When I spent the better part of a year teaching in a Kindergarten classroom, I was introduced to the Logic of English Foundations curriculum. Initially, it seemed a little foreign to me–so different than how I was taught at that early age. But, as I saw my students learning the reasons certain words follow certain rules and how the program was truly engaging, it didn’t take long until I was sold on Logic of English. It was so much more than sight words. Students were learning their phonograms, making it so much easier for them to read and spell naturally!
Fast forward to our decision to homeschool our daughter for first grade. As I researched Language Arts programs, I just kept coming back to Logic of English. It is reading, handwriting, and spelling all in one, which streamlined things for me! When I think about Logic of English as compared to other curriculum I considered, one of the the things that stands out to me is the colorful, simple, engaging, and age-appropriate workbook, which is very professionally done. In other words, they took the time to really get it right. It is top-notch.
When you have a student that’s between the ages of, say, 5 and 7, you’ll really need to determine where to start them in the Foundations curriculum. We opted to start with B to ensure a solid foundation before starting C. I’m so glad we did! Foundations B really reinforced things she knew, but also taught her a few rules she didn’t know!
I have to say that I never once had to ask her twice to do Logic of English with me, which, ahem, I can’t say about all of her other subjects! The lessons were neither too long or too short, and the workbook has “fun” activities
For me, Logic of English requires little, if any, preparation. The teacher’s book is scripted for each lesson, so I just needed to lay out the supplies for that day’s lesson! On a daily basis, I use the teacher’s manual, the student workbook, and the phonogram flashcards. It is relatively inexpensive, and I don’t have to worry about having separate curriculum for reading, handwriting, and spelling. It feels very natural and never forced.
With activities like tic-tac-toe, Bingo, and matching, in addition to the phonogram game tiles and game cards, Logic of English doesn’t feel like “work.”
“I am a 1st grader who loves doing Logic of English! This the kids’ book, this is the grown-up book, this helps with the phonograms, and the kids just trace this with their finger to practice their letters.”
“I like to use a dot marker to play phonogram bingo, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too!”
“This is my favorite phonogram card. This is the hardest one! I can say all six of its sounds!”
“The book is colorful. You can play bingo, tic-tac-toe, matching, and it’s really fun! Whenever you do it, I hope you enjoy it!”
As you can see in some of the photos, we used the dry erase board with a dry erase marker on a daily basis. We also regularly used a yellow dot marker for activities in the workbook. There is a set of Foundations B readers that we also used for many of the lessons. Other than that, all you need is a pencil!
For us, continuing with Logic of English is a no-brainer. For the foreseeable future, we will be using Logic of English for our language arts curriculum! Two thumbs up from each of us.
Disclosure: We partnered with Logic of English for purposes of this post, but as always, all opinions are our own!