The Logic of English Review

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The Logic of English

This past year has been one in which I have focused on teaching my children how to spell.  It has lead me on a journey to  finding a program to help my children learn how to spell, while also improving their reading and their grammar.  That program is The Logic of English.

Logic of English

What is Logic Of English

The Logic of English  is a fantastic way to teach children to read, spell and write using memorization, activities, writing and multi-sensory games.  We are currently on lesson 20 out of the 40 lessons and I have witnessed improvements that I never imagined in my children.

Logic of English Student Workbook

Logic of English Student Workbook

Video Training for Logic of English

I will be honest, when our box of materials arrived, I was a little overwhelmed.  However, I remembered hearing Denise mention she had videos identifying how to teach the program.  So, the first thing I did was pull up the videos and spend a couple of days preparing myself to teach my children.

What is Necessary for Logic of English

You can identify what you want to purchase with the program.  However, there are two items you must have:

Logic of English Phonics Cards

Logic of English Phonics Cards

Logic of English Teacher’s Manual

The teacher’s manual is very well written and easy to follow.

  • Scope & Sequence: Each Lesson is broken down by Phonograms, Exploring Sounds, Spelling Rules and Grammar
  • Beginners to Adults – Sample schedules
    • Struggling Readers and Spellers
    • Struggling Spellers
    • Emerging readers and Spellers
    • Young Emerging Readers
    • ESL Students
  • Before you Begin
    • Phonemic Awareness
    • Teaching A-Z
    • Begin With Cursive
  • Teaching the Lessons
  • Part one:  Phonograms, Exploring the Sounds, Spelling Rules
  • Part two:  Spelling Dictation and Analysis, Spelling Markings
  • Part three:  Grammar, Dictation, Composition, Vocabulary
  • Optional Activities:  Spelling Cards, The Logic of English Spelling Journal
  • Assessment and Review Lessons
  • Important Times:  Managing Flash Cards, Managing Phonogram Game Cards, Older Cynical Student, Student Missing Too many Words on the Assessments
  • Teacher Resources:  Spelling Lists, Basic Phonograms, Spelling Rules, Grammar
  • Lesson Contents:  Lesson 1-40
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Logic of English for Multiple Ages

How we use Logic of English

I began using Logic of English (LOE) with all three of my children.  However, because my youngest is still learning to write (he can write, he just takes a while), I decided to have him work on his handwriting notebook (from LOE) and only teach my older two children the entire program.  Once I have finished working with them, I will teach him.

Every morning, after our devotions, we dive into Logic of English.  I have put our other writing programs on hold because it does take us at least 2 full hours to work through.  It is very teach intensive and I’ll be very honest – I generally shrink away from any program that is this labor intensive.  HOWEVER, I began to see improvements after the first few lessons. So, please do not let that discourage you!

Each Lesson  has three parts.

Part One:  Phonics

The first part begins with one or more phonograms  (in the beginning, they will be new, then you will move to reviewing the ones you have learned.  You will drill with the flash cards, and then dictate phonograms for your children/students to write down based on the sound or phonetic rules you provide to them.

You will then cover spelling rules.  This will back up and mesh well with your phonetic rules and dictation.

The additional phonics cards are great additions.  The teacher needs a set of the Basic Phonics Flash Cards.  While the information is provided in the teacher’s text- these are great to  have, look at and hold up for the children to see.

Logic of English Spelling Games

Logic of English Spelling Games

Part two: Spelling

The second part of each lesson teaches your children spelling dictation and analysis.  Within part two, you will give your children a daily ‘spelling test’.  During this time they will write 15 words that you dictate to them.  They will be utilizing spelling rules and phonics that you have either covered during that lesson or a previous lesson.

I highly recommend the Spelling Rule Flash Cards.  These are great to hand to your children during the day and remind them of rules while they are sitting or perhaps writing about something else.  It’s another way to help them actually see and understand why we have the rules we have for words in the English Language.

Part three: Grammar

This is one part I did not think my children would enjoy – grammar.  However, they are moving ahead quickly with this part of the lessons.  In the past, when we have discussed sentence structure and diagramming sentences, their eyes glazed over.  Now, when we begin breaking down the sentences, they are generally jumping ahead of me and are really understanding sentence structure.

Each part has optional activities you can add to the program to help each of your children gain more strengths in areas they may be weak in.  In addition, each lesson has a game.  The games are fun and my kids beg to play the games.  Our favorite so far is Phonogram Basketball!  The games are identified in the teacher’s manual- however, you will need the Phonogram and Spelling Game Set to know how to implement the games.

Assessment

The lessons are basically in 5 day increments.  You can work the into your schedule the way you feel best or use the recommendations in the front of the Teach guide.  I like to cover one lesson per day – the fifth lesson of the week is an assessment.  If I find we need to cover a topic more thoroughly, we use the next week to cover topics we are not strong in (yet) and then pick up the following week with the next lessons.

Handwriting

The Logic of English has separate workbooks you can purchase to assist in teaching cursive and manuscript.  They recommend teaching cursive over manuscript, but I opted for both.  Cursive for my older children and manuscript for my youngest child.

 More Spelling

In addition to the spelling words your children will write in their notebook, they can also keep track of words they struggle with in the Spelling Journal.  While this isn’t necessary for the program, it does add an additional way to help your children remember proper spelling of words they may struggle with.

My Overall Opinion

I absolutely love the improvement I am witnessing in spelling and reading in my children.  Once we are finished with the overall program, we will focus a little more on handwriting.  So, if you are wondering if this program is worth the investment?  My answer is a resounding YES!

