No Mom is Super-Mom, and I am no exception. When it comes to homeschooling there are some subjects that I may understand but do not enjoy teaching. Literature is that subject for me. Being Dyslexic I just do not enjoy reading and never have. It is work, not fun. However, as a homeschool parent I really try hard to not let my feelings spill over onto my kids. That is where good Literature curriculum comes in. Today I am bringing you a review of Hewitt Homeschooling’s Grade 7 Lightning Lit Set.
When I look for a Literature or composition program I want something that has variety, is straight forward in how it works, requires little to no teaching from me and yet covers how to write well and hopefully a love for reading. So while I may not enjoy reading I want my kids to be able to experience diving into another world, all from the couch through books. Hewitt Homeschooling has done a good job of balancing the need for older kids to work independently and still teaching them some much needed skills while allowing them to enjoy some great variety of literature.
So how does this program work?
Each week kids are given a set number of assignments and have the full week to complete them. This allows students to really start working on time management skills. For any literature the schedule goes very similar.
- Read the literature book.
- Read the lesson in the student workbook.
- Complete the worksheets.
- Complete a writing assignment.
An important note…This curriculum does not make up a full language arts curriculum. While some grammar and vocabulary is covered these pieces are not enough to fully give your child what they need in these areas.
What does the Teacher’s book cover?
The teacher’s book really is so valuable in this curriculum. Being a person that really needs a black and white schedule of what to do when, the teacher’s manual lays that out for me. It also includes all the answers to the worksheets and discussion questions. Since this program is laid out so students can mostly work independently, there are helps in the teacher’s manual for how to help your student if they are not understanding the material. Some of these helps could be hands-on activities, others could be something as simple as it’s okay because this material will be covered again next year so just grade their work on … Below is an example.
As for writing some kids love writing and other struggle with it. Because of this fact, Hewitt Homeschooling has included multiple options for students to complete the writing assignments. The teacher’s manual gives us Moms a better idea of which options to help direct our children to based on their writing skills and love or lack their of for writing. So no matter where your child falls on the love for writing scale, Hewitt has your child covered.
What did we think of this program?
I LOVED the amount of knowledge for literature and writing that is being passed onto my child by using this curriculum. There are 2 issues that have been frustrating for my child. However, just like all of my previous reviews remember that these are only our experience. Our frustrations with a curriculum may not be a problem for you.
- Since my son is Dyslexic as well, he really does not like that there is so much reading needed to be done on top of the actual reading of stories. Honestly, it isn’t too much but the lessons can be up to 3-4 pages long. Not a significant number, but for someone who is Dyslexic that number seems to be too much for him. To overcome this, when he gets to those sections of the curriculum I sit down with him and we alternate reading the lesson. He does not like having to rely on me but by reading with him I know he is actually accomplishing the lessons and I can answer any questions he may have about it.
- Here is where things get a bit tricky for those kids who really need structure. Because some literature is short and some is long what is required of your student will vary greatly from week to week. Some weeks all your student will work on is reading through a story. Other weeks they will be head deep in worksheets, while others will only focus on writing. For some kids they will LOVE this as they get variety in their schedule. Others however may not do so well with the constant changes of pace. My kids tend to need more structure.
Overall we are very pleased with this curriculum. While this curriculum does not cover all that is needed for a full Language Arts Curriculum, what is covered is well taught and worth the time to find other options to fill in the gaps to complete a Language Arts program.
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