It is that wonderful time of the year where you get a fresh start with your homeschool. Time to plan out your curriculum, field trips, and hands-on activities. If you are anything like me, you will have favorites that you stick with from year to year, and subjects that you struggle to find the right fit for. If you can get a well-rounded curriculum that completely covers an entire subject like language arts, it makes your life so much easier! And that’s one of the main things I like about Learning Language Arts Through Literature!
Once you get past the huge hurdle of teaching your child to read, you want them to dive right into loving literature, learning to spell, and maybe even reciting and memorizing scripture and poetry. You hope that they easily grasp grammar and excitedly pick out parts of speech, right? Lofty goals, but they are achievable if presented to children in various ways that grab their interest as well as keep the learning fresh and fun. Learning Language Arts Through Literature offers just that.
Learning Language Arts Through Literature (LLATL) is a complete language arts program for first grade through high school and it covers everything – grammar, creative writing, vocabulary, spelling, high order thinking skills, and penmanship. Children are even introduced to research skills as they use dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauruses, and more to complete their work.
The 1st-8th grade levels were all recently updated in the past year or so to the 3rd edition. You can see a complete overview of what was updated in each level by visiting the Common Sense Press FAQs page and scroll to the bottom. The 3rd-8th grade levels each include a student book and teacher book, and are both available as physical books or digital downloads.
I recently used the Learning Language Arts Through Literature Yellow Book – 3rd Grade Skills with my daughter and she learned all of the skills I mentioned above through fun and engaging stories like The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and The Courage of Sarah Noble.
LLATL Yellow Book is broken down into Everyday Words sections and Literature Link sections, offering 36 weeks worth of lessons, with assessments placed throughout the course. Each lesson is divided into 5 days, so you can complete one lesson per week. Each lesson also includes a review section at the end. The lessons can be done together or independently, and children will quickly pick up what is expected of them for different exercises – you may find your little self-starter has started and finished on their own. They will gain not only various reading and writing skills, but also confidence in themselves.
These sections make up the majority of the lessons. There are 32 Everyday Words lessons in the yellow book. Each of these lessons starts off with an excerpt from a piece of literature. They then use this excerpt throughout the lesson to learn various concepts. The lessons include copywork, focus on spelling, grammar and writing skills, handwriting practice, and enrichment and review activities. I love that LLATL uses things like word scrambles, word searches, lists, fill in the blanks, and sentence editing to make all of the important rules of grammar stick in a way that a dry worksheet might not.
The teacher book corresponds nicely with the student book and is easy to follow. The lessons are broken down by ‘Day #’ and then letter activity, just like in the student book, so it’s very easy to go between the two books. The teacher book also has notes, tips, and answers in the margins.
There are 4 Literature Link lessons in the Yellow Book. These lessons focus on a longer piece of literature. Vocabulary, review activities, discussion questions, and assessments are provided for each piece of literature. The literature pieces used in the Yellow Book are –
- The White Stallion, by Elizabeth Shub
- Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans
- Meet George Washington, by Joan Heilbroner
- The Courage of Sarah Noble, by Alice Dalgliesh
However, if you do not have access to the books above, the text of alternate pieces of literature are included.
The wide variety of activities are wonderful and adaptable for any type of learner, from kinesthetic to visual, so that you can teach your child in the style they learn from the best.
You can download a sample lesson and table of contents from the Common Sense Press website, and you can see the complete scope and sequence for the Yellow Book below. To help you properly place your student they offer placement tests so that you can be sure the program is challenging but not overwhelming for your child.
Since it is an integrated program it is more cost effective than buying books separately for grammar, writing, vocabulary, spelling, etc… You might expect to pay a hefty price for a curriculum that encompasses all of those subjects, but you won’t with LLATL!! The retail price of the teacher book is $34 and the student book is $28. And if you like to use digital resources like I do, you’ll pay just $24 for the teacher book and $20 for the student book (plus you’ll save on shipping, get the curriculum immediately, and you can use it again with younger siblings in the future; can you tell I like digital curriculum?).
Another great advantage to the program is that little to no preparation is needed from you to set up for lessons, it is mostly open and go!
Between the all-in-one factor, open-and-go layout, and the affordability of the curriculum, I feel that LLATL is an excellent way to cover the language arts bases in your homeschool. It’s definitely worth checking out!
I used LLATL a for my daughter in 2nd grade. This past year we tried another book, but I think I’m coming back to it for 4th grade. It is such a nice, all – in – one package for language arts that is enjoyable and covers the bases without being too heavy.
Alya P. says
Thank your for your review and for the chance to win!
Deborah Bown says
I like that it has so many components integrated into one.
