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I’ve looked a bit at SW/ULW, but I have been pondering using our own living books to teach both spelling and grammar because I thought it was best to use what the students are using. But maybe we still need grammar instruction. I’ve looked at Simply Grammar and First Grammar Lessons (which I kind of like!). Are those deep enough for a 6th grader? I haven’t come across anything that gets into clauses and phrases. My 5th grader (rising 6th) had a deep grammar year by using MCT (a curriculum for gifted/motivated students). So he has covered a lot and in depth. Are there any other CM resources that go to this extent in the later elementary/middle school years, or does it go too far outside the scope of CM philosophy? I think ULW does but at a later time? Any thoughts on how to use your own living books to teach grammar and spelling in a deeper way?CrystalNParticipant
I think it would be amazing to be able to pull grammar from your literature. Sadly I am not confident enough to do that. Spelling would be easy just do prepared dictation on a passage that you felt was adequately challenging. If I were going to attempt grammar on my own I think I would get myself a good college grammar handbook and find a table of contents from a grade level grammar curriculum. I would use the order of topics in he ToC (because I would assume there was an appropriate sequence), study the topic myself in the handbook, find a passage in our book that contained that element, and teach it. Maybe ask the student to find more examples.
Phrases and clauses do come up in ULW. Analytical Grammar recommended by SCM is very in depth.
I’m not sure I am confident, either! Sometimes while reading literature, the sentences do not even appear to follow typical “rules.” I think Sw and ULW do look wonderful. I think clauses are covered in the level for 7th and 8th grade.RuralmamaParticipant
I’m not using SW due to dyslexia here. We have used Language lessons for today for early years sometimes or Primary language lessons. Next year we are using the 1st season of the original analytical Grammar for the 5th and 7th graders. CM didn’t say no grammar she just didn’t beat it to death each year beginning in 1st grade….. kids should appreciate language 1st and be familiar with it.TwinsmomxtwoParticipant
Our Mother Tongue by Canon Press is a good resource. Especially for you to brush up on your grammar skills if that’s an issue so you can feel more confident pulling sentences from your living books to parse. It’s concise yet thorough. I’m not sure where it falls in the scope of CM though.
Thank you all! I have seen some of these recommendations i.e. Analytical Grammar. I believe Our Mother Tongue from Canon falls under “classical.” I looked at that, too—well, I think I’ve looked at everything, lol!
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