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Simply Grammar: An Illustrated Primer 6.1.1993 Edition

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ISBN-10: 1889209015
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About the Author

Karen Andreola is the author of the perennial bestseller A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning™. The Andreolas created The Gentle Art of Learning™ as their company brand - bringing Charlotte Mason into the 21st century. It represents their personal interpretation and application of the Charlotte Mason method of education during the years they homeschooled their children from kindergarten through grade 12. The Andreolas were responsible for the modern day revival of the Charlotte Mason method of education dating back to 1988 when they republished Charlotte Mason's 6 vol. Original Homeschooling Series. The modern day Charlotte Mason movement has been based largely on Karen's practical interpretations and writings. Karen was editor of the Parents' Review Magazine for Home Training and Culture for 6 years, conducted and promoted home support groups, wrote for Practical Homeschooling Magazine, Homeschooling Today, and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. She has been a keynote speaker for the Charlotte Mason method, The Gentle Art of Learning™, along with other topics such as parenting and Mother Culture®. She is also one of America's most respected homeschool product reviewers. Her other books include: Pocketful of Pinecones, Lessons at Blackberry Inn, Simply Grammar, Story Starters, and a revision of the classic Beautiful Girlhood. Ladies will enjoy reading her inspiring blog: Moments with Mother Culture®.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Charlotte Mason Research & Supply Company; 6.1.1993 edition (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889209015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889209012
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was initially sceptical about how useful this book would be to teach Language Arts. I checked it out from the library first and tried it out with my 8 and 9 y.o. daughters. We liked it so well we twice kept it beyond the due date. I purchased my own copy and didn't want to return the library's until mine came in the mail! My 8 y.o. is somewhat gifted in L.A., my 9 y.o. slightly below average. They both benefit from Simply Grammar and they both love it. The lay-out is simple and straightforward. We do the lessons together orally, although I believe an older child could work through the book more independently. We spend about twenty minutes a day, and the children always sigh wistfully when we are done. Simply Grammar has been especially affective with my 9 y.o. I have seen her apply what she has learned from S.G. to her other studies. Her reading comprehension has improved greatly. There is some repetition of difficult concepts, so we have been able to just move on when a particular topic is too difficult, confidant that we will come to it again. I think this approach would be especially refreshing for the child who is feelig a bit burned out with Language Arts, and for the family weary with workbooks.
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Well, I never thought I would be saying my nine-year-old son likes grammar... but here I am. He is about as fidgety as the next boy, but he loves working through this book. We do a lesson a week, which translate to about 10-15 minutes a day. We do them orally, and he just loves it. The information sticks with him from week to week, and the lessons are fun and inviting. This is a treasure.
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I homeschool five different grades at once, this is a great method to use if you are teaching multiple grade levels. It is a great tool for teaching grammar that children really will understand. My kindergartner is learning grammar right along with my sixth grader. No matter what grade level, each one of my children is learning and it's making sense to them. This book uses latin terms that explain what a particular part of speech is and how it is used.

It really takes a lot of the difficulty out of grammar. My children who dreaded grammar before enjoy it now thanks to Simply Grammar.
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Last Spring my son, then finishing up second grade, and myself had had our fill of workbooks and decided to try a new adventure in our home schooling. We found this method and have NEVER looked back. I found that my then 8 year old could "fill in the blanks" but had a very difficult time composing his own sentences and short paragraphs. This book really helped him learn how to think out of the box...or beyond the blank space if you will...and form his OWN thoughts around a topic, using the parts of speech he needs. This is how we utilize this book:
1. We do (about) 1 lesson a week also, which is about 20-30 minutes in our house.
2. He reads the lesson orally, then I read it with him orally adding examples here and there as I see the question mark in his eyes!
3. He retains information much better if he writes...so we do...everyday. This is usually in the form of one or more of the exercises, but sometimes we make up our own.
As a side note: Something else I wanted to add...he relates well when things are color coded..so we began underlineing the different parts of speech in the book in a certain color of pen. Then when he goes to do his own examples he does the same on his paper. We also use this as part of penmanship so he really works on making his sentences neat.

Hope this has helped! Oh, in response to some of the comments about the era...My son is boy..all boy..yet he was somewhat perplexed and curious by the language as well as the pictures of the time, which have led to lots of extended discussion. It is not even an issue a year later. We will take two years to complete this book as he is also taking Excellence in Writing with a co-op...so we are going through it a bit slower, repeating some lessons as I believe we need to KNOW it before we move on...This has really helped him in that class!
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Great homeschool resource for families following Charlotte Mason's educational philosophy...as well as others who'd like additional resources for grammar. My 11-year-old enjoys grammar, now--he's not a big fan of diagramming...Although the book is marketed for Grades 4-HS, I'd use it as a textbook with the lower grades (it's probably written more to a 4th grade level) and as a resource for the upper grades.
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If you are familiar with the works of Charlotte Mason, take a look at the grammar section in volume
1 of the six volume CM series (this is online for free). Miss Mason gives several sample lessons and the
material in that section is duplicated almost word for word in Simply Grammar (there is also other material in Simply Grammar in addition to the material copied from Volume One of Miss Mason's six volume series). So if you have access to volume one, you could get a very good idea of the flavor and feel of Simply Grammar.

Simply Grammar is supposed to be a grammar text Miss Mason wrote and
Karen Andreola only updated it a bit and republished it. I don't
know how many changes, KA made to it. I suspect it's pretty much
what Charlotte Mason had in mind for grammar- but while I very much like Charlotte Mason's approach, there are other grammar programs I have used and liked better with my seven children.

There are four parts, and between 10 and 15 lessons for each of those four sections. Each lesson is illustrated with a sentimental black and white Victorian illustration I believe would be more appealing to romantic and dramatic little girls than to boys. The artwork is more representative of sentimental Victoriana than of sound artistic principles. Usually, but not always, there will be material in the lesson related to the picture (tell a story about this picture using a different preposition in each sentence; or there will be sentences about the picture and the assignment will be to circle all the verbs or change the tense).

I used Simply Grammar with two of my girls when they were about 9 and 10. We
liked the first section of Simply Grammar very much.
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