This is the 1 st Grade language course by Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt.
It consists of a large spiral-bound teacher's manual, a smaller
paperback Language Skills and Writing Assessment Teacher's
Edition, and a nice-sized student workbook. All the pages are beautifully
done with color illustrations. This is classroom quality and is
for use in public schools, private schools, or homeschools. This
is the type of resource I used when I was a substitute teacher
in the public schools. It is very user-friendly. Each lesson in
the teacher's manual illustrates the corresponding pages in the
student workbook and contains instructions for the lesson under
the following categories: oral warm-up, teach/model, and wrap up/assess.
Other sections for each lesson are: Vocabulary Power, ESL, Practice,
Challenge, and Reteach. Reteach contains an intervention to reinforce
the lesson if needed. There are more reteaching resources behind
the Resources tab in the back of the teacher's edition, as well
as other helpful information.
The student workbook has 288 pages, and all are perforated to
tear out of the book. Some fold into booklets, some have things
to cut out, and most have blanks to fill in. There are nice poems
and stories and the beginning of grammar basics. There are plenty
of opportunities for practicing writing skills.
This course is so well done and so nicely laid. All a parent has
to do to prepare is read the instructions in the teacher's manual
and present the lesson. The experts at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
have planned the whole year out in the way most conducive to first-grade
learning. I am very excited about having this resource to use next
year. It will give my granddaughter a very solid start on the road
to language/grammar proficiency. I recommend this to all homeschoolers
because it takes the guesswork out of teaching this very crucial
subject. At this early age is when you want to lay the foundation
for your child's entire education, and you want some very solid
building materials to accomplish that goal.