Winston Grammar does away with the traditional grammar textbook, lecture approach, and heavy emphasis on memorization. Instead, it gives students a set of color-coded clue cards and a book of exercises, which together generate multi-sensory activities. These activities teach grammar sentence diagramming. Students do this through moving, hearing, seeing, and speaking. Each kit has a Continue reading »
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Working from the idea that literature communicates powerfully to young minds, WinterPromise developed a curriculum that is strongly literature-based. This offers parents the opportunity to do less teaching and more "learning together" with their children. This "Learning Together" method has the additional benefit of requiring almost no preparation for the parent, preserving as many moments Continue reading »
This curriculum addresses what the publisher calls the "growing consensus among educators regarding the need for direct teaching of academic vocabulary in a systematic program." The course involves kindergarten through grade 12 vocabulary series that includes reproducible tests and an online test generator. The entire program introduces over 3,000 words, and exercises become more challenging Continue reading »
WriteShop is designed to teach composition skills to junior high and high schoolers in a step-by-step manner. Students learn the four most common kinds of writing—descriptive, informative, narrative, and persuasive (essays)—by means of the following basic building blocks: Brainstorming, Writing Revising, and Editing. This is a two-level program consisting of WriteShop I and WriteShop II. Continue reading »
This program is a comprehensive K-6 total language arts program in which all elements of the language are integrated in spelling, writing, and reading lessons. According to the publishers' materials: "the instruction is explicit, systematic, interactive, diagnostic, and multi-sensory." The program focuses on phonograms, or the 70 letters and letter combinations that represent the minimum Continue reading »
Writing Strands is a full language arts program includes writing, reading, and speaking but only focuses on grammar on a “need to know” basis. The introductory level of the course focuses on basic, organizational, descriptive, and creative writing, while the higher levels concentrate on preparing students for high school and college level writing. The courses Continue reading »
Writing With Ease provides one on one instruction in writing. The course materials allow a parent to provide writing instruction based on the content of the books. There are workbooks that accompany the instruction to work on grammar.