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English for the Thoughtful Child, Vol. 1 Paperback – July 1, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-1882514076 ISBN-10: 1882514076

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Press (July 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882514076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882514076
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cyndy Shearer received a BA in English (summa cum laude) from Queens College in Charlotte, NC, and an MA in English from the University of Virginia. She has taught elementary, high school, and college students, and has been a homeschooling mother since 1985. Rob and Cyndy Shearer live with their children near the town of Lebanon in middle Tennessee.

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Plus there are wonderful poems for the child to memorize and recite.
Rene Thurston
Very much an old fashioned style of teaching, though I like the premise of quality literature to teach grammar, vocabulary and writing.
K. Colle
This book is a great overall start to teaching your child about the english language.
Phil Blair

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426 of 427 people found the following review helpful By C. Cunningham on February 11, 2002
It's not your normal text/workbook. You have to really be willing to take your time in order to get the most out of it. After several trials and errors, I can now appreciate why it works so well.
At first glance, I wanted to toss this for something more "structured" and "self-directed". I couldn't figure out how a child was supposed to learn anything by using this book. It is devoid of the normal jargon found in most workbooks. And what was up with the pictures? How can I ask my child to analyze a picture and call THAT a "grammar" lesson? What were they suppose to be learning from THAT? Weren't they suppose to be studying nouns and predicates and doing daily drills and such? But, alas, good things come to those who...slow down!
This book makes heavy use of narration (the child telling back a story in his/her own words), or "oral composition". If this is a foreign concept to you then delay this purchase and buy books by Dr. Ruth Beechick and/or anything about Charlotte Mason and her philosophy. You need to understand narration and why it works so effectively. If you are not sold on this approach, then don't buy this book. If you are familiar with the works of these two pioneers of "natural learning", and you feel comfortable with this approach, then this may be a great grammar/composition book to use with your 2nd - 4th Grader. Jessie Wise and Susan Bauer mention narration in _The Well Trained Mind_ , but they don't expound on it the way Beechick and Mason do.
The beauty of this book is in its simplicity. It causes a child to think deep and answer thoroughly; hence the title. This is not a book to rush through. Every page, every lesson is to be savored, and chewed thoroughly like a good meal.
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248 of 251 people found the following review helpful By Rene Thurston on January 14, 2000
I can't say enough about how wonderful English for the Thoughtful Child is. I purchased this book because it is the recommended 2nd grade English text in the homeschooling book The Well-Trained Mind, A Guide to Classical Education At Home (another great book!). There was no description and no reviews here, so I wasn't sure what I was in for! This is most certainly a "thoughtful" book. While it covers the standard requirements for English ~ punctuation, nouns, verbs, abbreviations, etc. ~ the joy of this book is the emphasis on creative writing. Beautiful illustrations are provided for the child to look at and think about. They are then prompted with questions about what might be occurring in the illustration and are then instructed to write their own story about what they think is happening in the picture. A GREAT way to spur creative writing! Plus there are wonderful poems for the child to memorize and recite. A nice change of pace from humdrum grammar lessons!
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204 of 212 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2000
Like the reviewer below, I bought this book because Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer, the authors of The Well-Trained Mind,our family's bible for supplemental school work, recommended it as a first grammar book for young children. It was refreshing to find a book that was instructive yet entertaining, rigorous but not overwhelming and -- partly because it was written a long time ago, and recently re-printed -- faithful to traditional grammar basics for the young child. Finally, we were also enormously relieved to have a book that was completely unconcerned with being politically correct. Some people may be put off by lessons on "Christian names and surnames," and the roles to which little girls are relegated, etc., but, frankly, this card-carrying Democract was relieved not to have to wade through multicultural content which, sadly, often seems to have nothing to do with learning.
As a postscript, there is no better endorsement than our seven-year-old; it is the only homework she likes to do!
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108 of 111 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 2001
I love this book, but I almost gave it 4 stars just to draw attention to my review. We have been using this book for only a week in our homeschool, but we have had to interrupt our grammar lessons several times to do research before we could practice the day's grammar lesson. One exercise told us to "Write a statement telling where the sun rises."--this required a little instruction about the rising/setting sun. Another day, we were to respond to these questions: "How often do we have a new moon?" and "Where have you seen the new moon at sunset?" I had no idea, so we ran to the encyclopedia. If this bothers you, just be aware that you may want to look ahead at lessons to see if you should "do a little research." Otherwise, I love this book!
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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Barb Shaw on August 15, 2002
I agree with all the positive comments. The approach here is not a copy of other workbooks. There are stories to create, poems to read and memorize, and generally learn English in a lovely, thoughtful way, just as the author suggests in the title. I used it with my son who is nine. His handwriting was poor, and he hates writing of any sort. The unique little lessons in this book are so different that he never realized that we were doing "English". The book offers a holistic way of helping a child and I am glad to have purchased it.
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