Using Language Well / Spelling Wisdom

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  • mommyshortlegs

    Can anyone offer insight into Simply Charlotte Mason’s Using Language Well / Spelling Wisdom? Pros and cons?

    In her brief academic career, my 2nd Grader/rising 3rd Grader, age 8, has used three Language Arts curricula, including Logic of English Foundations A-B and currently Christian Light Education 2. Needless to say my approach has leant rigorous, and thus far my daughter has met the challenge; but the more I study the hows and whys of Charlotte Mason, and postponing formal grammar in particular, the less I want rigor at this age, the more I want to free her from those thirty minutes spent chained to a workbook. My daughter is diagramming sentences in the 2nd Grade, for pity’s sake.

    And yet, neither do I want to lean too gently for my taste (e.g., My Father’s World’s revised First Language Lessons). I am hopeful SCM’s offerings will be the middle ground where rigor and gentleness meet.

    Tamara Bell

    I encourage you to take a look at the samples for Using Language Well Student book, Using Language Well Teacher’s Guide, and Spelling Wisdom.  I’m confident that should you look through the samples you will find ULW to be thorough while simple.   At the end of each ULW Teacher’s guide you will find a complete list of grammar and English points presented in that particular ULW book.

    I hesitate to use the word “gentle.”  It’s true that it is gentle in the early part of ULW book 1 but children are only being introduced to rules for capitalization, punctuation, etc.  Grammar begins half way through book 1.  ULW is not the “drill and kill” that so many of us are used to but there is review built in.  ULW covers what needs to be covered but in a more simple manner than traditional textbooks and utilize the dictation lessons so the student sees the grammar lesson in practice.

    Writing Rubrics (with a variety of “levels”) are included in the Teacher’s Guides to help both the student and the teacher improve the student’s writing.

    Should more diagramming be desired in middle school, we suggest Analytical Grammar in addition to SW and ULW.


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