Curriculum Language Arts Programs

 

McRuffy Language Arts

Grades K-4th

 

 

Pros

  • Multisensory

  • Phonics instruction throughout (great for struggling readers)

  • Colorful workbooks

  • User friendly (scripted for parents)

  • Includes readers

  • Optional handwriting

  • Challenging but not overwhelming

  • Optional to do in cursive

Cons

  • No literature (i.e. living books)

  • Workbook style

Grades K-6th

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Pros

  • Thematic approach

  • Literature based (not textbooks)

  • Taught through social studies and science

  • Hands on\project based

  • Good for multiple learning styles

  • Creative

  • Good for multiple ages (i.e. family school)

Cons

  • No direct reading instruction (starting in Age 5-7 students need to be independent readers or add in readers on their level)

  • Parent intensive

  • Spelling is thematic not phonics based

  • In depth coverage may be too intense for some learners

  • Must do everything in each unit to cover all standards.

Grades K-6th

 

Pros

  • Covers all language arts in one program (don’t need anything extra)

  • User friendly

Cons

  • Traditional Ed approach

  • Parents need to print out all worksheets they use from CD-Rom

  • Small amout of parent prep for each lesson

 

Partial Language Arts Hard Copy and Online 

Grades 3rd-6th

Sample Lessons 

 

Pros

  • Independant

  • Thorough

  • Incremental development of concepts

  • Continual review of concepts

Cons

  • No literature (i.e. living books)

  • Workbook style

  • No pictures or colors

  • Can tend to be dry

  • Grammar is VERY technical (ex. diagramming sentences)

Grades 1st-6th

 

Pros

  • Scripted for parents to follow

  • Low prep time to teach

  • Multisensory (Jingles)

  • Thorough coverage

  • Good for auditory learners

Cons

  • Grammar is VERY technical (ex. diagramming sentences)

  • Can sometimes feel dry and repetitive

  • Requires a supplement for reading

  • High parent involvement

JacKris Growing, Winning, Soaring Combo

Grades 1st-6th

 

 

Pros

  • Independant

  • Full coverage for grammar, writing, and spelling if used together

  • User-friendly (pick up and go)

  • Short lessons

Cons

  • Workbook style can be boring for some (requires 3 separate workbooks)

  • Redundancy if used year after year

Spectrum Combo

Grades K-6th

 

 

Pros

  • Independant

  • Full coverage for grammar, writing, and reading if used together

  • User-friendly (pick up and go)

  • Short lessons

Cons

  • Workbook style can be boring for some (requires 3 separate workbooks)

  • Redundancy if used year after year

Grades 1st-6th

 

Pros

  • DVD instruction + workbook

  • Covers writing and grammar in combination with each other.

Cons

  • DVD instruction can sometimes create a disconnect between parent and their students progress

Grades K-6th

Available book guides can be found here

 

Pros

  • Flexible

  • Creative

  • Lends itself to family school setting

  • Non-traditional

  • Great for struggling\reluctant writers

  • Uses real literature (“living books”)

Cons

  • Parent involved

  • A lifestyle not just a curriculum

  • Difficult to track if worried about covering every standard.

Language Smarts

Grades 1st-4th (Supplemental)

 

 

Pros

  • Colorful and good layout

  • Independant (if not needing any instruction)

  • User-friendly

Cons

  •  requires separate reading and writing instruction

  • No phonics if students are not reading yet

  • No literature (living books)

  • No instruction

  • Workbook style

 

 
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