I am making a bold statement when I say that I have found the Best Phonics Curriculum for homeschooling, but it is true. Here are all of the reasons why we love Schola Publications and The Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading after using them for a few years now.
Why This Is The Best Phonics Curriculum For Homeschool
As with the first two levels, level three has 10 DVDs for the homeschool teacher. It is intended for the teacher to watch a DVD lesson at the start of each week and Mrs. Beers walks the teacher through one week at a time.
This is one of my favorite parts of the program since I personally enjoy her style of teaching and methods. Her explanations throughout the DVDs are wonderful and informative.
I feel like I am being taught the things I have either forgotten since childhood or was not taught at all. I thoroughly enjoy English Grammar, Latin Roots, and everything in between, so this program is a lot of fun for me.
As always, construction terms are used throughout the program. Foreman, Journeyman, Building Codes, Framing Codes, and Designing Codes, etc. If you are not familiar with these terms, well… you should be! I grew up familiar with construction work, so these terms make sense to me.
Since level two introduced the student to cursive in the last few weeks, level three is done completely in cursive. This is causing my (almost) 10-year-old to feel a little nervous, and in his words, “I feel excited, nervous, and scared to start level three because I am not very good at cursive.” I reassured him that he will be writing in cursive like a natural by the end of the year. (He already has better penmanship than myself.)
Level three has the completed Foreman’s Construction Guide (teacher manual), the Journeyman’s Guide (student’s workbook), and a reading/composition guide binder for two books. The books are included in the complete package. Everything that the student is expected to complete throughout the course of the year is already completed in the teacher’s sections to assure easy reference when needed.
After watching the intro and lesson 1, this is what I have concluded to expect this year:
The first half of the year will be spent mostly in a review of what has been previously learned in spelling and grammar. The literary guide for Robert Fulton, Boy Craftsman will be included in the first half of the year, as well.
The second half of the year will be adding in new spelling words and grammar (Designing Codes). We will also tackle the literary study of Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin. Latin roots, meanings, and words will be introduced and studied.
It should also be noted that there are some supplies needed to complete level three; including paint, crayons, colored pencils, and cardstock.
I feel similar to my son. I am nervous and excited to start level three of The Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading! If I were trying to teach it on my own without Barbara teaching me on the DVDs, I know I would not be able to do it… but with the DVD instructions, I feel confident in accomplishing what’s ahead!