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Found 12 results

  1. I'm trying to decide between grammar curricula for this year and GWG is one I'm considering. This would be for my just turned 11 dd and my almost 13 ds. We haven't done any formal grammar/LA instruction - mainly CM type stuff (copy work, sporadic bits of dictation, and some Queens). Should I place them according to grade level (6th for dd and 7th for ds) or should I considering backing up a grade or two since they haven't done a lot of grammar work? Also, I am looking at their Soaring with Spelling and Winning with Writing.......any placement advice for these as well? Thank you!
  2. My 7th grader will have completed Growing with Grammar levels 3 - 8 this year. He is good at diagramming and has a strong grasp on language. Still, I don't think he's necessarily ready for a HS level grammar curricula. Although, I don't know? Any recs for grammar after completing GWG? TIA. Darcy
  3. Hello- I am searching for a Grammar Program for second grade. Something that will get the job done, but with decent retention for the time spent. My son completed Shurley 1 for first grade, and I'm thinking we want to pick Shurley back up for level 3 in third grade, but not continue w/ level 2 for this year b/c the grammar seems to just be a repeat of what was in level 1. In fact, he was really bored with the last probably 1/4 of Shurley 1 b/c nothing new was introduced it was just repeat practice of concepts learned earlier in the book. I guess I would say we need spiral, but maybe not to that extreme. I should clarify, we do not use Shurley for the writing portion, only the grammar. Anyone have advice as far as experiences with GWG, Shurley or other for this age group that they can discuss here? Thanks. Oh, BTW, I read a thread where some users said that GWG didn't foster retention and that the questions had a "discernible pattern" to the answers. This makes me hesitate, b/c my child is for sure one of those that picks up on patterns easily, and when this happens, I know he's just going plugging into that versus understanding the concept. This became a problem pretty early on with Shurley b/c all of their sentences are in the exact same order. However, b/c of their question answer format they drill into the student, he is still able to pick out the parts of speech in sentences that aren't formatted the cookie-cutter "Shurley Way" so it didn't end up being a big deal.
  4. I'd love to hear from someone who's used this program for several years. Do you find there is good rentention? I'm using Rod and Staff 5 and would love for something more independent and streamlined.
  5. Forgive me if this question has been answered somewhere already. I'm new to the forum and new to GWG. :) Are the student manuals truly necessary? I'll be using levels 1, 6, and 7. Thanks! Shannon
  6. So here is my dilemma. We have used First Language Lessons since the beginning. We are finishing the level 3 grammar book this week. My daughter is halfway through 4th grade. I would like her to do Analytical Grammar at some point in middle school, then their high school reinforcement books in 9-12 grade. She LOVES grammar and she wants to be an author, so I'd like her to continue it every year. My main question is this: How do First Language Lessons Grammar levels 3 and/or 4 flow into Analytical Grammar (AG)? Is diagramming similar in the two? If we continued to level 4 of FLL, would it make sense to begin AG in season two, or are things done differently enough that we'd begin AG in season one still? (link to what is taught in each season of AG: http://www.analyticalgrammar.com/faq#aggradelevel ) Also, with baby 4 on the way, I would really, really like to switch to a grammar program that is more self-taught than FLL. I really like the looks of GROWING WITH GRAMMAR (GWG), and I think she'd enjoy it, but I don't want to jump to that and then switch to AG later on. Unless those flow together pretty seemlessly too. Anyone know?? Additionally, because FLL level 3 and 4 do offer tons of diagramming, which is her favorite part of grammar, I'm concerned GWG and AG might not have as much diagramming as FLL, and that initially it would be a step backwards in that regard. That's how it appears from their samples. OR, if we switched to GWG and did that through book 8 (starting with book 5 after FLL 3?), and THEN went to the AG High School Reinforcement books, would that work well? Or are the two completely different and we'd have to go through AG anyhow in order to understand the AG high school workbooks?? I am spending days and days trying to figure this out, and still cannot decide. I really need first hand experience/advice!!! Please chime in!!!!! THANK YOU!
  7. I think I've decided we will use both. My 10 yr old is pretty good at grammar and has finished FLL 4. He knows the parts of speech and can identify them. He struggles with writing due to his dyslexia. What level shall I get in GWG and MCT? I already have Music Between the Hemispheres. I will buy the whole set for Town level, but before I do, should I have him do any Island level parts? I don't want the vocab. I've read that GWG 5 may be too easy after FLL 4. If I got level 6 is there anything in level 5 he'd miss?
  8. I need some help with choosing a grammar curriculum. My twins completed MCT Island level in 4th gr. I also introduced diagramming to them (diagrammed sentences from Practice Island). There were no struggles, and I feel they've retained what they learned. For next year I need to find something that requires less teacher involvement, and that has led me to GWG. After viewing the samples, I'm not exactly sure where to put them. Looking over the TOC for level 5, I see many things they've already covered with a few new concepts. I don't mind having a year of review to reinforce what they've learned, but at the same time, I would like them to keep progressing somewhat. Is there anyone else that has moved from MCT to GWG? Suggestions.
  9. Can Growing with Grammar be purchased anywhere other than the publisher's website (www.growingwithgrammar.com)?
  10. It seems so popular but I am afraid to use it lest someone comes along later saying it was a big mistake and their kid placed really low in high school or something to that effect. I had actually forgotten all about this one as an option. It seems like GWG might have more grammar, since it is strictly grammar. I am also thinking that FLL with WWE has too much overlap, so it may be better to go with GWG and WWE. My thoughts are a tangled mess.
  11. Do you think this program is thorough in comparison with Rod and Staff English? Would this program work well for Wiggly Willies? Is there plenty of review? What do you use for composition? I have three sons using Rod and Staff English, my 5th grade twins and my 4th grade son. My twins have very similar learning styles with a few differences but both are definitely Wiggly Willies while my youngest son is a Competent Carl. Rod and Staff works great for my youngest but I am looking at options for my twins that would contain the same or similar content but with a more gentle approach. Rod and Staff seems a little too intense for them. I'm looking toward the upcoming year. I get the eebby jeebies :scared: when just even THINKING about changing curriculum so I need to get all of the facts. Just thinking at the moment. Thanks!
  12. This summer I decided to begin using the Shurley Grammar series. It is going well, but it has made me wonder: Why is it so important for us to know how to label and/or diagram sentences? Is this truly of value? I learned it in high school and college, but never use these skills. I am not familiar with the Charlotte Mason or Beechick approach, but I'm beginning to wonder if teaching grammar more naturally through reading and writing is a better approach. Will I be short changing my children if they learned all about grammar and could write well, but didn't really know how to diagram a sentence? I know that many people use "more relaxed" programs such as Sonlight LA or LLATL. I know they don't follow a classical method, but . . . There is a big part of me that is concerned that I'm going to burn out my ds if we spend 5 years (3rd grade - 7th grade) labeling sentences. Any thoughts? Thanks!
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