Lately, I have been shopping around for a new language arts curriculum that the girls can use next year in our homeschool. While I like the setup of our current curriculum, it hasn’t been very enjoyable for the girls. Since they don’t particularly find the lessons fun to work on, they often seem to forget what they’ve learned.
That’s why I was excited to learn about the Pathways Reading and Language Arts Curriculum by Kendall Hunt Religious Publishing Division.
**Disclaimer: I received this curriculum for free and was compensated for my time in reviewing this product. I was not however required to give a positive review. As always, this review is 100% genuine and reflects exactly how I feel about this program.
What is Pathways Reading and Language Arts?
Pathways Reading and Language Arts by Kendall Hunt Religious Publishing Division is a curriculum based on the Seventh Day Adventist’s faith. While I’m not Seventh Day Adventist myself, I was still able to easily adapt all of the lessons to my own unique Christian beliefs.
Pathways is a faith-based integrated literacy program geared towards grades 1-8. The curriculum covers the following eight areas of study:
- Word Study
The ultimate goal of Pathways Reading and Language Arts (along with the rest of their curriculum) is to restore the image of God in each student. There is a total of nine themes in the Pathways program with each theme centering around an award-winning trade book.
These nine themes include:
- Heroes (Literature Development)
- My World and Others (Geography)
- Living Things (Science)
- Spiritual Journey (Adventist Heritage)
- Friends and Family (Social Science)
- Environment (Science)
- Personal Feelings and Growth (Health and Guidance)
- Yesterday (History)
- Social Issues and Culture (Social Science/Current Events)
How We Used Pathways in Our Homeschool
We began with the first grade level of this program. I chose to start at this level so it would be a good review for KK, and Lil’ Sis something she can grow into.
The two themes we started with were “living things” and “personal feelings and growth”. Each theme included the book associated with that theme and a daily lesson guide.
The living things theme was centered around the book Pokey the Runaway Bear by Ethel Maxine Neff.
The personal feelings and growth theme was centered around the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst.
We also received a Writer’s Handbook as well.
KK and Lil’ Sis worked together on the activities we chose to complete. Many times I asked KK to read the books to Lil’ Sis to give her more read-aloud practice.
I liked having the girls read to each other whenever possible because the time spent together helps build the strong bond they have as sisters. This also gave me a little bit of free time to help Moe with her work while they read.
Each day we would pick which activities in the teacher’s guide that we wanted to work on together. Some activities worked best for one of the girls more than the other.
After reading the story, the girls would either work together on whatever hands-on activity was assigned for that day, or split up to complete individual projects.
If a project looked particularly fun, Moe would hop in too and participate even though she didn’t have to.
What I Like and Dislike About Pathways
Overall, we liked this curriculum and really enjoyed reading the entertaining books together.
We also had a lot of fun working on the hands-on activities as well. I really liked that the girls could work on these projects together and independently as needed.
Unfortunately, though, I do not think this curriculum will be a good fit for our homeschool in the long run.
There is a bit of preparation that needs to be completed in advance and being the busy work at home mom that I am, I need a curriculum that includes a complete and detailed lesson plan the girls can work on independently as much as possible.
Even though there are many activities that can easily be done in your homeschool, the teachers manual is set up for more of a classroom setting. Some activities required quite a few students, so it took some time to sort through which activities we could actually do. Larger families may still be able to complete those activities
If you are looking for a reading and language arts program for your homeschool (or classroom) that is hands-on, fun, and faith-centered, I recommend giving Pathways a try. However, if you’re looking for a program that takes very little time to prepare in advance and can be worked on independently, then this may not be the best option for your family.
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