If you are considering setting up learning centers in your home school, the following reference materials should be in your Language Arts Learning Center. Don’t know what a learning center is? GO HERE to find out.
What to Have in Your Language Arts Learning Center
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”083881493X” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51aPYEpHn3L._SL110_.jpg” width=”84″]Learning Grammar Through Writing. This can be used with any writing or language arts program. It explains and reference-numbers grammar and composition rules so that the teacher can mark errors on the student’s work with a reference number and the student can correct his work himself.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0838820565″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51lD9Uh2DbL._SL110_.jpg” width=”82″]A Spelling Dictionary for Beginning Writers Book 1. Nearly 90% of the words young writers use come from the same 1,000 words. Unfortunately, many of these words have irregular spellings like does, said, and friend. This is a word bank of the 1,400 words most frequently used by children in grades one through four arranged alphabetically in large print. Get one for each child. A Spelling Dictionary for Writers: Book 2 covers words most likely to be used by 3rd through 6th graders.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0307158357″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51yia-tqm9L._SL110_.jpg” width=”86″]A First Thesaurus. A concise thesaurus perfectly designed for children to use through sixth grade. Contains over 2,000 entry words with synonyms and antonyms. Illustrated throughout. Children who use this regularly can eliminate overworked words in their writing.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0062701622″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QF5RT6RXL._SL110_.jpg” width=”81″]Thorndike-Barnhart Children’s Dictionary. Of all the children’s dictionaries available, this one is the most easy to read and colorful. Special sections in the back include: maps, information on the states and U.S. presidents, measurements, science, and more. For through Junior High.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”066946774X” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513A819ER3L._SL110_.jpg” width=”76″]Great Source Write Source is an invaluable resource for writers in the middle grades. It stresses the fundamentals of writing, including sections on literary terms, spelling, grammar, vocabulary skills, prefixes, suffixes and roots. This is an excellent companion to any language arts program.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0205313426″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51yQb9-P84L._SL110_.jpg” width=”70″]The Elements of Style. This is the classic “how to” and “how not to” book when it comes to writing clearly and with style. Every famous writer who has ever talked about his or her craft has recommended this iconic book.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0787982571″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51uEe21b5HL._SL110_.jpg” width=”85″]The Reading Teacher’s Book Of Lists: Grades K-12. This book is huge (nearly 400 large pages) and contains every conceivable list needed in language arts: phonograms, synonyms and antonyms, prefixes and suffixes, Greek and Latin roots, homophones, homographs, heteronyms, story guide lists, proofreading checklists, readability graphs, punctuation and capitalization guidelines, idiomatic expressions, literary terms, spelling “demons,” selected book lists and much, much more. Our favorites are the spelling lists. It has lists of the most frequently occurring words; of spelling demons for elementary and high school; of science words, social studies words, computer terms, and foreign words and phrases. A favorite resource and a “must have” for language arts reference.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”1558500189″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51-fznzwddL._SL110_.jpg” width=”72″]Words You Should Know features definitions and sample sentences for the 1200 essential words every educated person should be able to use and define. A good vocabulary & spelling list for senior high.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0385076967″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51vhNdt88QL._SL110_.jpg” width=”74″]Favorite Poems Old and New: Selected For Boys and Girls. This thick, hardcover book contains all the old favorites for children as well as newer, not-so-well-known selections. Over seven hundred to choose from make this a comprehensive volume for all ages.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0195153162″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51fVtYn7y2L._SL110_.jpg” width=”71″]Any Child Can Write Harvey S. Wiener shows how parents can encourage their children to write with a home program that can be used from preschool through high school. Beginning with the building of attitudes, Wiener moves through simple, varied and practical experience with the written word. By setting up an atmosphere in the home that encourages creative written expression, coupled with a parent’s guidance in writing, children gain an outlook on writing that builds confidence in their abilities to use language. In addition, Wiener describes how to find the best educational online resources and how to supervise a child’s work on the Internet.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0880620269″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51XGDF%2B2-3L._SL110_.jpg” width=”82″]How to Write Clearly: The Meaning Approach. Ruth Beechick is one of our favorite, no-nonsense authors about how to best teach children reading, writing, and arithmetic and in this book she speaks clearly to writers from young teens to adults. Read and use the insights as you see fit in your own writing. There are no boring drills and assignments. *How to link sentences to keep the readers with you. *How following the story thread is better than “encyclopedia” fact writing. *How to solve most comma problems with grammar rules. *How to write with verbs instead of nouns to perk up your prose. *Numerous other techniques that make sense. This book contrasts with much of today’s teaching on how to write, which is ineffective and deadening to students. Here she explains the historical roots of that old system so you can confidently move to the meaning system. A bonus chapter gives a history of how English language came to us.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0865303177″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/6153F4DSD0L._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″]If You’re Trying to Teach Kids How to Write, You’ve Gotta Have This Book. The handbook at the top of every required resource list–a how-to book for understanding and working with the whole writing process, an at-your-fingertips source of ideas for starting specific activities, and a ready-when-you’re-in-need manual for solving writing problems.