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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?