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English for the Thoughtful Child, Vol. 1 [Paperback]

by Mary F. Hyde, Cynthia A. Shearer
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

July 1, 1990 1882514076 978-1882514076
From the author: I had a long list of things I wanted to find in a first grammar and composition text. I wanted material that would concentrate on the writing process without burdening the young child. I wanted a text that would draw the child into writing. I wanted a text that would lay a foundation for good composition skills, skills that could be applied in all learning situations. With eleven children to care for, I wanted something simple and fun to work with, both for me and my children.

When I found this book, I knew I had found the book I wanted to use. Originally published in 1900, it uses wonderful pictures to stimulate the child’s imagination and lead him or her into writing. The grammar introduced includes those things necessary to the writing task. There are memorization assignments, oral compositions, written compositions, and practice exercises. I use this book for a second grade English text, but it is also very useful as a first course for older, reluctant writers. No teacher’s edition is necessary; everything you need is in the student text. I hope you enjoy it as we have.

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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.

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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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420 of 422 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is A Beautiful Book but... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful English Textbook 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 211 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Aren't There More Books Like This One? February 16, 2000
By A Customer
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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106 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be aware August 10, 2001
By A Customer
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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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a book. 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars straight out of the one-room schoolhouse
Very much an old fashioned style of teaching, though I like the premise of quality literature to teach grammar, vocabulary and writing.
Published 3 months ago by K. Colle
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Charolette Mason
This guide is classic Charolette Mason. It shows how English instruction does not have to be drudgery but can be fun and engaging.
Published 5 months ago by Kristin
2.0 out of 5 stars book
service was really great. the contents was not what I expected. It was a more secular selection. Great service though.
Published 13 months ago by J. Frost
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
This book did not impress me much. It really bored my child, as well as frustrated him. I am not sure how it even covers all the language skills needed, as there was very little... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Megan Sukut
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
We homeschool and use this book for my son's 1st grade writing curriculum. My son is a little wiggly and I like to use the most simple materials that get the job done as quickly as... Read more
Published 14 months ago by platasil
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Easy for my 2nd grader
This would receive more stars if it were labeled for a 1st grader. My daughter was in public schools for kindergarten and 1st grade. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sophie & Jack's mom
3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly laid out
I was excited to begin using this for our Charlotte Mason/Classical inspired homeschool. However, it seems to be poorly laid out. Read more
Published 17 months ago by N. Keller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great choice for homeschoolers
English for the thoughtful child is an excellent method of teaching english to the younger child. Utilizes memorization , writing, as well as grammer skills. Great option.
Published on October 9, 2011 by ggsmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful English
This is a great English primer. It is simple and easy to understand but covers a lot. It works great for students of all ages and abilities. Read more
Published on November 2, 2009 by Jacque Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone, but great for us!
This book is a great supplement to any language/grammar program. I use it along with Easy Grammer: Daily Guided Teaching & Review for my second grade son. Read more
Published on October 30, 2008 by Suz785
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