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  • Item #: 018497
    ISBN: 9781931492225
    Retail: $25.00
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  • Item #: 018547
    ISBN: 9781931492256
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  • Item #: 006108
    ISBN: 9781591280118
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  • Item #: 038508
    ISBN: 9780764135613
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    Here's the junior version containing the same concise, organized, and helpful advice as the original Painless books, just geared toward a younger grade level. It will show kids that grammar doesn't have to be painful or scary, and can even be fun! The theme of the book is a pretend amusement park called Grammar World, where different animals introduce the reader to different aspects of grammar. There are five main chapters covering sentences, nouns, pronouns and adjectives, verbs and adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, and mechanics. Information is presented in a clear, organized way that is easy for students to follow. Plenty of "Let's Try It" sections provide quizzes to practice concepts just learned, "Trick to Remember" sections highlight important hints to keep in mind, "Treasure Hunt" areas prompt students to find examples of certain topics, "Careful" sections warn students of possible problems, "Treasure Chest" sections give examples of certain topics, "Wrapping It Up" gives a summary of key ideas, and "Hitting the Target" provides practice with the chapter's ideas. Two-colored illustrations add some fun to the learning. The guide is written directly to students so they can learn and practice the concepts independently. Answers to the practice sections are included in the back of the book. 158 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 056993
    ISBN: 9780936981789
    Retail: $8.95
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    I wonder how many parents have wanted just this sort of grammar refresher course as they've started to homeschool their children? It's the perfect size – smallish –and not intimidating. It's the perfect format – two diagnostic exercises, then targeted instruction and practice in precisely the areas you need. Finally, it's the perfect author to create such a guide. Easy Grammar's Dr. Phillips is known for making grammar understandable to children, and now she's helping parents in the same way. I'm sure you know that your children will tend to make the same grammar errors you do – they learn what they hear. When you make a concerted effort to discover and correct any bad grammar habits you've developed, you've discovered the perfect way to ensure that your children will be hearing correct grammar examples. 93 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 005520
    ISBN: 9781878383013
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    Definitions, rules, and examples on grammar (Run-on sentences, predicates, direct and indirect objects, nouns, adverbs, verbs, adjectives, and clauses, plus more.)

  • Item #: 022473
    ISBN: 9780071824705
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  • Item #: 019576
    ISBN: 9780071830416
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  • Item #: 047614
    ISBN: 9781615380176
    Retail: $14.95
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    Just the right stuff! That's what you'll be thinking as you use this warm and inviting reading program from Memoria Press. The Study Guides are really a worktext (horizontal orientation) that provides the student with vocabulary and comprehension worksheets. The teacher needs to take a quick peek at two pages at the beginning that give the plan for the Word Study, Read, Comprehension, and Language (introductory grammar) segments of each lesson. The Just For Fun section is self-explanatory. There's writing involved (7/16" lines with dotted midline) but the top binding makes it easy for either right-handed students or lefties. The StoryTime guide covers five classic children's books in 16 lessons. More StoryTime provides another 16 lessons and seven children's books. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 055000
    ISBN: 9781683440055
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  • Item #: 065475
    ISBN: 9781625219275
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  • Item #: 042670
    ISBN: 9780945045076
    Retail: $14.95
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    This reference provides a simple explanation of rules accompanied by clear examples for a variety of different punctuation marks. Starting with a brief look at the history and purpose of punctuation, the book is then organized into sections alphabetically, covering apostrophes, brackets, colons, commas, ellipses, em dashes, en dashes, exclamation points, parentheses, periods, question marks, semicolons, and slashes. Each section follows the same no-nonsense, black and white format. A rule for that type of punctuation is presented in bold type, followed by a few sentences illustrating that rule with the punctuation in bold. Any special notes for further clarification are included where appropriate. Recommended by the Institute for Excellence in Writing, this guide is helpful to read straight through or to keep on hand as a quick reference. 71 pgs, index included.

