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Language Arts Resources

Here are some of my favorite Language Arts Resources

Did you know that Language Arts training begins at birth?

Interestingly, those early “one-way” conversations we have with our infants, toddlers and preschoolers are very important to the development of their brains!

To learn more about the fascinating subject of brain development, I recommend reading Endangered Minds, by Dr. Jane Healy, shown at left. (I actually read an earlier edition.)

Endangered Minds heavily influenced our decisions regarding TV and computer time for our young children and gave us helpful ‘ammunition’ to use in explaining to extended family why we were choosing to do things a little differently. 🙂 Even though this book is an older book much of the research and her main premise is still applicable and timely. Talking with your kids is one of the best things you can do for them!

Who knew?


You’ll want some basic Grammar References for a Literature-based Curriculum

A grammar reference is particularly helpful to refresh your knowledge of grammar/literature terms and concepts. You may use one of your high school or college references, or pick up one of these tried and true references:


These classics have remained  best sellers for decades. Although these show more recent editions, older editions would work just fine! Keep on the lookout for one of these at used bookstores.

#1 A Grammar Reference written at the level of your students

If you have difficulty explaining grammar and composition rules to your younger children in a way they can understand, try references written at the level of your students.

We found this series to be particularly helpful and enjoyable for our kids:
This series has editions for older and younger students and we liked and used all of them beginning with this one for 4th-6th grade.  This particular one is available used for about a penny on Amazon.

Write Source 2000 is for middle school.

Writer’s Inc is for high school.





#2 A Children’s Dictionary

This is a great dictionary for the younger set (2nd-4th grade).  We didn’t have our kids write a ton at those ages, but this was such a wonderfully illustrated dictionary they loved just looking at it.

And once they were old enough to want to look up words, it was not nearly as intimidating as one of my “older” dictionaries.





This dictionary is a better choice for middle school.  It still has some illustrations but many more word choices than the last book.






This is an excellent choice for high school .







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