Guest Hollow Language Arts is ready for purchase!

Homeschool language arts

Our new language arts program is ready for purchase!

http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/english/language_arts.html

Our language arts program is unlike any other language arts program I’ve seen! Be one of the first to check it out and get your kids to love language arts!

Guest Hollow Language Arts is engaging, contains customizable elements to make a great fit for all types of learners, and approaches language arts subjects through diverse and colorful resources instead of a pile of boring workbooks.

Our language arts schedule is a little different than most homeschool language arts curricula in a variety of ways. Some of the key differences:

 It can be used for a variety of ages and grades, from grade 2 through grade 6. This means you can teach multiple students at once without having to use (or pay for) multiple language arts programs!
 It uses literature and a variety of books to teach concepts rather than tons of boring workbooks.
 It provides (optional) teacher education with parent/teacher reading assignments and articles to help YOU become a more informed homeschool teacher.
 It gently guides you into making your own curriculum-related decisions, so you can feel more confident doing things “your” way in future years.
 It’s flexible, so you aren’t locked into a set of books that doesn’t work for your student.
 Tried-and-true traditional methods are incorporated in the program mixed with fresh and fun new ways of learning things to reach a variety of learners – from the gifted to the reluctant!

Check it out here: http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/english/language_arts.html

Book Review: Read-Aloud Poems & Free Kindle Books for Kids

Phew! I’m getting caught up on my reviews. There are still lots more reviews to come (some for books and others for homeschool resources)! Don’t worry though, I’ll get back to blogging about some of our homeschool adventures as well. 😉 I’m planning a future post about notebooking and how we’ve incorporated that into our studies over the years – complete with pictures of some of Otter’s notebooks.
At the end of this post I’ll post a few free Kindle books so scroll to the end if you are interested in those.

First though, here’s a review on a book of poems:

Read Aloud Poems

Read-Aloud Poems: 50 of the World’s Best-Loved Poems for Parent and Child to Share is a hefty collection of poems perfect for introducing children to the works of a variety of poets & writers such as Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, and even William Shakespeare. The poems are separated into section headings such as:

Nature’s People
Meet the Family
Just Me
Friendship and Love
Laughing Lyrics
Earth and Sky
Poems That Tell Stories
Let’s Pretend
Poems to Ponder

Besides the poems themselves, many of the page sidebars have information about the poets themselves such as the following blurb:

Many of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems are included in this book. Most of them come from his collection of poems – A Child’s Garden of Verses. Stevenson also wrote travel books and such famous novels as Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

I’m appreciative of these small asides that give the adult reading the poems out loud or an older child extra information.

The book has a variety of old fashioned illustrations. They appear to be various famous drawings and paintings from yesteryear, rather than new illustrations made specifically for this book. Some of the illustrations are from famous artists such as Jessie Willcox Smith, whose paintings evoke the sweetness and innocence of childhood. Some of the pictures take up an entire page, while others are sprinkled across the assortment of poems to add visual interest. I really wish the book had more beautiful illustrations along the lines of the cover, however, the focus of the book isn’t the pictures, it’s the words and lyrical language of the poems themselves.

I think poetry is an important part of a child’s diet of literature. Because of the good selection of poems in Read-Aloud Poems, I think this book is a good option for a child’s library. I give it 4 stars instead of 5 because I wasn’t blown away by the artwork (although I did find it sweet). Still, i think Read-Aloud Poems is a solid choice if you are looking for a collection of poems to nurture a love of the written word in your child.

*I received a free review copy for my honest opinion.

Want to read more of my book reviews (for adults, teens and children)? Click here!

Now for today’s free Kindle books for kids:

The Vanishings: 1 (Left Behind: The Kids)

The Vanishings: 1 (Left Behind: The Kids) – Otter read most of this series and really enjoyed it. It’s about a group of kids after the “rapture” during the tribulation.

Mind Hurdles: Having Fun with States & Capitals in the United States (Interactive Quiz Book)

Mind Hurdles: Having Fun with States & Capitals in the United States (Interactive Quiz Book)

Horses: Amazing Photos & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature (Our Amazing World Series)

Horses: Amazing Photos & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature (Our Amazing World Series)

Life In The Gumball Machine

Life In The Gumball Machine

Happy downloading!