- Paperback: 420 pages
- Publisher: The Well-Trained Mind Press; 1 edition (December 17, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0971412928
- ISBN-13: 978-0971412927
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 91 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind (Vol. Levels 1 & 2) (First Language Lessons) 1st Edition
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Jessie Wise, a former teacher, is a home education consultant, speaker, and writer. She has decades of experience as a classroom teacher, elementary school principal, private tutor, and educational consultant, and is the co-author of the best-selling The Well-Trained Mind and the groundbreaking elementary grammar text First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. She lives in Charles City, Virginia.
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I also didn't like the scripted nature of the book once we got into it. I just couldn't read it the way it was written - it just didn't feel like "me" and I ended up following the basic pattern of the book while using my own words. There was one lesson that annoyed me for some reason, a narrative exercise that asks the child to guess the name of a child in a picture. To widely paraphrase, it went something like, "What do you think this boy's name is?" "Well, that was a good guess, but - wrong! It's really Steven." Says who? And does it really matter what the kid's name is? And why even ask your child for his opinion if you're just going to tell him how wrong he was? Silly, but it irked me.
The good: this book contains some 200 language lessons, so I felt it was a good value. If you school like me, with a few structured school days and 1-2 rather "unschooled" days a week, it's enough to last for more than a school year, two if you're like me and can't stand doing this book very often.
Also, it's obvious that this book was written with a lot of care and love for growing young minds. It employs classic education principles: memorization of poetry to establish a love of language, a foundation of memorization of facts upon which critical thinking can be built. It just isn't my personal style - though I wish it was.
Probably I'll use this book with my daughter when she starts kindergarten next year. For now we're going to skip past a lot of the fluff, and once my son has all the parts of speech down, maybe see if there's something more suited to his interest level near the end of the book.
I thought it would be a good follow up to Dr. Ruth Beechick's book, "Language and Thinking for Young Children."
"First Language Lessons" is authored by Jessie Wise, a former school teacher, administrator and mother of homeschooling graduate and author, Susan Wise Bauer. The curriculum is based on Mary Hyde's series "English for the Thoughtful Child."
"First Language Lessons" is divided into two sections, first and second grade. However you can use the book with children in upper elementary grades or when you feel your child is ready to begin grammar lessons.
On the first grade level your child will be covering the topics of nouns, common nouns, proper nouns, pronouns, action verbs, poem memorization, picture narration, copywork, telephone numbers, days of the week, initials, days and months, seasons, oral composition, addresses, titles of respect, capitalization and punctuation, dates, statments, questions, commands and exclamations.
On the second grade level your child will be covering the topics of nouns, poem memorization, action verbs, linking verbs, types of sentences, commas, helping verbs, capitalization, picture narration, contractions, dictation, adjectives, predicate adjectives, helping verbs, interjections, conjunctions, letter writing, addressing an envelope, direct quotations, indirect quotations, quotation marks, adverbs, writing postcards, articles, prepositions, synonyms, antonyms, written compostion: ordering ideas, forming paragraphs, and copying the final work.
The author includes a chapter on "How to use this book" and a "glossary of terms" for the parent to reference.
Overall "First Language Lessons" builds a firm foundation in language arts for your first/second grade child.
I give this curriculum an A+!