Simply Classical Writing - Step-by-Step Sentences: A Memoria Press Review
So, while he is not behind or having a difficult time with his grade level work, he does drag his feet a lot in certain areas, sentence writing being one of them. As it turns out, this gradual " Step-by-Step" process is exactly what a boy full of boundless energy can get behind!
What We Received:
We received 3 books in all:
A Teacher Key corresponding to the above Book Two
How They Work:
Each lesson has a theme taken from a passage of scripture where various skills are then practiced using words and phrases from that story. Both books work towards improving students writing skills through combining copywork, grammar, composition, and artistic expression. There is a large focus on rules about sentences in the beginning of the books that gets reinforced throughout the lessons. The Teacher Key provides all answers and some nice resources in the Appendix like a template for extra practice, a theme outline of the entire scripture scope of the book and a certificate of merit.
How We Used It:
The intended grade level of this set is 1st-3rd grade, which happens to be where my kids are at so I was able to begin using both books. My daughter (almost 6) has started first grade work so Book One was right on target for level. My son (8 1/2) is about halfway through 3rd grade, but often loathes sentence writing perked right up and never complained when we started him in Book Two. In the Teacher Notes it has a variety of teaching schedules, but we chose the One-Day Schedule where you cover the entire lesson in one day. The reason for this was simply because they kids wanted to continue working in the books because they enjoyed it. Made my decision easy with that kind of attitude!
Since our society categorizes children so automatically, it becomes a negative thing to consider them to be in a transitional place academically. The truth is, though, they are always in some kind of transition. Just because we say 2nd grade ends on May 31st and 3rd grade begins on August 15th does not mean their education is somehow still. Learning is always transitional and finding resources that honor that reality is a huge blessing!
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