  • Item #: 024105
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    A useful grammar guide for The Latin Road to English Grammar. Grammar principles are color-coded for easy identification of grammar covered in volume 1, 2, or 3. This reference sheet is double-sided, laminated, and hole-punched to fit a 3-ring binder. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 070866
    ISBN: 9781945841064
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $10.50

       Eagerly anticipated for years, Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind is a sequel to Susan Wise Bauer’s First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. For those wanting a definitive English grammar that will cover all aspects of this (troublesome) language and who are willing to devote the time and energy necessary for mastery, this program will not disappoint. It provides a user-friendly, comprehensive, and thorough roadmap through all the nooks and crannies of basic grammar, usage, and mechanics and into advanced English skills (detailed analysis of complex sentence structure). The author confidently states, “A student completing four years of this program will have all the skills needed for the study of advanced rhetoric – persuasive and sophisticated writing.” I believe it.

      The series is built on three guiding principles, the elements of classical language learning. First, students need to understand and memorize the rules of language. Next, they need meaningful and valuable examples of every rule and principle. And finally, they need to practice in order to incorporate these rules and principles deeply into their oral and written communication skills. In keeping with its classical roots, this program provides rules and definitions with lots of opportunity to memorize them along with excellent examples and plenteous exercises for mastery. For the first level in the series, there are four program components– the Comprehensive Handbook of Rules and Core Instructor Text (both non-consumable), Student Workbook 1 (consumable) and the Answer Key for Student Workbook 1 (non-consumable). We expect Student Workbooks and Answer Keys for each of three subsequent years.

      Serving as both a resource and a reference to be used each year of the four-year series, the small-ish (7” x 8.25”) Comprehensive Handbook of Rules is indeed both comprehensive and a rule book. It contains all the principles that govern the English language as well as examples of each. Included are parts of speech, sentences, parts of sentences, dialogue and quotations, capitalization (summary of rules), punctuations, documentation (Turabian method), and sample conjugations. To give you an idea of the scope, nouns are covered thus: types, capitalization rules, gender, plural formation, noun imposters, and nouns that serve as other parts of speech. Each is clearly illustrated by examples that come from great literature (often classic but sometimes contemporary). In the verb section, there is a helpful five-page verb summary chart that provides active and passive formation with examples for four verb tenses (indicative, modal, imperative, and subjunctive). An index is provided (thankfully). Although a key component of the Grammar for the WTM series, it could easily be used as a reference by anyone wanting a solid, definitive English grammar resource.

      The Core Instructor Text is the scripted teacher’s book for the entire four years. All rules and examples as well as teaching notes explaining the ambiguities and difficulties of each grammatical construct are built into student-teacher dialogues. There are question/answer dialogues for 130 lessons. Including reviews, the expectation is lessons on 4 days a week for 36 weeks. It helps to have an understanding of classical methodology to appreciate what is here. Essentially, each of the lessons contains a single theme that will be repeated in each of the program’s four years. The idea is that at first concepts will be imperfectly grasped but through repetition and through four years of exercises, mastery of both concept and applications will be perfected. The instruction is done through teacher-student dialogues. That means a significant time investment will need to be made by the teacher (I’m guessing 15-20 minutes per lesson) for each of the four years. While this may seem a bit daunting, remember that everything is scripted (i.e. provided for you) with little to no teacher prep and that you will also gain familiarity with the dialogues as you progress through the years.

      The Core Instructor Text interacts with the Student Workbook. Whenever a rule, definition, information, or a sample sentence is needed as part of the teacher-student dialogue, it is provided in the Student Workbook (SW). The SW also provides all the exercises that the student is expected to complete. There is variety in these exercises – some are underlining and labeling, some are diagramming, some require the student to construct his own new sentences. Answers to these exercises are provided in the Student Workbook Answer Key. The key contains reproduced exercises with answers as well as detailed notes that explain or clarify the answers. Students are encouraged to check their own work much of the time and to discuss any discrepancies they find between the answers and their own work.

