Yeah, I'm all geeked out about Maxwell. Not quite as giddy as I was when I found Sheldon's PLL, but I've definitely got a crush going on. I know I have a crush when I sit down several times a day and sneak peeks at my downloaded pdf. I haven't yet reached the "dreaming about you" stage, but I'm sure that as we get to know one another better, I'll get there.
One of my irl friends told me the other day that grammar curricula is "my thing." Although I was, in a former, kid-free life, an editor, I never really thought of myself as a grammar nerd. But I guess I am. My husband has always told me I am a nerd at heart, even with Strawberry-Shortcake colored hair.
Medieval Mom, thanks for starting this thread.
From one grammar geek to another, I say "You're welcome!" I keep sneaking peeks at Maxwell, too.
In your opinion, Tara, would Maxwell's First Book in English be appropriate for a 2nd grader? I know Maxwell (or his publisher) recommends third grade, but it seems as if ALL those early grammar books do.
So, could we construct a Maxwell S&S like this?Advanced S&S for the Older or Ambitious Student
2-3-4th: First Book in English
5th: Speaking and Writing for Use in Fifth Year
6th: Introductory Lessons in English Grammar
7th & 8th: School Composition & Advanced Lessons (concurrently)
9+: Writing in EnglishAverage (according to Victorian Standards) Student
2nd: Primary Lessons in Language and Composition (begin in 2nd half of 2nd and don't worry about finishing before third, or begin in 2nd and take slowly.) With Pencil and Pen could be substituted.
3-4-5: First Book in English
5th: Speaking and Writing (concurrent with 3rd section of First Book)
6th & 7th: Introductory Lessons
8&9th: School Composition (concurrently)
10-12th: Writing in English
Mixing and matching would create endless variations. I can see, for example, using Mary Hyde's Two Book Course in English Book 1 with Maxwell's First Book in English.