I’m actually having a lot of fun sharing our curriculum favorites this week. So far, the pattern seems to be that I like curriculum that makes life easy for me in one way or another.
Logic of English is a company that falls into that category, although its for a very different reason. So far, we’ve used just about every single product offered in the LOE Store (we don’t have the tactile cards, although I want them!) and have had a good experience with all of them.
I have a couple reviews up for Logic of English (I seem to write about it a lot!)
1. Logic of English is Thorough
Of everything I teach, Logic of English is the program that takes the absolute most time from me and my students. Its not for the faint of heart! If you want your child to really learn the English language, why it works, and how to make it work for them, this is the program for you.
Logic of English starts by teaching the phonograms, the very basic sounds that letters, and combinations of letters make in the English language. Then, it layers on top of that the grammar and spelling rules that dictate how we put words together, and voila, you know how to write and read in English.
A lot of people think it’s a spelling program. And it is. But its also a reading program, and a grammar program, and it helps teach punctuation, and vocabulary. It’s A LOT of things. And it’s awesome.
2. Logic of English Essentials is Complete
Essentials is the book you would use for a child who already knows how to read. I’ve used it with Bug (I actually taught him to read with it before Foundations came about) and have gone through it twice with him (once focusing on phonograms and reading, and once with a spelling and grammar focus).
Now, he doesn’t need a spelling program. He knows the phonograms, and knows the rules. We’ve started keeping a spelling journal, where we break down words he comes across and misspells. We mark them up the LOE way, consult our phonogram cards (and advanced cards, if the word has origins from other languages) and write it down.
At this point, simply marking the words, and evaluating the rules dictating how we put them together is enough to make any English word easy to spell.
3. Logic of English Foundations is FUN
Foundations is the program that really took me from liking Logic of English, to loving the program. Foundations is written especially for younger kids who are just learning to read, and it’s the first curriculum I have seen to cater to active kids especially.
Active games, and other creative fun is written right into the curriculum, so kids using it hardly know they are working. Mr. Man calls Foundations his “fun school” and asks to do it every day.
2. Logic of English WORKS
Like I said before, Logic of English is the most time intensive program I have on my shelf. I take almost an hour per day, per child on this program (when I do a complete lesson with phonogram review and work). I am willing to do this, because of everything I teach, Logic of English also gives me the biggest “bang for my buck.”
This program is effective. It does work to teach kids to read. I’ve even used it as a tutor to help other kids improve their reading skills. It takes just a little effort, and before you know it, everything is getting better.
Totally worth it.