Logic of English is a complete language arts curriculum which includes phonics, reading, spelling, high-frequency words, sight words, and vocabulary study with morphemes.
We have never used this curriculum, so I was interested to learn more about it when I found out our family would get to review the first volume of their Essentials 2nd Edition!
I was flabbergasted (you like that word?? :) I do!) when I opened the package that came! There was just so much!
Included in the package, we received:
- Teacher’s Guide
- Student Workbook
- Spelling Journal
- Phonogram & Spelling Rule Quick Reference
- Spelling Analysis Card
- Phonogram Game Tiles
- Phonogram Game Cards
- Basic Phonogram Flash Cards
- Advanced Phonogram Flash Cards
- Spelling Rules Flash Cards
- Grammar Flash Cards
I found that organizing all the cards in a plastic shoe box worked perfectly to make sure everything was in one place and didn’t get lost in between lessons.
As you can see, I used dividers for all the flash card sets. I put all the Phonogram Game Tiles in a baggie and then I used rubber bands for the Phonogram Game Cards.
Our Student Workbook and game cards were their print version, but we had the option to receive a cursive version. So, the choice is yours.
First things first! The Teacher’s is scripted, so you will always know what to say and when as you are teaching your children. I love this!
Multi-Level Language Arts
If you are teaching kids at multiple ages and/or levels, this may be a good option for you!
Within the Essentials program, there are 3 different levels.
At the beginning of the Teacher’s Guide, there are a set of placement test pages for you to do with your child so you know at which level to start with them.
When I got it, I wasn’t sure which of my younger two kids would be using the program, so I did the placement tests with both of them. My youngest has been having trouble with reading, but has just recently started really “getting it” with a couple of other programs I’m using. For that reason, even though this is probably a great homeschool reading curriculum, I decided to use it mostly with my other young one (although not that young… 6th grade).
For a 6th grader, the curriculum is a complete spelling, grammar, and vocabulary program. If I were to have used it for my youngest as well, it would have also included reading.
Anyway… In the Teacher’s Guide, it is clearly labeled which sections are for which levels and some sections are to be taught to all levels.
The Day to Day
This program is intended to be done over 5 days. We go to tutorials on Mondays, so that messed up our schedule just a bit, but it’s easy enough to work around. We have to do that with other curriculum too.
Once you get the hang of the curriculum, it should only take 30-45 minutes each day.
I say, “once you get the hang” of it, because when you first get it, it can be a bit overwhelming!
I highly recommend you sit down and read over the Teacher’s Guide and look at everything thoroughly before you do the first lesson with your child.
Each week is laid out basically the same, so once you’ve done it a few weeks it gets easier.
My youngest found that once we got to the games, she wanted to join in on the fun! This worked out perfectly, because she was learning some great phonics and spelling rules with those games!
The program involves the student listening to the teacher, speaking answers, and writing things out. This is done so that multiple senses are used each day for better retention of knowledge.
What did we think?
This program is very detailed and I think that if followed, it would really help children to understand grammar and spelling instead of just memorizing all of it. So, I definitely like it.
I will admit, at first, I did not think I liked it. It was just SO MUCH… But as I got into it more, I realized how to do it more efficiently and could see the benefit in the information that was being given.
I love all the spelling rules! My son (6th grade) is a naturally good speller, but this curriculum will help him even more because he will understand why certain words are spelled the way they are spelled.
My son liked the program just fine. Which means that he liked it! :) He doesn’t really like language arts, so the fact that he didn’t HATE the program is a really good thing!
I also liked that it was easy to include both of my younger kids in the teaching so they both could benefit. Since I work in the afternoons, I love anything where I can involve more than one kid! In the afternoon, all their work has to be their independent work.
We will continue to use this curriculum for the spelling, vocabulary, and grammar for my son.
Information at a glance:
For whom? Ages 8 and up
How much is it? $198 for the Volume 1 Complete set
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