qualities such as perseverance, sacrifice, and courage. Build your child’s enjoyment of literature while teaching him to understand different literary devices and discern different values in each story. Combine literary classics with quality themes to give your 8th grader the optimal literature experience.
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.
The Abeka® distinctives start very early and flow through all levels, such as a cursive-first handwriting approach (starts in K and reviewed up to 6), thorough grammar (with diagramming), foundation-based composition skills (begins in 1st grade) and listening/speaking skills (including reading aloud and poetry memorization). All with Christian, patriotic-focused content in a spiral format with detailed teacher instruction. In 1st grade, skills introduced in previous years (phonics/reading, optional cursive, poetry, and vocabulary skills) are enriched with creative writing and sentence-level mechanics, weekly spelling tests, and oral reading. In Grade 2, transition to reading comprehension and beginning literature analysis occurs. Grade 3 begins the four-pronged emphasis of reading skills (analysis & discussion), writing (academic & creative), spelling/poetry, and grammar. Grade 4 (Level A) adds speed reading, the writing process, researching, and diagramming. Students refine all skills in Grade 5 (B), aiming for varied reading and writing (emphasizing research skills), as they head for Grade 6 (C), which cements the elementary skills in preparation for Abeka® upper-level courses. A complete Language Arts program requires both a Child and a Parent Kit. Child Kits contain the texts, readers, and all essential materials. Parent Kits include full lesson plans, answer keys, and level-based required materials. Additional lesson plans, student consumables, and reinforcement/enrichment ELA items are available on the Rainbow Resource website.