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I am wondering what people use for grammar and writing before the saxon program. I would like to use it starting with Saxon Grammar and Writing 3. I emailed the publisher and Mary said that you could start it with a second grader but then Cathy Duffy's review said it was an advanced program so I am not sure if I should wait until 3rd grade to start it and do something different for my second grader. We have not done any grammar, we dabbled in alpha phonics almost completing the whole book, a little saxon phonics k, and clp adventures in phonics k. After that we used phonics pathways along with the clp readers. So no grammar instruction so far. I am a big fan of scripted type programs, bju press grammar intrigues me the manual looks partly scripted.

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32 minutes ago, mathmarm said:

Why do you feel the need to do something for grammar before starting with a beginning grammar program?

I read it as: because OP mentioned the Cathy Duffy review which says that the Saxon 3 Grammar & Writing is advanced, the OP might be wanting a gentle first exposure before doing the Saxon 3, in order to have a little familiarity with Grammar to have more success, rather than jumping in cold with an advanced program. Just a guess. 😉

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Thank you for your reply to my post! Yes I am new 🙂 I have been reading posts for awhile now but have just started asking my own questions 🙂

I will look into FLL and WWE, definitely like the scripted aspect. And I will look into the Teaching Writing program you mentioned! Thank you!

And yes, it is what you are describing exactly. I want to start with some sort of intro to grammar before grade 3 just so my daughter can have some exposure and it might make it easier when we start saxon grammar 3. She is reading at about a 3rd grade level, maybe a bit higher, so I am going to continue with her reading a lot, start AAS, and then choose something for grammar for 2nd grade. Then start Saxon grammar. FLL might be a good fit, especially if it is scripted!

Thanks again, these boards have been tremendously helpful!

I only have a soon to be 2nd grader and an almost K'er so I still feel like a newbie homeschooler 🙂

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41 minutes ago, Lori D. said:

I read it as: because OP mentioned the Cathy Duffy review which says that the Saxon 3 Grammar & Writing is advanced, the OP might be wanting a gentle first exposure before doing the Saxon 3, in order to have a little familiarity with Grammar to have more success, rather than jumping in cold with an advanced program. Just a guess. 😉

Interesting, I understood Saxon Grammar and Writing 3 to be a beginning grammar program. It might be more advanced than other grammar texts, but if the text itself is put together well (and Saxon has a reputation for being well put-together) then in my mind, it'd fine to start it as a 3rd grade grammar program next year with a student who doesn't have a formal grammar back ground.

 

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