I really love the Rod & Staff English curriculum. It is wonderfully thorough, sequential, and it just makes sense to me. (I even reviewed it on The Curriculum Choice. ) I thought I would continue using it through the 8th grade. But last year my son (currently 11 years old) asked me why he had to keep doing the same things in English every year.
Some children are natural readers. They analyze, synthesize, understanding inferences, cause and affect and other advanced reading comprehension issues in a natural manner. However, other children will struggle with one or more of these issues for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they simply need more experience with reading, or maybe, as with my own high school student, they are in the process of overcoming a learning
Years ago when I was first introduced to the classical method of homeschooling, I was determined to have my boys attempt a Latin program as suggested in The Well-Trained Mind. We tried two different programs to learn Latin. We got a little farther with a DVD based program, but we still were not able to stay motivated. I know I had a bit of a
Yes, that is really the title of this review: Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization. It is not a very catchy title but this compact spiral bound book is a powerful tool in helping our children develop better language skills. The basic idea behind this Andrew Pudewa creation is that children need a foundation for correct and sophisticated speech patterns. Our children are constantly surrounded
This post contains affiliate links. Grammar is one of those subjects for most people. They consider it a subject to get through, but don’t always enjoy the work. I can’t say that my children jump for joy when we pull out the grammar work, but I’ve found a few products that have at least made the subject bearable for them. (Just so you know, I’ve
Sometimes it seems like curricula create confusion. Brightly colored texts, songs, jingles, computer programs, and educational games can all be useful learning tools, but perhaps we think that learning always has to be fun and exciting. Do all the extras really help, or could they actually be a detriment? Simple, systematic, and effective. These are all words that describe Rod & Staff’s English curriculum. Rod