Obviously, from my thread yesterday, I'm feeling some unrest with my language arts plans. I realy want everything all in one nice neat package. Needing secular I don't see that happening with anything written to homeschoolers. There is no secular version or comparison to LLATL.
Well I woke up thinking, "You know you plan on using Treasures workbooks for reading comp and vocab and spelling. Why not use the reading books as well? Then drop the Scott Foresman grammar and writing handbook and use the Treasures Grammar workbook".
I can use all of these things free online... yes even the Treasures reading books can be found online. I have been looking at the books a bit. They are very nicely varigated in it's content, which I like for exposure. They have nice Time articles in them.
If we go this route I will try to buy the books for the kids, but I want to see how it fits first because even on ebay they are not cheap. I would also require "real books" being read every day but they could be of their own choices.
Anyone use something similar to this for their language arts program?
A few years ago I used one of McGraw-Hills other programs called Imagine It!. I really liked the program and would have kept using it but I like to switch things out more often then I probably should. It had everything my kids needed, vocab, spelling, grammar, writing, and even Across the curriculum projects to get kids thinking about how this stuff integrates into life. I looked up the Treasures and it looks very similar. The fact that you can find it all online and print it as needed is great too. I didn't have that option. I say use it!
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You could possibly get refurbished books from Follett Educational Services. Schools sometimes turn in their old books and unused workbooks, even TMs, for money to buy new books. Schools use Follett to replace books that took a walk, or to even just buy enough for a whole classroom cheaper. Scan their website, and you might luck up and find the ones you want.
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I just wanted to update... I found the reading books by searching by isbn on amazon for decent prices (at least some of them). I just ordered both 3rd and both 2nd grade books for under $30 after shipping.
Crazymama, when I looked at your "our curriculum" link a couple of weeks ago and found the Mcmillan Mcgraw Hill links to complete LA materials that were FREE I was thrilled! I found the accompanying Treasures reading book,used, at Amazon for $7. I see you've already found your books there too. I have gotten various other resources for writing, which my daughter does not enjoy at all. I hope to pique her creativity with writing and grow her desire for it.
We are a Christian family and I used BJU Reading and grammar for my 3rd grader this past year. I wasn't thrilled with it and wanted something different for the next school year. The Treasures LA program looks awesome to me, especially with the added online activities to accompany it, and it's all connected with a mutual story to better improve all LA skills. I am really thankful for your shared resource.
I need to update that link some... since I'm going to be dropping the Scott Foresman Grammar workbook... which I really like, I just have this need to streamline.
I'm trying now to figure out what we need to do each day of the week. I keep reading reviews from teachers saying there is too much in each "theme" to get done in a week, but then they have all kinds of charts to show the kids and have other readers it seems on top of the big reading book.
Have you looked enough to see how it needs broken down? I'm almost thinking 2 weeks per theme, but then we won't get through the book... not even close..lol