Grammar is not a favorite subject in our homeschool. To be honest we have put it off quite a bit. We normally stick with a grammar book through sentence structure, then we end up putting the book on the shelf and never look at it again. I think the problem with a lot of the books that we tried previously, was that they were too repetitive and AJ easily became frustrated.
When we were given the opportunity to review the Grammar Workbook by Kimberly Garcia we were a bit torn. So many of her other products have worked very well for us, and we needed a new grammar program, but I was afraid this one would end up not working for us.
It turned out that the Grammar Workbook was a pretty good fit.
We received a 236 page digital copy of the Grammar Workbook. It is made up of 60 lessons that are divided into 86 exercises. The lessons are broken up into five sections.
- The Sentence
- The Eight Parts of Speech
- Sentence Patterns
- Clauses and Phrases
Lessons vary on length depending on the topic, but most follow the same model.
The lessons start with text about a new topic, followed by an exercise to practice what was learned. Sometimes a new topic if followed by more than one exercise. The exercises are full of variety. There are writing activities, fill in the blank activities, underlining activities, circling activities and more.
After a few new topics and exercises are completed there is a writing lesson. This part of the program is different that other grammar programs we have tried. The student is given a writing selection (a paragraph or more) that has elements that they learned in the previous lesson. They are instructed to study the model and then do one of four activities.
- Copy it
- Write it from dictation
- Rewrite it, keeping the author’s style
- Create a paragraph similar to the model
The student can decide to do one or more activities.
How we used the Grammar Workbook
We decided to take it slow. I had AJ work on grammar two to three days a week. Each time she did one exercise. I didn’t want to print out the entire book, so we would read through the lesson on the computer and then she would do the exercise. Sometimes I would print out the exercise, other times I would have her write or type out the answers. When she had to make up sentences I often had her give the answer out loud.
As of now she is only copying or writing the models from dictation.
What we thought of the Grammar Workbook
AJ doesn’t love it, but I don’t think she will ever enjoy grammar. She doesn’t see the need for grammar right now. When I asked her what would make it better, her only answer was that nothing could make grammar fun. That being said, she is using it and learning from it.
The lessons are well written and easy to understand. The book takes concepts in a step by step manner and builds off of them. Most days she is able to do the work independently. I feel (AJ disagrees) that the amount of questions for each exercise is perfect. There is enough practice but not too much.
One downfall to this book is the amount of writing. AJ is a reluctant writer so the amount of writing was a turnoff at first. As I explained above, we just did some exercises orally instead.
We both like the variety of exercises, it makes it nice that she doesn’t have to do the exact same thing daily. I think that this program will improve her grammar as she continues to use it.
It is the program that we decided to stick with for her 7th grade year. If you are looking for a well written Grammar Workbook that has a lot of variety this one may be for you.