Kim,kim in ks wrote:Is there a daily lesson plan for the language arts? For example, dictation-writing assignments-copywork? I understand Spelling power, I've used it for the last 10 years. But is there anything planned for correlating writing work?
I will be using 3rd or 4th grade level of LA ! But are there Daily Lesson plans for any of the levels? and if so, which ones.
If you look at the samples of ECC & CTG, you will see much of your Language Arts mapped out for you. Go down to the weekly grid. You will find many things included in the lesson plans for your week:
Included in the MFW Guides:
* Independent writing (& editing) in your geography or history notebook, and possibly science notebooking
* Letter writing
* Memory work
* Copywork & Dictation (learning from the masters)
* Vocabulary Word(s) for the week, as well as review methods (ECC, CTG, RTR)
* Independent reading time (book lists included)
* Read-alouds (books included in Deluxe package)
* Book basket time (book lists included)
* CTG has dictionary work
* CTG & RTR have vocab sentence-writing practice
* EX1850 has report-writing, as does ECC in 7-8th
Then for the remaining portions of Language Arts, specific tools are recommended and specifics about using them are given, but they are not so tightly interwoven that you cannot substitute your own program easily:
* Writing (Writing Strands -- actual lesson numbers in ECC, or other) - adding skills like tense & 1st person
* Spelling (Spelling Power, with specific start-up pages given, or other)
* English (PLL/ILL, with specific pages given for each grade, or other) - adding skills like apostrophes, gentle grammar such as was/were, & a bit of poetry
I think MFW breaks down "Language Arts" into very specific skills and looks for the best tool to develop that skill. There is a lot of room for students who may be ahead in one portion and need more reinforcement in another. The other advantage of using separate components is that language arts can be tailored to your child's needs. For instance, my son is a great speller and has terrible handwriting, but one of your kids may be the exact opposite. "Language Arts" is so very broad that I for one am glad that MFW outlines my week so that all these components can be planned for!