- 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,835 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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About the Author
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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The entire year can be completed by doing 3 lessons per week. 1st and 2nd grade takes no more than 10 minutes per day on average. By 3rd and 4th grade lesson time increases to about 20 minutes, but the student spends less time memorizing lists of verbs, prepositions, etc. and more time on diagramming and writing.
This program is a great start to grammar and writing. Though it does focus mostly on grammar and less on writing. I also have a writing curriculum we use as well. Another bonus, it is quite inexpensive. One final point: by the time 3rd or 4th grade comes around a student can begin Latin and know what is required when declining nouns. After using this program my children were able to start Rod and Staff's fifth grade grammar without an issue.
One thing which angers me about this program is the publisher no longer publishes this particular book (volumes 1 and 2 combined). Instead they separated the two years into two different course books. I believe they did this to make money. This book was not too thick and after using it 3 times with my 3 children it is still in good shape. There was no reason to discontinue publishing this particular book. I, therefore would recommend finding a used copy of this book if you are able to. If not, it is still a wonderful curriculum and I recommend it to all my homeshcool friends.
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.