Voyages in English 2006 Grade 1 Student

Voyages in English 2006 Grade 1 Student

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ISBN: 9780829423587
Grades: 1

Category Description for Voyages in English 2006 Edition:

This older edition has the same features as the newer edition - hardcover student texts, extensive teacher's manuals, practice and assessment books - and is, likewise, an excellent course. The main difference? The texts start with the writing lessons and the grammar lessons are found in the second part. In general, there is slightly (very slightly) less emphasis on grammar and also fewer exercises to complete. ~ Janice

Category Description for Voyages in English:

With a long and notable history (the original 1940s series was designed tobring immigrant children to a complete mastery of English written and oralcommunication), this latest edition of Voyages in English continues to providea well-defined path of grammar and writing instruction to produce communicationskill mastery in students. Stating that "writing is both a way to express ourthoughts and a discipline that molds our thinking" as well as the idea that"writing is a tool to connect our hearts and minds to those of others for thepurpose of sharing experiences, ideas, plans, and dreams," this seriestranslates those goals into a user-friendly, thorough teaching approach.

In grades 1 and 2, the series focuses on basic skills with chapters thatcombine grammatical concepts with basic writing skills. At this level, thestudent book is a colorful, consumable worktext. These early language skillsare presented in a systematic manner: types of sentences, nouns, verbs,adjectives, pronouns, contractions, and antonym/synonym/homophone study. Eachchapter concludes with a writer's workshop introducing a simplified versionof the series' writing process - prewriting, drafting, editing, revising,proofreading, and publishing - and covering some basic writing skills -personal narratives, friendly letters, how-to articles, descriptions, and bookand research reports. These last two workshops are well-constructed, althoughsome might argue that it's a little early for these particular skills.

Starting with grade 3, the student books are hardcover, and the teacher'smanuals are extensive with reduced copies of student pages. There is also anassessment book, a practice book, and an answer key for both. These courses areexcellent formal grammar and composition courses with much to offer traditionaland classical homeschoolers. They are fairly user-friendly, systematic coursesproviding a thorough coverage of grammar and writing skills for those wantingintense one or two year middle-school skill development.

This series presents a multi-year framework for an apprenticeship approachto teaching writing. What is an "apprenticeship approach to writing"? Youngwriters are mentored in their writing by modeling techniques and sharinginsights. Individual feedback is offered, which is clearly tied to thereal-life reasons we communicate. In other words, students never face a blanksheet of paper having been told to write about what happened over Christmasbreak. Instead, teachers and students explore writing together. If you approachthis program as it is designed, it will require a fair amount ofteacher-student interaction, but teacher preparation is almost non-existentbecause the lessons are well laid out and easy to follow.

There are two parts to each course book. The first part contains the writingworkshops, while the second provides the grammar instruction. There are eightchapters in each part, and they are designed to be woven together. Each writingchapter studies a particular genre of writing. The genres studied at each gradelevel are similar, and at the 8th grade level include: personal narratives,how-to articles, creative writing descriptions, business letters, expositorywriting, persuasive writing and research reports. Chapters open with a "worldconnection" or a realistic model of that particular writing genre. Twolessons follow which identify and explore the elements of effective writingsuch as purpose, audience, voice, tone, mood, and organization. The next fourlessons develop skills and habits of good writing such as word analysis,correct sentence structure, effective study skills, and the ability to presentand evaluate oral presentations. Each of these six lessons is to be coveredover two days. These lessons from the first part of the books havecorresponding studies in the parallel grammar chapters of the second part. Eachchapter concludes with a twelve day writer's workshop. A seven stage writingprocess is followed: prewriting, drafting, content editing, revising, copyediting, proofreading, and publishing. For each of the eight writing genrescovered, the students prepare a portfolio piece, examine real-lifeapplications, and complete a wide variety of exercises designed to sharpenskills or produce a part of the whole. If you've done the math, you know thateach of these genre studies is to be completed in 25 days (or one month ofschool days). The hardcover student text provides all the basic information forthe completion of this study. The teacher's manual has reduced student pageswith teaching helps "around the edges." Additionally, the TM also includesa teaching seminar before each genre study chapter. This seminar includes aGenre Planner (descriptions, literature links, and scoring rubric), a GrammarPlanner (a visual, concise review, and common errors), and Content ConnectionPlanner (overview, cross-curriculum activities, and background notes). By theway, there are reproducible masters for those valuable genre-modified scoringrubrics.

The Student texts are quite thorough and could be effective if usedindependently - especially if you complete the writing and grammar chaptersin parallel fashion. However, the teacher's manuals are very helpful andprovide the day-by-day plan for weaving the grammar chapters with the writingchapters as well as using the assessment and practice books. Also, the text(grammar) answers are only available in the TM, so you have to consider howmuch your time is worth if you choose to try to "figure out" the answers.The assessment books provide chapter pre- and post-tests. The chapterassessments include lessons in test-taking strategies. These books also includea writing prompt for each genre and a student's scoring rubric as well asadditional self-assessment tools. Practice books, as one would expect, provideadditional practice for each chapter. Please note that there is a separateanswer key for the Assessment and Practice books.

