Friday, August 31, 2012

English Language Arts Curriculum

Finalising my research to find the best 1st grade curriculum to homeschool my son, today I am posting the English Language Arts curriculum. As mentioned in previous posts I planned the methodology of my teaching based on the requirements of the Standard Common Core of Illinois State.  To access all the information necessary about homeschooling and learning standard, you just need to visit the Illinois

I couldn't copy either download the English Language Arts standard common core as it is available just for printing. Maybe you will be able to download it on your computer, but I couldn't. However, I am copying the link so it will be easier for you to access.

My main goals for this subject area are described into five sections: Phonics and Phonemics; Reading Comprehension; Grammar; Writing; and Listening and Speaking skills.

Below are a few examples of the topics we will work on in Phonics and Phonemics:

3.    Phonics and Word Recognition
8.    Teaching Vowels
11. Learn phonics blends such as br, sl, sh, wh, th, ck, and ch.
12. Recognize and be able to write sight words. At least 5-10 per week.

Books I will be using to teach this area:

3.    Explode the Code by Nancy Hall (Books 1,2,3, and 4)
4.    Get Ready for the Code  by Nancy Hall
5.    Now I'm Reading! (Levels 1,2, and 3) by Nora Gaydos
7.    Hooked on Phonics: Learn to Read First Grade System [Paperback]
9.    Hooked on Phonics 1st Grade Super Workbook [Paperback]
10. Month-by-Month Phonics for First Grade: Systematic, Multilevel Instruction [Paperback]
12. Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks)
13. Dr. Seuss Oh, the Places You'll Go!

The following are examples of topics I will be focusing on in the Grammar discipline:
1.    Identify words that have more than one meaning, but have the same spelling.
2.    Identify and frequently use adjectives.
3.    Identify conjunctions such as and, but, so, because.
4.    Learn determiners.
5.    Learn prepositions.
6.    Make the proper usage of upper and lower case.
7.    Identify and make the proper usage of nouns.
8.    Learn verbs.
9.    Learn homonym, synonym, and antonym.
10. Learn opposites.
11. Learn punctuation.

Books I will be using in this subject:
1.    First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind, byJessie Wise

A few examples of lesson plans for our Reading Comprehension subject is described below:

2.    Predicting
3.    Sequencing
4.    Main Idea
7.    Cause and Effect
8.    Able to read 1st grade readers with ease.
9.    Able to comprehend a story.
10. Be able to repeat the story after he have heard it.
11. Able to label a story as to which comes first, second, and third.
12. Learn the vocabulary of new words.
13. Identify the main idea of a story.

These are examples of the books I selected for the Reading Comprehension category:

