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Solid grammar for 2E (dyslexic), highly visual 12 year old?


AimeeM
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We'll be using IEW for writing next year, but I'm stuck on grammar. I've looked at MCT, but I'm not sure where I would place her and I've heard mixed reviews. I want it to be pleasant for her (really, I'm shooting for "non multa, sed multum", very pleasant, and fun for next year, as she's coming from a very chaotic, unpleasant private school experience); effective, but pleasant.

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I can tell you what worked brilliantly for my 2E dyslexic highly visual DS: Lukeion's Barbarian Diagrammarian course. He took it the summer between 6th & 7th grades, with very little previous background in grammar, and not only did he ace the course, it sparked a love of languages and linguistics. It also gave him a rock-solid foundation for Greek & Latin.

 

The course is very visual, with lots of color-coded charts and diagrams that help kids see grammar as a system, instead of a seemingly random assortment of concepts and labels. It's also very funny — the example sentences are usually hilarious, and many center around the character of Leland the Barbarian. I watched many of the lectures with DS, and there were days when we were laughing so hard our sides hurt. I plan for my 12 yo DD to take the course as well. 

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I can tell you what worked brilliantly for my 2E dyslexic highly visual DS: Lukeion's Barbarian Diagrammarian course. He took it the summer between 6th & 7th grades, with very little previous background in grammar, and not only did he ace the course, it sparked a love of languages and linguistics. It also gave him a rock-solid foundation for Greek & Latin.

 

The course is very visual, with lots of color-coded charts and diagrams that help kids see grammar as a system, instead of a seemingly random assortment of concepts and labels. It's also very funny — the example sentences are usually hilarious, and many center around the character of Leland the Barbarian. I watched many of the lectures with DS, and there were days when we were laughing so hard our sides hurt. I plan for my 12 yo DD to take the course as well. 

 

That looks absolutely brilliant! Which course, though? There are so many to choose from!

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