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Subject: English grammar book advice?
Date Posted: 12/1/2008 3:12 PM ET
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I'm looking for a good book on about a 5th to 6th grade level that teaches English grammar. Any advice?

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 4:49 PM ET
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I am using Painless Grammar with my 11 year old daughter and she seems to be liking it.


Date Posted: 12/1/2008 5:48 PM ET
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I really like Painless Grammar, too.  I got it from the library first - maybe you could try that?

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 7:00 PM ET
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I love the Michael Clay Thompson series of LA books:



Date Posted: 12/4/2008 4:22 PM ET
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Easy Grammer has been amazing for us.  It uses a slightly different approach by introducing preposition first.  Then when you cross out the prepositional phrase, everything else, the subject, the verb, compound ver, whatever is SO clear and easy to see!  I'VE been learning stuff I never quite understood when I was taught in school over 30 years ago.  It finally makes sense! LOL!

We just got the teachers manual which includes all the student pages.  Then we use a white board to write out and diagram the sentences on the board.  Some we do verbally too.  It goes fast and only takes a few minutes each day to do 1-2 worksheets.  And we're learning the stuff! 

We are using the 3-4 grade book, next year we will move on to the 5-6 grade book.



Date Posted: 12/5/2008 12:22 PM ET
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We liked Easy Grammar up through the 5-6 book because it was quick and painless.  When we got to junior high, however, I wanted something a little more intensive and I wanted sentence diagramming.  We switched to Rod & Staff Grammar for grades 7 and 8, and got enough intensive grammar training that I decided we didn't need a dedicated grammar curriculum this year.  I'm glad we didn't start with Rod & Staff when she was little; I think it would have burned us both out.  However, I realized the time was right for the switch when my daughter told me that in some ways she found the Rod & Staff book easier (even though it was more work) because it gave her more of an explanation for the grammar.  I will say that the transition from Easy Grammar to Rod & Staff grammar required a little help from Mom, although that didn't last long.


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Date Posted: 12/5/2008 10:44 PM ET
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I love Shurley Grammar and am using the 7th grade edition now from starting with the 1st grade Homeschool edition.  It has helped me tremendously as a Latin teacher as well.  I use Shurley's method to teach Latin which is a higher grammar-level language than English.  If you know some one using Shurley who lives near you, it's great to watch!  I wouldn't use anything else up to 7th grade!  PM me with any questions if you need to.

Date Posted: 12/7/2008 9:24 PM ET
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We use Analytical Grammar and love it.  You only do it for 10 weeks (which is good because those are intense weeks) each year for 6th, 7th and 8th grade.  We both learned a ton this year and so far it's still sticking...looking forward to next year.

Date Posted: 12/8/2008 7:58 PM ET
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I used Easy Grammar with both of my kids last year.  It was good.   You learn the prepostions (and prepositional phrases) which makes all of rest (nouns, adverbs, verbs, adjetives, etc) obvious to figure out.  This year, I am using Rod and Staff Grammar and it is not frilly or fun but it is VERY thorough.  The lessons are quick and to the point.  It's much more thorough then the Easy Grammar.