Instead of continuing on with “grade levels” I find it is better to work at each child’s pace with different topics. In this post I am going to show you how I accelerate language arts and how this can be done with any child because it is dependent on how quickly they grasp it. So instead of stressing about being at a certain grade level, use this as a road map.
When they turn 5 I begin with Phonics. At 6 I add in Language Arts and Grammar. At 7 I start focusing more on writing. However, even starting with an older student you can start at their current abilities and move forward on the accelerated path.
Memoria Press Kindergarten & 1st Grade along with Explode the Code as a supplement. I stop when they prove to me they can read anything, even really big words in older books.
This is not considered the same as literature. This is for building reading skills, comprehension and then analysis skills. I use what is written here for early readers. Then I move on to CLE reading starting at the 300 level. I don’t like CLE reading before this level or else I would consider starting it earlier.
CLE reading is done all the way from level 300 – 800. When they finish the 8th grade level, no matter what age they are… I know they are ready for high school level reading.
First Language Lessons 1 —-> First Language Lessons 2 —-> Grammar Land
First Language Lessons 3 —-> First Language Lessons 4 —-> Hake Grammar 5
Hake Grammar 6 —-> Hake Grammar 7 —-> Hake Grammar 8
I also consider CLE Language Arts levels 100-800 to be just as good and an optional route for some kids who do better with it.
I have one child using CLE Language Arts 100 with First Language Lessons 1 right now so I can see which one he does better with. I also have two children using Hake.
You can mix it up however you want, if you don’t want to do First Language Lessons you can do CLE LA for 100-400 then move on to Hake 5, or you can stick with CLE through 800. Those are the only two sequential grammar paths I really recommend.
I always start off with homemade copywork sheets until they are proficient at writing letters. Once we get to that point I move on to Writing With Ease 1 then Writing With Ease 2. Once my child has finished WWE2, I know they are ready to start with Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW). I use this program all the way to college level writing. This is my order:
Student Writing Intensive A (SWI-A) —-> Student Intensive Continuation Course A (SICC-A) —-> Following Narnia* (optional) —-> SICC-B —-> Elegant Essay —-> Windows to the World —-> SICC-C —-> Writing Research Papers
*The Following Narnia is more just for fun, they can easily progress to college level writing while skipping it. Include it only if you think your child would enjoy it.
I don’t go out of my way to do any formal spelling. With all the reading and writing they do they usually end up to be natural spellers. However, I have had to use Click N Spell (computer program) with one child and it worked great.
So there you have it. Our entire accelerated language arts road map. Don’t worry about grade levels right now, just start where your child is at and continue pressing forward year-round. Before you know it, they are several grade levels ahead and ready to start high school at a young age.