Language Smarts Level D Grade 3
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!
Authors: Kathy Erickson and Stephanie W. Stevens
Awards and Endorsements:
Parent Tested, Parent Approved (PTPA) Seal of Approval
Mom's 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 colorful and engaging book hooks our son's interest daily which is saying something for someone who wanted nothing to with language arts previously! I appreciate the repetition available for practice with just enough variation to continue to be interesting.
This is the first time we've used The Critical Thinking Co. for langugage studies, and I'm definitely impressed. It's very thorough, breaking the parts of language and words down into detailed studies. It's heavily phonics-learning-oriented, with careful attention to parts of words like digraphs and diphthongs. (Don't worry -- If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I didn't know what these were until we started using the book, either, but it's making perfect sense to all of us now.) In fact, by doing these detailed language studies, I think my third-grader's reading has improved. It also contains beautiful review of grammar and writing skills typically learned in 1st-2nd grade. I'm going to order the 2nd grade book for my second child and see if I like it just as much as this one.
It seems ok! We started this week and I like how easy it is for the kids. I am just using it in place of english. They think english is boring.
This book is bright, engaging, and fun. Covers all aspects of language arts: vocab, grammar, writing, reading.All in one book.