I like to print out the lesson plans. I just have to have printed versions so I can make notes and make check marks when a lesson is complete. However, the online version presents the same lesson plans for each day and at the end of the week you just click the box to mark it complete. This way it will keep track of your progress online.
The curriculum is very rich and covers a lot of material. However, you can choose which subjects and/or activities you want your child to complete. It is completely flexible and I love that because you can really customize it to meet your particular child's needs.
There are a lot of books to read throughout the program. To save money, you might be able to find a lot of them at your local library but the creators of Home School Navigator have also made video read alouds so your child can just listen and watch as the story is being read to them. We already had the book Rapunzel so Rachel wanted to read along with the video.
The weekly vocabulary lists are short so it doesn't get overwhelming. There are games to make learning fun. On this week, Rachel learned words with the prefix "pre" and then had to sort and match the definitions with the vocabulary words.
Rachel's favorite part of the program is the literature that she is reading. Her current Independent Reading selection is "The Invention of Hugo Cabret".
I just love this book and it was fun watching Rachel discover how fun it is to read a story that is mostly just pictures.
The Interactive Notebooks that are included with the curriculum make for a fun way to review what has been read, study the traits of the characters, analyze the story, look up vocabulary words, and more. It is recommended that you get a binder or even a composition notebook for your child to use for this notebook. We already had several blank composition notebooks on hand so Rachel chose one of those. Then she wanted to make a nice cover for it so this is what hers looks like.
The Interactive Notebook pages are printable pages that correspond with chapters in the assigned reading. There are little flaps to be cut out and glued into the pages of the notebook.
Some are vocabulary words where Rachel had to look up the definition in the dictionary then write it on the booklet.
Somehow just adding flaps and little booklets makes the work more fun. She never would have enjoyed this so much if I just handed her a regular worksheet to complete.
The Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum is available as an annual online subscription for just $97/year. If you aren't ready to dive into the full program yet, you might want to start with just trying a few of the interactive notebooks which can be purchased separately for $8.00 each.
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