Grammar. The mere mention of it either gets you all excited to diagram sentences or makes you curl up in the fetal position and suck your thumb. I have never met a lukewarm grammarian. When I was in school, I learned very little grammar~if anything. What I got was 'caught' by the hours I would sit with my nose in a book. To me, a sentence either looks/feels/sounds right or it doesn't. (And you can imagine how stressed I am when writing a review for a grammar program- is my grammar correct?!?) Unfortunately, when teaching my own children the grammar of language, the "That is wrong because it sounds wrong" approach is not quite going to cut it. I was happy to be given the opportunity to review a gentle grammar program that uses literature as a basis for teaching... the Fix-It! Grammar series put out by the Institute for Excellence in Writing (or IEW for short).
The Fix-It! Grammar series offer six separate units (with both student texts and teachers' manuals being offered) based on six different books: Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree [Book 1], Fix It! Grammar: Robin Hood [Book 2] , Fix It! Grammar: Frog Prince, or Just Deserts [Book 3], Fix It! Grammar: Little Mermaid [Book 4], and Fix It! Grammar: Chanticleer [Book 5]. The age range is from 3rd grade and up. I assumed, because I had done very little 'official grammar' that Corynn would be at the first level but I discovered I have done more work on grammar with her than I thought- she could very easily have progressed to a higher level. For those people who actually take the time to do it (duh, Rebecca!) The Institute for Excellence in Writing has offered a placement test to help parents to determine what book would best profit their students' ability level.
If you have always thought grammar would be a tedious subject to teach (and learn) then I would highly suggest you check these out! I believe they would make even the most hesitant grammar student to flourish.
Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree [Book 1] (Teacher Manual) - 228 pages - $19.00
Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree [Book 1] (Student Book) - 126 pages - $15.00
Where to find IEW:
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/iewtv