      Review is built into the program in several ways. Routinely, as part of daily dialogues rule/definition content from previous dialogs is repeated/reviewed. Additionally, regular exercise reviews are built into the courses. Every three weeks the student lesson provides six exercises that review what was covered in the previous three weeks. Toward the end of each Workbook (i.e. Lesson 27), the reviews double (twelve exercises) and become cumulative (back to the beginning of the course). These reviews are completed over the course of the week with every fourth week as a review week. There are no other formal assessments.

      The general idea of this series is unusual. Teacher dialogue is identical from year to year. Difficulty of the exercises increases over the course of the year (particularly after Week 20) and students may find it difficult to complete Workbook 1 in a single year. However, exercises from year to year are comparable in difficulty. Subsequent years can be completed more efficiently than Year 1 due to familiarity with the rules, definitions, and exercise expectations. This means that a student can start on Workbook 3 (if others in the class or your homeschool are in the third Workbook). However, they are strongly encouraged to go back and complete the first two workbooks. Mastery/proficiency is based on four years of interacting with the material.

      Many of us have wondered what Ms. Bauer’s approach to Grammar would be. Thoroughly classical and rigorous, yet user-friendly; this program steps into the void and will be welcomed. Comprehensive Handbook of Rules – 95 pgs, hb. Core Instructor Text – 387 pgs, pb. Workbook – 579 pgs, pb. Answer Key – 417 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 010215
    ISBN: 9781580628556
    Retail: $9.95
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    Though not modest, the title may be true. This handy little reference guide offers no-nonsense tips, rules, and explanations to aid you in a wide variety of grammar needs and writing instances. Chapter 1 focuses on "Finding the Right Words," providing spelling rules and differentiating between commonly misused words, such as effect and affect. The next few chapters focus on parts of speech, with complete descriptions of nouns, adverbs, prepositions, interjections, and all other types of words; basic sentence structure, including subjects and predicates, clauses, and subject-verb agreement; verb help such as verb tense, irregular verbs and moods; and all of the tricky pronoun problems. Chapter 6 provides a helpful guide to punctuation so that you can accurately use semicolons in your writing. (And all others, of course, but I find that many people are quite uncomfortable with this mark in particular.) The last four chapters are concerned with writing, and they cover a wide variety of topics to help you write better sentences, avoid common errors, learn the process of writing and revising, and understand the different types of writing and their purposes. Appendices in the back offer 1001 frequently misspelled words, suggestions for wordy phrases, and links to helpful grammar and writing web sites. You'll definitely want to keep this one on your desk or next to your computer. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 060690
    ISBN: 9781880045350
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  • Item #: 059643
    Retail: $0.00
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    Monday: translate a sentence from Spanish to English. Tuesday: study sentence parts. Wednesday is verb analysis. Thursday is for studying connections between sentence elements. Friday has students using word cues to construct entirely new sentences in Spanish.
  • Item #: 059621
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    Monday: translate a sentence from Latin to English. Tuesday: classify by part of speech, declension and conjunction. Wednesday: students parse nouns, adjectives and verbs. Thursday is for describing syntax and Friday is for diagramming.
  • Item #: 059595
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    Monday: translate a sentence from French to English. Tuesday: work with the parts of speech. Wednesday: study sentence parts and phrases. Thursday is diagramming day and Friday is constructing sentences from "dehydrated" structures (key ideas on which to build a complete sentence).
  • Item #: 064559
    ISBN: 9780789167811
    Retail: $3.95
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    Each level’s Teacher Guide is a stapled paper pamphlet containing a brief introduction to the material, a Table of Contents for the Student Edition, and the answers (8 1/2” x 11, approx. 14 pp).

  • Item #: 064561
    ISBN: 9780789167835
    Retail: $3.95
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    Each level’s Teacher Guide is a stapled paper pamphlet containing a brief introduction to the material, a Table of Contents for the Student Edition, and the answers (8 1/2” x 11, approx. 14 pp).

