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So we’ve been using JAG here. I like it myself. It’s self taught for the most part. It’s simple enough and has an answer key. BUT my 12 year old son has been doing it everyday for over 5 months now and we are still doing Adverbs which is lesson 6. We have had to re-do lessons many times.
So is he just not ready for this yet? Am I doing something wrong? I am NOT a grammer person myself but have learned a lot through this book. But my son is not. What would your suggestions be? He’s getting very fustrated and I think at this point learnin more wrong things than right. Might it be time to put it away and try again in a few months? I mean we’ve really tried hard for the past 5 months. THoughts would be great. MistyLindseyDParticipant
I’ve never used JAG. Mine are little, so we are using English for the Thoughtful Child, Vol. 1 right now. That’s great that you like JAG as a resource, but does your son like it?
A 12yo should definitely be doing grammar lessons of some sort, so I don’t think it’s unreasonable at his age to teach grammar. But, if he’s not “getting it”, it could be that he needs more of a momma-guided program instead of a self-taught program. Unfortunately, we can’t use the “he’s not a grammar person” to get out of teaching grammar. (I’m learning this the hard way and just posted a question on science because I’m not a “science person” and I don’t enjoy teaching it ).
Perhaps you could try sitting with him during his lessons to see if you can find what’s causing his frustration. Or, if he’s still frustrated and you’re still concerned, why not try another grammar program? Better to start with something new now than to have him at the end of Year 7 or 8 and still not be able to understand adverbs.
I’m sure others will have specific suggestions for books and such, but my thinking is that, if it isn’t working, something’s gotta give. We are using EFTTC as a gentle intro to grammar, and we’re loving it. Obviously that’s probably too young for your 12yo. I have purchased Simply Grammar to use once we’re finished with volumes 1 and 2 of EFTTC.
Anyway, ask your ds how he feels about the grammar program. Maybe he would like it better if you were more involved or maybe he’d like to try a different book altogether.
Just my thoughts.
Hi Misty – we’ve usued JAG successfully – what exactly does your son have a hard time with? Identifying parts of speech, where to put things when diagramming….?
I am not so interested in diagramming. Haven’t pushed it. So in answer to your question it’s the identifying parts of speech. We seem ok on Nouns, ART, but constantly getting ADJ and ADV mixed up, and PRO and ADJ. These seems to the be the biggest hang ups. Thanks for asking Houseofchaosmomto2blessingsParticipant
Maybe some Madlibs for a short break and then go back to it? Just a thought:) GinahouseofchaosParticipant
Have you seen the Ruth Heller World of Language books? They might be helpful. Mine, All Mine is about Pronouns; Up, Up and Away is about adverbs; Many Luscious Lollipos is about adjectives.
Grammar Land by Nesbitt is fun, and can be downloaded free. I think Ruth Heller’s books are more straightforward, though.
We have used Easy Grammar for children who have difficulty – it is kind of repetitive, but I think it’s good if there is some difficulty understanding.
I will look for those books thanks. Misty
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