- jill smithParticipant
how do you all handle English? I’m not a fan of diagramming sentences. I watched the video and Sonja says to copy work, introduce noun, verb, ect.
Using Language Well is supposed to cover grammar. I’m thinking these books came along after Sonya’s video on Spelling Wisdom.
As a family, we have enjoyed using Simply Grammar, which are mostly verbal lessons. But I had each keep a notebook too. They didn’t write much each lesson though. Using it together helped us have fun with the sentences each of us created with each lesson.JamieParticipant
I have used both Simply Grammar and Using Language Well (with Spelling Wisdom). I like them both and feel that they complement each other well. There is no sentence diagramming, but ULW does parse and analyze sentences. It’s very gentle though. ULW lists a passage with a few words italicized. There is a list of abbreviations for the different parts of speech for your child to label above each italicized word. If ULW book 2 doesn’t show that in the sample then I would think that book 3 would.
I cannot recommend Rascal by Sterling North anymore. There are references to evolution. We didn’t like the attitude toward the Methodist preacher or the ending of chapter six.
We do recommend the Wonders of Creation series published by Master Books, for grades 7 – 12. There are currently nine topics in this series. I assign a couple each year to read as supplements.
How is your school planning going now, Jill Smith?retrofamParticipant
We use Queens Language Lessons some. We like it. We also using the Wordsmith series in junior high and highschool, but not every year. We also use a Creative Writing book from Christian Liberty Press.
Here are some helpful links to see how others use Spelling Wisdom, just to check on your procedures:
Scroll halfway down and watch Sonya’s 8 1/2 minute video explaining prepared dictation.
I agree that the child should be studying 3 – 4 spelling words per passage. You can also check if they are ready for dictation by asking for an oral spelling of a word or two they studied from the passage.
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