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Language Lessons for the Elementary Child 1
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When your child is ready for a formal introduction to the language arts, this is where you start. These lessons are best for a child with competent reading skills, generally ages eight to eleven. Like the other books in the series, this one contains full-color fine art for picture studies, copywork lessons, grammar instruction, creative writing, poetry lessons, letter writing, and more.

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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Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 18 Write a review.

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Not What We Were Looking For January 26, 2014
Reviewer: Carmen P.  
Some people have a really experience with this approach in language lessons. However for us we didn't feel it was comprehensive enough to really gasp important language concepts. We also prefer a more secular approach to our school work because most non-secular work is based upon Christian teachings, and we are a Jewish family. There isn't very much non-secular literature within these series, but it's enough to mindful about if that is something important to you.

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Great product December 31, 2013
Reviewer: katie.smithwilson  
My son enjoys this book! Its great cuz it goes over a lot but over an extended period. We tend to do more that one lesson at a time as I feel it goes to slow but other that great book. but he seems to be helping him in the areas that he was struggling in public school. great product!

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Language Lessons for the Elementary Child 1 October 16, 2013
Reviewer: Becky M.  
I bought this book with my oldest son's language skills in mind, and have been delighted to see language skills, handwriting, and observation skills grow in each of my three sons just over the first weeks of using it! The lessons are not aggressive or demanding, yet they've proven to be effective.

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Wonderful Charlotte Mason Approach January 16, 2013
Reviewer: Patricia in OR  
These books encompass so much of the Charlotte Mason method all in one small workbook. Children are exposed to poetry, important speeches, literature, and art. The picture studies are among our favorite; giving children the opportunities to narrate a work of art by describing the picture. The lessons are short and yet, they really leave your children with something to think about. Our family really enjoys this approach to Language Arts.

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A gentle intro to grammar for kids! January 14, 2013
Reviewer: Jodi in NC  
We are using this for my ADHD third grader, who would not be able to sit still or concentrate long enough for a long, drawn-out, in-depth grammar program. It is just enough to give a good overview of the material, without overloading the child. You will need to add a spelling/vocabulary program, and we also added a creative writing workbook. But this is a good basic grammar book and very user friendly.

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