In summary, this is a strong course with an emphasis on the writing processand grammar instruction. The grammatical side includes a chapter on diagrammingin grades 3-8. Its approach is interesting and engaging, making good use ofcolorful graphics and appealing use of graphic organizers. Lessons are a nicecombination of verbal interaction (many of the exercises could/should be doneorally), written activities, and assignments. There is an underlying assumptionthat the books are being used in a classroom, and several of the activitiesrequire cooperative interaction between or among multiple students. Although arevision of an older, Catholic text series (and there's a reprint of thatversion available from the publisher), this series does not include anyreligious material. ~ Janice

Category Description for COMPLETE ENGLISH PROGRAMS:

These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.

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Softcover Book
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Loyola University Press
1.15 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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my Childs school requires this book
Chrystal P on Sep 18, 2019
my homeschool advisor recommended it
Susan O on Aug 6, 2018
my Childs school requires this book
Chrystal P on Sep 18, 2019
Seems like a very good practice book for kids.
Jessieann B on Apr 17, 2019
my homeschool advisor recommended it
Susan O on Aug 6, 2018
Part of the 2nd Grade curriculum from St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
Nicole F on Sep 8, 2017
Nice for more independent work.
Stephanie S on Mar 15, 2017
Very thorough curriculum!
Marie P on Oct 16, 2016
Great English program for young students.
Angela L on Jul 9, 2016
b/c there's practice problems that go w/the lessons<br /><br />there's no practice w/First Language Lessons and my son was bored w/this one.
Rebecca R on May 24, 2016
This was great! Exactly what I wanted from language arts, and wonderful for my 1st grader. Will get this curriculum again.
Rachel H on May 2, 2016
Seems like a very good practice book for kids.
Jessieann B on Apr 17, 2019
Part of the 2nd Grade curriculum from St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
Nicole F on Sep 8, 2017
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I have looked for a few years for a program that both my daughter and I enjoy. I have finally found it with Voyages. We are a homeschooling family and have found that this program covers a lot of excellent information on a variety of areas. It is challenging and gets her thinking. She loves the colored pages and for the first time, is actually not complaining about her English/grammar work!
February 20, 2016
over 4 years ago
I used the 2006 edition of Voyages in English Grade 1 Student for my daughter last school year I live in the Philippines and this was the grammar and writing curriculum recommended by the school we are affiliated with However the local edition is in black and white and left black smudges on my daughter�s fingers So I found and ordered the book from Rainbow Resource Center Ordering online was hassle-free and the book was delivered within 2 weeksMy daughter was excited to read and study grammar and writing with her new book The Student edition is colorful and printed on quality paper The explanations are written in simple and straightforward sentences and were easy to explain or teach The illustrations are also eye-catching I did wish the font size was a little larger but it�s good enough as it is The pages are perforated and can be easily removed if needed The proofreading chart inside the backcover makes it handy so that you don�t always need to have the Teacher�s Manual with you It�s possible to teach the subject with just the Student workbook but you can get more out of it with the Teacher�s Manual I also liked that there were creative writing projects for each chapter of the book My daughter really enjoyed these and I found that they were excellent practice for creative writing � hard enough to challenge her but still doableAs a busy mother and homeschool teacher Voyages in English made it easy to teach this aspect of English Language Arts This year we continued with Voyages in English Grade 2 for my daughter while my older son is now using Voyages in English Grade 1I highly recommend Voyages in English 2006 Grade 1 if you�re looking for a basic grammar and writing curriculum that is stress-free to teach and easily grasped by your learner
September 5, 2013
I used this book with my first grader He has really enjoyed the book and has learned quite a bit from Voyages in English 1 He use to hate grammar and now it's one of the first things he asks to do each day I do feel that we have learned exactly what I expected him to from a first grade grammar programThe workbook is very easy to use I did not buy a teachers manual (not sure if they have one for first grade) and so far have not needed a teachers manual There is no prep work for this workbook I do however use a few books like Kites Sail High A Story about Verbs and others like it to help get my child understand the terms a litter betterThis is my first child I used this program with but it won't be my last I plan on using it with my twins when they are in first gradeI don't know if this program would work for a child who hates workbooks or hates writing There is a lot of writing done in this book but for my child it works So far he has loved the writers workshops and has continued practicing the things he learned from the writing workshopsI felt this book was worth the price and I plan on buying the 2nd grade level book for next year
February 23, 2010
Voyages in English is an excellent grammar curriculum! I used the 1st grade book this year with my six year old and it has been great!I will say that I don't think the teacher's manual is necessary though The workbook is so well laid out that your child can easily work independently with only a little help from the parent
February 9, 2008

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