The main, and I feel most important, thing that I have done this year for Jillian to encourage her language arts skills is to give her lots of room and time for reading - both on her own and reading out loud with me.
Animal Stories - we did copywork and wrote summaries from these throughout the year.
- Among the Meadow People ::: free at The Baldwin Project
- Aesop's Fables (Children's Illustrated Classics)
Parts of Speech - introducing nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs
The "Four Kinds of Words" story (changed from gnomes to fairies for my fairy-loving child) and the lessons from Dorothy Harrer's An English Manual - the Second Grade chapter.
A Little Garden Flower's Second Grade book - This whole book is excellent, but one of the main things we took from this book for Language Arts was the daily practice of circling the parts of speech with a different colored pencils - assigning each part of speech a color and then consistently using that system all year. I saw this activity go from puzzling and intimidating to natural and almost second nature for Jillian through the course of the year. We'll be building on this in third grade.
Ruth Heller's World of Language Series:
- Merry-Go-Round: A Book About Nouns
- Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs
- Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives
- Up, Up and Away: A Book About Adverbs
Names by Claire Dubrovic
If the names of things you'd know
Don't ask verbs; to nouns you must go!
Mountain, hill and stone and rock
House and castle, ship and dock,
Lion, tiger, camel, horse,
Tulip, lily, nettle, gorse,
Thought, consideration, word and deed,
Love and kindness, help in need.
We've heard their names, what do they do?
They lie and sleep, they do not wake.
Men plough and build, they cook and bake.
They feed and blossom, die and grow.
They roar and gallop, snort and blow.
They think and plan, they work and play.
They laugh and cry, they hope and pray.
Their name we know and what they do,
What are they like, we're asking you?
White and black and green and blue
Fragrant, prickly, dainty or tall,
Wild or gentle, big or small.
Beautiful, ugly, old or new
Gentle, helpful, friendly ever
Cruel, unkind, grumpy never.
Verb and noun and adjective
Understanding of the world they give.
Parts of Speech, Adverbs by Trevor Smith Westgarth
Adverbs add to the verb to tell how, when or where,
They give a better picture, and information share.
Adverbs like yesterday, immediately and then
All help us to understand a little more of "When?"
Adverbs like away, outside, above and there
Answer the question if you ask it "Where?"
Adverbs like quickly, clumsily or wisely
Describe the manner in which a thing is done precisely.
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Mad Libs
- Waldorf Reading for Homeschoolers :::: Barbara Dewey
- Lively Language Lessons ::: Serendipity
- The Waldorf Student Reading List
What resources have you been using to teach Language Arts?