Monday, May 26, 2014

Wonderful Archived Language Arts Resources

What I have found is when it comes to homeschooling, the skills is what to focus on.  This is a struggle for me.  I want to buy a boxed complete curriculum and go step by step, like a check off list.  for some reason, life happens and we can not complete the curriculum. BUT! you have to finish it to start the next one or you will miss something and will forever be doomed!

Now this doesn't work well if you are in the pursuit of creating independent learners. Inevitably, these curriculum require a teacher. Teachers required is the opposite of independent learner, my child needs a mentor and guide, not a teacher.  There is much to be said, if you did an essay of the one room school house.  By mandatory requirements of just logistics, you had to be an independent learner. Thus, there must be something even more amazing about any of the resources that were used to facilitate the education of those children.

I have been doing some great in depth research on textbooks from the beginning 1900s.  I have found some amazing resources.

These are by Alonzo Reed

I would consider this to be started in 4th grade and worked until completed.  At times, I would take breaks from this text to allow time for academic maturity, as needed.
Word lessons. A complete speller adapted for use in the higher primary, intermediate, and grammar grades

We use this starting about third or fourth grade and work it to its completion, doing about 2-3 lessons a week, taking about 1-2 years to complete.
Introductory language work : a simple, varied, and pleasing, but methodical, series of exercises in English to precede the study of technical grammar

We have not started this, but plan to incorporate it some time in middle to high school years.
Word-building. Fifty lessons, combining Latin, Greek, and Anglo-Saxon roots, prefixes, and suffixes, into about fifty-five hundred common derivative words in English, with a brief history of the English language

An elementary English Grammar consisting of one hundred practical lessons.

Higher Lessons in English. English Grammar and Composition: In which the Science of the Language is made Tributary to the art of expression.

***********High School Level****************************

Kellogg's Rhetoric - composition at high school level.

**********High School composition by Edwin Miller**********************
This set is a book a year for 4 years.  I am still tracking down the third book.

if you find any others that a free domain textbooks of superior quality, please let me know.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Trish,
    Thank you for this resource. Its tough to find a good language arts curriculum.

    I came across your Youtube channel trying to find any commentary on his books.
    I am homeschooling as well and came across Alonzo Reed while researching sentence diagramming. I was wondering have you completed the Graded Lessons in English? If so, how did you go about teaching lesson 4?

    Thank you. Hope to hear from you soon.