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I am still leery about this program. If you have used it did you feel comfortable dropping separate grammar, spelling, and writing programs? I am just such a stick in the mud when it comes to using anything that is supposed to incorporate it all. I keep saying I am going to do unit studies but still can't bring myself to do it completely. LOL
I've used it for two years, and I feel like it's a great program, but I do use separate spelling and grammar/writing programs. (Bob Jones Spelling and Shurley Grammar)
I think that it could be used by itself, as it really does cover everything, but there are only around five spelling words a week, and I feel it's a little skimpy in the writing skills department.
-- Lisa --
Wife to my best friend Troy, mom to Reilly and Declan
I did feel comfortable dropping all that but only because he's doing first grade (and he was technically only in K still) However, when we do it this fall I am adding spelling, writing, and vocabulary to the mix as well. We'll probably do grammar next year.
What grade are you looking to use? We enjoyed LLATL Blue, though I did use other phonics and writing programs. For 4th grade, it was more like a supplement than a core. The grammar lessons were sporadic, the meat of it was light, and it just didn't work for us. Bryce retained literally nothing - other than the fun book studies. We had to use CLE to really get into the Language Arts stuff. GWG, LLATL Orange, and WT2 were all bombs for us.
I really enjoy LLATL. The only thing I add in is spelling. The grammar works well for us. Jack has retained more grammar using LLATL than he did when we used PLL and GWG. Oh, and BJU for the short time we used that. LLATL is just a really good fit for Jack & Jared. Not sure about Justin yet. He'll be using the blue book this next school year, so we'll see how that goes. I haven't focused on writing too much yet. Jack will be doing more in 6th grade (probably Write Shop), but for now I actually like the gentle approach with LLATL. With my boys it seems better to gently ease into things so they'll retain it better. They catch on quick, but their retention is just better if I take a gentle approach, which is why LLATL works well for us.
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