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Chosing a Lang Arts/Lit program for next year HELP please!

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 I made my own literature program this year, and although it has been going fine...we're having trouble staying on track and my daughter likes to think because I don't have a "teachers manual" infront of me that wasn't actually published (she didn't like the one I made for myself :( lol) that I have no idea what I'm talking about. Soooo...I've decided to give up on making up my own stuff and we'll stick with boxed sets.

We're using All About Spelling for spelling, and I've been using Spectrum for Language Arts but she's getting really bored with it and I'm tired of fighting her with it. I really want to keep using AAS, but she'll be going into 4th next yr and AAR doesn't have anything and I really want a literature program for her.

My neighbor had suggested Sonlight and I'd like some extra opinions on their Literature/Lan Arts curriculum. I'm adding a link so those that use it can tell me if I'm even looking at the right thing... http://www.sonlight.com/readers-4-5.html My neighbor mentioned that even though it is a Christian company, there really isn't much religion mixed in with this? (We're donig all secular subjects). She also said it'd be easy to take out spelling.  If the link I posted is right, I can see that being reasonably priced for what is all included. 

I had someone else mention Lifepac. So out of curiosity I go look and also see Monarch and SOS. Again I notice it is a Christian company...so my first question...how indepth relgious does this go? I don't want to be reading Bible passages or having it heavily influenced with the different thigns she'd be reading. Lifepac is just labeled as Language Arts so does it have a good Literature aspect to it? From the samples I could see it looked like it wouldn't clash with still using AAS and didn't seem too bad, and the price was half that of Sonlight...

Does anyone know of a really good secular Langauge Arts/Literature boxed set? I'm still looking at reviews online between all the different programs I mentioned too, I just thought I'd ask for your opinions as well :)

Thank you!

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by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:05 AM
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No_Difference
by Silver Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 12:49 PM

 Thank you. I'll look into those :)

Quoting AutymsMommy:

I would recommend one of the following combos:

First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind

Writing With Ease

Memoria Press Literature

*or*

Hake Grammar and Writing

Memoria Press Literature

 

 

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Silverkitty
by Bronze Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Sonlight history is pretty easy to do secular I'm doing that this next year with my daughter.  Since it is mostly reading, you can skip the missionary books and the bible portion.  It's the same with the readers, just skip the ones that you don't want to do.

No_Difference
by Silver Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Thank you again :) . We're for sure sticking with All About Spelling for the spelling part. It's working very well for her and I dont' want to "ruin a good thing" lol. So it is pretty easy then to just use the Literature curriculum and then substitue the spelling/language art parts to something that would work more towards her way of learning from the sounds of it?

Quoting KALmommy:

Yeah, the readers are the "literature" part of the curriculum.  Then language arts I always added myself.  We use Explode the Code, Wordly Wise, etc.  Their LA program also uses Wordly Wise but has a lot of copy work with I think is boring and doesn't necessarily teach my kids anything but how to copy sentences out of books (which they did mindlessly).  We use Spelling Workout for spelling as well.  I do like SL's literature curriculum though.  Great books and they have some great discussion questions to make sure your kiddo comprehended what he/she read. 

 

Quoting No_Difference:

 Thank you.
Is the readers just for their literature program?  I'm assuming their Lang Arts is just a teachers guide and workbook from what I can see on the website. 

Quoting KALmommy:

We use Sonlight.  I guess if you are just doing the readers then yeah, you don't have a lot of religion involved.  If you use the History/Geography core though, it is based on Christianity.  You learn about many other religions and the Greek/Roman Gods but I think there is a decent amount of religion mixed in.  Again though, if you are only looking at the readers, you just read some really great books that you will probably remember from when you were a kid. I love reading with my kids because I get to reread all these great books!  The other thing about Sonlight...you don't HAVE to buy all the books.  We get a lot of them from the library or I buy them used off Amazon.  I just buy the Instructor's Guide and the Language Arts Student Activity Pages (which would make it a little over $50) and any books I absolutely cannot find anywhere else but it is rare that I can't get them from my library.  This is only if you are just doing the Readers though...

 

 

 

 

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MamaDearie
by Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 12:50 PM
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I'm planning on using Michael Clay Thompson for my then-to-be 4th grader next year. Here's a link: http://www.rfwp.com/pages/michael-clay-thompson/

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No_Difference
by Silver Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM

 Thank you :) I'll take a look at it :)

Quoting MamaDearie:

I'm planning on using Michael Clay Thompson for my then-to-be 4th grader next year. Here's a link: http://www.rfwp.com/pages/michael-clay-thompson/

 

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Jinx-Troublex3
by Jinx on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM

We LOVE the Write Source books/workbooks and Easy Grammar. Both are reasonably priced.

The Write Source is very colorful and kid oriented.

lifesadream83
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:53 PM
We secularize SL History. We do not use their LA but I do use their readers. Their LA program is only available separate from the core up to 4-5LA. The LA is completely based on the readers therefore if there is a Christian reader you may come across copy work with a sentence about god but that's it. Their LA is very light. My friend raves about Moving Beyond the Page so we are trying it this year. It is completely secular and hands on. I ordered a few individual units to try out for the end of this year. I am going to start AAS though because even thought their program is all inclusive I don't like the way they do spelling. If you decide to do MBTP rainbow resources has the best price on the program.
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lifesadream83
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:57 PM
I also heard Michael Clay Thompson was good but that there is a giant leap in expectation from level 1 to level 2. Both MCT and MBTP have samples on their website.
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by Bronze Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 2:43 PM

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RockEducation
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 3:06 PM

 We are using MCT Language Arts this year. DD has learned (and retained) so much from this curriculum. The year before we used First Language Lessons and Writing With Ease. While I think FLL & WWE are very thorough, both were incredibly boring and dry. I ditched WWE after only 2 months due to DD hating it. She didn't retain any of the FLL. I throw in Evan-Moor Daily Paragraph Editing to continuously work on punctuation and Sequential Spelling. Mosdos for literature looks very interesting.

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