Jennifer Mathesz says
I like how it incorporates literature
I like that it requires very little prep and it is so affordable
Andrea D says
I am excited by the whole description! Having all the language arts in one bundle & having fun little games to aid the learning are two of the top pieces!
Sheree Beattie says
These look great and will be a great edition to my other resources :).
I like that it’s based on good literature, and that it’s faith-based (I think).
I like how it’s all-inclusive. Even including things like spelling and handwriting. I also like the literature choices shown above.
Lisa T says
All in one, plus great literature. Than you for the give away.
Sandy Tsoi says
My favorite thing about Learning Language Arts Through Literature is fun and easy to learn.
Perfect timing to see this blog, because I’m in the process of looking for a literature curriculum for my 3rd grader!!
I’m not sure if my comment was deleted, but I’m so excited to see this blog post because I am in thr process or trying to pick a literature curriculum for my 3rd grader!!
It includes everything in one bundle.
Sara @ Heart and Soul Homeschooling says
I like that the grammar lessons are based on great books. I love that method of learning!
Thank you for doing a giveaway! I like that it has different activities. My boys hate worksheets.
This may be the answer to my language arts struggles. Thank you for sharing this giveaway!
I like that it naturally includes literature.
Rachel Ostrow says
I am really interested in this, and have heard about it before. I like that it is all encompassing and self paced. It is also based on books – which is nice. My daughter loves me to read to her.
I like the idea of having everything in one curriculum.
Kathleen Parker says
I like that it is an all inclusive language arts program.
Victoria Williams says
I love LLATL. I started it last year with my middle kids. It’s integrated, uses real books, and Charlotte Mason inspired. Love it!
I like the combination of literature and grammar and Christian faith. It makes the learning more comprehensive! Thank you!
Robin Guertin says
We have been using LLATL for several years now, it’s great having everything in one book. The literature selections have been enjoyable.
Amy Bragdon says
I used this curriculum from 2nd grade through high school, and I enjoyed it as a student!
Heather G says
This looks like a great program as I never feel like my homeschoolers get enough good classic literature in their day.
Adelaide Goldberg says
We used the Yellow book this year with my Gr 3 daughter and she has enjoyed the bite-size daily lessons. I loved how inclusive it is of all the different components of language arts in an easy to read/understand open and go content book!
Shannon M Woodruff says
We would love to try this for language arts component of our curriculum.
I have found my groove with LLATL, having used it with several of my children at all levels from yellow to gray for several years. I intend to keep using LLATL for the coming years for my last 4 children.
I love that this is literature based learning! I love books!!!
Alexandra David says
I like that everything is included.
Michelle Catallo says
I like that there is little to no preparation needed to set up for lessons, it is mostly open and go! Great for road trips!
I LOVE LLATL! I did not stick with it with my oldest child and wish I had. My younger 2 are doing so well and love it as well.
Amy Gardner says
This one looks interesting. I’ll need to research it a little more to see if it’s a good fit for my boys.
Becky Walther Wulff says
Looks easy to implement! I like open and go!
I like how well the lessons are adaptable to each individual.
It is hard to know at first how a child will be most comfortable learning.
Thank you for this opportunity.
Jill Adams says
I used LLATL several years ago and I really loved it. I enjoyed the ease of use for myself as a teacher, but also the content I was teaching. I knew my daughter was getting a high-quality education. She has since graduated, and I have 5 I’m trying to teach now, who are just beginning to teach this level. Praying to find a way to begin this with our younger girls.
Rebekah S. says
Thank you for such an awesome giveaway!
Julie Ehlers says
I love that this is digital, comprehensive, and affordable. I can’t wait to try it!
Jennifer Scott says
I used LLATL for my daughters and now want it for my grandchildren to use
Cassie Logue says
I’m intrigued by this curriculum. I like how it combines several subjects and goals into one cohesive curriculum. It looks fun and overwhelming.
Karen Origer-Greco says
I love that it’s all in one and incorporates real literature and research skills.
Dandi D says
My son loves to read, so I really like that literature is a big part of this curriculum!
Vicki Williams says
We have recently switched to LLATL and have loved how effective it is an how it simplifies our day.
Thanks for being a great resource!
I was just researching this curriculum and decided to begin it for my 1st grader. Perfect timing for the giveaway. it looks amazing. Thanks for hosting a giveaway.
Karen Origer-Greco says
I like that it’s in all in one curriculum.
Cassandra Hardt says
I love the way the curriculum used great literature across all language arts. And how much my girls love doing their language arts when we use LLATL.
Laura Stephenson says
I love the idea of all-in-one and mostly open and go!
Thanks again for offering it!!! Eep. So excited to see whi wins
I like that the activities are adaptable for any type of learner, from kinesthetic to visual, because my two kids are very different learners.