The curriculum for Language Arts grades 1–5 is comprehensive, and you may notice that your student sometimes spends longer periods of time on lessons.
Elementary language arts lessons are designed to be completed:
- in approximately 90 minutes
- 5 days a week
Some suggestions if lessons are taking your student longer than the suggested 90 minutes are to:
- View the learning buddy videos or read through the direct instruction with your student at the top of each slide.
- Talk through worksheets or graphic organizers instead of having your student write out their responses if you have a sense that your child already fully understands the concept.
- Use the review slide at the end of each lesson to select skills that you may have discussed with your student, but the associated assignments were completed orally or quickly.
- If you find there are topics at this point that the student is struggling with, revisit the associated lesson slides to reinforce the concepts.
- Focus only on practicing letters and skills that require additional reinforcement if your student is proficient with handwriting.
- Consider moving independent reading to outside of the lesson time if your student already reads independently or time is short.
- Complete phonics lesson skills orally on the given slide, if your student has already mastered the phonics skill after a short practice.
A Course guide provides the Observer with specific information about each lesson in a course.
The information varies for elementary and middle school courses, and some high school courses don’t include Course guides.