Literature always plays an important part in our homeschool. This year we were given the opportunity to try Mosdos Press Literature Opal as part of Timberdoodle 3rd-grade curriculum. Opal integrates language skills with literature and is great building on your child’s recently acquired comprehension and reading fluency.
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This year when it came to adding literature for my 3rd grader, I was on the fence. Having literature as part of our curriculum has always been a priority for me, but finding the right curriculum can at times be a struggle. While we had a wonderful program last year, I just felt we needed a change. That’s where Mosdos Press Literature Opel comes in.
Opal Literature Bundle Includes
The literature bundle from Mosdos Press includes the following books:
• Two-book student reader
• Student activity workbook
• Two part teacher’s edition
I have been so impressed with the Mosdos Press Literature teacher book, I decided to start with that. For each section (sunflower and daisy) you have teacher book. This hefty book is filled with every thing you’ll need to make sure your prepared. It’s very easy to follow and understand.
Upon opening the teacher book, you have a section that highlights the lessons that will be taught per unit. It even goes a step further and breaks those into different sections. For example, Unit 1 focuses on “All About The Story”.
Under that you have the following “What is” sections:
Under each of these sections, it lists the stories that go along with the lesson, the author and the page it can be found on.
The start of each story you have a “Blueprint for Reading” and an “Eyes On” section, which is fantastic. We started the curriculum in the order that it’s designed to go. The first story we read was “The Jar of Tassai”. The “Blueprint for Reading” section of this story talks a little about the story and then asks the child to think about what choice they would have made.
What is “Eyes On Story Element”
This section focuses on the featured literary component. “Eyes On” also enables you to elaborate on writing style, tone and language. This section also includes very helpful teaching hints, thoughtful questions to pose, and also helps your student understand the target skill being taught.
Blueprint For Reading
The Blueprint for reading section parallels the textbook material and both clarifies and elaborates upon the discussion of the theme.
As you read along with the child, you’ll find a “guiding the reading” section on each page. The guiding reading section has questions that can be asked to the reader along with the correct answers. I love when curriculum offers this. I feel that taking the pause to ask questions, helps the child retain the information they are reading.
Both student readers are hardback and are beautifully illustrated using a generous amount of full color photographs, black & white pictures, and color drawings. Every story that we have read from this curriculum has kept my third-grader engaged, and I really love how each story begins with an introduction to the story and a literary focus.
Each story also includes vocabulary words that your child may be unfamiliar with. Those words are presented in boxes towards the bottom of the page. They also have an area on the bottom pages that help your child sound out words they may not familiar with.
At the end of each story, you’ll find an “About the Author” section and classic review questions. Not only does each story end with review questions, but each unit ends with a variety of activities. You can choose to do all the activities with your child, or pick one that suits your child the best.
You’ll also receive two consumable student workbooks as part of this curriculum. Each story will have corresponding vocabulary, creative writing, and comprehension questions. The worksheets aren’t time consuming, but yet help give you an idea of your child’s progress. There are different ways that the assignment can be broken up, and our schedule varies per story. Some of the worksheets are more in depth than others. When it’s a harder worksheet or one that is going to require more writing, most days I only assign one. On days where it’s an easier worksheet, it isn’t uncommon for us to do two or three at a time.
Using the Program
There are several different ways to work through this curriculum. It works best for our family to spend one day reading the story and then orally answering the questions at the end. The rest of the week is spent working through the worksheets in the consumable workbook.We spend anywhere from 3-5 days working through the worksheets for each story.
We have really been enjoying working through this program. My eight-year old looks forward to reading the stories weekly and actually enjoys the worksheets as well.
Mosdos Press Literature Opal is part of the Timberdoodle 3rd-grade curriculum kits, but you can also purchase these individually.