The Critical Thinking Company sent me their Language Smarts C program as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. Level C is written for grade 2.
The content includes:
- visual skills
- phonological and phonemic awareness
- fluency and flexibility in word meanings and associations
- word relationships
The cost for the Language Smarts Level C 320 page workbook is $39.99.
I'm not sure where to begin with my opinion of this workbook. I mean as workbooks go, it is very nice. The pages have a lot of color. It is organized plainly and visually it is very pleasing. If you are a workbook oriented homeschooler, than really this is a fine specimen.
I might use a page or so to reinforce a skill here and there, but in the end, it's a workbook. Although, I am quite a visual learner and I like the color a lot, it is not practical for use as a master for copying. You'd have a lot of black on the page or you'd use a lot of ink to make this a non-consumable resource which homeschoolers tend to do.
I think the cost is rather high for a consumable product. I can assure you that in our homeschool, I would not choose to buy a $40 workbook!
In addition, the homeschooling community, while concerned with the overall academic achievement of their children, are not necessarily concerned with "standards-based" anything. The website and the products are geared toward classroom teaching and parents of children in a classroom situation. Now that doesn't mean it's a horrible product. It does mean that my blogging audience is probably not the target group for this workbook.
I do not teach grammar out of context/in isolation so diagramming a random sentence, no matter how pretty the workbook page is, is still a rote exercise. Filling in the blanks, correcting run on sentences, correcting punctuation, completing sounds, etc is not immersing children in language usage.
The product description on the webpage says- "Escape from boring language arts drill". I would argue they are not escaping the drill.