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Language Lessons -Secondary Child Vol 2

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Language Lessons for the Secondary Child Volume 2
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Continuing in the "Language Lessons" for older children (junior high through mid-high-school age), this volume covers the variety of skills taught in volume one, but with lessons that are a bit more advanced and lengthy, with a particular focus on famous historical speeches for copywork and dictation exercises.

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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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Language Lessons for the Secondary Child 2 October 3, 2011
Reviewer: Virginia Morgan from Greenville, IL United States  
This course is refreshing! Each day gives just the right amount of information, and many concepts are taught in the context of great literature. The copywork is a huge blessing. This volume is full of quotes from speeches in American history, some of which I have never had the privilege of reading.  On September 11, as we contemplated all that our country has been through in ten years, my son's copywork was the Gettysburg Address. It was so perfect for the day and so full of wisdom...wiser than anything on the news. This series is a gem. Sandi Queen has done all the work for you.

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Whole-heartedly endorse these books! October 23, 2008
Reviewer: Karen B. from Cardington, OH  
We love the Language Lessons series by Sandi Queen!  She's done a very nice job of picking out interesting quotes, stories, etc. for children to copy.  The pictures are absolutely fantastic!!  We use these for all of our children who are school age and will continue to use them for our younger ones.  I used to have the kids copy different things I picked out, but a I got busier I wanted to find something that would do the same thing I was doing, but I didn't find anything I liked.  I was thrilled to find these and was so happy to see Timberdoodle start to offer these.  I whole-heartedly endorse these books by Sandi Queen,  You won't be disappointed.

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Very simple and friendly October 18, 2008
Reviewer: Amy M. from Aberdeen, WA  
This language program has been a breath of fresh air for us.  In the past we used quite a bit of Abeca and Alpha Omega. While both are very good programs the labor was intense.  This program is very simple and friendly to use and not so exhausting.  I am truly enjoying using it with my daughter.  While it isn't a 100% student led program I enjoy the little bit of dictation and narration that I have the privilege to participate in.

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