Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Few Favorite Language Arts Resources

I love all the Language Lessons books from Queen Homeschool. I started using them a few years ago when we were mainly studying with Charlotte Mason Methods. Even though we are no longer strictly CM followers, I do still like what is in the books. What I love most about this book is the poetry copywork, picture study, creative writing, and gentle grammar review. I actually purchased this book a couple of years ago and use it off and on throughout the year. I would recommend any of the Language Lessons books for all the ages they have available.

Bridgeway English is a new one for us. This product was part of the TOS Review Crew that we continued to use after the review time period. You can read my review here. This workbook is a very thorough grammar review. I am even learning a few things that I don't remember. We will continue to use this one the remainder of the school year.

Of course Easy Grammar is my absolute favorite of the bunch. I purchased the above book when I homeschooled my oldest for one year. Now I am saving it for Grace's 11th and 12th grade years for review before either graduating and going to college or to work. What I love about this product is the system they teach to help students diagram sentences. Simply learn your prepositions and prepositional phrases and the rest will be a snap.

Last but certainly not least is Story Starters. We have recently come back to this book. I bought it a couple of years ago and we have used it off and on over the years. Last year Grace concentrated on essay writing and this year we are working more on creative writing. This book is perfect for creative writing. You will find 67 different story starters that your student can creatively finish. Another section is devoted to helpful hints to help students with polishing a piece of work. There is also a small section of simply pictures that the student would look at and come up with a complete story on their own. I really like this book and find it to be one of those treasures you luck up upon.

1 comment:

Homeschool Mom said...

We love Charlotte Mason, and the way Karen Andreola brought those principles of teaching to the modern homeschool movement. Story Starters is a wonderful, creative approach to writing.