  • Item #: 064557
    ISBN: 9780789167798
    Retail: $3.95
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    Each level’s Teacher Guide is a stapled paper pamphlet containing a brief introduction to the material, a Table of Contents for the Student Edition, and the answers (8 1/2” x 11, approx. 14 pp).

  • Item #: 057783
    ISBN: 9781578962358
    Retail: $30.00
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    The lessons in this Guide cover author's purpose, setting, vivid language in poetry, writing about culture, details in writing, character development, figurative language, conflict, symbolism, humor, meter in poetry, and writing a literary analysis. Mini-lessons cover taking notes, rewriting in your own words, free verse and ballad, rewriting your own words, citing sources, bibliography, fun poems, genre fiction, sentence structure, and more. The workpages give students the chance to practice the skills and concepts learned in the lessons along with composition skills (writing from note cards, rewriting in your own words, etc.), thinking skills (e.g., differentiating fact from opinion, identifying bias), and grammar review (e.g., capitalization, pronouns and antecedents)
  • Item #: 060277
    ISBN: 9781615388202
    Retail: $12.95
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  • Item #: 040997
    Retail: $10.00
    Rainbow Price: $5.95
    Grades 3-4. Eight units look more in depth at descriptive writing, imaginative problem solving, reporting, persuading, narrating, explaining, literature based writing, and researching. Each unit ends with a major writing assignment, and has four components that lead students up to that point: oral language into writing, simple sentence combining, composition rules, and writing with style. The book walks students through the writing assignments using the four-stage writing process of prewriting, writing the first draft, rewriting, publishing.
  • Item #: 070868
    ISBN: 9781945841040
    Retail: $39.95
    Rainbow Price: $25.95

       Eagerly anticipated for years, Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind is a sequel to Susan Wise Bauer’s First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. For those wanting a definitive English grammar that will cover all aspects of this (troublesome) language and who are willing to devote the time and energy necessary for mastery, this program will not disappoint. It provides a user-friendly, comprehensive, and thorough roadmap through all the nooks and crannies of basic grammar, usage, and mechanics and into advanced English skills (detailed analysis of complex sentence structure). The author confidently states, “A student completing four years of this program will have all the skills needed for the study of advanced rhetoric – persuasive and sophisticated writing.” I believe it.

      The series is built on three guiding principles, the elements of classical language learning. First, students need to understand and memorize the rules of language. Next, they need meaningful and valuable examples of every rule and principle. And finally, they need to practice in order to incorporate these rules and principles deeply into their oral and written communication skills. In keeping with its classical roots, this program provides rules and definitions with lots of opportunity to memorize them along with excellent examples and plenteous exercises for mastery. For the first level in the series, there are four program components– the Comprehensive Handbook of Rules and Core Instructor Text (both non-consumable), Student Workbook 1 (consumable) and the Answer Key for Student Workbook 1 (non-consumable). We expect Student Workbooks and Answer Keys for each of three subsequent years.

      Serving as both a resource and a reference to be used each year of the four-year series, the small-ish (7” x 8.25”) Comprehensive Handbook of Rules is indeed both comprehensive and a rule book. It contains all the principles that govern the English language as well as examples of each. Included are parts of speech, sentences, parts of sentences, dialogue and quotations, capitalization (summary of rules), punctuations, documentation (Turabian method), and sample conjugations. To give you an idea of the scope, nouns are covered thus: types, capitalization rules, gender, plural formation, noun imposters, and nouns that serve as other parts of speech. Each is clearly illustrated by examples that come from great literature (often classic but sometimes contemporary). In the verb section, there is a helpful five-page verb summary chart that provides active and passive formation with examples for four verb tenses (indicative, modal, imperative, and subjunctive). An index is provided (thankfully). Although a key component of the Grammar for the WTM series, it could easily be used as a reference by anyone wanting a solid, definitive English grammar resource.

