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Language Lessons for a Living Education 5 Reviews

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If you are considering a Charlotte Mason style grammar program, I’m sharing my Language Lessons for a Living Education Level 5 Reviews.

This is a comprehensive language arts curriculum including reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary/spelling.

I am using Language Lessons for a Living Education Level 5 in conjunction with First Language Lessons which is primarily for grammar.

In general, it takes the following pattern:

  • Day 1: Story selection for the week
  • Day 2-3: Writing/Grammar/Punctuation
  • Day 4: Narration, copy work, verse memorization
  • Day 5: Spelling and Vocabulary practice

Language Lessons for a Living Education Level 5 Reviews

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Sample Lesson

There is no teacher manual for this worktext. The first few pages are written to the parent/teacher with instructions on how the program should run.

At the back of the book is the spelling activities list that can be practiced weekly.

Answer keys are also included in the back of the book for each lesson.

The actual lessons are written to the student with a small block for “parent notes” as needed.

According to the author, lessons will take approximately 20-30 min. not including independent reading time.

There is a suggested daily schedule for you to refer to in the front of the book and check off as the year progresses. This article contains affiliate links.

Writing in LLFALE (Language Lessons for a Living Education)

In general, the focus for the year is on the proper construction of a paragraph.

Students use narration, copy work and writing prompts as well as forming their own paragraphs using a writing checklist.

Book report instructions are included but you will be selecting the book with your child.

There is guidance in walking your child through a book report, but you can choose the book.

Spelling and Vocabulary

There are many spelling and vocabulary activities included in the worktext.

Weekly spelling words are given on a list in the back of the book.

Activities include games using spelling words, worksheets, and creating your own dictionary.

We are writing the spelling words on index cards to practice spelling along with the actual workbook pages.


This is not a formal handwriting course but students will get practice by copy work and writing prompts.

There is not a “how-to” handwriting section involving tracing letters included.

I don’t think an actual handwriting book is important in 5th grade unless your child needs handwriting practice.

Independent Reading

Reading is assigned weekly with suggestions at the back of the book. There is also a place to record what your child is reading.

There is also suggested books listed for your reference.

Grammar Included

A wide range of grammar concepts is taught including the eight parts of speech, nouns, verbs, pronouns, compound sentences, contractions, homophones, adjectives, adverbs, with a review on a regular basis.

Required Materials

Other than basic school supplies, 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible is used weekly for copy work and reading selections.

If you don’t want to use this book you could always use sentence selections from another book for copy work but this book is referenced weekly in the program.

You can pick and choose from the spelling games and activities from the back of the book which may require some household items.

Overall, this program is very open and go with little extra materials required.

Pros of Language Lessons for a Living Education

This program is very open and go with very minimal teacher/parent prep.

It touches on all aspects of language arts including grammar, spelling, writing, using a gentle approach.

The average lesson length says 20-30 minutes but I don’t think it requires that much time most days.

Especially at the beginning of the program when only one page is completed a day, it doesn’t take longer than 10 min.

It’s definitely more interactive than your typical language arts workbook and doesn’t have a lot of fill in the blank answers.

Overall I prefer a Charlotte Mason style of learning personally. I don’t feel like fill in the blank type workbooks require higher-level thinking.

Cons of Language Lessons for a Living Education

I think for a 5th grader who is strong in language arts this program may be enough.

For a 5th grader who hasn’t had much grammar and writing instruction, it may be to light.

I am using it in conjunction with First Language Lessons level 3 from the Well Trained Mind because my kids haven’t had as much formal grammar as I would like.

Although there is a wide range of grammar concepts taught, there isn’t a daily practice of the eight parts of speech.

Often other curriculum subjects like science and history incorporate writing skills and it would be easy to also point out grammar and proper punctuation with those other subjects.

If you are using other Charlotte Mason style concepts for your other subjects you will probably end up with the right amount of language arts.

It does not teach diagramming which could be a con if you are wanting to keep your child aligned with public school standards.

If you have used this program, please leave your Language Lessons for a Living Education 5 reviews in the comments below.

You can purchase LLFALE Level 5 here.

language lessons for a living education level 5 review

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  3. Monique Hudson

    We us LLFALE 5 and we are using LLFALE 6. We absolutely love this curriculum it is mixes things up and it is definitely enough. My dd tested well also.

  4. Hi! How do you use both LLFALE with FLL? I am using both as well since my incoming 5th grade hasn’t much of a grammar instructions but I am thinking it might be too much for her to use both.

    1. Hi Mary, We did use both. My girls were a bit older and LLFALE doesn’t take any time at all. If your children have had a lot of grammar instruction I wouldn’t try to do both. For us, it was a good fit though.

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