A reader on the Five J's Facebook page recently asked this question:
"My 4th grade daughter is very much lacking in the grammar dept. Do you know of a curriculum for her? It has to be well explained since I have no idea about that stuff and she prefers to work on her own. Thanks!"
I wasn't quite sure how to answer the question, so I asked the other readers on Facebook for their suggestions, and they offered a nice variety of great curriculum recommendations.
I'm reposting those suggestions here in case they might be helpful to you as well.
- Marlene suggests the Switched on Schoolhouse computer-based curriculum.
- Katherine, Debra, Janelle, Michelle, Krista, and Sharon all suggest Easy Grammar or Easy Grammar Plus (make sure you get the answer key too!). Suzanne, Monica, and Sharon also suggest using Daily Grams, which Suzanne describes as "small simple lessons a day at a time over a period of time." Cynthia also raves about Easy Grammar and says "Easy Grammar by far is the BEST curriculum for independent work there is! It explains each topic, has short, concise lessons and covers every part of grammar there is! My kids used it for years…on their own!…LOVE IT!!!"
- Eva suggests Simply Grammar.
- Eva and Amy also both recommend Rod & Staff English. (My own family has used Rod & Staff for several years and really love it!)
- Jenny recommends Queen Homeschool language lessons. The first grade series she uses with her own daughter is self-guided, but she's not certain if the older Elementary grades are similar or not.
- Joy suggests Googling "free grammar games" for ways to practice grammar concepts without using a curriculum.
- Tonya uses language arts workbooks from Carson-Dellosa with her fourth grader.
- Maggie and Stephanie both suggest Time 4 Learning (which is also a FiveJs.com sponsor!). Time4Learning offers a full online language arts curriculum. You can try a demo of the Time4Learning curriculum here.
- Sasha suggests Hake Grammar, from the publishers of Saxon Math.
- Shirley recommends The Grammar Ace curriculum from Sonlight. She says, "It has extensive notes for the parent for a short lesson and then the pages the kiddos do themselves. Of course, that's how we used it; your kiddo could read the teacher's notes themselves if they are that much of an independent learner." She also suggests Evan-Moor Daily Language Review or Daily Paragraph Editing pages for daily practice and daily evaluation.
- Mandi and Paula both suggest Growing with Grammar.
- Although not necessarily a grammar curriculum, Stephanie suggest Noah Webster's The American Spelling Book.
- Terri and Sharon recommend Winston Grammar or A.C.E.'s grammar curriculum. (I have to add here that I homeschooled and attended an A.C.E. school for 2.5 years, and while I really don't like much of their curriculum, their English curriculum did have a huge influence on me. Although I've only had experience with their high school English courses, and as a result I don't necessarily recommend A.C.E. curriculum in general, their language arts curriculum might be worth looking into.)
- Vicki suggests Primary Language Lessons (grades 2-3) and Intermediate Language Lessons (grades 4-6).
- Julie recommends Character Quality Language Arts which includes "spelling, vocab and grammar."
Do you have any curriculum recommendations you could add to this list?