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Review: Learning Language Arts Through Literature
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  This is an honest review from our own personal experience of Common Sense Press’ Learning Language Arts Through Literature. (LLATL Purple Book.) I purchased the student book from Rainbow Resources and the teacher’s manual second hand from Ebay. LLATL is all-inclusive language arts curriculum: reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, writing mechanics, creative writing, thinking skills, book studies, poetry and more. I previously was getting...

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Visual Vocabulary
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Visual Vocabulary

Jul 13, 2015 by

Researching vocabulary programs… while these two both are very popular and would serve us well – Wordly Wise and English from the Roots Up – I found another radically different idea.  Vocabulary Cartoons. Pebbles and I are highly visual spatial thinkers and learners…. we both totally ‘got it’ and remembered complex vocabulary through the clever, and often humorous play on both the meaning and...

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pre-K reading & handwriting fun
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Pre-K is finished for us now, but wanted to share some of the letter play and handwriting activities that our son REALLY enjoyed! We cut out construction paper and I drew letters of the alphabet in upper and lowercase.  He took a pin and poked all along the black lines. We then took it into his room with a flashlight, turned off the lights...

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classic book list & literature guides
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Great literature has been on my mind lately. One of my favorite courses when finishing my degree was English Lit.  I LOVED finding the symbolism and major thematic ties in great stories.  Just as Common Core is looming to slash the importance of analyzing literature I’ve been feeling a stronger pull to introduce my now 5th grader to the depths of the great stories...

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