Topic | Grammar: Our Mother Tongue? Something else?

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  • 4myboys
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    Ok — so how much grammar does my child really need?  Is learning to diagram sentences really all that important?  I did well with this in school, but found it boring.  I agree that grammar instruction is important, but I want to be able to do it without a lot of busy work or repetition over multiple years.  My boys have been using Queen’s Language Lessons this year, and that’s about as gentle as it gets, but I’ve noticed that the book my older son is working in is almost identical to the book my younger son is using — nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, punctuation, capitalization,etc.  Is there something I can use that won’t cost an arm and a leg or bore my son to tears?  He’s not complaining about Queen’s: he likes the short lessons and for the most part it’s reatively new to him right now, but I’m afraid the next book will just be the same thing over again…

    I’ve looked at Our Mother Tongue, but I’m not sure it’s a good choice for grade 6, or if it is an all inclusive program.  Some reviews have said that it’s a good refresher or reference book.  Is that because children are generally taught the same thing over and over again through the lower grades and this is a refresher for them? 

    Anonymous
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    I can share what we are doing but my daughter is 9th grade. We are using Easy Grammar Plus. It is working well. The lessons are short and it’s easy to do a lesson a day in probably 20 minutes or less. You can just buy the Teacher’s Edition which has blank pages for all the student pages that you can copy and give to your student. I just bought the separate student workbook because it’s easier in my opinion and cheaper than the ink needed to print copies. 🙂 This book is listed as 7th grade and up. However, they have a whole series for the younger grades as well. Here’s a link for the book for Grade 6:

    http://www.christianbook.com/easy-grammar-grade-6-wanda-phillips/9780936981444/pd/981444?event=1016|2025225|97288#curr

    And from what I can tell, the Grade 6 book is the same setup as the one I have…that it has the student pages included or you can buy a separate student workbook.

    Anonymous
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    For some reason, the link didn’t post completely to where you can click on it. Just copy it and paste it in your browser. Sorry.

    4myboys
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    Thanks, Mrs. K,  I’ll look into this one. Will your daughter finish this in one year or spread it over two?  Do you expect her to need further Grammar instruction after she finishes it?

     

    Anonymous
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    She will most likely finish the book this year or into the first semester of next year. I’ve heard that some people do spread it out over 2 years. Up until now, I have had her do grammar 4-5 days a week. We are now backing it off to 2-3 days because I am adding in more writing for her. I really like the prepositional approach. Of all the Grammar programs we’ve used over the years, I have found this one to be the most successful for us. My daughter has done well with it.

    As far as further Grammar instruction, I plan to do Jensen’s Grammar next year.

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