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What exactly is Language Arts?
September 15, 2013 at 5:15 PM

My state requires recordkeeping on Reading and Language Arts.  I always considered the part of the same thing.

What do you cover under "Language Arts"?


  • Chasing3
    September 15, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I think it's grammar, spelling, vocabulary and writing

  • buckeyetravels
    September 15, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Well when I was in school it was english, spelling, and reading.  Until I got to 8th grade and then it was just English (reading and writing).

    I would consider Language Arts the following:

    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Spelling
    • Vocabulary
    • Essays
  • ablackdolphin
    September 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Great, that's what I was thinking but I was thrown for a loop when I saw reading as a separate subject.

  • TJandKarasMom
    September 15, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Writing, spelling, vocab, and grammar. Reading as well, but that is listed separately. 

  • Molimomma
    September 15, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Grammar, writing, spelling, & vocabulary. I would include reading in there too but I guess the state felt the need to explicitly state reading instruction needed to be taught.

  • buckeyetravels
    September 15, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Forgot about grammar.  Oops.  Yeah that would be part of Language Arts as well.  

  • 1CynfulDlite
    September 15, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Any thing and every thing to do with reading and writing starting with the basics in Kindergarten.  I'm on a public school curriculum and they cover basic reading/sight word recognition, letter recognition and writing and knowing parts of a story like plot, setting,characters, beginning, middle, end and they use stories like The Little Red Hen and such so nothing super complicated for Kinder.

  • ablackdolphin
    September 15, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Thanks ladies!!

  • AutymsMommy
    September 15, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    I know my dd's school lists literature separately from language arts, but that could be because it's a special needs school. Even at home, though, I generally separated them.

    LA for us:




    Reading comprehension or phonics if necessary


  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    September 15, 2013 at 8:54 PM
    I would combine the 2 because they really do go together.

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