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

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Item #: 000965
ISBN: 9781929683406
Grade: 4

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Publisher: Common Sense Press

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Definitely worth a look if you want copywork, dictation, and variety
I have been using LLATL for the past 3 years straight with several of my children (yellow, orange, purple, tan, green, and gray). This review is for the 3rd edition Orange student book.

I am a veteran homeschool mom. I've been at this since 1996. I have tried a number of language arts programs over the years. Do I love LLATL? I wouldn't say LOVE, but it gets the job done, and I do plan to stick with it over the next couple years. That is saying a lot considering my past history with switching. I even have a back history with LLATL and came back to it a number of trial-and-errors later. (I mostly came back because, even though I love English grammar, my kids were getting lost in the abstractness of it the way it is taught so many other places.)

Is there much difference between the 2nd and 3rd editions? If you already own the 2nd edition, it isn't worth switching to the 3rd edition. The differences aren't that huge. If you are buying for the first time, go with 3rd edition. There are teensy additions that add to the experience.

Is this as comprehensive as, say, Rod and Staff? Yes and no. It covers many of the same things, but not as in depth every time. You will repeat topics many times over the course of the series. It isn't something that worries me at the 4th grade level (even using the later levels, it doesn't bother me then either).

I like that the book doesn't hit you with the same old, "A noun is a person, place, or thing," line and progress through the list of grammatical terms. Yawn. It's more varied and interesting than that. It teaches about some literary terms. It covers journaling and newspapers, just a few little extras along the way.

I am not shy about whipping out my smart phone for us to watch a youtube related to a lesson or to look up a fact or figure. If I want to switch things up or skip parts, I have no reservation. We make it our own. Some of the exercise sentences can be a bit simplistic, so I beef them up sometimes. We watch some School House Rock videos that my kids definitely correlate to their LLATL lessons. (You can buy these or find them on youtube.)

My child is 9 and a natural speller, but he still finds he has to study for the dictations. The copywork and dictations are integral parts of this program. It helps a parent to have a working knowledge and understanding of the benefits of Charlotte Mason and/or Ruth Beechick style language arts learning for the beauty of LLATL to come alive. It isn't the same drill and kill as the more standard Abeka and Rod and Staff. It can appear light, but it is richer than you might think.

Do I recommend the student activity book? A resounding yes. In fact, this is what appeals the most to my kids. They can write in the books. I cut off the binding and put a spiral in instead. Makes it MUCH easier to use.

Do my kids complain about using LLATL? They'd complain about any language arts program, truth be told, but they don't mind this at all.

Do we do the book studies? The book studies are actually the weak point of the series that I wish they would've addressed in the 3rd editions. We read some of the books (or listen on audio). We seldom do the assigned book studies. If we do read the books, we tend to discuss them or have the kids give some narrations. I have my children all reading through a book of their choice every school day. Seeing words and sentences in literature aids in their ability to assimilate this into their own use.
January 26, 2019
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I liked that they were bargain price! Always helps to save money with a large family.
Monica K on May 6, 2019
I have used this series with my children for years. It is the best thing I have found.
Mari H on Jul 7, 2018
I liked that they were bargain price! Always helps to save money with a large family.
Monica K on May 6, 2019
We used this curriculum this year and really liked it, so I chose to continue with it for next year.
Lisa M on Apr 2, 2019
I have used this series with my children for years. It is the best thing I have found.
Mari H on Jul 7, 2018
We used this curriculum this year and really liked it, so I chose to continue with it for next year.
Lisa M on Apr 2, 2019
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