Language Smarts Level C Grade 2
Out of all of our new Critical Thinking Press titles, Language Smarts is my favorite. If you've used and loved Mathematical Reasoning than you'll be delighted by the familiar, colorful pages and thinking-skills based approach.
Language Smarts is specifically designed to be thorough enough to be a complete language arts curriculum, but unique enough to be a valuable supplement if your child is ready for more than they are getting from another approach.
Rhymes and riddles, editing activities, mind-benders, sequencing, writing… each page is brightly colored and contains enough white space to feel easily doable. With 316-336 pages per book, 1-2 pages a day will have your student completing the book within a school year. Don't be surprised though if they ask for more. To a child, the pages often seem more like fun puzzles than school work!
Author: Judy Wilson Goddard and Kathy Erickson
Awards and Endorsements:
Parent Tested, Parent Approved (PTPA) Seal of Approval
Moms Best Award Winner
The Jenkins Group Bronze Medalist, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards
iParenting Media Best Products
Learning® Magazine Recommended Resource for Successful Teaching
This curriculum is bright and user friendly. My son has done well with it. While it's simple both in approach, appearance, directions, etc, it lays a great foundation. As one who preferred textbooks, this was a great option without being crazy hard for me to teach. Most of it my son could do on his own even. But there were some hard pages that he struggled with that seemed slightly out of place as they were harder than most of the book. The only thing I didn't not like was the lack of daily review. It covers a topic and then moves on, not coming back to it again for some time and by then it was like having to re-teach it at times. Next year I plan to use Language Lessons.
I was impressed by how colorful and engaging this book is. Language Arts is not our son's favorite but this book's layout, colors, scope and sequence are perfect for him! I've not seen such a colorful Language Arts book before and it has served as a wonderful addition to his Language Arts portion of his curriculum.
This is a good resource to supplement a language curriculum. I would not use it as a stand alone. It has colorful pictures, and easy to use pages.
I can't wait to get to this book! We are almost ready! My guy has a few issues since birth, stroke, CP, Aspergers, among others. I've had to try out all kinds of curriculum, but this one works! Thank you!
This is one of my favorite school books yet. It's thorough in the range and depth of language arts materials that it covers, yet so colorful & engaging that my children are loving it! The assignments are simple, with enough repetition that my children feel comfortable (but not bored) with the routine, all the while well-reinforcing the concepts they are learning. This book surely deserves 5 stars!