Monday, November 7, 2016

Language Smarts™ Level E a Homeschool Review Crew

As a homeschooler you are probably very familiar with The Critical Thinking Co.™ I recently had a chance to review another great product from them-Language Smarts™ Level E.

The Critical Thinking Co.has a full array of subjects from Math, Science, Social Studies, Critical Thinking Skills, Technology, Test Prep, and Language Arts. Whether you prefer workbooks, eBooks, apps, or software you have a lot to choose from. They have something for toddlers to 12th grade. 

The Critical Thinking Co. also has an amazing copyright for families to copy their products for you to use in your family.

What is Language Smarts Level E?

This is an amazing comprehensive paperback workbook that can be used as a primary language arts program or as a supplement to your current language arts study. The grade level is for 4th grade. 

The work book is 392 pages with 363 pages of lessons. The pages are full colored. There are a few illustrations throughout. The workbook is set up with everything you need to complete the assignments. Each page has all the instructions to complete the task along with answer keys in the back of the book.

The lessons are divided by topics. Each topic is broken down in more precise topics.

Word Parts-prefixes, suffixes, and roots
Word Relationships- synonyms, antonyms, anagrams, analogies, and palindromes
Editor in Chief-several sections
Reference Materials-dictionaries, online dictionaries, thesaurus, online encyclopedia, searching the internet by topic, and nonfiction books
Writing Detective-several sections
Parts of Speech- nouns, plural nouns, possessive nouns, pronouns, verbs, verb tenses, action verbs, regular verbs, irregular verbs, helping verbs, linking verbs, progressive verb tenses, perfect verb tenses, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections
Sentences- sentences, compound subjects and compound predicates, sentences scramble,  types of sentences, types of sentences, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, rambling sentences, agreement of subjects and verbs, clauses, complex sentences, simple, compound, or complex
Punctuation- end punctuations, commas, quotation marks, colons, semi-colons
Using Words Correctly- homophones, frequently misused words, use the correct word, homographs
Reading and Writing—context clues, similes, metaphors, idioms, proverbs, good readers, quotations about reading, genres of literature, reading comprehension, story map, point of view, making inferences, reading comprehension, what a character!, theme, predicting, reading comprehension, writing a summary, understanding characters, important words for readers, drama, poems, text features, firsthand and secondhand accounts
Writing- author’s purpose, the writing process from personal narrative, opinion writing, informative writing, and all the steps of the writing progress

You can start in the beginning of the workbook or you can skip around to cover topics that you need your student to work on. This is a complete workbook for language arts.

There are a variety of worksheets like filling in the blanks, word searches, word scrambles, and other activities.

How did I use t Language Smarts Level E in my homeschool?

I used this with my 10 year old son. He is actually in 5th grade. I have always found products from The Critical Thinking Co. challenging and I knew he would have his work cut out for him even at this level. He is above average in language arts. 

That being said, he was challenged in a few areas. We started out with syllables. Syllables are not a favorite topic for him. It was a good review for him to go over syllables. I realized that this was an area that we haven’t done in awhile. He wasn’t so thrilled with syllables. I decided to start from the beginning and skip around with what we had going on in his other language curriculum for reinforcement on the topic. He was content with working on his lessons after the first part with syllables! I worked side by side with him.  He liked the variety of topics which kept his attention.

He worked on this 5 days a week and typically two pages a day. I plan on continuing to work through this with my son this year. 

I wasn’t familiar with The Critical Thinking Co. when my kids were younger. The Critical Thinking Co.  has some amazing software programs that others in the Crew did with their kids.  If you have toddlers or preschoolers they have Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic Before Kindergarten! From what I seen it looks pretty amazing.

Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic Before Kindergarten!  preschool products
Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic Before Kindergarten! – 5 Apps covering Critical Thinking, Language Arts, Mathematics

Other’s from the Homeschool Review Crew are reviewing other products from The Critical Thinking Co. Stop by and see what they are saying about them.

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