I am so excited to be given the opportunity to review Hewitt Homeschooling Lightning Literature and Composition for 8th grade and share this wonderful curriculum with all my super readers and friends. My son is an advanced 7th grade student in math and science, but choosing literature coursework has always been hard for me. I need a literature curriculum that will keep his attention, give him the tools he needs and to be excited about a subject that he has always been afraid of. I found a literature course he loves with Lightning Literature and Composition through Hewitt Homeschooling.
We were given 3 items to review through Hewitt Homeschooling.
Before I started teaching Lightning Literature I read the introduction as well as the first three chapters of the teacher’s guide. In the past I have been scared of some literature course work, I have felt as a homeschooling mom that I have to do most of the work in educating 5 children it can be a lot to prepare for, too much to read. Hewitt Homeschooling does the work for you in the teacher’s guide they take the guess-work out of the course and there is not a lot of work for mom (hours and hours) to prepare. It took me about 30 minutes to read through and know what items I needed to teach. Knowing my son’s learning type I knew what items or areas he was going to need help with.
Hewitt Homeschooling Lightning Lit teacher’s guide breaks the student guide down for you easily explaining how to use it step by step as the educator, I love the options they give you as well as the ideas for how to teach. Hewitt understands that all children are unique in their learning. I will be applying their concepts in other areas of my teaching as well.
Vocabulary List- We choose words that I wanted my son to learn from the vocab list and created our own vocabulary lesson from those. I loved how I was able to give my son OPTIONS! Just what my son needs in his learning. AWESOME!
Comprehension Questions- My son struggles with really comprehending the text in other literature courses however he was really able to understand Lightning Literature. That was do to the books that they picked for this course as well as the questions they asked. Wording the questions so my son was able to understand. I loved the books they picked for the 8th grade course. For the first six weeks we purchased Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages by Harold Bloom as well as Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. In the teacher’s guide they give you 2 different ways to approach the comp questions depending on your students level that they are currently reading! LOVE IT (do a dance) I love that Lightning Literature has taken the student and molded Literature coursework around them! My favorite as a homeschooling mom!
The teacher’s guide also gives you the educator the tools to help your student with the Literary Lessons as well as the Mini-Lessons. The literary lessons are my favorite in this writing course. The teacher’s guide gives you suggestions on how to further help your student with the Literary Lessons. Although the text does state that if your student masters the lesson you might not need to use the suggestions I found them so helpful even if my son Einstein understood he decided to do everything to go with that chapter! WOW
The Teacher’s Guide for Lightning Literature is a must have. YES you can do the Literature Writing Curriculum without it however I found this book so helpful in the knowledge, understanding and strength that it gave me to teach this wonderful writing program! I do recommend the teacher’s guide when purchasing this course.
I LOVE LOVE the Student Guide it is my favorite literature and comprehension homeschool course so far. My daughter, Curie will be completing Lightning Lit and Comp this year for 7th grade. Why I love the student’s guide was how they laid out the lesson work for my son, simple, educational and fun!
We did all the chapters in order starting with chapter 1: “A Crazy Tale” by G.K. Chesterton. My son and I started our day early when his brain is always thinking at its best. I try to start with subjects that he finds a little harder to understand giving him one on one with mom. Once we completed the first chapter together he took off in this literature and comprehension course. Hewitt Homeschooling makes it structured with fun through the books, questions and lessons.
The lessons are structured to go in order, however you can change things around and do the course work for writing and vocab to fit your students needs. Also I do feel you can start on the book that you want too and not start on the first chapter if you wanted to start on Treasure Island and feel your student would like that this course is a great fit for your needs. I love the versatility that Hewitt gives your student.
How we worked the course
- Read the Introduction of the Chapter (so helpful)
- Vocab (I went over the vocab and made the list of words and lesson from some not all the vocab had my son define each word, then worked on the vocab lesson I made from there)
- Comprehensive Questions (I followed the guideline for students that have a harder time understanding comprehension)
- Read the Literary Lesson and Mini-Lesson
- Completed the Workbook pages
- Games (these are optional however my son loved them and I recommend them, examples are crosswords and word search which helps with the vocab also gives your child a break)
- Extra Challenge Pages (these are optional as well however helpful for a student who needs help in literature)
- Writing Exercises- (at least one per-chapter, I wanted to do more as long as my son Einstein wanted too, so helpful to myself and him)
Lightning Literature and Comprehension Workbook offers your student so many benefits from explaining the author’s purpose, writing with a purpose, games for understanding the chapter and having fun. I personally love the taking notes in the first chapter. Einstein my son needs the practice and this is a great tool that I cannot find in other writing curriculums. Your student will get to know the story really comprehending with analyzing, rewriting, identifying without getting bored along the way! When a student smiles like my son and is ready to start his day with Hewitt I am ready as a mom to teach!
I highly recommend Hewitt Homeschooling Lightning Literature and Comprehension to all my readers, home-education families or a family that wants their son/daughter to have a great understanding of literature. Although my son Einstein is in the 7th grade we picked 8th grade Literature though Hewitt Homeschooling to fit his needs as a student. Depending on your child’s reading level I would recommend this product for ages 12-15 grade level 7th – 9th. We are a family on a budget with 5 to homeschool this year, the price points of Hewitt fit us as a family
- Student Guide 25.00
- Teacher’s Guide 20.00
- Workbook 25.00
- All the books featured in this review stated above are softcover, bound and great quality for students.
You can purchase the books that go with the course if chose or without the books (the course books are easy to find at the library, bookstore or purchase them with your course) whatever fits your families needs. We chose to purchase Stories and Poems by Harold Bloom because not only does the first book go with the 8th grade writing course but also the 7th grade so this option was best for my daughter who will be completing 7th grade work this year in literature. I love how the course work is laid out for me as a parent, there is a week by week schedule inside the teacher’s guide that I found so helpful. My son lit up every time Literature/Writing time was here. Einstein has found his love of literature through Hewitt Homeschooling Lightning course and I am so happy as a mom. An area I use to dread has now become not only his favorite but mine as well.
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