Anyone use CHC's Language of God?
Posted 06 June 2011 - 09:30 AM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 11:00 AM
That was more information than you asked for, but hopefully you find something helpful in my grammar journey ramblings.
Posted 06 June 2011 - 11:05 AM
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Posted 06 June 2011 - 05:50 PM
I used Level A as a supplement to the oral grammar exercises in FLL 1/2. It was great for that purposes but much too light to serve as a primary program for us.
I am considering doing this for my second grader. There is really just two days worth of work in the workbook per week. They suggest doing dictation for review, but we do enough of that in other subjects. I may fill another day with FLL 2 since I already have it. But, then I want to be light on grammar, so the workbook alone should be enough. As you can tell with the other post it just depends on how much grammar you think your kids needs.
Posted 07 June 2011 - 05:59 AM
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 11:27 AM
I haven't read the why teach grammar discussion, but I do think knowledge of grammar is important. When I was getting my MA in German Lit. I taught intro undergrad students and they didn't know basics like what a noun was. I don't know that one needs to spend a lot of time on grammar. One thing I like about MCT is that you read the grammar book quickly at the beginning of the year and then do a quick review daily after that. But I did not think the CHC books were very thorough, fleshed things out much or really taught well. It doesn't have to take very long per day to teach grammar thoroughly, I just was unimpressed with CHC, though of course other people have probably had good success with it.
Our VIE lessons only took about 10-20 minutes a day. And although the lessons were a bit dry the kids didn't complain because we did the lessons orally. Sometimes I would have them do a couple things on paper or on the white board (like diagramming) but they did it while I was sitting right there giving feedback. The kids actually enjoyed the lessons because they ended up being discussion based instead of busywork.
I do feel grammar is a critical skill. At the very least, imo, the basics should be mastered. If you spend a bit of time reading various message boards (besides this one of course ) around the internet, especially those targeted at young people, you will quickly see the results of an educational system that no longer teaches grammar.
Posted 07 June 2011 - 11:40 AM
Posted 07 June 2011 - 11:55 AM
I am pretty sure there is an older non Catholic version? Someone else may have to jump in with info on that. We just used the grammar portion of the text (second half) with the AK. Last year, when my daughter was doing Basic Language Principles, I tried using the teacher's manual & workbook in addition to the text with my youngest son. I found it was much simpler and effective to just stick with the text/discussion approach.
We did use some of the info in the writing portion (the first half) of the text. They have a nice book report format that I had the kids use, and there were a few other exercises that looked like fun so we went ahead and did them. It made a nice writing supplement. I suppose you could use the entire first section in place of a writing program, but some of the writing exercises in the older books are a bit dated.
Someone else will have to help with the grade conversion since I am not familiar with FLL. But in my experience the VIE numbers matched up pretty well with the grades, 1 for 1st, 2 for 2nd, 3 for 3rd etc..
Posted 07 June 2011 - 09:48 PM
I wish there was a Catholic curriculum like Christian Light. If there was I'd use it in a heart beat.
Posted 07 June 2011 - 10:39 PM