For the last few weeks, Ray Ray and I have been working together with Essentials 2nd Edition from Logic of English. This Language Arts program has it all and is perfect for multiple ages! I can't wait to tell you all about this program.
The complete set includes:
Essential Teacher's Guide, Volume 1
Essential Students Workbook, Volume 1
Morpheme Cards, Set 1
Basic Phonogram Flash Cards
Spelling Rule Flash Cards
Grammar Flash Cards
Advanced Phonogram Flash Cards
Phonogram Game Cards: Bookface
Phonogram Game Cards: Manuscript
Phonogram Game Tiles
Spelling Analysis Card
Phonogram and Spelling Rule Quick Reference
We also received the Essentials Reader Set of Digital Books. This is completely optional, but we loved it!
Essentials 2nd Edition is a multi-level program that is a complete language arts program for ages 7 to adult (and trust me, I have been learning along with Ray Ray)! This program covers reading, spelling, grammar and vocabulary. There are 3 different levels in this program, A, B, and C. You are given a placement test in your teacher guide to help make sure you start your student at the right level. Ray Ray is starting at the very beginning with Level A.
This program consists of 15 weekly lessons. There is a Volume 2 that will release in January of 2017 that will contain lessons 16-30. Each of the lessons in Volume 1 is set up for 5 days a week. We spaced this out a little and did 4 days a week most weeks, while doing 5 days the other weeks with no issues at all.
When I first opened the box, I was super excited to get a start on this program! We had used Foundations A before, so I thought I knew what I was getting into. Only, this is more in depth for learning. The basics are the same, but there are some slight differences that make it a higher level. The teacher's guides are similar in set up, which was nice for me. But there was a lot of information to take in.
While there is a lot of information, this is not a downfall. Your child, and you, will be learning so much and Logic of English wants you to be equipped as the teacher. The teacher's guide (which I compared in weight to Baby Girl) is going to give you all you need to know so you can teach your child for at least three years. Or even three children at the same time!
While we have the option to teach more than one child at the same time, we only used this with Ray Ray. He loved using Logic of English again, and after I spent a weekend going over the teacher guide instead of just a day, we were ready to begin. I was confident that I could teach him all he needed to know by following the wording in the teacher's guide. Yes, this teacher's guide shows you exactly what to say!
I loved using the teacher's guide, as daunting as the size was, once I spent time looking at it, I loved it. Being able to use this with the student work book was the best. I was able to scan the pages, see the symbols of what was needed for each assignment and have it set up in the morning for class.
The teacher's guide also reminded me to when we needed to use the Essentials Reader Set. This digital set of books was a great way to take what we were learning and add it into stories outside of the workbook. Yes, we were still learning, but we were taking what we learned and used it in a different way.
The stories included here were fun and easy to read. They came with a student activity book that helped enforce different ideas we were learning about in a fun way.
While I used to struggle with Ray Ray in the language arts area, when I would pull this out, he gets excited to see what we were learning for the day. He loves having a workbook to use and the spelling journal was an added bonus. While this seemed simple, I couldn't believe how much he loved adding new words to this book.
Logic of English also used games to help us learn. Ray Ray is currently carrying a stack of phonogram cards around and letting everyone know how many sounds he knows. This makes it fun for him to review, and not a chore.
We have loved everything about Essentials Second Edition. It has been the program we needed without us knowing we needed it. Finding a program we both love is not always easy, and this does just that for us!
Logic of English has other programs as well. You need to check out the other reviews from the other families and find your program!