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Language Lessons -Secondary Child Vol 1

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Language Lessons for the Secondary Child Volume 1
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This volume is written for children between the ages of eleven and thirteen, when they are reading a variety of classical literature and are able to write a short report without much effort. It contains grammar, punctuation skills, copywork, narration, dictation, picture study, letter writing, and more, with a strong emphasis on learning about different types of poetry and how to write it. A consumable text with 180 daily lessons and full-color classic paintings throughout, this is the perfect language arts course for your upper-elementary or middle-school-aged child who is using the Charlotte Mason approach.

Charlotte Mason: Learning in Context
As soon as the review copies of these books arrived, I was smitten. This is the finest implementation of the Charlotte Mason method of instruction I have ever seen. If you are new to home education, the Charlotte Mason (1842-1923) name may not be familiar to you. A British educator who devoted her life to improving the quality of children's education, to Charlotte Mason, language arts skills consisted of narration, the child telling back a story; copywork, the transcribing of a well-written piece of literature as handwriting practice; and dictation, which is spelling and grammar taught within the context of rich language instead of static lists.

From Theory to Ready-to-Use
Sandi Queen has done an excellent job of combining those lesson essentials, and even if she had stopped there it would have been a fine program. But instead, she takes the series from satisfactory to exceptional by adding delightful flourishes that include picture studies with full-color paintings, basic phonics instruction, poetry appreciation and writing, creative writing, and much more.

Full-Color Paintings Make These Books Sparkle

It is the gorgeous reproduction of notable paintings that will first catch your eye. True to the Charlotte Mason philosophy, the picture studies are based on classic works of art, introducing the child to the paintings of great artists, encouraging him to study them by asking pertinent questions, and then asking for a narration of what he has observed.

Very Short Lessons Cover Lots of Material Easily
Likewise characteristic of the Charlotte Mason approach, each lesson takes a scant five to fifteen minutes a day. This increases a bit with age, but is never as time-consuming as you will find in the more staid programs typical of government schools. And Language Lessons doesn't try to do everything every day, which alleviates the tedium associated with other language arts programs. I know many mothers who struggle under the multiple pressures of parenting and educating, to say nothing of their responsibilities as wives and Christ-followers. But I don't know any mother who is too busy to use this program. Each book is a large, consumable, perfect-bound paperback, containing 180 lessons, and in full color.
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Consumable workbook with full-color pictures
180 daily lessons
5-15 minute lessons

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Author: Sandi Queen
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Awards and Endorsements:
Practical Homeschooling Reader Award, Top Ranked by Homeschoolers, 2012

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Just okay July 16, 2014
Reviewer: mickeymom  
I used this book for my 6th grade son and it was very easy for him - it takes only about 10 minutes to do each lesson unless writing a story. I'm not truly sold on the Charlotte Mason approach of dictation and copy work, so on those days I had my son read for challenging vocabulary words and comprehension and created questions of my own. I felt I needed to supplement this book, so I added grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension work from other workbooks.

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A not overwhelming language program January 11, 2014
Reviewer: Brooke K.  
I have two boys 14 months apart. They really resist writing and many tears have been shed over having to sit down and write something. This program takes a lot of the stress and tears out of doing language. My kids have even found they like writing stories. We have used this program for three years now and I don't forsee us stopping. Each lesson is short. Usually less than 15 minutes. They build confidence in my students abilities because they are simple and encourage the student to try it for them selves beginning with prompts and then going to doing it in their own.

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Good for the basics. May 31, 2012
Reviewer: beemom  
We have used Sandi Queen's Language Lessons for two years now. I truly enjoy the approach she has taken to writing these books. The lessons are short, as per the Charlotte Mason approach. The instructions are very clear and to the point. My children enjoy using these workbooks for those reasons. What I find lacking is a more solid instruction in grammer, but again, that is the Charlotte Mason style. I would prefer that Ms. Queen add a little more grammer, and if that were the case, I wouldn't feel I have supplement with another program. I will still continue to use "Language Lessons" however, because I truly enjoy the Christian approach she has taken in the creation of this product. The King James Version of the Bible is used whenever scripture is referenced. I also appreciate the artwork she uses in these works. They add interest and beauty to an otherwise rather plain workbook. Overall, my children and I enjoy these workbooks and I do see a solid basis of basic language arts skills developing due to them.

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Top-notch program! October 10, 2011
Reviewer: Amy Senecal from Palmyra, NY United States  
I have used these books with my children for several years now.  When planning a new school year, I considered using a different approach to Charlotte Mason's method, but when I went back to look through these books once again, I decided that I couldn't improve upon them.  
We love the full-color artwork, the short lessons, the level of interest, and the way that all of the levels work together.  In other words, all five of my children will be studying the same concepts (poetry, letter writing, copywork, etc.) around the same times.  This makes it easy to discuss things together and to motivate one another.  
It is important to stress doing your best, and the time it takes to do each lesson and the quality of the books enhances this principle for us.

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Improved test scores October 10, 2011
Reviewer: Michelle Hieb from Fort Eustis, VA United States  
My state requires annual testing of my children. After our first year of testing I learned that my boys were lagging in their language arts skills. After one year of using this program their scores improved and they enjoyed language arts again.  I'd tried several different grammar programs in the past, and this was the most natural almost intuitive program I've found.  My boys no longer complain which, of course, makes me happier too!

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