      The Core Instructor Text is the scripted teacher’s book for the entire four years. All rules and examples as well as teaching notes explaining the ambiguities and difficulties of each grammatical construct are built into student-teacher dialogues. There are question/answer dialogues for 130 lessons. Including reviews, the expectation is lessons on 4 days a week for 36 weeks. It helps to have an understanding of classical methodology to appreciate what is here. Essentially, each of the lessons contains a single theme that will be repeated in each of the program’s four years. The idea is that at first concepts will be imperfectly grasped but through repetition and through four years of exercises, mastery of both concept and applications will be perfected. The instruction is done through teacher-student dialogues. That means a significant time investment will need to be made by the teacher (I’m guessing 15-20 minutes per lesson) for each of the four years. While this may seem a bit daunting, remember that everything is scripted (i.e. provided for you) with little to no teacher prep and that you will also gain familiarity with the dialogues as you progress through the years.

      The Core Instructor Text interacts with the Student Workbook. Whenever a rule, definition, information, or a sample sentence is needed as part of the teacher-student dialogue, it is provided in the Student Workbook (SW). The SW also provides all the exercises that the student is expected to complete. There is variety in these exercises – some are underlining and labeling, some are diagramming, some require the student to construct his own new sentences. Answers to these exercises are provided in the Student Workbook Answer Key. The key contains reproduced exercises with answers as well as detailed notes that explain or clarify the answers. Students are encouraged to check their own work much of the time and to discuss any discrepancies they find between the answers and their own work.

      Review is built into the program in several ways. Routinely, as part of daily dialogues rule/definition content from previous dialogs is repeated/reviewed. Additionally, regular exercise reviews are built into the courses. Every three weeks the student lesson provides six exercises that review what was covered in the previous three weeks. Toward the end of each Workbook (i.e. Lesson 27), the reviews double (twelve exercises) and become cumulative (back to the beginning of the course). These reviews are completed over the course of the week with every fourth week as a review week. There are no other formal assessments.

      The general idea of this series is unusual. Teacher dialogue is identical from year to year. Difficulty of the exercises increases over the course of the year (particularly after Week 20) and students may find it difficult to complete Workbook 1 in a single year. However, exercises from year to year are comparable in difficulty. Subsequent years can be completed more efficiently than Year 1 due to familiarity with the rules, definitions, and exercise expectations. This means that a student can start on Workbook 3 (if others in the class or your homeschool are in the third Workbook). However, they are strongly encouraged to go back and complete the first two workbooks. Mastery/proficiency is based on four years of interacting with the material.

      Many of us have wondered what Ms. Bauer’s approach to Grammar would be. Thoroughly classical and rigorous, yet user-friendly; this program steps into the void and will be welcomed. Comprehensive Handbook of Rules – 95 pgs, hb. Core Instructor Text – 387 pgs, pb. Workbook – 579 pgs, pb. Answer Key – 417 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 050512
    ISBN: 9781935027126
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $45.95

    WriteShop Junior, or Level D, continues the same incremental, step-by-step approach that has been such a success throughout the WriteShop program. It is designed for parents and children to use in close conjunction while focusing on 10 specific skills: letter of invitation, humor, adventure, science fiction, mystery, haiku, folktales, historical fiction, personal narrative, and expository writing. Level D also has handy scheduling options laid out for you to choose from, so you can determine whether a 3 week/lesson, 30 week plan or a 2 week/lesson, 20 week plan will fit better into your schooling. It is suggested that an 8 to 11 year-old student would begin with WriteShop Level D if they needed to learn to identify and use proper grammar and punctuation, how to choose strong words, brainstorming before writing, writing a paragraph, writing research-based articles, or self-editing and revision of his own work. This level can also be stretched into 6th and 7th grades if the students in those grade levels have no prior writing experience. The teacher's guide contains the schedules, materials and supplies lists, teaching tips for hands-on projects and the writing skills used throughout the book, the body of each lesson and instructions for all activities. The student's activity pack includes worksheets for use with each lesson and the Level 1 Fold-N-Go Grammar Pack for making 10 portable grammar and writing reference guides. Permission is granted for copying worksheet and Fold-N-Go pages for single-family use. – Zach

