This is our 6th year home schooling. What an adventure. We have used lots of different curriculums. MFW, LLATL, Winston, ELL, AAR, AAS. Language Arts has always given me a run for my money. I never felt like anything covered all the bases without costing a fortune or taking way too much time! We have been using THE GOOD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Grade 1 for 6 months now. We've also been using TGAB Upper Elementary Course A. They are fantastic! I finally feel like I've found a Language Arts Curriculum that is a perfect fit for our family. The spelling uses dictation and rules, which I love, (Upper Elementary A). The writing and grammar are fantastic. I actually got to spend time one on one and in a group setting with Jenny Phillips at a home school conference this July. She was super helpful in answering all my questions. She has definitely set this curriculum up to be mom friendly, while still giving the child all they need. We all Love it. I have 2 other friends who are using it with their children, ages 8-11. They love it too.