2.    Games for Reading: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Read [Paperback]
3.    Peggy Kaye
4.    Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons By Siegfried Engelmann, Phyllis Haddox, Elaine Bruner [Paperback]
5.    Brand New Readers Set
6.    Winnie the Pooh Collection
7.    Dr Seuss collection
8.    Fiction Read Alouds/Audio books
9.    The Boxcar Children (books 1 & 2)
10. Freddy Goes to Florida
11. The Indian in the Cupboard
12. Poppy
13. The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk
14. The Adventures of Paddy Beaver
15. Black Beauty
16. The Wizard of Oz
17. The Saturdays
18. The Four Story Mistake
19. Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Read Aloud Treasury
20. Raggedy Andy Stories
21. The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other stories by Beatrix Potter
22. Jack and the Beanstalk, Carol Ottolenghi
23. Blueberries for Sal (Puffin Storytime), Robert McCloskey
25. Scholastic Reader Level 1: May I Please Have a Cookie? Jennifer Morris
26. The Frog and Toad Collection Box Set
27. Coyote Rides the Sun: A Native American Folktale (Folktales from Around the World),Amanda St John, Durga Yael Bernhard
28. The Shoemaker and the Elves Brothers Grimm as told by Wanda Gág
29. The Frog Went A-Traveling Russian folktale as told by Vsevolod Garshin
30. "Night into Dawn" Poetry by Robert Hillyer and John Ciardi
31. Mescalero Apache song
32. The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter
33. Bouki Cuts Wood Haitian folktale as told by Harold Courlander
34. "Fantasy" Poetry by Sylvia Plath, Edward Lear, and Lewis Carroll
35. Lion at School by Philippa Pearce
36. Coyote Rides the Sun Native American folktale as told by Jane Louise Curry
37. "Seasons" Poetry by Nikki Giovanni, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Langston Hughes
38. The Frog Prince Brothers Grimm as told by Wanda Gág
39. Guinea Fowl and Rabbit Get Justice African folktale as told by Harold Courlander and George Herzog
40. "Nature Speaks" Poetry by Carl Sandburg, James Reeves, and Federico García Lorca
41. Feraj and the Magic Lute Arabian folktale as told by Jean Russell Larson
42. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse Beatrix Potter
43. "Companions" Poetry by A. A. Milne, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Robert Louis Stevenson
44. Buya Marries the Tortoise African folktale as told by W. F. P. Burton
45. The Huckabuck Family and How They Raised Pop Corn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back Carl Sandburg
"Magical Places" Poetry by Byrd Baylor, William Shakespeare, and Martin Brennan
46. The Black Hen's Egg French folktale as told by Natalie Savage Carlson
47. The Mouse and the Wizard Hindu fable as told by Lucia Turnbull
48. "Imagination" Poetry by Leslie Norris, Mark Van Doren, and Robert Louis Stevenson
49. Rumpelstiltskin Brothers Grimm, translated by Ralph Manheim
50. Eeyore Has a Birthday and Gets Two Presents A. A. Milne
51. "When I Grow Up" Poetry by Rabindranath Tagore and X. J. Kennedy, and a Chippewa song
52. The King of the Frogs African folktale as told by Humphrey Harman
53. Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs Brothers Grimm, translated by Randall Jarrell
54. "Mysterious Animals" Poetry by T. S. Eliot, Jenifer Kelly, and Robert Graves
55. Chestnut Pudding Iroquois folktale as told by John Bierhorst
56. The Pied Piper English folktale as told by Joseph Jacobs
57. "Fanciful Animals" Poetry by Edward Lear and A. A. Milne
58. The Mermaid Who Lost Her Comb Scottish folktale as told by Winifred Finlay
59. Hansel and Gretel Brothers Grimm, translated by Randall Jarrell
60. "Special Places" Poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Frost, and a Navajo poem
61. Mother of the Waters Haitian folktale as told by Diane Wolkstein
62. Zlateh the Goat Isaac Bashevis Singer
63. "Secret Messages" Poetry by Robert Louis Stevenson, Barbara Juster Esbensen, and Emily Dickinson
64.  Little House Book Set by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The following web sites have plenty of games that teach letter sounds and beginning reading skills. As well as word families, songs, nursery rhymes, puzzles and many other games.

A few examples of lessons I will be teaching for the writing subject:

1.    Lean punctuation and capitalization.
2.    Spell words correctly.
3.    Able to create journal entries.
4.    Able to write their own short story.
5.    Able to practice neat handwriting.
6.    Write texts based on a topic given.
7.    Express and write his own opinion.
8.    Write using punctuation appropriately.
9.    Participate in projects.

Books I recommend to enhance writing skills:

1.    Spelling Workout: Level A, Student Edition, modern curriculum pres
4.    Poetry Writing
9.    “Handwriting without tears”

Listening and speaking skills are very important to be able communicate accordingly with adults, elderly people and his own peers. I will promote role-plays to use his imagination to create scenarios that may occur in real life situation, which will enable him to communicate effectively. Role-plays will also enrich his creative side.

1.    Plays Around the Year (Grades 1-3) by Liza Schafer and Liza Charlesworth
3.    12 Fabulously Funny Fairy Tale Plays: Humorous Takes on Favorite Tales That Boost Reading Skills, Build Fluency & Keep Your Class Chuckling With Lots of Read-Aloud Fun! Justin Martin
4.    Clever Kids Study Skills: Ages 5-7 by World Book Encyclopedia

Dictionary I recommend:

1.    Children's Illustrated Dictionary [Hardcover]
2.    DK Publishing
3.    Merriam-Webster's First Dictionary by Ruth Heller and Merriam-Webster
4.    DK First Encyclopedia by Mary Ling
5.    Macmillan First Dictionary by Simon & Schuster

I would love to hear from you giving me any suggestion or comment about this matter in order to improve my methodology. Thanks :).


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