Posted by Lorren on March 30, 2010
I was recently sent a copy of Language Smarts C for my daughter to look at and for me to review. It is sold by the Critical Thinking Company.
My daughter finds this book challenging, and in a way, I think that’s a good thing. For example, in one of the excercises, my daughter has to write directions. Most language arts curriculums don’t make kids figure out how to do things like this. In a section on a certain kind of vowels, like vowel digraphs, kids find the word that has the digraph, then they have to think of one that has their own.
There are a lot of pages in this book… 314. It is a workbook, so it can’t be reused. It sells for $39.99. This book practices a lot of different concepts, from spelling, to writing, to capitalization and categorizing. I’m not sure if I would use it as a complete curriculum, but it might be a fun way to practice concepts that you are learning. This might work for some children as a complete curriculum, but I’m not sure that it’s enough for my child.
We currently use this book a couple of times a week, in place of Switched On Schoolhouse Language Arts, which I don’t plan on using another year. It gives her a little variety, and I like how she has to think “outside the box” when she is doing this. It can be a little frustrating for her, but I think that it’s good for her to stretch her brain every now and then, and it’s not so frustrating that she gives up.