I was wondering if anyone has used Spelling Wisdom to teach grammar?
My older girls will be in 6th and 8th grade. I have absolutely hit them over the head with grammar for years and years. That was before I did all of this reading about CM methods. <>
I am sick of grammar. They are sick of grammar. I was just going to take the year off of it – even though these are the ages I’m supposed to be starting it. But then I thought I could use Spelling Wisdom, which we will be using for dictation, to gently review grammar. For example, one week focus on finding the prepositional phrases, etc. No more than 5 minutes a day. After all of the years of grammar I’m not really sure what has stuck. I have enough R&S grammar textbooks around to use as reference so I know what to cover.
Or maybe I should just forget it for the year. What would Charlotte do? (Well, I know Charlotte wouldn’t have started the grammar textbooks in 2nd grade…)
But back to my original question, has anyone used Spelling Wisdom for this?sherazParticipant
If I had my child who is sick of grammar tearing apart the passages, pretty soon she would hate spelling, dictation, quotes, and any thing related to them. 😉
Let it go for the year and let them enjoy the passages from SW. Grammar is a finite subject that can be re-visited next year with no stress. De-compress. =) Start another thing next year.
Thanks, Sheraz. I think that is what I wanted to hear but I just needed to hear it. Does that make sense?sherazParticipant
I often need “permission” to do things like that too, LOL. =)HollySParticipant
That sounds much like my tentative plans. We’re using McGuffey readers instead of Spelling Wisdom, but my plan is similar. I’m planning to use the readers as the basis for our grammar lessons next year. (We’re currently using Grammar Land to review parts of speech).
I was looking at grammar for 6th. I came across something at the AO site that listed what should be covered for grades 4-6: 9 parts of speece, 4 types of sentences, punctuation and capitalization rules. It sounded very simple! I may also pull out the R&S book once in awhile.
For 7/8, they suggest a more formal approach. If you’re using a R&S book for suggestions, I’m sure that would be fine! I took honors English all through public school and we jumped around our grammar books each year. The teacher would pick an area he/she felt we needed to work on.
As much as we love R&S, it seems like so much! I’ve been thinking of picking up a higher level book for reference (and maybe even doing a few of the lessons). We only have books 2 and 3…I’m debating picking up book 5. Part of my problem is that I don’t have a strong grasp of grammar and what to teach. I need a reference for me to teach my DC.
We may also go the AG route…I’m still looking into this. I was thrilled when AO game me “permission” to wait until 7/8th.
I came across something at the AO site that listed what should be covered for grades 4-6: 9 parts of speece, 4 types of sentences, punctuation and capitalization rules. It sounded very simple!
Thank you for posting this. It is very helpful to me. Did they list what should be covered for other grade ranges?Scherger5Participant
Here is a link to the AO Language Arts Scope and Sequence page 🙂
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