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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Grammar and Writing - Tools for our Children


Every time I hop on over to the Growing Scholars homeschooling store I spend hours looking through every section and glancing over book after book trying to find the educational material that is "just right" for my child's learning style.  Not every child learns the same.  Some are more visual.  Others are more critical thinkers - and I've got a child for every learning style, including one that is a real challenge to stay focused because of ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome.  That is the best part of homeschooling my children - is being able to tailor their education to their needs, their speed at learning a subject, and their struggles and strengths.  I love it.

When I come across educational material that I really like, I pass it on - to you.  If I write about any material here, you can bet I've read it, used it, and have an opinion about it.  Today, I'd like to share with you 2 books that have been passed down from Sarah to Matthew and now to Glen.  I've bought these same books for each child at some point during their homeschooling experience and the children love them. 


Garden Gates by Silver, Burdett & Ginn


This book is a real joy.   It has short stories like Frog and Toad, The Ugly Duckling, Max, and The Caterpillar and the Polliwog.  All in all it has 28 stories and 4 Units.


When your child finishes a story, there is a follow-up of questions that your child can answer about the story, and a short writing lesson too to see if your child comprehended the story, but understood the message.  Throughout each section, there are "Reading Fiction" chapters that help your child with Vocabulary, Comprehension, Making Inferences, and more.  Each Unit ends with a writing exercise about what they have learned from the stories in that unit that also teaches them about revising, proofreading, and publishing. 


You will also find resources for more books that might be of interest. 


Garden Gates comes with a workbook too. 


It has plenty to keep your child busy.  My kids love it.


Next is GUM for Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics by Zaner-Bloser.


GUM has 5 Units, 50 Lessons, an Extra Practice section for every lesson, and Unit Tests.  It is engaging and has easy-to-understand instructions at the beginning of each lesson so that there is no question what your child has to do.  All I have to do is tell my child what Lessons I want him to do in the book and that's it.  Matthew works independently, understands the lesson, and does the work.


It is well organized and teaches the fundamentals necessary for learning proper Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics.  It will give your child the tools they need for being better readers and writers.  What more could you ask for?

To make it easy for you, I have attached the links here for you to purchase these books for your own child. Just click on the image below and it will take you to Amazon.com.  The GUM Level C book is for Grade 5-6.  The Garden Gates book and Workbook is for grades 3-4.




Happy Reading and Writing!

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