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Language Arts Homeschool Curriculum

Language Arts Homeschool Curriculum Written and verbal communication skills are the foundations to developing vocabulary. That’s exactly why Ready to Teach founder and author Dr. Alene Harris has been perfecting these two vocabulary-building programs for decades. She began developing these programs in her 16 years of secondary English teaching, refined them during her 10 years of preparing future English Language Arts Teachers while a Research Assistant Professor of Education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education, and then organized them into their current format with the encouragement of Dr. James Stobaugh, author of the acclaimed For Such a Time as This college and SAT preparation materials, and with input from homeschooling parents.

Greek and Latin Morphemes

Every language known to man was created using exactly the same thing – morphemes. You can think of them as the building blocks of language, because they’re the smallest meaningful units of any language, including English. These are words or parts of words that can’t be any further divided, things we often refer to as roots, prefixes, and suffixes. And many of our existing English words – and future ones, for certain – come from these small units inherited from two ancient languages, Greek and Latin. In fact:

  • over 40% of all words involve Greek morphemes
  • over 50% of all words involve Latin morphemes
  • over 90% of all science terms involve Greek and/or Latin morphemes

And since many big words in the English language are often made up of these small word parts, once your child knows these morphemes, he or she can decipher the meanings of unfamiliar English words with ease. Just like phonics, where knowing the sounds of letter combinations allows a reader to sound out completely new words with little hesitation, knowing the meanings of these small word parts will give your child the power to unlock the meanings of some rather complex vocabulary. Also, it is likely your child is unaware of morpheme knowledge he or she already possesses, and these programs teach students to recognize and activate this prior knowledge as they master new vocabulary. And this process builds academic confidence.

English Grammar Curriculum

Studies show that students who possess larger vocabularies score higher on SAT and ACT tests. And, all the while, your son or daughter will be transforming into a more effective writer and speaker – a valuable skill that will remain with them for the rest of his or her adult life.

Each set of vocabulary lessons is easy to use, understand, and review so that your child will gain – and actually enjoy learning – a knowledge of how ancient Greek and Latin continue to influence modern English. On top of that, all the materials in both It’s NOT Greek to Me! and Latin and Loving It! are “ready to teach” once you receive them in hand. Meaning that both courses of study – 12 Greek morpheme lessons and 18 Latin morpheme lessons – can be implemented in your home school grammar curriculum immediately, and each will last for an entire year of study.

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