  • Item #: 050288
    ISBN: 9780865167735
    Retail: $29.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.65

    It's been said that the best way to learn English grammar is to study Latin. But the corollary is also true, the better your knowledge of English grammar, the easier you will find Latin. But what if you're determined to study Latin (Wheelock's in point) and you find your knowledge (or lack thereof) of English grammar is getting in your way? This little book will come to your rescue. Designed as a companion to Wheelock's, it walks alongside the student providing additional grammatical definitions and instruction, practice exercises, and helpful etymological information. The general tone of the book is conversational laced with the author's wry sense of humor. Take for instance the discussion of English relative clauses (did you know that English has relative clauses?). The book starts with a "bare bones definition", then provides example of how to merge two sentences by utilizing a relative clause which leads to a discussion of English relative pronouns and then Latin relative pronouns which (of course) leads us to an understanding of Latin cases. Anyone who has delved very far into Latin knows that an understanding of "case" is absolutely important. The Comprehensive Guide will take you there. And if you're attempting Wheelock's Latin without a thorough understanding of English grammar you will welcome the guidance. This is a helpful supplement but not part of the actual Wheelock's program. Answers to all exercises are in the back. 307 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 070864
    ISBN: 9781945841125
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

       Eagerly anticipated for years, Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind is a sequel to Susan Wise Bauer’s First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. For those wanting a definitive English grammar that will cover all aspects of this (troublesome) language and who are willing to devote the time and energy necessary for mastery, this program will not disappoint. It provides a user-friendly, comprehensive, and thorough roadmap through all the nooks and crannies of basic grammar, usage, and mechanics and into advanced English skills (detailed analysis of complex sentence structure). The author confidently states, “A student completing four years of this program will have all the skills needed for the study of advanced rhetoric – persuasive and sophisticated writing.” I believe it.

      The series is built on three guiding principles, the elements of classical language learning. First, students need to understand and memorize the rules of language. Next, they need meaningful and valuable examples of every rule and principle. And finally, they need to practice in order to incorporate these rules and principles deeply into their oral and written communication skills. In keeping with its classical roots, this program provides rules and definitions with lots of opportunity to memorize them along with excellent examples and plenteous exercises for mastery. For the first level in the series, there are four program components– the Comprehensive Handbook of Rules and Core Instructor Text (both non-consumable), Student Workbook 1 (consumable) and the Answer Key for Student Workbook 1 (non-consumable). We expect Student Workbooks and Answer Keys for each of three subsequent years.

      Serving as both a resource and a reference to be used each year of the four-year series, the small-ish (7” x 8.25”) Comprehensive Handbook of Rules is indeed both comprehensive and a rule book. It contains all the principles that govern the English language as well as examples of each. Included are parts of speech, sentences, parts of sentences, dialogue and quotations, capitalization (summary of rules), punctuations, documentation (Turabian method), and sample conjugations. To give you an idea of the scope, nouns are covered thus: types, capitalization rules, gender, plural formation, noun imposters, and nouns that serve as other parts of speech. Each is clearly illustrated by examples that come from great literature (often classic but sometimes contemporary). In the verb section, there is a helpful five-page verb summary chart that provides active and passive formation with examples for four verb tenses (indicative, modal, imperative, and subjunctive). An index is provided (thankfully). Although a key component of the Grammar for the WTM series, it could easily be used as a reference by anyone wanting a solid, definitive English grammar resource.

