This year we are using Grammar-land for Skeeterbug’s grammar instruction. This is a book that was written in 1878! It tells the story of the Judge of Grammar-land and his time in court interviewing the various parts of speech…Mr. Adjective, Dr. Verb, Little Interjection, etc.
This book is available as a free pdf (click here for the link straight to the pdf) or you can purchase a hard copy here. I printed the pdf in booklet form, two to a page front and back. So my printed book is half the size of a regular piece of paper. I did this before I had an iPad, I would probably just read it off the iPad if I hadn’t already printed it.
This would be fun to read in a classroom or group setting, there is plenty of dialogue for each of the characters.
To go with the book I downloaded the free worksheets from We Don’t Need No Education. There is one for each chapter. These come straight from the book. At the end of each chapter the judge orders the children of Schoolroom-shire to analyse some words or sentences. These worksheets make it easy to do on a separate piece of paper where you can keep track of your work. No answer keys, so we don’t always know if we are getting it right!
In the past I have used First Language Lessons with Skeeterbug. We started both levels one and two but didn’t finish either. They are quite slow moving and repetitive, even at a faster pace I found that we hardly got to grammar because I just couldn’t stand to pull it off the shelf and use it. It was effective but I lacked the motivation to use it. (That being said, I’ll probably try it again when Jitterbug is ready.) So we needed a change this year. Grammar-land is free and has had good reviews so we gave it a try and it is working for us.
After this I’m a bit torn, we may go back to FLL for level three (which introduces diagramming and has a separate student workbook, so quite different from the earlier levels), we may look at MCT Island which looks like a perfect fit but is quite pricey, I’d also like to look at The Word Spy which is an Australian grammar book, but may hold off on that until a bit older. I’ve got it on hold a the library to take another look at (not the first time I’ve checked it out!). May use some combination of these, I’ll post more when we get there.
Here’s a great post on Grammar-land from Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood. Here’s another set of worksheets from God’s Gem 4 Life, along with a file folder game that I’m planning to use as review when we are done.
Linking to my Curriculum 2013 page.