Logic of English is Fun

Logic of English is Fun

Pros

Learning the spelling and phonics rules truly help with improvements in both areas early in the program.  You will learn, as a parent rules you may not have learned as a child.  Through learning the spelling rules and proper phonetic sounds, you and your children will have a better understanding of the English language.  Last but not least, the grammar lessons are not dull.  They are easy to implement and you will see a dramatic improvement in your children’s understanding of the grammar rules we have in the English Language.

Cons

It does take time.  That is truly the only con to this program.  However, there are only 40 lessons.  If you complete one lesson per day, you will complete the program in 8 weeks.  That is not a long time, when you consider the benefits of truly equipping your children in an area that so many struggle – and one that parents are spending thousands of dollars each month!

 

Rebecca Brandt

 

Disclosure:  I was provided the Logic of English in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was or will be received.

 

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Comments

  1. I will definitely check this out. My middle son would surely benefit from it. :-)

    • Lisa, all of my children have improved – even the little guy. Today, during the ‘grammar’ portion, we were discussing Possessive Pronouns – he chirped up with an answer his big brother and sister did not know! It was classic!

  2. Hi, I have been looking at this program so it was good to see a review. I had one question…what ages are good for this program? I couldn’t really find anything on the website on that. Thanks!

    • Rhonda, it is recommended for anyone 6 and older. Lesson plans are provided to help with children just learning to read-and older children who can read but need help with spelling. It is a very good program-created due to the literacy issues we currently have in the United States. I hope this answered your question

  3. Thank you for this. I saw LOE but passed by it because it didn’t seem very structured. I feel I need everything laid out for me very well. Also, I would like something to also incorporate my 5.5yr old. He knows his letters and sounds and is beginning to read. Thoughts?

    If this is only an 8 week program, what will you move on to afterward? At 8wks is this more of a catch up program or is it really thorough?

    Candice

  4. We are using Logic of English this year too! I like that it is very flexible! I knew that my 8 year old would not have the attention span to do an entire lesson every day! We are just doing one lesson per week and will finish up in May. She generally needs lots of extra practice on each lesson and spelling list, so I don’t know that we could do a lesson per day even if we did spend two hours on it. :-) I am also covering the phonograms and spelling lists/rules with my 5 year old at a bit slower pace. I just bought the Foundations beta to try starting next week with my four year old, who has suddenly started trying to write every letter he knows, and bringing me pieces of paper with these bunches of letters to ask “mom, what word did I write?” :-)

    • Melissa @ Mom Rebecca & Kirsten @ Homeschool Discoveries says:

      My 8 year old and I have been doing All About Spelling for 2 years and struggling with it every time we do it! I really like it but my daughter feels much different. I know these programs are very similar. I am going to make the plunge and buy the program! I am hoping she will like this a little better and we won’t have the tears each day! My son is 4 and eager to learn almost more than my daughter. When I heard Denise speak at a conference she said I could begin this with my son! I was pretty surprised since he is so young but thought maybe having them learn together would make it easier on her. I appreciate the information and the blog on this! So Kirsten, I guess you are finished with LOE…how did it go? My daughter reads awesome but struggles a lot with spelling. Love any feedback now that you are finished! Thank you!

  5. I am liking what I am seeing and feel it would be a great program to implement in our school. Is there a code or something letting them know we are being referred by you?

  6. Also, are you still using Trail Guide to Learning? We are doing POE. While we do LOVE it, it is to weak for the phonics/spelling/Grammar for me, which is why we were looking into things like The Phonics Road to Spelling and Read and PAL. How is the LOE working with using TGTL?

    • We are using it as a guide. Right now, we are not ‘doing all of the science’ – we glance at it and move on. We are reading the History and focusing on that. The writing/grammar is not our favorite. So, we do use PAL (my little guy just finished and will be using this program when I finish with my older two) The older two are enjoying IEW- A and B- so, we will stick with those. So, yes we are using it but very loosely.

  7. This is our first year homeschooling, our kids are 15 & 6. I need to teach my 6 yo to read. The mom’s in my co-op were all recommending Sing Spell Read & Write. I bought a used set off of a friend of a co-op mom for $50, then I had to buy a workbook, considering how much the whole set costs new, I was ok spending what I did. That being said, it just didn’t work for me, I didn’t like how there was not enough explanation for me on how I should teach him. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s how I felt. My husband & I went to our local homeschooling store, spoke to the owners, I explained how I was feeling frustrated & unhappy with SSRW, the wife told us about a book with a red cover, you do a page a day & that’s how they learn to read. I can already tell our 6 yo likes workbook pages (We are using Math U See, he loves the blocks & workbook pages) & games to help him learn. She then told us about Foundations LOE. Right away it sounded exactly what I was looking for, a teachers guide that pretty much told me what to say, a workbook for my son & cards for games. Today was our first day & I think it went ok. I hope you’ve kept reading, because now I have a question! We are doing the cursive workbook, I also bought the green & blue game cards & the basic phonogram flash cards. Do I need to buy their whiteboard & am I missing a handwriting card? I think that I am.

  8. I have an upcoming 3rds, 5th and 6th grader. The 6th grader is a good speller and reader. Most phonics programs are boring for her. She does need help with really understanding grammar. She can diagram basic sentences with subjects, verbs, direct objects, prepositional phrases, adjectives, and adverbs. In our current English program we are working on adjectival phrases and adverbial phrases. I am wondering if this program, LOE, will be good for her or is she past the scope of the Essentials program? I know it will be good for my younger ones, but wondering how engaging it will be for my upcoming 6th grader. Any thoughts you can provide are appreciated.
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    • Page, I am not in Essentials, so I can’t answer that question. However, if you contact LOE, I am sure they can give you some direction and assistance.

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