LANGUAGE ARTS 1 – Reading and Language Basics

The focus of Language Arts 1 is to teach Basic Learning Strategies along with Reading, Penmanship, and Composition while introducing Language Arts in general.
Specifics:
– Learning Strategies
– Learning by Study and Faith…
– The Stories of Joshua and Mamie
– The Prayer Chain Project
– Multiple Pathways
– Frequency – Intensity – Spaced Review
– Beehive Brain Box Learning System
– The True Story of How and Why Mankind Learned to Read and Write
– The Godly Purposes for Reading and Writing
– Reading:
– Phonics – Beginning and Advanced
– Sight Words – 25% of English words are Sight Words
– High Frequency Words – The 1st 25 account for 33% of the words on a page. The 1st 100, account for 50%.
– Blending – We blend right from the start.
– Noah Webster style phonetic and reading grids
– Comprehension Checks using Literature mentioned below
– Penmanship
– Spelling
– Simple words
– Plurals
– Common Contractions
– Compound Words
– Rules
– Homonyms
– High Frequency Words – Common and LDS
– Vocabulary
– Homonyms, Synonyms, Antonyms
– Writing: Sentence, Paragraph, Story, and Journal
– Mechanics: Basic Capitalization and Punctuation
– Grammar: Basic Parts of Speech and Sentence Diagramming
– Literature Fundamentals
– Terms – Fiction, Nonfiction; Prose, Poetry; Informative , Narrative or Both
– Parts of a Book
– How to Open and Take Care of a Book
– How to Choose a Good Book
– Success Skills Literature –
– The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey
– Classic Literature
– The Children’s Book of Virtues by William F. Bennett
– Scripture Storybooks from the Church – Old & New Testaments, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants
– Weekly Oral moving into Written Book Reports for the John A. Widstoe Reading Club
John A. Widstoe was an Apostle from his call in 1921 to his death in 1952. He was known as a Master Teacher and was President of Utah State University and later the University of Utah.
The John A. Widstoe Reading Club is based on the following quote by Elder Widstoe, given in a General Conference address, April, 1939.
It can be found in the Conference Report, page 21.

“The reading habit is most valuable in life. I mean by that the practice of using a little time, say half an hour a day, in the systematic reading of worthwhile literature. The mind is opened to precious fields of thought; the achievements of the ages become ours; even the future takes form. As the mind and spirit are fed by well chosen reading, comfort, peace and understanding come to the soul. Those who have not tried it, have missed a keen and easily accessible joy. Moreover a person who engages in such a regular daily reading, if only a few minutes a day, in the course of a few years becomes a learned man. But it must be a regular daily habit. … Some of the best educated men that I have ever met have never been to college but have acquired the habit of daily reading of good books for a few minutes a day.”
Ascent Advantage Academy encourages it students to work-up to reading 30 minutes a day in topics of interest to them. Regular school work, especially reading of textbooks, does NOT count toward the 30 minutes of Widstoe Book Club Reading.
Prizes are given periodically for those who reach milestones in their reading. For example, when a student has read 500 pages or later, a 1,000 pages, or 5,000 pages or 25 books, 100 books, etc. he/she is duly recognized for his/her achievement.

Such regular reading, especially on topics of interest to the student encourages this lifelong habit, and greatly increases to student’s ability to read and read well.

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