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Language Smarts by The Critical Thinking Co. (Review)

Last week from the Critical Thinking Co. I posted a review for Language Smarts D. This week I'm excited to review Language Smarts E! Ethan is currently working is way through this book.
Language Smarts E is recommended for 4th grade and teaches reading, writing, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and thinking skills. It can be used as a complete language arts curriculum or supplement your current program. Right now Ethan is using it as a stand alone language arts program but because he's older I'll add something to supplement. Right now I am focusing on reading so this is a great addition to our homeschooling days even if it's a few grades below. Some of it is review for him but parts like:
  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Reading & Writing
  3. Use the Correct Words
will really help him because these are areas that we haven't covered in depths. Ethan has struggled with reading so I held off with some aspects of Language Arts but now we are ready to dive in (his reading has improved a lot)!

Language Smarts is a full color 400 page book! What your child will cover:
  • Syllables
  • Word Parts - Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots
  • Word Relationships - Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies, Anagrams, Palindromes
  • Spelling - over 20 pages!
  • Reference Materials - Using a Dictionary, Online Dictionary, Thesaurus, Online Encyclopedia, and Internet Search
  • Parts of Speech- from Nouns to Interjections
  • Sentences - compound/predicate, Fragments, Run-On, Rambling Sentences, Agreement of Subject & Verb, Complex/Simple
  • Punctuation - commas, quotation marks, colons, semi-colons
  • Using Words Correctly - Homophones, Frequently Misused Word, Use Correct Words, Homographs
  • Reading & Writing - context clues, similes, metaphors, idioms, proverbs, genres of literature, story map, point of views, theme, predicting, and much more! Over 90 pages pertaining to reading and writing.
  • Writing - Author's Purpose, Writing Process, Pre-Writing, Drafting, Editing, Publishing, over 60 pages!!!
Throughout the book your child will complete Editor and Chief pages as well as Writing Detective. In the back of the book there is an answer key.

Some fun pages that make this book fun are the Jumble exercises. Below is the Capitalization Jumble.
My favorite part of the book is the reading and writing pages. This is where my son needs the most help so I'm excited about these pages!
What I like about these pages is how the writing process is broken down and explained in a step-by-step process. The child uses graphic organizers or story maps.
Another favorite is the Reading Comprehension. Sometimes the child will be asked to write a summary of the passage which should include the main idea + key details or ideas to support the main idea.
The Reading & Writing really gets the child thinking by asking questions like:
  • Which passage is a firsthand account? Why?
  • Which passage is a secondhand account? Why?
  • What are some similarities between the two accounts?
  • What are the differences between the two accounts?
I like how the child has to answer why which is supporting their answer.

Using Language Smarts: right now Ethan is completing two pages a day.Right now it's is only Language Arts program but very soon he will start a more formal writing program. Ethan is above the grade level. I am using it as review and to close in on some 'gaps' regarding Language Arts. I'm really pleased with this program.

1 comment

  1. I like to look of this! I just ordered LLATL for my three oldest kids, but this also looks fantastic, Linda. Why are there so many wonderful options...?