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.
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.
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:
- Teacher’s Manual
- Student Notebook
- Phonogram Cards
- (there are other optional material supplements listed throughout this post.)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Disclosure: I was provided the Logic of English in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was or will be received.