Analytical Grammar Takes the Frustration Out of Learning Grammar
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Just the thought of determining the parts of speech and diagramming sentences made my children’s and my skin crawl. We saw no purpose in it and it was drudgery. That is no longer the case because Analytical Grammar takes the frustration out of learning grammar.
“Why do we need to learn grammar?” This is an often-asked question by students and some adults. A benefit of having a firm understanding of grammar is being able to communicate more effectively. This is important in both academics and in the work environment. I have to admit I have not been proficient in grammar as a student or as an adult. However, I am improving. Analytical Grammar has allowed the light to come on for me.
Before I go any further, please allow me to introduce to you the author of Analytical Grammar. Robin Finley was a middle school language arts teacher for 34 years. Imagine teaching 13 and 14 year olds for that many years. Robin must be a patient person. In 1981, she wrote Analytical Grammar to use in teaching her students. Then in 1996, she began providing her curriculum to the homeschool community and private schools.
Analytical Grammar is different from most grammar curriculum. A student will master this thorough course in three seasons. The seasons are adaptable and you may teach them in 1 year, 2 years, or three years. Let me clarify. One season does not equal one full year of grammar. Instead, you teach a selected number of units and then you take time off until the next season. Here is how it works. There are 35 units of study. Each unit contains three exercises (lessons), a skills support, and a test. You will teach units 1-10 in season one, units 11-17 in season two, and units 18-35 in season three. This allows the student to take a break and not feel overwhelmed with grammar.
We have chosen to complete the Analytical Grammar program in two years. Even though we are completing the program in two years, we do not do the lessons each day. Instead, we study grammar every two weeks.
The student book of Analytical Grammar is a quality binder and contains all the assignments. The only other things you need are notebook paper (to allow more room for diagramming) and a pencil. The teacher book is also a binder. A special feature of both the student and teacher material is they become reference books for future use. Meaning, you and the student will remove the lessons from the binder as you complete them. You will then place the notes in front of the binder. When the course is over, you and your student have grammar reference books to keep for years. This is something else I like about Analytical Grammar. I feel I am receiving more than my money’s worth.
Another way Analytical Grammar takes the frustration out of learning grammar is it encourages the student to use the notes when completing the assignments and tests. The purpose for this is so the student becomes very familiar with using their notes as reference material in the future.
I so enjoy purchasing teacher-friendly curriculum. Analytical Grammar has taken the guesswork out of teaching this course. A sample schedule is available and is adaptable. Robin has even provided suggestions on correcting the exercises and tests. It also includes teacher notes for each lesson and all the answer keys.
Gerunds, Infinitives, Verbals, Oh My
The student will learn more than just nouns, verbs, articles, adjectives, and diagramming sentences. In season one; the student learns the basics of nouns, verbs, articles, adjectives, pronouns, and more. Season 2 teaches participial phrases, gerund phrases, clauses, and such. Season 3 is the one I look forward to learning for myself. It contains instruction on punctuation. I hope to learn the proper use of who and whom. That has always thrown me for a loop.
I like sneaking in learning when my children are not aware of it. One day, I asked my daughter if she noticed something about the sentences taught in Analytical Grammar. Her response was, “Hey, I am learning history. That isn’t fair.” Tee hee.
Analytical Grammar provides other curriculum as well. Please stop by their website to explore what else Robin has to offer. Be sure to look at their sample pages.
My Final Thoughts
This quality curriculum has made it easier to understand and teach grammar. Teaching and learning grammar is no longer drudgery. I am very pleased I came across it while searching for a language arts curriculum. My only regret is I did not purchase the companion DVDs with Robin and her daughter, Erin teaching the lessons.
Robin and Erin,
Thank you. I appreciate all you have done to help those of us who have struggled with grammar.
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Disclaimer: I purchased the Analytical Grammar and decided to conduct a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
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