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Sentence diagramming, love it or hate it. That’s the water cooler chat at the Teach Them Diligently conventions for those of us working our way through the basics of grammar. Personally I loved learning diagramming but didn’t like to teach it. When I was searching for a curriculum to teach my elementary children grammar I looked for something that would hold my hand and walk me through diagramming. Sadly when I went looking for grammar curriculum this was one of the few guide posts I had. Thanks to very generous fellow homeschooling families sharing what worked for them, you will have an easier path to find a grammar curriculum for your family!
Subjects, predicates, nouns, verbs, and so much more can be taught easily through a broad variety of ways. Here are the best language arts curricula according to our fellow Teach Them Diligently parents. Whether you want the structure and stability of a box curriculum (meaning you choose the grade level and by the complete grade curriculum for that subject) or a more informal curriculum where you use writing prompts and living books to teach parts of grammar. Perhaps a hybrid is what your family needs where you can get a strong text to work off of as a spine to your year but you add in unit studies and enrichment.
We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as an Elementary Grammar & Writing curriculum choice? We compiled their choices about this and 39 other levels and subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorite Guide .
TOP 10 choices for Elementary Grammar & Writing Curriculum
- Institute for Excellence in Writing
- Easy Grammar
- Language Lessons for a Living Education (by Masterbooks)
Our #1 Institute for Excellence in Writing and #4 Fix-It Grammar from Institute for Excellence are from the same company but the options are different. This is not uncommon with companies trying to fit the needs of your family. This is why if you find a company that almost fits your needs look around and see if they have alternatives. Call the company and see if they have ways you can use their product to match your needs more closely. A slight adjustment in the curriculum or how you use it from the beginning might be all you need to make a great fit for your family!
Don’t forget we don’t have to teach all things grammar and writing this year. The elementary years are a steady upward incline of learning. There will be times our children leap forward in knowledge and understanding and other times they just slowly move onward. There are years ahead for you to teach what they need to know before they get to the middle school years.
Just a heads up, if you get to the middle school years and find you have missed something along the way don’t fear. A preteen can comprehend and memorize material at a much higher faster rate than a 1st grader. Any gaps in learning can be filled in when you discover them.
- Essentials of the English Language (by Classical Conversations)
- Writing with Ease (by Well-Trained Mind)
- Using Language Well (by Simply Charlotte Mason)
Homeschooling your child means you will spend a lot of your time and effort teaching math, science, and language arts. Learning the building blocks of the English language is a foundational piece of the elementary years. The early years are an upward spiral of information that you will cover learning material time and again.
Finding a comfortable fit for you and your child to learn the basics of grammar and writing is a great place to start. Take the time to review the top 10 curriculum options that other families have experienced and loved. Click on links and check out free lesson plans, spelling lists, videos, etc.
Then smile and go enjoy the little blessings the Lord has given you.
This is just the beginning of many home education curriculum recommendations. Here is our FREE downloadable Homeschool Family Favorite Guide with many other top 10 recommendation by fellow homeschooling families.
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