The Critical Thinking Co.™ is probably a company you are familiar with if you are a homeschooling family. They have a great reputation and for good reason! They put out great products!
My son has been working through their Language Smarts™ Level E, which is geared towards 4th grade students. He is technically in 7th grade this year, but based on the information that I read would be in the Language Smarts book, I thought it would be good for him. I thought it would be good to use as a supplement to the current Language Arts curriculum he is using this year, as well as a way for me to make sure he knew the information. A way to fill in the gaps, if any, so he could move forward in Language Arts with confidence.
That being said, I want to be clear … this can absolutely be used a a stand alone Language Arts curriculum.
What’s inside Language Smarts
The Language Smarts book is almost 400 pages and includes everything you need for a full year of Language Arts curriculum. So, you can use it as you sole Language Arts curriculum or you can use it as a supplement like we did. I would say that if you got the grade level that your child is currently in, there would be no reason to buy another curriculum. But if you wanted to use it as a supplement, buying a lower grade level is great because it acts as a review. (That is merely MY opinion, that is not something the company advertises.)
One reason why I like it as a supplement is because the company states that it is effective in preparing students for standardized tests. While I don’t like “teaching to the test”, I know that standardized tests are a part of a student’s life. Most states require some sort of testing. Even if the state doesn’t require it, most students will take the ACT or SAT in high school to prepare for college.
As the name of the company suggests, the lessons in the book provide opportunities to employ critical thinking skills. This will serve the student for years to come. (Note: The critical thinking skills are considered more along the 5th grade level.)
If you are using this as your core curriculum (or even if you use it as a supplement), you will need to complete about 2 pages per day.
The lessons cover:
- vocabulary and word usage
- sentence structure
Of course, within each of those subjects, there are more detailed topics, like adjectives, nouns, colons, commas, reading comprehension, using context clues, poetry, using a dictionary, fragments, run-ons, contractions, silent letters, anagrams, analogies, idioms, proverbs, palindromes, informative writing, opinion writing, and much, much more.
There are way more things covered in this book than what I could discuss here. I would definitely suggest you go their website and check it out because they have a complete list of the topics that are covered.
The reading comprehension and lessons on clauses were especially helpful for my son. It has served as a good supplement for him. In fact, I like it so much, I plan on getting it for my daughter as her core language arts curriculum.
Information at a glance:
For whom? It is geared towards 4th grade.
How much is it? $42.99