Lifepac by Alpha Omega for 5th Grade Language Arts

The following resources were provided by Alpha Omega Publications Homeschool Division for the purpose of this review. 

Lifepacs aren't a brand new thing for our family. Years ago, I worked full time and a friend kept the girls when my husband and I were both at work. That year we chose to use Lifepacs for several reasons. One simple reason was that they were lightweight and easy to pack and take with us wherever we went. Our schedules changed and we left behind the boxed set the next year, but this year my son got to try out Lifepacs for himself. 

 Jumping right into it, this Lifepac 5th grade language arts program looked challenging for my 5th grader. It was. But with a few changes to how we use it, we are both happy, and he is learning.

The entire year's worth of student and teacher books and tests are conveniently provided in one box. Parents are instructed to remove the tests from the center of each of the ten student books. I read through the teacher's guide and discussed with my son how it would work. The first lessons actually incorporated the scope and sequence into his reading and he quickly realized it might be a little more than he had anticipated. Each of the ten student books is 49-69 pages and includes spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, grammar, and more. 

After two weeks, he dreaded this portion of his lessons each day. "I don't like grammar." As vehemently as Dr. Suess's Sam did not like green eggs and ham, my son equally disliked grammar. I did tell him that being able to follow directions is even necessary for Lego designers and to consider these activities training for his future dream job.  He didn't have a complete turn around like Sam in the story, but I stopped requiring every blank to be filled and let him answer some questions aloud, and he worked with me to master the material.

When he asked "Do we have this book?" after starting to read the excerpt of Call It Courage included in his text, I knew that he was hooked again. I had to tweak the lessons in a way that worked for him, and that made such a difference. He read aloud to me then we discussed the lessons. Misspelled words were added to his spelling list. Unfamiliar words were looked up, often those were the vocabulary words so the definitions were in the lifepac. New objectives and vocabulary words are conveniently listed at the front of each student book. 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations. 
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