What is Language Arts anyway? Language Arts usually include those arts of communication necessary to speak, read, and write. These arts include but are not limited to: Listening, Comprehension, Organizational Skills, Oral Composition Skills, Reading, Vocabulary, Penmanship, Spelling, Grammar, Written Composition Skills, Presentation, Public Speaking, Research Skills, Note-Taking Skills, and Computer Literacy.
Does Power of an Hour include Language Arts? The Power of an Hour includes Language Arts, is simple and easy to use. What language Arts are developed through the Power of an Hour?
Through daily reading and listening to others read Bible episodes and classic literature, children are exposed to a rich tradition of reading, listening, and vocabulary building. This helps them develop the intellectual skills for reading. The Power of an Hour teaches Spelling through the “Spelling Rule of the Week.” Younger children will be exposed to the spelling rules. Older children can learn to apply the rule by finding that rule used in their Bible or classic reading of the day. They can also render examples of the rule. Vocabulary is built through the Sunday Character Theme, where there are vocabulary words from the reading Spotlight. Vocabulary is also built through the reading of the Bible, through Classic read alouds, and personal reading. The Power of an Hour also includes the study of root words and affixes from Anglo-Saxon in year two, from Latin in year three, and from Greek in year four.
Sundays have a character quote and Bible verse for both memorization and transcription, often called copywork. This gives penmanship practice. We encourage children to keep a quote book and write down in a composition book, quotes they want to keep from the Bible episodes and classics they are exposed to. Sunday has a Character Theme. Older children can research the theme in the Bible, their quote book, and other resources available and that evening they can present to the family what they learned about the theme. This gives children an opportunity to practice and develop presentation skills and public speaking in a safe, supportive environment and; in a natural way. We spotlight a document or classic excerpt on Sundays. We highlight vocabulary words from the classic excerpt, to expand children’s vocabulary and understanding. Some families have an evening recital where children can recite verses, quotes, or poems, and also share what they learned during the previous week about different individuals from history.
Monday through Friday, children are exposed to the study of individuals who made leading contributions to art, music, mathematics, science, world leadership, and poetry. As children are exposed to different individuals, they have an opportunity to write short biographies and create a page on the individual in their Book of Centuries. We provide a spotlight on these people. The spotlights are simple and we have added links for further study. This simple content is designed to be easy for the youngest children to understand. We feel it is important for older children to be able to dig deeper and learn more, rather than just give them predigested information to memorize. Links afford older children opportunities for library skills, research skills, and composition skills while studying History. Children can use the link or go to the library to find information and create their own page for their Book of Centuries. This is also a way to enhance computer skills through word processing, importing, and manipulating images.
Children learn about a country and a state each week. Similar to the individuals studied, the information about these geographic locations is kept simple for the youngest children, and links are added for older children. We designed the Book of Nations to help older children to further develop their library skills, research skills, and compositional skills while studying Geography. This too is also a great way to enhance computer skills through word processing, importing, and manipulating images.
The Power of an Hour teaches children basic Grammar rules through “Grammar Rule of the Week.” Younger children learn the rule and older children learn to apply the rule. The application comes in two forms:1) Identification of the rule in the Bible story or in the classic.2) Creating sentences that use the rule.
The Aspiring Scholar Portfolio affords children further opportunities for writing through list keeping, summaries, and essays. We encourage children to add a short summary of classics experienced, books listened to, books read, and field trips taken.
In Part II, we will explore the Living Writing that can be used with the Power of an Hour.