Finding secular language arts curriculum is harder than I would have expected. I honestly didn’t think that it would be hard to find it, but yea, it really is. I have contacted companies for clarification on whether or not their curriculum contains religious content and often it does even when that information isn’t clear in their product descriptions. I did find one that does not, which is where Grammar Galaxy comes into play.
Grammar Galaxy – Secular Language Arts Curriculum
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This year we are using three different levels of Grammar Galaxy – Nebula, Protostar, and Red Star. Digital copies only because we don’t need more things to lug across the country when we finally get to move. AND we can reuse them for the next child in line. Here is my Grammar Galaxy review.
There are things that I love about Grammar Galaxy:
- it’s secular
- it was created by an amazing homeschool mom
- it’s literature based, and we’re all big readers here
- fast, fun learning
Instead of boring, old stories that your child has no interest in, they get to read or have read to them, short comical stories that teach concepts that your kids are going to remember, that you are going to remember. No more boring worksheets that no one wants to do.
We are using the digital copies, I print off their worksheets and have them in their binders for them but all reading is done on their tablets.
Grammar Galaxy: Nebula
Nebula is the first level of Grammar Galaxy meant for beginning readers (advanced first graders, second graders, and students who are just beginning to read).
Do I think Gauge is an advanced first grader? In reading, I don’t, but he is eager to learn, and we’ll slowly be working on Nebula. It is not a race, we don’t need to finish this year, but enjoy the start of the story and learning.
And let’s not forget that there are now flashcards for Nebula. I have ours printed and cut out, after thinking who they are for, I am going to laminate them as well, or they won’t last 2 minutes with Gauge. These are just going to add to his fun learning in the first grade.
From the Nebula page: Students discover the havoc that ensues when the evil Gremlin tampers with the English language. Fiction books are labeled as nonfiction and begin coming to life.
Grammar Galaxy: Protostar
Protostar is for third graders or those who have completed Nebula or its equivalent. I do have her first mission read to go, along with her text on her tablet for us to get started but we might just start together, whether that’s me reading to her, or her reading to me.
From the Protostar page: Idioms like “knock her socks off” begin to literally happen. Helping verbs on planet Sentence can’t be used when they agree with a motivational speaker that it’s time to focus on their own dreams.
Grammar Galaxy: Red Star
Red Star is for fifth graders. At this level, my student at 10 years, can do a lot of this independently. In planning ahead I have her text loaded on her tablet and the first two missions printed off and ready for her to get started.
From the Red Star page: Authors quit writing and have to be located using author studies. Reflexive pronouns have people hitting themselves. A spaceship full of numbers lands on planet Spelling, and the king has to find a job for them.
Grammar Galaxy: Nova
Nova is for seventh and eighth-graders. At this level, my student at 12 years, can do a lot of this independently. In planning ahead I have her text loaded on her tablet and the first two missions printed off and ready for her to get started.
From the Nova page: Greek mythology comes to life when it is relocated to Nonfiction Province. A word genealogy website publishes misinformation. The royal English children invite students to become fellow grammar guardians in order to save the galaxy from crises like these.
There is one area that we will be working on more outside of this curriculum and that’s writing, mainly I’ll be letting them work on their writing skills by writing their pen pal letters and creative writing.
Overall, we’re loving this language arts curriculum. The digital versatility of it has been wonderful for our homeschool and for helping us be more minimal and eco-friendly, which is something we are really working on.