Language Arts – Level A for PreK, K, and First Grade – PDF Online – Videos IP
This course is one of the originals. It is perfectly useable with just the PDF. However, we have determined to add Videos at appropriate spots, such as correctly pronouncing the phonetic sounds.
It covers PreK, K, and First Grade Language Arts. It may be begun in any of the three grades, but should be mastered before accessing Level B Language Arts in Grade Two.
This is a 180 day course.
However, it should be taught at the student’s pace, which will probably be slow at first, and quicken as the routine and the student becomes familiar with the elements of the course.
The KEY here is to keep to the child’s pace. You want SUCCESS EXPERIENCES which breed more success, not drudgery or continual failure.
Just because a Lesson says “Lesson 1” or “Lesson 99” does NOT mean that is it to be done in a day. It means that you stay on that lesson until it is conquered.
At the moment, it is entirely PDF and geared toward delivery by the parent.
However, there are videos coming to help with various aspects of the course, for example: Phonics, Spelling, Grammar and more.
These will be put on in groups of twelve videos to coincide with the twelve lessons in each of twelve units, and also in Spelling Addendum I.
There are many aspects or parts of the course.
Before the course proper, you will find lessons on Study and Success Skills:
– The Stories of Joshua and Mamie that teach us to pray for help and guidance in our learning.
– The Beehive Brain Box Learning System which has helped scores of students conquer their courses, supplying repetition and spaced review which is essential to long term memory.
– The Learning Journal, which helps us know what we cover each day,
– The Assignment Book which helps us know what we need to work on learning.
These should be previewed by the parent and then taught to the child.
Then, in Language Arts Level A Proper:
First, there are the basic lessons that teach Phonics and Reading along with Spelling.
Second, there are the Spelling Addendums which help with the spelling portion and which add a bit of variety and excitement to the spelling.
Third, there is the Literature or Reading Portion.
Here there are several divisions or stages.
No. 1 is classic literature. This includes reading the Church Old Testament Stories and New Testament Stories or watching the videos on the Church website. Biblical Literature is the foundation of much of the worlds best literature and references to Biblical Works, called allusions, often appear in much of the world’s literature. So, a foundation in Bible stories is the foundation of learning good literature. A parent should read these to the student and ask questions such as who the characters are, what they did and why, where the story takes place, when it takes place, and what is the moral or principle that we learn from the story. This teaches about literature as well as helping to ingrain Gospel principles in the young. We encourage parents to substitute the Scripture Story courses for this part of the Language Arts Level A course.
No.2 is the Children’s Book of Virtues which totes virtuous literature. It requires memorization of poems as well as listening to the readings of stories that promote virtues to live by. Students not only hear and help read the stories, but also practice for a week the virtue that is being highlighted.
No. 3 is the Original Mother Goose. This is full of rhymes and words which help young persons become proficient in reading. In addition, they are classic literature and something of fun often neglected in modern education.
No. 4 – The John A. Widstoe Reading Club. This requires a young person to work-up to reading 30 minutes a day. John A. Widstoe was a University President, a scientist, and an Apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. In April General Conference, 1939, he encouraged the membership of the Church to read 30 minutes a day. He stated that by doing so, even without the college experience, a person could become very well-educated. We have noticed ourselves that those who succeed read! So, we encourage our students to read, read, read. Accompanying the John A. Widstoe Reading Club is an Awards program which we encourage parents to adopt.
The course also contains the following:
Phonics – Alpha and Advanced
Spelling – Simple with Fun Video Lessons
Spelling – Intermediate with Directions for the Spelling Notebook.
A Bit of Grammar – Parts of Speech
A Bit about Sentences – Basic Types
A Bit about How Mankind Came to Read and Write and Why
Reading of The Friend
The 300 Most Common Words in Written Works which accounts for 65% of words on the average written page.
The Most Common LDS words.
Reading of Phonics Grids
Reading of Word Grids
When a student graduates from Language Arts Level A he will have accomplished a great deal. I hope his accomplishment will be appropriately celebrated.