Like me, many of you are looking ahead to next school year trying to determine which curriculum resources will be right for your learners. I have a pretty unique learner, in that she is fifteen, but due to her rough beginning, is working through Kindergarten this year. I know that many of you also have unique learners that require some special attention and accommodations, so finding that one right curriculum can be difficult at best. Our family was picked to review the Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum by Home School Navigator recently, and I was blown away by this easy to customize, engaging language arts curriculum. Here is what we found…
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What is Home School Navigator?
Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum is a comprehensive reading program for students that covers both reading concepts and writing. This is not just a curriculum. In fact, this is everything you are going to need to teach your child with ease.
I was completely surprised by the amount of materials included with this program, and the hand holding that is available. There are parents out there that can whip together a lesson plan in several minutes. This mama is not one of them. I do love to unschool, but when it comes to something I feel we need an actual curriculum for, I need serious hand holding. Home School Navigator gives me just that.
It’s blended learning…
I was originally under the impression that since this was an online application, that all of the learning would be online. That is not true. If you are looking for a complete online curriculum, this may not be for you. However, this is a wonderful blend of both online and offline learning. There are videos for your child to watch, worksheets for you child to work on, and writing assignments.
It’s not grade level driven…
Home School Navigator is not broken down by grade level. Some of you just did a little dance, didn’t you? I know that I did when I found this out. My daughter is not doing Kindergarten work, she is doing Red Level work. This one little thing helps give kids confidence, and is so nice for kids who might be behind their actual grade level.
Each level is full of activities, and each level has a very comprehensive teacher’s guide. This is one of my favorite parts, as I need that helper guide so I know I am progressing through the learning at the right pace, and in a logical order. Did I mention that there is a place for you to upload all of your child’s work into a portfolio too? Do you have tears of joy right now? I know that I do. Your record keeping is done. If you prefer to keep the hard copies, there is an option to mark the lesson complete without uploading, but I personally love that I can upload materials.
How We Use Home School Navigator
As I mentioned, my daughter is at the beginning, so we are working through the Red Level. Each day we work through the lessons. She loves the fact that each week we get to explore a new, fun book. We are slower learners, and got started late due to my daughter’s surgery, so we have gotten through three of the books. We spend about an hour and a half each day with Home School Navigator. Every day we start with the book. She needs this type of review, and she loves the stories. Then we work on writing a journal entry. For the earlier levels, this can be more pictures than words. We then begin with the worksheet activities.
Because this is blended learning, my daughter is practicing her writing skills. We had been using an online curriculum for a few months, and I was amazed at how much her writing ability had decreased. With this curriculum, writing is built in, so she is practicing again and returning to where she had been.
You can see below some of the work that she has been doing.
Ruth (age 15)
“I like the stories. I like guessing what the animals want.”
“I really enjoy that fact that my daughter does not really feel like she is doing school. There are a lot of matching type “games’ in this curriculum. She loves matching games, so this really appeals to her. I also love the organization piece and knowing where all of her work is by the end of the year. ”
Review Crew Thoughts…
You don’t have to take our word for it. Other Review Crew Families have been working hard to bring you a great review as well. I highly recommend checking them out. To do so, simply click the link below.
If you are looking for a comprehensive language arts curriculum that will grow with your child, check out Home School Navigator. Parents will love the organization features and the amount of materials that are included. Kids will love the fun activities and the nice blend of online and offline learning.