Thursday, May 24, 2018

Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum: A TOS Crew Review

Home School Navigator
Home School Navigator

Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum

Language Arts is one of the truly vital components of a quality education. Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum is a comprehensive online language arts curriculum that will help you make sure your students are well prepared.

The online membership offers 6 different sequential levels for Prek-approx 5th grade reading levels (name by color, instead of grade - I love it!).  Each level has a full 36 weeks of daily lessons in reading/literature, writing, vocabulary, handwriting, computer skills, word study, poetry and our favorite - the interactive notebooks.

The program is very well organized and super easy to use.  Simply login, create profiles for each of your children and you are ready to go.  I was given a subscription for 4 of my children.  After using the program, my oldest discovered it was below her level, but still enjoyed the reading sections.  My other testers are 3rd grade (Green level),  4th grade (Blue level) and 6th grade (Indigo level).

For the first approx. 8 weeks - you can use all the levels for your child to discover the proper place for them before selecting the level.  I love that you have the flexibility to find exactly where they need to be.  You can see their progress on the dashboard.

The lessons are organized by Month and Week.  Each day has multiple activities designed to appeal to all learning styles.

They include over 60 instructional videos - including videos of the book being read to your student, and direct instruction on different topics.

There are downloadable review games, printable worksheets and hands-on projects like creating craters or jackdaws.

 In addition, you can upload your child's work to create an online portfolio.

This is a quick peek at a typical day.  Each section expands to include a link for any worksheets or videos that are included.

Best of all, the planning is done for you!  Each week begins with a detailed lesson plan, so you know exactly what to have ready.  Book lists are given, and all the month's handouts can be downloaded in a single PDF to print.  They have made it so easy!

I love this program - Here are a few of the components that really stand out for me.

  • The book choices are wonderful!  Each level and month share a common theme, my students loved discovering new books.  We got all the selections easily at our local library.
  • The Word Study - the Blue and Indigo levels we used included fabulously done word root study.
  • The Writing Checklists - both in a list and a visual format.
  • The Review Games and Graphic organizers - the program is filled with multiple approaches that you can pick and choose from.

I printed what we needed, and kept our review games ready to go on a file-folder everyone could use.  

Our favorite  component was interactive notebooksThese are included in the lessons - or can be purchased individually (approx. 18 titles are currently available).  They are an in-depth book study.  These are the ones we used -

  • Level Green: Ahyoka and the Talking Leaves
  • Level Blue: The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  • Level Indigo: Holes

Each interactive notebook is a downloadable PDF of mini-books, questions, vocabulary and beginning literary analysis.  You print them out and then cut out and glue into a notebook.  Since my students aren't big fans of cutting (they are all left-handed!)  I cut them out and put them into the notebook for them.

Your students can follow along in their daily lessons, or you can use these notebooks separately.  After reading, your student completes the exercises directly in the notebook.

 I am so impressed with the depth of this program.  It truly covers all areas of language arts.  It is well designed, and so easy to use.  I wish they offered more levels!

Be sure to check this one out!

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Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum {Home School Navigator Reviews}

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