I loved using Lightning Lit from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources with our second son before, so I was excited to have the opportunity to review British Christian Gr 11-12 with our 16-year-old daughter. This program provides a great opportunity for our daughter to develop both her composition skills and her literary skills at the same time. For this review, we received the student guide and the teacher guide. However, the program also requires the purchase of four additional unabridged copies of The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis, Why Does God Allow War? by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton, and Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers. Even though our daughter is in the 10th grade, she felt confident about her ability to complete the coursework.
Hewitt Homeschooling, since 1983, has functioned as proponents of homeschooling. According to their website, “. Our emphasis includes combining excellent academics with character development, instilling the work ethic, and developing a spirit of community service in the next generation. With a current client base of over 30,000, Hewitt’s operation is currently divided into three sectors: services, testing, and products. Operating out of our facility in Washougal, Washington, we serve parents with students from kindergarten age through high-school.”
Lightning Literature at the high school level is meant to be covered over 18 weeks, however, we used a year-long pace since we were nearing the start of our summertime school schedule when this review started. Both a semester-long and a year-long schedule are provided so families can use the one that best suits their needs.
Students read, answer comprehension questions, complete literary lessons, writing exercises, along with reading articles which are sprinkled throughout the course that touch on late 19th through early 20th century British Christian Literature. The four units, covering one of the four books, includes an introduction for the students to read, information about the selection, and information for while the student is reading. Our daughter found these sections to be extremely useful.
Students are supposed to develop a vocabulary notebook and reading journal during the course. For our purposes, instead of requiring our daughter to write everything out, we allowed her to complete the questions, vocabulary and reading journal on the computer using a word processing program. I also permitted her to answer some of the questions orally to me rather than typing out her answers.
The Student guide contains all the material the student needs to complete the course including an Introduction which discusses suggestions for reading and writing including brainstorming, outlining, revisions and citing research. Suggestions for how to use the student guide are included along with Appendices that provide suggestions for Discussion Questions and Project Suggestions, additional reading suggestions, and schedules. Plus there are suggestions for activities to enhance the student’s experience including developing a Vocabulary Notebook, a Reading Journal, Biographies and more.
For each unit, there is an Introduction, Comprehension Questions, a Literary lesson – which for the first unit on C.S. Lewis is Writing a Five-paragraph essay. Our daughter is working on narrowing her topic for her first essay on a hobby. She is trying to decide between art and music. We will see what she decides. She plans on doing the brainstorming and outline for this first essay at the beginning of next week.
All of the Units follow the same basic pattern. I look forward to reading and learning with our daughter throughout the remainder of the course. She found the Student Guide easy to follow and easy to utilize. For the Comprehension Questions, she found most of them straight forward, however a few required deeper thought and attention in order to answer.
The Teacher Guide includes information about the Student Guide, the answers to the Comprehension Questions, Suggested Schedules for either a Semester Schedule or a Yearly Schedule, Writing Exercises, Discussion Questions, as well as project suggestions. As one of our daughter’s projects, we decided she would memorize 1 Corinthians 13. Our goal is to have her do a Bible Study with her father on fasting, but his schedule has not permitted that yet.
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