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As a homeschooling parent, you quickly figure out that you are the one responsible for teaching your child. I remember that moment all too well. It was like someone had doused me with a bucket of cold water. No lolly-gagging allowed, this was serious business.

But I must say, we’ve done pretty well in our two years of homeschooling. I won’t go on and on about how Little Buddy’s reading has miraculously (ahem – with tons of work) improved. Or tell you over and over again about how well he’s doing in history. But I will tell you, one subject I love to teach and he loves to hate is grammar.

Every day he begs not to have grammar lessons. You’d think I was poking his eyes out with hot pokers or something.

I honestly was quiet worried about how he was doing in his grammar lessons. So I just thought I’d teach him a quick little lesson on the importance of grammar.

I did what I can not believe I did.

I went online and gave him the practice test for the standardized test that all of Georgia’s third graders in public schools must take.

I was desperate.

I needed him to understand what he didn’t understand.

And he aced it. Completely aced it.

So what did I do?

I am proud to say, I gave him the fourth grade practice test.

“There, that will surely show him,” I thought.

And he aced it as well.

The only thing I can say is, I have a new found love for Beginning Wisely by Rod & Staff Publishers. And no, they didn’t pay me to say that.

We’re using number 3 in the series. It begins with sentences, then to nouns and pronouns, more on verbs, then my favorites – the adjectives and adverbs, and then wraps it all up in a nice little bow at the end with a review.

It is a Christian-based curriculum and I love that it includes the teacher’s manual, student text book, and a test booklet.

Y’all know how much I love those tests.

They are more for me than for him, I believe.

Well… at least I’m being honest.

What resources do you use for grammar?

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  1. I have heard a lot of people say that Rod and Staff is The BEST at teaching grammar and language arts. I have several friends that use it and they have tried switching to different curriculum and said they had to go back to Rod and Staff, because of how advanced it was compared to others. We use Bob Jones and have gotten the same kind of response. My daughter and son have always tested well above average in Grammar and Language Arts.

  2. If you it makes you feel any better I absolutely abhorred grammar lessons growing up, but I scored among the highest on my English SAT test in my state. Grammar can be really boring when you have already digested it so that it is, for the most part, second nature.

  3. I totally agree. Rod and Staff is an excellent grammar program. My oldest used 3rd-6th grade. I would have continued but he grew tired of the repetition. I switched him to Analytical Grammar this year. My daughter is working through 6th grade this year. I’m not sure if she’ll use AG or R&S next year.

  4. We just started Homeschooling this year with our first son who is now 6. We went with R&S and love it! For now it has been plenty and very simple for our Kindergardener, but I have heard that in later grades they teach more of their Amish doctrine, so I have been warned to watch out for that.

  5. The “serious” things of life like school are boring to most children. Make it interesting! I helped to homeschool my sister’s only son while working myself, it was hard on both ot us, until we found him a teacher who, while being a person with a ready smile and an enthusiatic personality, got him to do his homework the way he should.
    If the child has to describe a place, get him or her to say more than “It was the local post office. It had mailboxes and tables where people wrote stuff.” Encourage them to notice what kind of people were there, what kind of things could be sent over the mail. What would be the excitment of a child perhaps, who receives a gift from a faraway place, from a traveling Dad or from his grandparents during the Christmas Season. School doesn’t have to be a tragedy! I wish you the best.

  6. I just have to say that I grew up using the R & S texts and I used them for 5 years back in the day. Ha Ha I really like them and enjoyed the advanced grammar. When I decided to make the transition back into the public school system, I found that I was far more advanced than most of my peers and they looked at me funny because I knew all the “rules” for grammar. It was a great feeling to me that I had achieved so much at home on my own. I thank my parents for choosing this curriculum and am truly blessed to have had my name on honor rolls and graduated with high GPA’s even through to college. Hope this helps even one person considering home schooling.