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Hewitt Homeschooling American Christian Lightning Literature Curriculum Review
This is the first time we have reviewed products from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources. We review the American Christian Gr 11-12. I didn’t realize I had picked a high school level book until we were trying to muddle our way through with my seventh grader. Then I realized it was a little too much for him so I switched it to my gifted 8th grader and she was fine. I would recommend an older group such as the materials are made for. It was quite extensive.
This curriculum came with the book and the teacher’s guide. You are required to have a few books on hand. You could probably pick them up at your local library or find them online in ebook form like we did. I will confess the lessons in this book are very thorough. The books are high level books. High school aged students would be able to work through the book themselves. I worked with my daughter for the simple reason to be familiar enough to do the review. She could have worked through herself as well. They will need a notebook to keep their notes and answers in as well as the books listed below.
The teacher’s guide is very helpful. It has more in it that just the answers. You will find a how to use the curriculum, a student’s guide to the curriculum, a checklist for writing, and how to grade and keep grades. The checklists were helpful for us because I sometimes have issues getting my kids to write papers the correct way. They often try to write them too short or not give the full thought. These checklists give them an idea of what to look for and to double check their work.
There is also a guide on how to grade. I don’t usually do grades yet but I know in high school I am going to have to keep up with their grades and what curriculum I used. Recording is not going to be my forte. I’m an unorganized home school teacher and I own up to that. I like that there was a guide to help those unorganized moms like me.
And a little more on the lessons. Each lesson corresponds with a book. Then there are comprehension questions and other activities they can write down in their notebooks. There are quite a lot of questions. This curriculum has a suggested schedule but could be stretched into a full year curriculum. We pushed through a little more quickly than suggested because Summer was coming up and although we do home school all year, I let them have a slightly less compacted load during the Summer. Sometimes we just work on one subject a day and this book is a good one to pick for that. It gets in history, bible, writing, grammar, and reading skills and I can call it one subject. The books they will read are also interesting to me. They are classical books but ones I wouldn’t have thought to pick out myself.
The students are asked to keep notes as they read. Each lesson starts with a short introduction with information about the author of the selection. Then they will read the selection that is being taught. There is a list of questions to keep in mind. Then comes the fun part, the comprehension questions. There are also writing exercises and other ways to help build writing skills. The book even has reference guides to review outlines and other grammar skills. Some poems and short writings are included in the book. Our favorite writing exercise so far was in unit 1 where we had to write a poem dealing with our relationship with God. I got all the kids involved in writing their own poems even the little one. It was a great lesson.
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