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Subject: Help! grade 8-9 lang arts
Date Posted: 5/24/2008 7:26 PM ET
Member Since: 10/9/2007
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My son has been struggling with language arts (mainly with problems paying attention and lack of effort). 

We (he and I) have made a plan to have a summer school program.  Does anyone have any advice on programs, curriculum, etc.?   I am specifically interested in reading comprehension and grammar.  I would like to find a workbook type series or textbook with printed exercises.   I do not want to invest a lot of money, since this will be on a trial basis for both of us.  (I would be willing to spend around $50 to start out).

(He does read at grade level.  He falls in the middle on standardized testing, but has been unable to perform to his teachers' standards in the classroom.)

Any advice would be appreciated.

Lisa R

eta:   We have never attempted to homeschool before....

Last Edited on: 5/24/08 7:27 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/25/2008 7:57 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Here's some websites to work on these areas. Homeschooling doesn't need to be expensive. Hope these are helpful.

Grammar:  http://www.dailygrammar.com/archive.shtml  I copied and pasted these into a Word document and then printed out what I needed. The answers are there in the event you aren't sure of the correct answer.

Grammar Games: http://www.arcadetown.com/grammarninja/game.asp    http://www.funbrain.com/grammar/    http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/index.html   http://www.brainpop.com/english/   http://www.chompchomp.com/menu.htm

http://gardenofpraise.com/mugram.htm Grammar Songs

Reading Comprehension: http://www.rhlschool.com/reading.htm    http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/  http://www.abcteach.com/directory/reading_comprehension/   http://www.literacy.uconn.edu/compre.htm   http://edhelper.com/ReadingComprehension.htm   http://www.resourceroom.net/comprehension/index.asp

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 7:59 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
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I would look to Loyola Press for Grammar.  Our curriculum has used Exercises in English for a few years and I love it!

www.loyolaeducationgroup.org/levelviewer.asp (click "writing & grammar")

Even though they are a Catholic publisher, there is no Catholic doctrine, or even mention of the Christian religion in the books.  What I love about EIE is how each page is a biography or historical event.  So it might be 10-20 problems with sentences related to Benjamin Franklin, Marie Curie, etc.

My son doesn't have reading comprehension issues, but if you're looking for composition help, I just purchased a new curriculum called "Jump In".

apologia.securesites.net/store/index.php (click on "Jump In")

In 1st & 2nd grade, my curriculum used "Early Reading Comprehension" books from Jane Ervin.  It's nice and gentle, but I don't know it it would be appropriate for a middle schooler.

You might go to your local education supply store and see what they have.  I love the Teaching and Learning Company books, which are popular at ed supply stores:


I hope you find something!




Date Posted: 5/25/2008 8:11 PM ET
Member Since: 10/9/2007
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Good suggestions!  Thank you.

Now if I can just find a solution for teenage stubborn-ness!

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 11:44 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Sorry Lisa, there is no cure ( I have a graduating senior). A friend with lots of boys described teen boys as, "young roosters that don't want to listen to the hen anymore", and it's true. Hang in there!