Language Arts

Language Arts

First, what is Language Arts?  Have you ever thought about trying to define Language Arts?  Some say, “It’s like writing, right?” Others say, “It’s grammar and punctuation, with some writing and reading, I think.”  Well here’s the definition of Language Arts:

  • the study of grammar, composition, spelling, and (sometimes) public speaking, typically taught as a single subject in elementary and middle school.
  • the subjects (such as reading, spelling, literature, and composition) that aim at developing the student’s comprehension and capacity for use of written and oral language
  • the skills, including reading, composition, speech, spelling, and dramatics, taught in elementary and secondary schools to give students a thorough proficiency in using the language.

You’re right!  I said THE definition.  As you can see, the three quickest sources you can find on the internet cannot agree on a single definition.  If you ask the teachers, you’ll get even more definitions.

So what do you do?

At Lighthouse Tutoring, we know that language arts can seem overwhelming, undefined, and difficult to understand since the structure and purpose are not always clear.  But don’t worry, we can help make it a little bit easier for you.  Here are the common elements within Language Arts:

  • Alphabet
  • Listening Skills
  • Phonics/Beginning Reading
  • Parts of Speech
  • Rhyming Words
  • Sentence Structure
  • Handwriting
  • Punctuation
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Capitalization
  • Writing Composition
  • Public Speaking
  • Vocabulary
  • Proofreading
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Reference skills (alphabetizing; using a dictionary, etc.)
  • Word study (homonyms, synonyms, prefixes, suffixes)

Our language arts program will help fill in areas that are hindering progress at the current level.  We will then take those skills and begin to push your student to the next level and beyond.  We like our students to be at or 1 year above their current grade level with respect to language arts.  This ensures ease of transfer between grades, allows time to focus on other challenging subjects, and encourages confidence and a positive attitude toward school.

 

Who can we help?

Combining reading and writing skills begins early and the expectations for performance rise exponentially as your student progresses through school.  Getting a handle on it early will benefit them greatly as they grow.  We can help students of all ages!

 

How do we help?

We have several different skill development plans.  Since each student learns differently, one-program- to-fix-them-all doesn’t work for us.  Some students need pure text with no distractions, some students need fun graphics to keep their attention, and some students do well with computer/device-based skill development.  We can help any student once we figure out their learning nuances.

 

What are the next steps?

First, we schedule an assessment to pinpoint skills that are strong and skills that are weak.

Second, we come up with a solution that will meet your goals and your child’s needs.

Third, we figure out a payment plan that works for your family.

Fourth, we coordinate a schedule for your child.

Finally, we begin the process of developing your student into an independent learner.