We only have one more week of our homeschool co-op to go before summer break, but already I’m planning for next year’s schooling. One new program on our schedule? Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer.
We’re actually planning to work on this one through the summer, since my daughter is wanting to skip a level of our Creative Writing curriculum at co-op, and I want to make sure she knows her grammar well before bumping up a class.
This curriculum will certainly achieve that goal. It is one of the most thorough grammar programs I’ve ever looked at. I was especially excited to see the author included sentence diagramming in the lesson plans.
Diagramming helped my own understanding of grammar so much back when I was in school that I bought a stand-alone book on diagramming to teach this valuable skill to my older kids, since the grammar program I was using at the time did not offer any practice in diagramming.
The scope and sequence for Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind seems very ambitious, but the lessons are well-paced and clearly laid out — exactly the kind of program I would expect from Susan Wise Bauer, whose history books we have used and LOVED for years.
If you have a child that could use a little more help in grammar, this program is definitely worth a look. You can purchase it through Timberdoodle as a stand-alone course or as part of their ninth grade curriculum kit.
While you’re on the Timberdoodle website, I’d encourage you to look around. We love everything we’ve ever ordered from this small family-owned company!
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