Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
Are you looking for a complete homeschool reading curriculum for your budding readers or those who are more experienced? LightSail for Homeschoolers focuses on the four pillars of literacy: Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, and Fluency for students from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
Fluency includes melding speaking, writing, and listening with rubrics in
- Reading Aloud
- Memory Modules
- Content Controls
- Unit Studies
- Booklists in Classic, Faith-based, and Secular collections
- The Entire World Book Encyclopedia, Atlas, and Timeline
- Memory Work
- Built-in Assessments
- Vocabulary and Deﬁnitions
- Spelling Lists and Spellling Bees
- Clozes in Texts
- Dolch Sight Words
- Grammar Skills
- Become an Author and Book Sharing
- Essay Writing
- Inquiry-Based Writing
- Informal Writing Workshop
- 15-Day Lexile Cycle
Using technology to do her schoolwork is something that Christie doesn’t enjoy working on, but we thought we would give LightSail for Homeschoolers a try. She first learned what her current Lexile number is, read a book, answered questions, checked out different videos, began a unit study about gardening, and had fun looking at different Livestreams of kittens, airplanes, and city streets.
Both of us discovered that while there were many different and educational options, it was hard to navigate because of all the options. Personally I prefer a simple and straight forward program.
I liked having the ability to test for a lexile number. I wasn’t sure what Christie’s number was, and I wasn’t surprised to learn that it is over 1500 as she is a voracious reader and works with complex texts.
I liked that there are Livestream videos from around the world, with a fun selection of music. The Ted Talks and other videos are also great! (Just make sure that you watch them first, some are not appropriate for children.) The audio files are great too, because children can read along word-by-word, by sentence, or simply listen.
LightSail for Homeschoolers is a wonderful online reading program for those who learn more easily with a variety of methods.
The provided unit studies are perfect for younger children, and I like that I can build my own unit studies for Christie based on her reading and watching interests.
While I really like the options and potential of this language arts platform, there were almost too many choices, and I had a hard time navigating through everything offered in the premium subscription. I realize that it is a good idea to often read books at the best Lexile number for them, but many of these books weren’t the type of book that Christie would choose to read or were suitable for her. Sometimes to improve reading comprehension, it’s fun to listen to audio books, but the audio classics didn’t have Lexile numbers.
Christie’s Thoughts (10th Grade):
- It was hard to navigate. I think that while this is a great idea, it is too complex, by adding all these extra things.
- There aren’t very many books that are close to my Lexile number. The books that have the highest Lexile numbers might not be appropriate for younger people who have high Lexile numbers.
- I didn’t think there were the best book options, and not everyone wants to read on their computer.
- The Livestreams are nice and there is such a wide variety, from bird watching to airports in England.
- Being able to read what other students have written is really cool.
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Recap of Pertinent Information:
Vendor Information Link: LightSail for Homeschoolers
Age Appeal: PreK-12th
Format: Online Videos, Ebooks, and Audio Books (all areas have parental control)
Price and More: Please check the product link for current prices and more information.
Mama recommends LightSail for Homeschoolers Premium Subscription to those who have lots of time to explore and develop the best plan for their children.
Please click on the graphic below to learn what the other crew members on the review thought of this literacy platform.