I am excited to share this faith-based reading & language arts for grade 2 that my 7-year-old has been using. Pathways Reading and Language Arts is an integrated language arts program with cross-curricular themes that address a variety of learning styles. I jumped at the chance to review two of these units from Kendall Hunt Religious Publishing Division.
Disclaimer: I received these products free for review. I was compensated for my time. All opinions are 100% my own and a positive review was not required.
Last summer, I reviewed homeschool curriculum from Kendall Hunt RPD. I know the quality and comprehensive approach that this company publishes. Also, I appreciate the care taken in selecting books with themes that address larger life issues.
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Smiley (age 7) is flourishing with his reading. I wanted a program to challenge him while addressing some of his weaknesses in language arts. Grammar and comprehension are two areas that Smiley could benefit from having a more structured approach.
As a busy mom, I do not have a lot of time. Sometimes, I like to use a curriculum that I can open and use, knowing that I am working with my child on areas that need attention.
Before I share our experiences with this faith-based reading & language arts for grade 2, let me tell you more about this integrated language arts program and what it has to offer.
Pathways Reading & Language Arts
Kendall Hunt RPD provides this excellent summary of what you can find in their Pathways Reading & Language Arts for grades 1-8:
Pathways is a comprehensive elementary reading program with integrated language arts. This approach allows students to follow a variety of avenues to become readers, writers, and learners. Organized around broad themes and a scope and sequence of skills, Pathways uses award-winning trade books that children want to read to deliver the skills that they need.
The program is based on the belief that students should not only learn how to read, but also acquire the desire to read, write, and learn. Pathways provides all students with the opportunity to become passionate learners, readers, and writers. The curriculum includes components and activities that address ten key principles:
- Reading Instruction that fosters inquiry and a deeper student involvement in learning
- Spiritual Growth that helps students make good choices in life as well as in reading content
- Reading Motivation that helps students develop a lifelong passion for reading
- Writing and Expression that grows from reading and learning and helps create meaning for students
- Selective Topics that support and encourage writing practice for different purposes and audiences
- Reading Comprehension that grows from systematic instruction and learning strategies that students apply to literature and content subjects
- Phonics Skills that are developed through a sequential program of phonics that includes systematic, daily practice
- Spelling Instruction that is systematic, coordinated with phonics instruction, and addresses the specific developmental level of each student
- Assessment that not only provides teachers and parents with information and tools about student development but helps students assess their own growth
- Classroom Management that includes whole-class, small group, and individual student activities.
Faith-Based Reading & Language Arts for Grade 2
I selected two units for use with Smiley. Each unit is based on a theme. The themes that our selections covered were Family Roles/Responsibility and Feelings. Throughout each unit, materials and work centere around that theme. These theme & content areas remind me of unit studies by covering a topic using different subjects like math, science, hands-on learning, and more.
There are 9 Themes & Content Areas per grade level and include:
- Heroes-Literature Development
- My World & Others-Geography
- Living Things-Science
- Spiritual Journey-Adventist Heritage*
- Friends & Family-Social Science
- Personal Feelings & Growth-Health & Guidance
- Social Issues & Culture-Social Science/Current Events
*Kendall Hunt RPD is Seventh Day Adventist based. There is an overall Christian theme to the materials. As a Catholic Christian, I have not found anything that would go against my belief system and feel comfortable using these materials in our homeschool.
For each Theme & Content Area, we received a book and Daily Lesson Guide. Also, a helpful Writer’s Handbook for Grade 2 was included. The Daily Lesson Guides provide suggested activities for reading, writing, and hands-on learning. Blackline Masters can be copied and used for handwriting, Daily Oral Language practice, writing activities, and more.
We first read Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams. This unit addressed Family Roles/Responsibility using this Reading Rainbow book. I love how this multicultural story helped Smiley understand the importance of family roles in families all around the world.
Our second book was The Gardener by Sarah Stewart. This lovely book takes a step back in time to the Great Depression. The format of the book is intriguing; the story is told via letters written from a little girl to her parents. This layout was helpful in reinforcing parts of a letter with date, greeting, body, and closing.
I highly recommend this faith-based reading & writing for Grade 2. This program is full of suggested activities and resources. I suggest taking some time to read through the Daily Lesson Guides and highlighting activities that you really want your child to focus on and complete. If you are blessed with extra time, then add on the other activities. Do not feel that you have to do it all. There is plenty of great information in each activity that your child will get enough. Also, you can always go back and use the activities that you did not complete as
If you are blessed with extra time, then add on the other activities. Do not feel that you have to do it all. There is plenty of great information in each activity that your child will get enough. Also, you can always go back and use the activities that you did not complete as a review.
Pathways Reading and Language Arts is an excellent resource for homeschool families who like a comprehensive approach to their studies. How would this integrated language arts program benefit your homeschool?