      The Core Instructor Text is the scripted teacher’s book for the entire four years. All rules and examples as well as teaching notes explaining the ambiguities and difficulties of each grammatical construct are built into student-teacher dialogues. There are question/answer dialogues for 130 lessons. Including reviews, the expectation is lessons on 4 days a week for 36 weeks. It helps to have an understanding of classical methodology to appreciate what is here. Essentially, each of the lessons contains a single theme that will be repeated in each of the program’s four years. The idea is that at first concepts will be imperfectly grasped but through repetition and through four years of exercises, mastery of both concept and applications will be perfected. The instruction is done through teacher-student dialogues. That means a significant time investment will need to be made by the teacher (I’m guessing 15-20 minutes per lesson) for each of the four years. While this may seem a bit daunting, remember that everything is scripted (i.e. provided for you) with little to no teacher prep and that you will also gain familiarity with the dialogues as you progress through the years.

      The Core Instructor Text interacts with the Student Workbook. Whenever a rule, definition, information, or a sample sentence is needed as part of the teacher-student dialogue, it is provided in the Student Workbook (SW). The SW also provides all the exercises that the student is expected to complete. There is variety in these exercises – some are underlining and labeling, some are diagramming, some require the student to construct his own new sentences. Answers to these exercises are provided in the Student Workbook Answer Key. The key contains reproduced exercises with answers as well as detailed notes that explain or clarify the answers. Students are encouraged to check their own work much of the time and to discuss any discrepancies they find between the answers and their own work.

      Review is built into the program in several ways. Routinely, as part of daily dialogues rule/definition content from previous dialogs is repeated/reviewed. Additionally, regular exercise reviews are built into the courses. Every three weeks the student lesson provides six exercises that review what was covered in the previous three weeks. Toward the end of each Workbook (i.e. Lesson 27), the reviews double (twelve exercises) and become cumulative (back to the beginning of the course). These reviews are completed over the course of the week with every fourth week as a review week. There are no other formal assessments.

      The general idea of this series is unusual. Teacher dialogue is identical from year to year. Difficulty of the exercises increases over the course of the year (particularly after Week 20) and students may find it difficult to complete Workbook 1 in a single year. However, exercises from year to year are comparable in difficulty. Subsequent years can be completed more efficiently than Year 1 due to familiarity with the rules, definitions, and exercise expectations. This means that a student can start on Workbook 3 (if others in the class or your homeschool are in the third Workbook). However, they are strongly encouraged to go back and complete the first two workbooks. Mastery/proficiency is based on four years of interacting with the material.

      Many of us have wondered what Ms. Bauer’s approach to Grammar would be. Thoroughly classical and rigorous, yet user-friendly; this program steps into the void and will be welcomed. Comprehensive Handbook of Rules – 95 pgs, hb. Core Instructor Text – 387 pgs, pb. Workbook – 579 pgs, pb. Answer Key – 417 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 070865
    ISBN: 9781945841026
    Retail: $34.95
    Rainbow Price: $22.95

       Eagerly anticipated for years, Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind is a sequel to Susan Wise Bauer’s First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. For those wanting a definitive English grammar that will cover all aspects of this (troublesome) language and who are willing to devote the time and energy necessary for mastery, this program will not disappoint. It provides a user-friendly, comprehensive, and thorough roadmap through all the nooks and crannies of basic grammar, usage, and mechanics and into advanced English skills (detailed analysis of complex sentence structure). The author confidently states, “A student completing four years of this program will have all the skills needed for the study of advanced rhetoric – persuasive and sophisticated writing.” I believe it.

      The series is built on three guiding principles, the elements of classical language learning. First, students need to understand and memorize the rules of language. Next, they need meaningful and valuable examples of every rule and principle. And finally, they need to practice in order to incorporate these rules and principles deeply into their oral and written communication skills. In keeping with its classical roots, this program provides rules and definitions with lots of opportunity to memorize them along with excellent examples and plenteous exercises for mastery. For the first level in the series, there are four program components– the Comprehensive Handbook of Rules and Core Instructor Text (both non-consumable), Student Workbook 1 (consumable) and the Answer Key for Student Workbook 1 (non-consumable). We expect Student Workbooks and Answer Keys for each of three subsequent years.

