I'm starting to prepare for our first year of homeschooling. I will have a 2nd grader and Kindergartner. I have been able to decide on books for the rest of their subjects but I am lost when it comes it Language Arts. I would love some suggestions if yall happen to have some.
Ring Around The Phonics (K through 6th grade). is language arts disguised as a game (whole brain teaching) . Your boys can play it with you at the same time even if you are teaching the little one phonics or blending, while teaching the 2nd grader spelling or vocabulary. It comes with 14 early reader books.
The kids enjoy the activity cards which release energy, and teach listening and comprehension skills. By having the older one write his own activity cards, it also can be used to teach writing skills. The kids particularly like crowning their characters with the blue and gold ring of knowledge...everybody is a winner.
Does the first language lessons have placement tests anywhere? I am looking at different grammar programs for my 2nd grader as well and it is a little hard to tell by the samples what level my daughter would be at.
Reading Eggs (online)
Memoria Press' Classical Phonics with First Start Reading
MCP Phonics (Modern Curriculum Press)
Catholic Heritage Curriculum's "Little Stories for Little Folks"
*those are only the phonics programs I'm most familiar with*
Then you would need handwriting
If your kindergartner isn't yet writing, I would suggest Memoria Press' Letters and Numbers books. For your second grader, a copy book would be sufficient.
Then you need grammar for your oldest
I would strongly suggest First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind
Then you need writing for your oldest
Strongly suggest Writing With Ease workbooks (these include memory work, poetry, writing).
Then you need literature for your oldest
For the oldest I would suggest Memoria Press' literature program and guides.