Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level A Student Workbook
The Level A Student Workbook is a practical, spiral-bound collection of lesson worksheets, with lined portions for handwriting practice, word lists from the lessons, and varied, short grammar exercises. Some picture studies and poetry are included.
McGuffey's-The McGuffey's section usually covers one lesson per day. The student will study the picture and color the flashcards, and then spend as much time as necessary reviewing the flashcards. It is beneficial to follow the color recommendations on the cards. Each color correlates with a different part of speech. Although most children will not learn grammar concepts this early, early introduction is extremely beneficial. Your child will be able to see that the red cards (nouns) name something, and that the green cards (verbs) are "action" or "being" cards. The function of words is repeated for all 8 parts of speech.
Phonics-The phonics lessons begin with a four-day study of each letter. The activities from week to week are repeated. The capital and lower case letters are used as well in an optional game of tic-tac-toe. I've included this as an activity every week because my kids love games. Strategy games are very beneficial, but your kids may get tired of that game and opt out. That's understandable and part of the flexibility of this program. As the letter sounds are introduced, reading is gradually implemented. Finally, the student will "build" the words with a dry erase marker and game board. If your student can't figure out how to build a word, help him or her. This program is designed to be as fun and frustration free as possible. Repeat any and all activities as often as you deem necessary.
Handwriting-I have decided to use play dough as a beginning activity for each letter because it helps develop fine motor skills. The second day, the student is to cover the letter with something (I have chosen to use colored sand). If you feel your child would benefit, you could also print an extra copy of the letter and have your child cut it out. This not only will help your student learn the letter, but will also build fine motor skills. I have not included this particular activity in the lesson plan. This is just an additional idea if your student requires extra help. The third day, the child is actually writing the letters on something. Use your imagination. If weather permits, I like to encourage writing with sticks in the dirt, or using sticks, rocks, leaves, or sidewalk chalk to write/build the letter. I've noticed, especially with my boys, that the more nature that is involved in our learning, the better. Finally, the fourth day, the child sets the pencil to paper and writes the letters. My intent is to have the student "build" the letter for the first two days and then "write" the letter the last two days. After all the letters have been covered, simple copy work from the McGuffey selection will be assigned.
Mother Goose-I always thought that my mother and grandmother were walking versions of Mother Goose. It seemed they had a rhyme for every occasion. Sadly, it appears that many children don't know very many of these beloved rhymes any more. It seems only natural to include Mother Goose in this program. Each day there is a different Mother Goose rhyme. I have chosen not to delve deeply into the meanings of these rhymes. At this age, I want my children to simply enjoy the rhythm of the words, quirky rhymes, and silly meanings. If your child is artistically inclined, you can have them draw a picture to go with the rhyme.