Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level B Student Workbook
The Level B 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 two lessons per week. One day is spent studying the picture and reading the words and the selection. The next day is for coloring word cards and reviewing parts of speech. The drill of defining the part of speech every time may seem redundant, but it is important not to skip this step. Pretty soon, your student will be reciting the definitions to you. Nouns are red, pronouns are pink, adjectives are orange, verbs are green, adverbs are yellow, prepositions are blue, conjunctions are purple, and interjections are black. Review lessons usually take an entire week. This week is spent doing different activities with the word cards.
Phonics-The phonics lessons are not to be confused with spelling lessons. The short word lists are to be read three or four times until the student can read the words easily. After this, the student then attempts to write the words on the appropriate Phonics Spelling Sheet. The student should attempt to spell the words independently, but don't hesitate to help him/ her spell the words. The student should not become frustrated with this process. The purpose of writing the words is to help them recognize the word when they read it. Formal spelling lessons will not be introduced until third grade.
Handwriting-The only time the student is expected to write cursive is during handwriting practice. Other work should be printed unless the student feels comfortable writing in cursive. This program starts with each letter of the alphabet. The capital form of the letter should be written on the first two lines. The next two lines should be the lowercase form of the letter in a solid chain. The last line should be used to review previous letters. The amount of times each letter is written is at your discretion. If your student has trouble writing the letters, you can use a yellow fine-tipped highlighter to write the letters on the first (capital) and third (lower-case) lines. The student can then trace the letters you wrote and independently write them on the following line. After the alphabet is covered, short quotes are given. Occasionally the slate work from the McGuffey's Reader is given as copy work. Again, if your child has trouble, you can write the selection with a highlighter, have the student trace it, and then allow him/her to write it independently. I have allotted enough room to do this.
Poetry-Each week, there is a different poem to read to your student. You should help them recognize the rhyming words and circle them. It may be helpful to use different color crayons to circle the different sets of rhyming words. Often a pattern can be detected by doing this. Comprehension questions are then asked to the student.
Grammar-Sadly, children today suffer from lack of grammar instruction. It was my goal to start my children with grammar instruction as early as possible. After searching high and low, I found First Lessons in English to be the perfect fit for this level. The lessons are short and easy to teach. I knew I had to include it. Don't worry if your student doesn't completely grasp all of the concepts taught. This program teaches a little above grade level. The idea is to expose the student to the material so that it will be familiar to him/her in future years. Your student is expected to need a lot of help with the worksheets. You will find that the McGuffey's word cards and the grammar lessons compliment each other well. Selections that have instructions to write something on the board can be done in numerous ways. I like to write on a dry erase board on the wall. You can, however, use a small chalkboard, a sheet size dry-erase board or even a sheet of paper. Bold words are to be read aloud. Words that are not bold and not in parenthesis are additional instructions; and words in parenthesis are the answers to questions.