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Language Lessons for the Very Young 2
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Another volume of language arts lessons for children in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade. This book has more training in each of the skills taught in the previous volume, including picture study, narration, copywork, poetry, grammar, capitalization, punctuation, 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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We Love Language Lessons March 12, 2013
Reviewer: Andrea  
I just wanted to add that we really enjoy these books. I have been homeschooling my 4 young boys for 4 years and were introduced to these books as part of the curriculum packages. My boys love that they are short and each day is different. I love that they mix things up with paintings, poetry and drawing. The specific language skills tie in very nicely with the other books to help reinforce what they are learning and often sink up within days of the other books (Something I notice more in the older grades). As for the copy work some do take sometimes a week or two to finish but we reread from the beginning to the point they are at each day and by the time they are done the poem is practically memorized and we have fun trying to recite it from memory.

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It's Gentle, but Slow January 6, 2013
Reviewer: JewishMomof3  
This product is "okay." It is very gentle for a young reader, but with its gentle approach comes a very long and drawn out process to finish one task. You do a tiny section a day. This might work well for some, but for us, it didn't seem to get to the point fast enough. Also a downside, we purchase secular curricula, but this has Christian undertones to the book, which again, is "okay" but it doesn't completely fit our secular needs. An example of this would be a poem used for copy work and discussion might make reference to "the lamb" in a Christian context.

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Not for Us September 2, 2012
Reviewer: Book Geek  
This is not a good fit for our family. First I will tell you what I like about the lessons. I like that the lessons are short and to the point. My daughter has enjoyed looking at the artwork and using her imagination to tell what the painting is about. I feel this is a great supplement. Okay here is what I did not like about the book. I just feel like there is too much time wasted on copywork. You could spend a whole week copying stanzas of a poem. She already has other writing to do and I feel like that time would be better suited doing more of the other lessons that are in the book. I gave this 2 stars because it could work for another child.

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Hesitant at first, now quite pleased. October 25, 2011
Reviewer: Kimberly Smith from Charlotte, NC United States  
I started home schooling my son in the 1st grade.  I bought a complete curriculum package but felt the Language Arts section was a bit lacking.  I found Timberdoodle during the research for a more customized approach to learning and came across the "Language Lessons for the Very Young."  I ordered this and many other great items but, I was a little surprised by how easy this book looked and wondered if I was doing the right thing for him.  We were - we customized to our schedule, his learning and the lessons.  Some days he could do 5 lessons and others we may only complete 2.  We finished the first book in 4 months.  We ordered a lower level because we knew the previous curriculum was lacking and hoped to get him caught up.  We then went to this book, "Language Lessons for the Very Young 2" and he took off again.   Now he's beginning the Elementary age (he's now 8) and I'm quite happy with the progression in work, skills, reading level and comprehension these have helped him achieve.

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Can we pleeeeeease do another page? October 10, 2011
Reviewer: Virginia Morgan from Greenville, IL United States  
My kids loved these books. Picture study was their favorite, but they liked the poems, the grammar lessons, the writing prompts. I can't say they love copywork because they complain about tired hands, but they do like WHAT they are copying. Not only are the kids happy, but they are learning language arts in a real-world format and being exposed to beautiful language, literature, and art along the way.

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