      Serving as both a resource and a reference to be used each year of the four-year series, the small-ish (7” x 8.25”) Comprehensive Handbook of Rules is indeed both comprehensive and a rule book. It contains all the principles that govern the English language as well as examples of each. Included are parts of speech, sentences, parts of sentences, dialogue and quotations, capitalization (summary of rules), punctuations, documentation (Turabian method), and sample conjugations. To give you an idea of the scope, nouns are covered thus: types, capitalization rules, gender, plural formation, noun imposters, and nouns that serve as other parts of speech. Each is clearly illustrated by examples that come from great literature (often classic but sometimes contemporary). In the verb section, there is a helpful five-page verb summary chart that provides active and passive formation with examples for four verb tenses (indicative, modal, imperative, and subjunctive). An index is provided (thankfully). Although a key component of the Grammar for the WTM series, it could easily be used as a reference by anyone wanting a solid, definitive English grammar resource.

      The Core Instructor Text is the scripted teacher’s book for the entire four years. All rules and examples as well as teaching notes explaining the ambiguities and difficulties of each grammatical construct are built into student-teacher dialogues. There are question/answer dialogues for 130 lessons. Including reviews, the expectation is lessons on 4 days a week for 36 weeks. It helps to have an understanding of classical methodology to appreciate what is here. Essentially, each of the lessons contains a single theme that will be repeated in each of the program’s four years. The idea is that at first concepts will be imperfectly grasped but through repetition and through four years of exercises, mastery of both concept and applications will be perfected. The instruction is done through teacher-student dialogues. That means a significant time investment will need to be made by the teacher (I’m guessing 15-20 minutes per lesson) for each of the four years. While this may seem a bit daunting, remember that everything is scripted (i.e. provided for you) with little to no teacher prep and that you will also gain familiarity with the dialogues as you progress through the years.

      The Core Instructor Text interacts with the Student Workbook. Whenever a rule, definition, information, or a sample sentence is needed as part of the teacher-student dialogue, it is provided in the Student Workbook (SW). The SW also provides all the exercises that the student is expected to complete. There is variety in these exercises – some are underlining and labeling, some are diagramming, some require the student to construct his own new sentences. Answers to these exercises are provided in the Student Workbook Answer Key. The key contains reproduced exercises with answers as well as detailed notes that explain or clarify the answers. Students are encouraged to check their own work much of the time and to discuss any discrepancies they find between the answers and their own work.

      Review is built into the program in several ways. Routinely, as part of daily dialogues rule/definition content from previous dialogs is repeated/reviewed. Additionally, regular exercise reviews are built into the courses. Every three weeks the student lesson provides six exercises that review what was covered in the previous three weeks. Toward the end of each Workbook (i.e. Lesson 27), the reviews double (twelve exercises) and become cumulative (back to the beginning of the course). These reviews are completed over the course of the week with every fourth week as a review week. There are no other formal assessments.

      The general idea of this series is unusual. Teacher dialogue is identical from year to year. Difficulty of the exercises increases over the course of the year (particularly after Week 20) and students may find it difficult to complete Workbook 1 in a single year. However, exercises from year to year are comparable in difficulty. Subsequent years can be completed more efficiently than Year 1 due to familiarity with the rules, definitions, and exercise expectations. This means that a student can start on Workbook 3 (if others in the class or your homeschool are in the third Workbook). However, they are strongly encouraged to go back and complete the first two workbooks. Mastery/proficiency is based on four years of interacting with the material.

      Many of us have wondered what Ms. Bauer’s approach to Grammar would be. Thoroughly classical and rigorous, yet user-friendly; this program steps into the void and will be welcomed. Comprehensive Handbook of Rules – 95 pgs, hb. Core Instructor Text – 387 pgs, pb. Workbook – 579 pgs, pb. Answer Key – 417 pgs, pb. ~ Janice