The Critical Thinking Co is always one of those booths at homeschool conference that I would always stalk. I just knew something at that booth would hold the secret that would give my kids the academic edge. What I didn’t realize that learning that could be fun.
I’ve always loved grammar. I even remember diagramming sentences for fun. Even now I will have a pen handy and proofread everything I read. It’s just a habit. But it’s a skill that my kids have not all mastered. But now I have found something to help them – Editor in Chief. For this review, I received Level 2 of this book. This book is for grades six through eight and was a perfect fit for my son, doing eighth grade work.
This book covers the following objectives:
- Adjectives, Adverbs, Articles
- Conjunctions, Prepositions, and Interjections
- Clauses and Phrases
- Confused Word Pairs/Negative Words
- Run-On Sentences and Sentence Fragments
I love the way the book is designed. First, the lesson is introduced, very simply and in a straight-forward, easy-to-understand manner. Then there’s some practice opportunities. After a few lessons, a mini review is given that covers everything that is taught up to that point.
The first day of the week, I would introduce a new lesson. Then each following day, my son only had to complete one page. A day’s work was easily completed in less than fifteen minutes and usually quicker than that. Not even enough time for him to start complaining!
Now, don’t think that just because the lessons are bite-size that they are not meaty. In fact, I even learned something new. I’ve always gotten A’s in English, even in all of my college courses. But I never learned that there is a correct order of adjectives. Did you know that??!!
When several adjectives are given in the same sentence, they should follow an order: quantity or number, quality or opinion, size, age, shape and then color. From the book, check out this example:
Ginger adopted a beautiful (opinion) small (size) brown (color) terrier.
Who knew? Not me. Now I am busy going back through this book myself to see what else I can learn.
My son has always struggled with certain language skills. I was glad to see that verb tenses, which is an area that has always challenged him, was covered. This is the section we are currently working on but it seems to be clicking with him so I am very hopeful. All of the skills thus far have been introduced in a way that has not overwhelmed him so he does not feel inadequate. I will say, attitude goes a long way in one’s ability to learn.
Want to see a little? The stories are short and interesting. You know upfront what type and how many errors you need to find. That helped my son tremendously.
The text we received is a paperback and can be purchased for $19.99. It comes with a reproducible license. It is also available as software. We are thoroughly enjoying this text and can understand why it has won so many awards.
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