How Do You Want Your Language Arts—Complete Curriculum or By Subject?
We have three ways for you to choose your child’s language arts program. [Help! What Should I Choose for Language Arts?]
- Pick and choose your language arts by subject.
- Select a traditional language arts program with coordinating courses in reading, handwriting, spelling or vocabulary, and English.
- Choose an integrates language arts program like Learning Language Arts Through Literature.
Homeschool Language Arts Subjects at Lamp Post Homeschool
There are three ways to go here, but first, let’s talk about what subjects are covered in language arts and when.
- In elementary grades, your child will study reading, spelling, handwriting, and English.
- For 7th to 12th grades, language arts includes English including grammar and composition, literature, and vocabulary.
- College-bound students need to master the art of writing essays and research papers which is usually included in an English course.
- If your secondary level student still needs additional handwriting or spelling instruction, continue until it is mastered. It isn’t necessary to repeat every year once your student masters it. The homeschool advantage is having on the spot observation and feedback about the student’s handwriting.
Pick and choose your language arts by subject.
Now that you know what courses are necessary for a complete language arts program, you may decide to pick and choose each subject to match the needs or learning style of each child. It takes a little more time to figure out everything, but it will also target where your child needs to be in each area. Typically, experienced homeschoolers are the ones who pick and choose.
Select a traditional language arts program with coordinating courses in reading, handwriting, spelling or vocabulary, and English.
If you want a completely coordinated, scheduled course of study, then the traditional textbook language arts curriculum is the way to go. Many new homeschoolers want the “hand-holding” and teaching tips that a complete language arts program with teacher’s editions, answers, and student books offers. Complete language arts curriculum usually costs more, but you will know you have all the bases covered.
Choose an integrated language arts program like Learning Language Arts Through Literature.
A very different, but fun and academic choice is Learning Language Arts Through Literature. Everything you need for language arts for one year is integrated into one program. If your child has been in school, then this is a great program for your first year of homeschooling. I know when you look at it, you might think it is not heavy-duty language arts. I was the same way when we used it. From our experience, I know our children learned much more than I expected, particularly in the area of writing. It is one of my favorite programs. I like to recommend that everyone use it for at least one or two years.