I have long been a user of Emma Serl’s Primary Language Lessons and Intermediate Language Lessons. My children are wonderful writers, and I fully give credit to Emma Serl’s books for their ability. However, their only drawback has been that unless you understood what the lesson was trying to teach and had a firm grasp on grammar yourself, you wouldn’t be able to use them with the same success. This is why I was always very hesitant to recommend them to beginning homeschoolers. They are not lessons that you read through, fill in the blanks and check the answer key. The teacher has to be a fully active participant in drawing out in the student what the purpose of the lesson is.
I am hesitant no more. Cynthia of Primary Language Lessons and has done the hard work of not only making a wonderful workbook for the student, but also wrote Teacher Helps in the appendix of the download that will show the parent precisely what the lesson is about. There are beautiful pages for dictation, and she has also left the picture studies as the original. The structure and art are so pleasing and in keeping with the hardbound format that the workbook fully keeps with the tradition of Serl’s work. And, she has done all of this for an amazing price of $8.95 for each grade.
The wonderful thing about using the same curriculum for each student is that it builds the family culture, and the homeschool culture, so when I told my very last student that she was going to be starting Primary Language Lessons just like her older siblings, she was so proud. The download was easy to print out, and all we had to do was punch it and tuck it into a binder. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and I had to made her stop plowing through them. (Plowing through is not the aim of the workbook, even if they can. It’s a multi-threaded approach to language arts, and each portion is very important to the whole of the student’s learning!)
In closing, it is with great confidence that I recommend Cynthia Albright’s Primary Language Lessons. She’s done an amazing job with the product and given the homeschooling community much needed help with what was to begin with an almost perfect language arts curriculum.
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Briana Elizabeth has been at this homeschool gig since her 23 year old son was in 7th grade, and his psychiatrist told her that he had to be homeschooled. Her son never went back to public school that year, and the following year, she pulled her 4th grade daughter out of public school. Her five other children have all been homeschooled entirely. It was baptism by fire, but she wouldn’t trade it for the world. Through the years, she has in the end, not only educated her children, but herself, and homeschooling has brought about a whole paradigm change of living for her family. The education that had seemed only possible for the elite was possible through classically homeschooling.