This is a paid review. I received a free copy of the curriculum and was compensated for my time. All opinions expressed are my own.
JacKris Publishing specializes in providing language arts curricula to educators of all types who wish to strengthen their students' mastery of spelling, vocabulary, English grammar, traditional writing, and creative writing techniques. Their books are written in a manner that makes them appropriate regardless of one's religious beliefs or affiliations. Levels are based on a 36-week school year and each level equates to grade level. Life of a Homeschooling Mom recently previewed the Soaring with Spelling and Growing with Grammar complete sets for Level 7, recommended for grade 7.
Given the text and internet world in which we live, I am finding more and more that good spelling and grammar skills are falling by the wayside. My husband and I had even recently had a discussion in which we realized that we abandoned good spelling and grammar curriculum far too early in our homeschooling journey. We began to focus more on writing and then realized that our daughters' spelling and grammar skills were sorely lacking, so I was incredibly happy to give Soaring with Spelling and Growing with Grammar a try.
Soaring with Spelling
The spelling program, Soaring with Spelling, includes levels one through eight. We are using the Level 7 spelling and vocabulary program. This program contains 18 list words that are progressively more difficult than those used in prior levels. Multi-syllable words and more complex words are predominant in this level of Soaring with Spelling.
Level 7 of the spelling and vocabulary program contains 216 pages, and is based on a 36-week school year, with five lessons each week. Learn more about Level 7 of Soaring with Spelling by viewing the Table of Contents, Scope and Sequence, and Sample Lessons.
I really like the way this program was set up. The lesson plans are easy to follow and we found that providing solid instruction on Day 1 each week led to our children being able to be independent with most of the exercises the rest of the week.
Growing with Grammar
Level 7 of Growing with Grammar contains approximately 108 lessons to be taught three times a week. The learning portion for this level is contained in a separate Student Manual, with the exercises located in a separate Student Workbook. I recommend the complete set, which includes the Student Manual, Student Workbook, Student Workbook Answer Key, and Student Tests so you don't have to worry if you have everything. The complete set is also priced lower than if you were to purchase each book separately.
The Student Manual contains 314 pages, and the Student Workbook contains 242 pages. Learn more about Level 7 of Growing with Grammar by viewing the Table of Contents, Scope and Sequence, Student Manual Sample Lessons, Student Workbook Sample Lessons, and Sample Tests at JacKris Publishing.
I feel that this curriculum is a strong grammar curriculum. I enjoy the fact that it is designed to be taught three days/week which allows time for greater focus and the material to be digested and understood better than a 5 day/week instruction schedule would allow.
Both Growing with Grammar and Soaring with Spelling have been a breath of fresh air for our family. We can already see that our children are growing in both of these areas and we plan to continue using the curriculum.
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