What’s the difference in a Reading vs Language Arts program?

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    clarkestep

    I live in GA and just saw on the intent to homeschool form that I am required to teach both Reading and Language Arts. I haven’t seen any reading programs and my kids already know how to read. I’ll be teaching them 4th grade.
    What do you all use? Are there any programs out there?

    #364438

    LyndaSLP

    I’ll take a gander at the answer:

    Reading = phonics, phonological awareness, sounding out words
    ex: knowing how to read the word “cat” (as in sound out the K – A – T)

    Language Arts = grammar, semantics, vocabulary
    ex: knowing that “cat” = NOUN and “is an animal with fur that purrs and meows”

    #364444

    twinzplus3

    [quote=clarkestep]I live in GA and just saw on the intent to homeschool form that I am required to teach both Reading and Language Arts. I haven’t seen any reading programs and my kids already know how to read. I’ll be teaching them 4th grade.
    What do you all use? Are there any programs out there?[/quote]
    Language Arts is grammar, writing, spelling etc. Reading in the younger grades is considered to be phonics, phonemic awareness, decoding etc. In the older grades, it would generally be considered to be reading time, book reports, learning about how a story is put together, etc. The distinction is really fine.

    On my IHIP (something you have to do in New York) I generally list the following: Literature, Grammar & Spelling, Writing. My daughter already reads and so I also include silent reading time as part of her “official day”.

    I use what comes with my curriculum. However, based on what I have read of Georgia laws, it looks like you don’t have to worry too much about breaking it down. If you’re doing things like reading books, having your child read books, practicing writing (like writing a 3 paragraph essay, doing a research report, etc.), working on spelling and grammar you’ll likely make out fine. (And you don’t, by the way, need separate curriculums for all that) It doesn’t look like you have to say specifically what you are doing for Reading & Language Arts or that you have to really differentiate between the two.

    I hope that helps.

    #364466

    clarkestep

    Hi. Thank you so much for the information. I have a feeling I’ll be posting here quite often in the near future! So many questions, so little time, so much anxiety!

    #364930

    twinzplus3

    Sure thing! Look for my new blog about getting started. By the way, if you have specific questions, please feel free to ask them. There are a lot of people that are toying with the idea of homeschooling but don’t know where to start!

    #365033

    flower-power

    [QUOTE]Language Arts is grammar, writing, spelling etc. Reading in the younger grades is considered to be phonics, phonemic awareness, decoding etc. In the older grades, it would generally be considered to be reading time, book reports, learning about how a story is put together, etc. The distinction is really fine.

    On my IHIP (something you have to do in New York) I generally list the following: Literature, Grammar & Spelling, Writing. My daughter already reads and so I also include silent reading time as part of her “official day”.[/QUOTE]
    Wow. Well said. Twins!:niceone:
    Language Arts also includes: plays& acting, journal writing, autobiographies, and of course vocabulary!!!:clap: There are many more items but these are the most important I could think of on the spot. :wink:

    #365158

    clarkestep

    Okay, so here’s what I’ve done. I’ve got Alpha & Omega Lifepacs for LA. I bought a book from a program called Stack the Deck that teaches writing/revising (my 10 yr old has such difficulty with writing and this program seems to ‘hold’ their hand so to speak taking them from oral language to written. I hope it helps him). I also just bought a 4th grade reading program from CLE (I think it is Christian Light something), a Menonite reading program. It has a hardback reader and then it has work booklets like the AOP. I went to a website that had posted pictures of actual pages and it looks really short, sweet, and to the point (DS 10 has ADD- inattentive type only- so this may be good for him). I also went to homeshcoolingreviews.com and read all the comments. None were negative. I’m gonna see how my kids do with the reading and then check out the math for next year or to supplement this year’s math. From what I saw, the math may be better explained than in the AOP Lifepacs.

    Has anyone here used any of these? Especially the reading program?

    BTW, I’m going right now to check out the HS blogs again.

    #365181

    twinzplus3

    I haven’t used any of those. . .but if something isn’t working let us know and maybe we can point you in a different direction. I will say that one thing I’ve learned from working with ADD kids (none of mine are but I used to be a teacher) is that high interest is more important that short. Don’t get me wrong, short is good. But he may do surprisely well with something that he’s deeply interested in–bugs, skyscrapers, volcanoes. (I’m just listing those because those are my son’s favorites.)

    In any case, I would really encourage you this year to keep a journal of what you guys do, what works and what doesn’t. It seems like a pain to heep onto everything else you’re doing but you’ll be grateful you did it at the end of the year. It is also encouraging to see how far your kids will come.
    Anyhow, let me know if you want me to blog on something specific. I’m always looking for ideas!
    Valorie:clap:

    #365260

    flower-power

    Hi,
    I am from Kansas. The bits I added about Language Arts are from experience as an Elementary School Teacher.(and Substitute):p :p :realexc:
    Many schools here rely on LA and some on Reading –with emphasis on phonetics. Generally, I like to combine them both. Since I taught K-1st. I taught a combination of the skills. For spelling I think it is important to remember that if we teach kids to sound it out — we are teaching them to spell words incorrectly. Then, these words have to be RE-learned later. :(
    Good luck with your HomeSchool teaching. It is an honorable undertaking. :clap:

    #365272

    twinzplus3

    [quote=flower-power]Hi,
    I am from Kansas. The bits I added about Language Arts are from experience as an Elementary School Teacher.(and Substitute):p :p :realexc: [/quote]

    Oh yes–I completely agree with what you wrote. I was saying I hadn’t used any of the homeschooling curriculum she’s trying so I can’t “vouch” for it. (Alpha Omega, etc.)
    I generally look at reading and language arts as follows: :p reading is like the paint on a canvas–knowing how it works, knowing that when you mix yellow and blue you get green, etc. Language arts is like the technical “how” of putting it all together to get a masterpiece.
    That’s interesting what you say about spelling. . .I had never thought about it before BUT I used a strictly phonics approach to teaching her how to read and on the one hand, my daughter reads well above her grade level. However, she couldn’t spell to save her life. What we started doing this year to encourage her to write more, etc. was what we call the family journal. I highly recommend using it as one means to teach language arts–it has worked really well for us.
    Anyhow, we take a journal and ask a question: Lizzy, what do you plan on doing with the allowance you’ve earned when we go shopping this Friday?
    Her answer might be: I want to by polee pokits.
    So I would write back: Oh, you want to buy a polly pocket? Which one?
    I think it has worked because a) we are correcting her spelling without telling her that she spelled it wrong b) we’re writing about things she’s really interested in.
    You should use other things too–that’s just one suggestion! :rolf:

    #365448

    Kristen.Carrasco

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