What We Received:
We were given two books, a (consumable) Student Workbook and a Teacher’s Manual.
How It Works:
Grade 3 Lightning Lit Set is a full year’s curriculum of Literature, Composition and Grammar that is divided into weeks. How many days you spend on this curriculum each week is up to you and very adaptable. Each week there is a variety of assignments that may include:
- · Reading Journal
- · Dictionary Pages
- · Sentence Puzzles
- · Diagramming Sentences
- · Poet Biographies
- · Discussion Questions
The teacher’s manual provides various schedules for you depending on how much time you want to spend on this subject per day and/or how many days per week you have to spend on it. The curriculum allows for you to read aloud, the student to read portions at a time or to read the text all at once and then complete the activities. The teacher's manual is very helpful in preparing ahead of time with the week at a glance that includes the language concepts that are covered. It also does a great job in giving the parent a heads up about certain intense topics brought up in the books. While the curriculum is very flexible, it is a complete program. Using it as a supplement could be done, but it would require a lot of piecing on the parent's part. It seems to me that you should use the entire program to really get the most benefit out of it.The different texts that are covered include:
- · Sarah, Plain & Tall by Patricia Maclachlan
- · Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins
- · Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- · Random House Book of Poetry for Children
- · Ramona & Her Father by Beverly Cleary
- · The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
- · Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- · The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
- · Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
How We Used It:
We decided to just start at the beginning with Sarah, Plain & Tall and we found a reading of it on YouTube so my son sat down and listened to that on morning while I took care of a few things. After that we would do a couple of pages a couple of days a week in the Student Workbook.
What We Thought:
We loved it! The variety of exercises was just right and the choice of literature was definitely engaging to me as an educator. The grade level seemed on point and the containment to a student book and teacher's manual (aside from the literature books themselves that can be gotten at the library) was very easy to keep up with. As is the case with most literature, the discussions could carry over into other ages very easily which makes it useful for more than just the grade level child. Since this is our first time with this company and their products, now I'm interested to see what else they offer in other grades! If you are interested in other grades, click on the Crew link below to see what other crew members reviewed and their experience.
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Since this is our first time with this company and their products, now I'm interested to see what else they offer in other grades! If you are interested in other grades, click on the Crew link below to see what other crew members reviewed and their experience.