First Language Lessons Level 1
Our price: $15.95
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 1 covers a full range of grammar topics, including parts of speech, punctuation, and the prewriting skills of narrating and storytelling.
It requires very little teacher prep; just open the instruction manual, read the script, and follow directions to teach the concepts. There is no student workbook for this level, since plain or lined paper is adequate until diagramming is introduced in Level 3. First Language Lessons Level 1’s spiral learning ensures mastery for every child, important for this foundational year of language study.
Author: Jessie Wise
Publisher: Well-Trained Mind Press
We didn't love this book. I liked the emphasis on literature and poetry, but it's not my favorite way to learn grammar points. For that, I find a workbook with practice problems to be more effective and efficient. My daughter abhorred the repetitive focus on nouns (she scratched out the word "noun" in workbooks for years after this book :-)), and overall, was beyond happy to be beyond it and onto something else. Maybe it works for kids who like this approach; my child is just not one of them. Thankfully, there are a lot of approaches to grammar and English out there!
We are loving this book. The lessons are short. It's great for a classical learner. I didn't realize before that my girls love memorizing poems. It's very repetitive, but my 8 & 6 year old enjoy the daily repetition and memorization.
When I first began home schooling I struggled with trying to find books for my son. I went through so many that I lost count. One day some one suggested this book. I was skeptical at first and went into it with a lot of trepidation. I began the first lesson with my son and was hooked. Each lesson is laid out in such a way that the concepts aren't over whelming for a young kid. It has since seen me through my other two children. If you are struggling like I was or are just looking to see what is out there I suggest you give this book a try.
I added this into a first grade customized curriculum kit for my son and I'm really glad I did! It is my son's favorite part of language arts (especially since it doesn't involve much writing and is primarily oral). It uses repetition to really solidify the concepts, and I like some of the practical things it has taught my son (such as his address, the full names of family members, poems to memorize that help you know how many days in each month, etc).
I don't know why, but I just dislike this book... it is a drag to use it...