Essentials 2nd Edition from Logic of English is a complete multi-level reading, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary curriculum. This curriculum is recommended for grades 2 through 5 because of its multiple levels - there is a Level A, Level B, and Level C included in each lesson for the appropriate grades. The complete Essentials 2nd Edition arrived packed full of everything we needed to begin work. It included a teacher's guide, a student workbook, spelling journal, morpheme cards, basic and advanced phonogram flash cards, spelling rule flash cards, grammar flash cards, phonogram game cards, game tiles, a spelling analysis card and a quick reference chart. The workbooks come in both manuscript and cursive formats.
|Look at everything that comes in the Essentials 2nd Edition! It is packed full!|
My second grade daughter and I worked through several Pre-Lessons so that we got the hang of working with the phonograms and the Phonogram Flash Cards. These lessons also helped us practice our blending techniques, phonemic awareness, and our segmenting among other techniques. After several days of the Pre-Lessons, we moved on to Lesson 1. The lessons are broken down into manageable parts and designed for a 5 day week which works for us because that is what we use. I think you could also easily convert it to a four day week and be just fine. As we worked through each day's lessons my daughter quickly caught on to the lessons as was able to get through them without any difficulty. She understood the grammar and spelling rules presented and she was able to remember them from day to day. They stuck in her head and I noticed that she was using them in her other school work. After we completed the first lesson, she couldn't wait to see what she would learn in lesson 2. We have continued working in the Essentials 2nd Edition and she is doing really well with it. We are a few lesson in now and I can really tell a difference in her spelling and grammar work. I see the difference in her other language arts work that she does. I have heard her repeating the rules she learned from Logic of English in her daily language arts work from our regular curriculum. I have also seen her writing improve and I look forward to what else she will learn as we continue to move through this curriculum.
|The Placement Test and my daughter hard at work on a lesson.|
I highly encourage you to go and check out Logic of English and the curriculum they offer, especially the Essentials 2nd Edition. It has been a blessing to us and it is definitely worth the cost of the curriculum as you can use it with multiple students for multiple levels. I did not have my 7th grade son working on this material at all, but I do know that he was listening as I worked with his sister. I heard him repeating one of the spelling rules the other day as he was making words plural for a paper.
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