Is Jr.AG really neccessary?


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  • meagan

    I am new to homeschooling this year, and am creating a curriculum for my three step-sons, aged 14, 10, and 9.  I really love Anayltical Grammar for my oldest and we are planning on using that.  We especially love the idea that this curriculum will be used for two to three years (great for the wallet Smile) and then we just have to do periodic review.

    My main question is about what kind of grammar lessons are necessary for our 10 and 9 year old.  I’m not keen on using Jr Anayltical Grammar.  The first lessons look very similar to the first lessons of the regular version.  Do you think that it would be acceptable to use a less formal approach to grammar until they are around 12 or 13 and start Analytical Grammar? 

    I like the idea of doing some short, gentle lessons with the younger students, like you can find in the lesson archive at  Would something like that be suitable or should I do something a little more structured?

    Sonya Shafer

    You’re absolutely right, Meagan. Jr. Analytical Grammar is pretty much the same concepts as the first few lessons of the regular Analytical Grammar. No, it’s not necessary. When I discovered AG, I used only it with my first two children. JAG hadn’t been created yet. 

    Now with my third child, I used JAG as a quick intro and will use AG later too. It seems like a short, gentle introduction is helpful. That Daily Grammar site looks interesting and just might fit the bill for you. I don’t think you have to do something really structured at this point. Grammar is a finite body of information and can be learned in a short amount of time. 


    Thanks, Sonya!

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