It's hard to believe that this school year is almost over and planning for next year is just around the corner...if you haven't already started! We've been reviewing a new online reading and language arts curriculum from Home School Navigator and it's looking like a promising curriculum choice for next year.
We used the red and green level from the Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts curriculum. I'm going to share a little about each program, as well as, a fun interactive book study we did in the green level.
Each level is broken down into 9 months in which a different topic is covered. You could follow the schedule for a traditional school year or take it slower for those who homeschool year-around.
Red Level-K Reading Level
The red level curriculum is equivalent to a Kindergarten reading level and is broken down into 9 months. Over the course of 9 months, students cover different literary genres (like FolkTales, Nonfiction, and Poetry) and even study different authors (like Eric Carle.)
You will have access to a master book list of all the books that'll be covered over the course of the curriculum. Many of the books on the list are well know and you probably already have quite a few of them. But if not, many of the pages can be tailored to fit other books you already have on hand.
Each month, students will cover literary comprehension, reading skills strategy, writing skills, phonics/word study/vocabulary, and print concepts. The entire curriculum is laid out and well organized so you can easily plan ahead and print out necessary handouts ahead of time. You even have access to instructional videos to help you through the curriculum. See red level curriculum schedule and lesson plan samples below.
Green Level-Grade 3 Reading Level
The green level curriculum is equivalent to a 3rd-grade reading level. The layout of green level is very similar to red level but the content covered is different. Like red level, it's broken down into 9 months and covers genres (like fables, historical fiction, and autobiographies) and author studies (like Patricia Polacco.)
Each month, students will cover literature/comprehension, reading skills strategy, writing skills, grammar, phonics, word study/vocabulary, and handwriting. Each subject covered is tied-in with the topic being covered for that particular month. See green level curriculum schedule and lesson plan samples below.
Again, you'll get a master book list that contains books appropriate for a 3rd-grade reading level. Remember, you could easily substitute books that you already have on hand. I do, however, suggest picking up necessary books for any of the interactive book studies you intend to use...and I highly recommend using them!
Interactive Book Study/Notebooks
My daughter did an interactive book study on Ahyoka and the Talking Leaves. We didn't have it on hand so I purchased the book just for this book study. We both really enjoyed the book and the interactive study that went along with it.
We started off with a historical study of the Cherokee tribe and the early development of the Cherokee language. My daughter and I both share a love for museums and historical sites so we enjoyed learning about the history.
The book was a relatively quick read with just 6 chapters. The interactive book study has a page for each chapter and covers definitions of words, reading comprehension, similes, connecting with the characters, making predictions and inferences, and story elements.
In chapter one, we connected with Ahyoka and her mother by assessing and comparing what each one is worried about. This helped up to determine the problem in the story.
Chapter two gives a closer look at the writing style of the authors through the use of similes. My daughter had fun deciphering what the authors were actually saying when they used personification. She was even able to come up with a few examples of her own.
Chapter three allowed us to become better acquainted with Ahyoka as we identified her character traits and tried to put ourselves in her shoes. My daughter agreed with Ahyoka's decision to trade her bracelet for the book because, as she puts it, "I'd want to learn English so I could learn to write to my family."
In chapter four, Ahyoka is forced to make a weighty decision. Though Ahyoka decides to go after her father, my daughter said she's certain she'd have been too scared to go off into the woods alone. From there, she predicted that Ahyoka's father would learn English as a solution to the stories problem.
The two chapters that follow go into making inferences about details that weren't clear and going over elements of the story (like main characters, problem, resolution, etc.)
The interactive notebook book study for Ahyoka and the Talking Leaves really gave an in-depth look into the who, what, and why of the story. My daughter felt more connected to the characters and had a better understanding of the storyline. I like that it covered several literary elements and encouraged my daughter to think outside the box. She was able to make inferences based on evidence provided and experience empathy by putting herself in the character's shoes.
Home School Navigator offers a thorough reading and language arts curriculum that's rich with content. It's sufficient enough to stand alone or serve as a supplement to existing curriculum. I'm not usually one to use an online curriculum as a stand alone but I would use this one by itself without reserve. I believe it offers great value and my girls enjoyed the activities we did and even the books that we covered.
If you're looking for a reading and language arts curriculum for next year, definitely look into Home School Navigator. The entire year down to individual lesson plans comes already planned out for you. It's super convenient and takes very little planning effort on your part. Convenience AND value? You just can't lose!
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Until next time, Be encouraged!
Hi there! My name is Brittany..help meet to T.J. and mom to 5 little blessings. My passion lies in helping other women to see their value through the eyes of their creator. Be Encouraged...YOU are a Good Thing!