First Language Lessons 4 Student
If your approach to language arts is a blend of classical education with a pinch of Charlotte Mason’s ideas, then you will be quite pleased with First Language Lessons. With two to three short lessons a week, First Language Lessons Level 4 covers a full range of grammar topics, including parts of speech, punctuation, sentence diagrams, and skills in beginning writing and storytelling.
It requires very little teacher prep. Just open the instruction manual, read the script, and follow directions to teach the concepts. The student workbook has appealing fonts and plenty of white space so the individual pages are less intimidating for children. First Language Lessons Level 4’s spiral learning ensures mastery for every child, important for this foundational year of language study.
Authors: Jessie Wise and Sara Buffington
Publisher: Well-Trained Mind Press
Binding: Perforated and 3-Hole-Punched
When I thoroughly researched different curriculums, FLL stood out as a favorite of many books and websites dedicated to reviewing curriculums. So I started both my kids out in FLL in 1st grade and we went all the way through FLL 4. So this is my only experience with a grammar curriculum. That said, know I don't have anything to compare this curriculum to. Although the lessons are completely (word for word) written out (that means little to no prep for teacher), they are extremely repetitive and dreadfully boring. I've heard that is normal for grammar; so we just stuck with it. It is VERY thorough, and I felt as if there was NOTHING missing. As you get into FLL 3 & 4 there is LOTS of sentence diagramming. I don't remember doing diagramming at all in school, but my kids have done two full years of it! WHY? I'm not sure, but I've been told by an english teacher that kids these days do not know how to put a sentence together. So hopefully this curriculum does some good in the long run. I think for my 3rd child I will look at another curriculum.