Language Arts Curriculum: Learning Language Arts Through Literature

I wanted to share with you a little bit about the language arts curriculum we use: Learning Language Arts Through Literature or LLATL.

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What is LLATL??

LLATL is an all in one language arts program that is centered around living books. Everything that falls under the language arts category is covered. (Reading, grammar, writing, spelling, handwriting….you get the picture)

They have programs for grades 1-12, and it is set up to be used for a 36 week school year. This is including the book studies that are done, and they could be done along with the other units with no problem. So, if you only did a 34 week year it would be no problem at all.

Learning Language Arts Through Literature is also a no-prep program. The teacher can just open the manual and go with it. This is pretty awesome for a busy mom, and mom’s who have multiple children to teach.

There are placement tests: here.

What drew me to LLATL

All-in-one…. that was what drew me. I was drawn to not having to purchase a separate book for each area of language arts. I liked knowing it was all there and I wasn’t going to forget something.

Another thing that drew me to Learning Language Arts Through Literature was the Charlotte Mason approach of living books. I love the idea of my children reading good quality literature!

Pros of LLATL


LLATL is all-in-one as I had mentioned before. Every subject that falls under language arts is covered. It isn’t a super rigorous program that has tons of grammar practice every day, but it follows Charlotte Mason’s ideas of short and to the point lessons. We enjoy the lessons, and there is less frustration!

Short lessons

Short lessons make it less overwhelming for my son who has dyslexia and dysgraphia. It helps him to keep from getting so overwhelmed as he did in the past when we used Abeka Language Arts.

Easy to understand instructions in the student manual.

The instructions in the student manual are super easy to follow! We have no problem understanding what they are talking about ever.

Awesome literature selections.

My kids have thoroughly enjoyed each book that they have read so far. I love the selections that they have picked. I do think that they could’ve picked a few more, but that is totally fine with me. In between books, I let my kids pick their favorite books to read. So, they are getting to read things that they love as well as new things!

All the answers are in the teacher’s manual.

All of the answers are written down for you in the teacher’s manual. The TM is set up exactly like the student book with the answers filled in, and teacher’s notes are in the margins.

It is open and go.

There is little to no teacher planning required for older grades.(I love this!)

Promotes Independence

Older kids can work independently on a lot of the lessons!

Cons of LLATL:


You may feel like there is not enough practice for Spelling. I understand what they want to accomplish with it though. They want you to focus on the words that your child is having difficulties with.

Sometimes the teachers manual is vague.

This is something that I have had a few issues with. I have had to figure out a few things on my own, but it’s really not a deal breaker for me.

There’s a lot of flipping back and forth.

This may be something that bothers you, but it isn’t bothersome to me. I just bookmark or put a paperclip where we need to be. There are sometimes when the child needs to see the literature passage and it’s a few pages back. So, what I do is tear out the page that has the literature passage on it for them to see a little more easily.

The blue book is slow starting for first grade.

I explain more about LLATL Blue in my YouTube video. The link is posted at the bottom of this post.

Will I use LLATL again?

Yes. Overall, I am enjoying LLATL, and my children are doing very well with it. It has been the best language arts curriculum we have used over the last 5 years. I have heard from a lot of people that they feel like it needs to be supplemented, but that is just a matter of choice. I don’t think that anything, but the spelling, is lacking. (At least in the 4th book.) The 1st-grade level covers spelling every day! My son has learned a ton from it!

If you want to see inside the books and get more of a feel for it, you can watch my LLATL reviews for Blue and Orange.

Check it out here—>LLATL

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  1. Alison September 10, 2017

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