Heather (WI) wrote:Just wondering how it works, and what a day of using it "looks like"??
I am planning our Language Arts for next year, when we are going to "Creation to the Greeks", and wanted to know about this program, because I have always wanted to use it (and was so glad to see that MFW schedules it in.)
Also, what other Language programs do we need with this?? Grammar?? Writing?? Penmanship?? Spelling?? (Or is spelling covered in "English from the Roots Up"??) THANKS in advance!!
Roots Up replaces the geography vocabulary words in ECC. The only change is that you do something daily or almost daily, rather than only on Friday. Although nothing takes more than 10 minutes I would say.
All the rest of your language arts components continue: spelling, writing, reading, Bible copywork, etc. Penmanship is reviewed at the beginning of the year, just as in ECC. If you follow MFW's recommendations, English skills are continued from PLL to ILL and then to a formal (but concise) grammar starting in 6th-7th grade.
Roots Up is basically a book with one root per page. At the top of the page you see the front of the index card that you will make, and the rest of that page shows you what goes on the back of the index card & interesting notes. The book has a few handy indexes, but there is only a page or two on how to use the book (in a classroom).
However, using the MFW guidelines, it is easy to use. When I did the Roots Up book with my older dd, she enjoyed making all the nice cards, but I really doubt she remembers much of the content. I feel that with MFW, my youngest is learning and retaining a lot of vocabulary, dictionary skills, and understanding of the spellings of groups of words.
Each day MFW has you use Roots Up in a different way -- make the card, use the dictionary, write sentences, review, and test. There were extra ideas for review games once we had built up quite a few words.
Oh, and you use the book over 2 years -- Greek roots during CtG and Latin during RtR.