A few weeks ago Eclectic Foundations sent us Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level A to work on with my son for this review. This is the type of program that fits our needs really well. A mix of classical Charlotte Mason with hands-on activities. We picked the perfect level for my son. It is quick and easy for each day’s lessons and reinforces his handwriting and phonics. Two things he needs a bit of extra work on.
The first several weeks are slow going. Slow gentle progression through early reading. The progression is smooth and easy. We have only had this program for a few weeks so we have not gotten through much of the program but I did skip ahead to see what is coming up. I can’t wait to dive into the classic Mc Guffey Electic Primer. The publisher sent us a free printed copy to make things easy on us for the review but you can find your own copy to print on the site or buy a copy online.
The program came with flashcards we can use for the higher lessons. I am thinking about making tactile word cards out of them by filling them in with glitter sand, small buttons and other odds and ends.
My sons favorite part was forming letters with play dough. I ran a couple empty laminator pouches through my laminator to create a protective sheet so he could use them for playdough over and over again, right on top of the book. The author also recommends pipe cleaners if you don’t want the mess but, I find sensory integration makes teaching my ADHD kids so much easier. We have even used buttons to allow my son to form letters while working vital fine motor skills.
I love the teacher guide and how simple the entire program is for me to do. Simple is good because, let’s face it this mom has her hands full and I need all the help I can get. The Mother Goose Rymes make it easy to pop something fun in that even the youngest kids can enjoy which makes managing a homeschool with not one but two preschool/toddlers a little easier while giving my son a chance to learn rhymes I may or may not have forgotten.
I love that the program is a complete language arts program so I have no need to supplement for him. Phonics, grammar, spelling, reading, writing, and poetry meld together in a developmentally appropriate program for my 6-year-old with the attention span of our fish.
If you think this might be a good fit for you but you they offer the first two and last two weeks of the program as free samples on their site so you can go ahead and give the program a try with your child. I love when publishers stand behind their product enough to give parents a chance to try what they have to offer before making an investment.