Today on the blog I am reviewing the language arts curriculum Grade 2 Lightning Lit Set from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources. The company sent us the teachers manual and student workbook. One of the things I have enjoyed about reviewing this curriculum is that it is literature based. We are a homeschooling family that integrates literature based learning in all aspects of our lessons so this curriculum fit right in with our flow.
The curriculum uses a variety of classical books and some new books to help children to develop skills in reading literature and reading informational text. Children are introduced to grammar and composition in weekly lessons. The teachers manual gives very detailed instructions and the ability to modify lessons to best fit your students need. At the beginning of each week you are are given a “week at a glance” to help you prepare for the upcoming week. There are optional materials suggested as well as the grammar and mechanics to be learned in the weeks lesson.
The lesson flow for the week is broken down into 5 days and each day covers the following areas of study:
- Grammar and Mechanics
- Reading Journal
In the teachers manual you will find the reading comprehension questions to ask your student after reading the weeks literature book. The Grammar and Mechanics will introduce the concept to practice and learn for the week. The composition portion section each day will work on the creative writing assignment for the week. The reading journal gives the student the opportunity to journal about their thoughts about this weeks. On Day three students will work on vocabulary building and sentence puzzles. Keep in mind this curriculum is versatile and can be easily modified to your learners pace and tolerance levels. There is no pressure to follow the layout, but to make this lesson as frustration free for you and your learner.
We used the curriculum as laid out in the book and my son really enjoyed this new way of learning language arts and writing. I went through the teachers manual and there is an in depth amount of grammar that will be introduced to the student. There are two chapter books that the curriculum uses for read aloud or for independent reading. On day 4 students are asked a question about what they have read.
The curriculum covers 36 weeks of lessons for 5 days a week. In the back of the book you will find an alphabet, handwriting and writing lines resources that can be photocopied for using with the weekly lessons. The course can be tailored to your students needs which is a huge plus. In my opinion you really don’t need to purchase a separate writing curriculum if you are using this curriculum because it covers this area every week. Students will also increase vocabulary and learn how to diagram sentences. The cost of the Grade 2 Lightning Lit Set is $93.50 plus applicable taxes and shipping the pack will also include Random House Book of Poetry for Children.
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I highly recommend this curriculum if you are literature based homeschooler or if you are looking for something a little lighter for learning grammar and composition. We will continue using this for the upcoming school year and for the rest of the summer.
Until Next Time,
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