[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1889209015″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41GTZWSHcFL._SL110_.jpg” width=”81″]Simply Grammar: An Illustrated Primer by Charlotte Mason. Karen Andreola revised and expanded Charlotte Mason’s original grammar lessons. The result is an uncomplicated, appealing grammar text that relies on Mason’s narration methods. The child creates sentences based on pleasing 19th century illustrations. It is designed to be used over several years or as a supplement to other language arts instruction. It is best started with children at around 3rd or 4th grade.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1889673064″ locale=”us” height=”147″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/416WSDSReTL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]Winston Grammar Basic Complete Set. Many children in the early grades have three different kinds of problems with grammar. First, because most grammar programs focus on details (study of the separate parts), children get lost and don’t have the framework to see how the parts fit into the whole. Second, some children have difficulty learning from printed material, especially young boys. These children need a multi-sensory approach that allows them to use their hands as well as their minds. Third, children are often asked to do a lot of writing before their fine motor skills have developed enough for them to write without frustration. Winston Grammar is our favorite way to teach grammar to elementaries because it solves all three of these problems. It is a multi-sensory approach that give children the “whole” picture and doesn’t require a lot of writing. Children learn grammar by looking at a written sentence, reading it aloud, and arranging brightly colored “clue” cards labeled with parts of speech in the order that they are found in the sentence. For example, for the sentence “The boy threw the ball,” the child would put down the following cards: article (The), noun (boy), verb (threw), article (the), noun (ball). Then they label the words in the sentence on a worksheet. Includes a teacher’s manual, student worksheets, grammar cards, tests, and answer keys. It is quick, easy, and kinesthetic. (Grades 2 – 6)
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B003M8HEH4″ locale=”us” height=”101″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Cw4sOWxCL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]Magnetic Sentence Builders. We found this product at a bookfair in Phoeniz , AZ , and it is the niftiest grammar teaching tools since Winston Grammar. It is a pack of 200+ common words used by beginning readers and writers, including punctuation. Each word is about 1 x 2½ inches, printed on washable vinyl and magnetic backed. Some of the articles (a, an, the) are capitalized so they can be used to start a sentence. What is so nifty about this set is that the words are color coded: nouns are red, verbs are blue, adjectives are green, and so forth. This makes it ideal for teaching (or reinforcing) basic grammar and parts of speech. Words will stick to any metal surface, including a cookie sheet.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”093698113X” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41SMr169ATL._SL110_.jpg” width=”82″]Easy Grammar. This is the easiest complete grammar course available as far as teacher preparation time and ease of use by the student. It requires minimal effort and produces maximum results. Children first learn all of the English prepositions so they can recognize prepositional phrases. Once the prepositional phrases are removed from a sentence, the “bare bones” subject and predicate are left, and the program teaches grammar concepts from there.
Easy Grammar is easy to teach, to understand, and to correct, but relies on daily worksheets, so should not be used with younger children who have difficulty with workbooks. We recommend that no matter what you do for grammar in the elementary grades, you definitely should use Easy Grammar Plus in high school. It will be the only high school grammar course your child needs.
Easy Grammar: Grade 2
Easy Grammar: Grades 3 and 4
Easy Grammar: Grades 4 and 5
Easy Grammar: Grades 5 and 6
Easy Grammar Plus: Grades 7 and up
The Easy Grammar Manuals contain reproducible student worksheets plus teacher’s guide, tests, and answer keys.