“Author Jennifer Guest’s goal is to make grammar more enjoyable for children to learn. For Beowulf’s Grammar, she has created a family that is featured throughout the book: siblings Abigail, Henry, and Grace plus the family dog, Beowulf. Lessons incorporate sentences and stories involving the family, all within the context of normal family life. The content is much more relatable for homeschooling families than the typical content of grammar books designed for classroom use. In addition, cartoons, colorful illustrations, fun graphics, cut-and-paste activities, games, puzzles, drawing activities, and occasional silliness make the course more appealing than traditional grammar courses.”
…so says the venerable Cathy Duffy Cathy who is best known as a curriculum specialist. Ms Duffy is the author of the two-volume Christian Home Educators’ Curriculum Manual where she researched curriculum and methodology for all subjects and all grade levels.
We are very pleased that Cathy said so many nice things about Beowulf’s Grammar and the attendant curriculum and workbook.
Please check out Ms. Duffy’s review as linked below, and remember, for a few more days you can still take advantage of our special Easter discount by using our 15 percent off coupon for purchases of anything in the GuestHollow Store (http://guesthollow.com/store/)! The coupon code, (which will be good ONLY for this week), is:
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Our language arts program is unlike any other language arts program I’ve seen! Be one of the first to check it out and get your kids to love language arts!
Guest Hollow Language Arts is engaging, contains customizable elements to make a great fit for all types of learners, and approaches language arts subjects through diverse and colorful resources instead of a pile of boring workbooks.
Our language arts schedule is a little different than most homeschool language arts curricula in a variety of ways. Some of the key differences:
❤ It can be used for a variety of ages and grades, from grade 2 through grade 6. This means you can teach multiple students at once without having to use (or pay for) multiple language arts programs! ❤ It uses literature and a variety of books to teach concepts rather than tons of boring workbooks. ❤ It provides (optional) teacher education with parent/teacher reading assignments and articles to help YOU become a more informed homeschool teacher. ❤ It gently guides you into making your own curriculum-related decisions, so you can feel more confident doing things “your” way in future years. ❤ It’s flexible, so you aren’t locked into a set of books that doesn’t work for your student. ❤ Tried-and-true traditional methods are incorporated in the program mixed with fresh and fun new ways of learning things to reach a variety of learners – from the gifted to the reluctant!
I just finished an illustration for livingpageslibrary.com (coming soon!). YES, I also do illustrations for “hire!” If you or someone you know is looking for an illustrator, keep me in mind!
In other news, I am a couple of weeks or so away (hopefully) from finishing my brand new language arts curriculum schedule for grades 2-6. I’m really happy at how it’s coming along. It schedules in Beowulf’s Grammar as a grammar spine as well as lots of other colorful books that cover L.A. subjects without workbook drudgery! The subjects included are grammar, writing, spelling, vocabulary, poetry, and literature – all done Guest Hollow style!!
One of the terrific things about this program is that it’s truly adaptable for grades 2-6, so you can use it with more than one student at the same time without having to juggle separate programs and resources. It’s also creative, unique, and appropriate for all types of learners, even those who are reluctant writers with an aversion to picking up a pencil, lol…
If your kids don’t love language arts or aren’t as successful in that area as you’d like them to be, you’ll want to take a look at Guest Hollow’s Language Arts Level 1 (grades 2-6) in the next couple of weeks or so! I can’t wait to share more soon!
Beowulf’s Grammar is ready to go!! We are having a 2-day sale on the Beowulf’s Grammar Bundle (both the workbook and the teacher’s manual). Get both for an amazing $30! After 2 days the sale price is going up to $35, and then, after a week, the combo will be full price ($40 – a 10% bundle discount). Get it now at this amazing deal!
Here are some screenshots of pages from my up-and-coming grammar curriculum for grades 2-6. During the 20+ years of teaching my children, I never found a grammar curriculum they or I loved. Everything was so borrrrrring and difficult to retain. Beowulf the Fox Terrier is going to change all of that….
If you’ve been looking for a new grammar curriculum, you’ll want to see this!
I’m working hard to get Beowulf’s Grammar finished by August or September of this year in time for the new school year!
We are currently using MCT (Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum) for grammar. Otter LOVES it. He loves the characters and the creative approach to what can sometimes be a boring subject. He liked the book Paragraph Town so much, he said he’d like to use it in his free time! We hit a snag though when we started working out of the Practice Town book. In that workbook, you are supposed to analyze a sentence and practice the concepts learned in Grammar Town. You mark the parts of speech for each word, parts of a sentence (subject, action verb, etc.), phrases and then clauses on four separate lines. Otter was having a hard time remembering everything he was supposed to write down. To help him remember all of the things we’ve been learning, I made him this grammar help sheet.
If you are a fellow MCT user, I hope you might be able to get some use out of it too!
Otter recently finished his First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind, Level 4 workbook and…they don’t make any more levels for it yet. GASP. That means I had to find something else to use. I thought I was going to use Shurley English, as we’ve done in the past. But, ugh…we’re both tired of Shurley English. It works great, but I think we both want something a bit different. I finally made my choices. We are now using:
KISS Grammar – I love KISS Grammar. You learn to analyze sentences using classic literature. Here’s a great review that goes over the basics. Otter likes it too (we’re working through the 1st workbook). The lessons are short, enjoyable and FREE. Don’t be scared off by the website. There is a LOT of info there, but you can pretty much pick up and go if you download one of the workbooks.
Intermediate Language Lessons – This book was published in 1914 and was designed for 4th through 6th graders. I downloaded a free PDF from Google and am printing off the lessons as we go through them. It has picture studies, narration, poetry, dictation, outlining, composition, memorization, grammar and more presented in a gentle, engaging format. I am VERY pleased with it.
I feels great to find things that work for us that don’t cost anything! Oh! Oh! I also found this today (for FREEEEEE):