My boys have been using Queen’s Language Lessons for the very Young (7yo) and Queen’s Language Lessons for the Elementary Child this past year. We are only about half way through, but only started using them last term. I am really torn on whether or not we like them. I love the colourful picture studies, but we haven’t been really using much of the copy work lessons. I have another resource for that, and the ones we do use I rewrite into a notebook for my older son as the line spacing and font in the book don’t work for us.
I have been looking at the non-consumable ILL for my older as another option for next year, however he is going into 6th, so I’m not too sure. If it is like Queens we usually do two to four lessons in a day a couple times a week. We do most of it orally. As a second option I am looking at Easy Grammar 6 for straight grammar, continue using other poetry and Bible verses for copy work, narration seems to cover comprehension well and we do that for most subjects, so I don’t really need an extra resource there. We are starting written narration next year, so I’m not really sure if I should have something else to help me teach writing (kind of like the Write Shop Jr.). It seems ILL would cover most things, but would it be sufficient as an all-inclusive LA program — meaning; is there enough here (especially) grammar to use this for my boys until grade 6 then move them into Easy Gammar plus in grade 7 and Jump In for writing. I am assuming that spelling will not be addresses in ILL other than prehaps basic rules.
Also, would you use ILL for an advanced 3rd grader, probably at a slower pace (over 3 years rather than 1-1 1/2)? I could also reuse Queens ELL next year for my younger as we’ve not written in the book. I’d really like to avoid being too repetitive, especially with grammar.EvergreenMember
We really like ILL, and have used it for grades 4-6, so I think it’d be perfect for your son in terms of grade level; you could use the last part of it, or start where you think it would be the best fit. It includes grammar, poetry, copywork, composition and dictation so there are many skills covered. I have supplemented it with another grammar resource – either an Evan Moore Grammar and Punctuation workbook (not CM, I know, but simple, short lessons and to the point), or Rod and Staff a few days a week, and I’ve skipped the ILL grammar lessons and used it for the other great lessons.
I’d probably not use it for a third grader; I’ve used it for three fourth graders, at least one of them advanced, and it seems just right for 4th grade, but perhaps someone else has had another experience – you could take a look and see what you think. For a third grader, I’d probably use PLL, which is pretty inexpensive and while it covers two years, you could use the second half and still have a very inexpensive year’s LA.
Thanks, but I’m still a little confused. Did you use the other grammar resource because you felt the ILL grammar wasn’t sufficient, or because you didn’t like how it presented the grammar?EvergreenMember
Ok, sorry to be confusing! ILL presents perfectly lovely grammar exercises that prepare a child to write well. However, it doesn’t necessarily teach many grammar terms in much detail, and if you live in a state that requires standardized testing, as I do, you may want some simple resource to make sure those things are covered. I don’t want to sacrifice the many old-fashioned benefits of ILL for a strictly grammar or textbook approach, so this is sort of an inbetween way we’ve chosen to try to cover all bases. If I had to choose one or the other, however, I’d still go with ILL – we just love these little books.
Ok — I think I get it. We live in a province where we have no testing requirements, and I think my own grammar background may be sufficient to fill some of those holes should I discover them. Thanks!
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