For our younger son's third grade year, I did a lot of research into what type of language arts program or materials I wanted to use with him. I knew I did not want to piece together something myself from books we read together or use solely unit studies. These are both valid ways to improve reading comprehension and fluency skills, but I wanted something different for his third grade homeschool year.
I read and watched several reviews of Mosdos Press Literature before I made the decision that I wanted to try their Opal edition this year with our son. As part of the Timberdoodle Blog Team, I was fortunate enough to receive a 50% discount in exchange for my honest review of these language arts materials.
Description of Product
- 2 Teacher's Editions – spiralbound
- 2 Student Textbooks – hardcover
- 1 Student Activity Workbook – softcover
While the Teacher's Edition has a classroom feel to it – describing the steps the manual takes to help you teach the same thing next year – and discusses possible classroom activities, a homeschooling family can easily adapt the lessons. I really appreciate that it is also homeschool-friendly, too.
The Teacher's Edition has 12 parts:
- Scope and Sequence
- Lessons in Literature
- Reviewing Vocabulary
- Getting Started
- Selection Summary
- Blueprint for Reading
- Guiding the Reading
- Literacy Components
- Tie-In Poems
- Studying the Selection
- Jill's Journal
- Teacher's Answer Guide for the Workbook Activities
- Unit One: All About the Story!
- Unit Two: All About the Plot!
- Unit Three: All About the Characters!
- Unit Four: All About Setting!
- Unit Five: All About Theme!
- Unit Six: The Grand Finale!
My Thoughts on the Teacher's Edition
|Previewing the material for the next reading selection|
- The tale of a Pueblo Indian girl
- The story of two young boys in Mexico
- A story of a young blind girl
- A Goldrush story
- A tale about a young Korean girl who moves to America
- A story taking place during the American Revolution
- A story taking place on the journey of the Mayflower
- Children searching for frogs
- And more!
Student Activity Workbook
- Two vocabulary activities
- More About the Story
- Language Arts Activity
- Graphic Organizer