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Primary Language Lessons Hardcover – December 1, 1996

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An experienced teacher of the early 20th century, Emma Serl recognized the two things necessary for teaching proper English: capture the child's interest and drill, drill, drill.

Primary Language Lessons is a drill book, but with a difference. Imaginative lessons and short, jargon-free instructions for teachers make it a pleasure for both student and teacher. Emma Serl makes liberal use of writings by the literary giants of our English language heritage, as well as fables, folklore and maxims--the kinds of writing children should know if they are to become well educated in our rich literary traditions.

Recommended for Ages 7-9.

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How to teach your children proper English.

Emma Serls Primary Language Lessons

makes it easy, even for the novice.

An experienced teacher of the early twentieth century, Emma Serl recognized the two things necessary for teaching proper English: capture the childs interest and drill, drill, drill. Primary Language Lessons is a drill book, but with a difference. Imaginative lessons and short, jargon-free instructions for teachers make it a pleasure for both student and teacherespecially when the teacher is a home schooling mom.

What makes this exercise book different?

Good literature. Emma Serl makes liberal use of writings by the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson and Samuel Taylor Coleridge as well as fables, folklore and maxims.

Famed artwork. Using reproductions of prominent paintings, Miss Serl trains children in observation and discussion. A unique approach to teaching oral language skills, it helps train children in art appreciation as well.

Comprehensive lessons and drills in the things parents want their children to master. The exercises here cover proper English usage, composition, punctuation, memorization, speaking, letter writing, dictation, reading, and etiquette in writing.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Lost Classic Books; Reprint edition (December 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965273512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965273510
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because I had heard such wonderful reviews from the homeschooling community. When I received it, I was not disappointed. The lessons are thorough and my daughter enjoys doing them! The author uses picture and nature study as well as classic poetry and prose to teach the basics of grammar. There is no teacher preparation time required, and no complicated teacher's manual to follow. This gentle grammar introduction is a joy to use for student and teacher alike. There are two years of engaging lessons for the beginning grammar student, so it's a great buy! You'll love this one.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Emma Serl created a practical and varied grammar book. I purchased this unsure of what I really was going to be getting. I am pleased. Our homeschooled children find the book's requirements easy to understand but challenging to accomplish. It is recommended for second and third graders, but I simplify the assignments for our first grader, as well. They are learning some grammar basics but don't seem to realize the amount of their effort.
No expensive teacher's guide is needed. This is a good price for a practical and easy-to-use format.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Cassandra Hale on November 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I had previously looked at First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind and English for the Thoughtful Child. I found both titles lacking. I am very pleased with Primary Language Lessons! It has exceeded my expectations! It's a complete language/grammar book for grades 2/3. I would rate this my top recommendation for early elementary grammar/language.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Veggie Vixen on June 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was so hoping this would work out. It's so simple and inexpensive--and to think that it would provide 2 years of Language Arts! Well! I was excited! I bought the sister book (Intermediate Language Lessons) at the same time; I really was THAT eager, especially with the glowing reviews and the recommendation from My Father's World! We don't need bells and whistles, and I knew I would just love the vintage approach and not having to worry about anything inappropriate finding its way into our educational materials. The book did not disappoint on that count. However, I found that I had to adapt the lessons, and there was so much I skipped over entirely. These books definitely come from a bygone era where, apparently, children knew more about nature than they (or even I) do today. As a previous rater noted, in Primary Language Lessons' (PLL) assignments children are oft-required to answer questions about the natural world as it relates to certain seasonal flora and fauna. PLL assumes that facts about certain plants and animals and their seasonal particulars are common knowledge. While it's easy to skip over these, I found that I was skipping over quite a lot, and we weren't really getting that much grammar. For a book that doesn't require planning, it ended up requiring planning. For example, one assignment required children to fill in the blank with prepositions. Yet it had not taught prepositions and didn't even list any of the core 53. The directions just said to complete the sentence with a word that tells "where." Then it gave a sentence such as "_______ went the fire truck." Several other practice sentences followed ("______ sat the Indian." "______ was a tree." etc.) and the same word could have been used for each one. Obviously, that had to be anticipated/addressed.Read more ›
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Barnaby on May 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a perfect book for 2nd & 3rd graders. As a mother of ten, I have found it to be gentle and delightful in its content and format, but a challenge for my children. The expectations for amount of copywork and dictation, as well as memorization of poetry is quite high, but not inappropriate. My children find a great sense of accomplishment when finishing these lessons. I am pleased with the variable content which includes the aforementioned disciplines as well as picture and literary narration, grammar, beginning composition, and word usage. The choices for art and poetry are especially nostalgic and beautiful. It was a wonderful surprise to find so much inside one little book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Reehill on November 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My ds (10 y.o.) started using this book in August of this year (2007). He's on lesson 45 now, and I am very pleased. His spelling, punctuation, caps and other basic knowledge of grammar have improved immensely! His writing has become more expressive and enjoyable to read. He is able to use this book for independent learning. The only times he needs me are to read aloud dictation lessons, to listen to his recitation of memorization lessons, and to mark mistakes on his finished paper so he can make corrections. He used to "hate" writing, but now it is his favorite subject...never thought I'd hear that from him! The lessons start out short in the beginning, but gradually get longer. If you have a reluctant writer and aren't sure how to teach grammar, give this book a try!

The book is hard bound, very sturdy...nicely made. I went for the "free shipping" option with Amazon, since I was getting the second book of this series also. I was a little nervous when I saw the projected shipping date, but Amazon actually shipped book 1 out the same day I ordered, so that I had it the next day! The other book followed a few days later. A great experience all around!
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