Did I mention we are currently using three separate Grammar programs? Satori’s a bit advanced in Language Arts, and this past year I had as a goal to focus on grammar so we could tackle more sophisticated writing courses.

We are working in Growing with Grammar Level 3, which has us use a separate Student Manual and Student Workbook. I chose to start with GWG last fall to get her up to speed the quickest with grammar, and allow her some hands-on practice. We breezed through Levels 1-2, doing two lessons a day, everyday, and now we’re slowing down just doing one lesson a day. It’s so easy to do that we still do it almost everyday.

She retains what she’s learned and applies it in her own independent writings. The Student Manual is very handy, as she can quickly and easily refer to a concept she’s learned. We cannot do that with First Language Lessons (the second grammar program we use).

It takes about 10-15 minutes to complete a lesson. We start out reading the manual out loud.

Then Satori’s let loose to do the two sides of the worksheet for the lesson. The first page practices the concept learned, and the second page usually has some sort of brief review. I was excited to start diagramming in this program, but so far it’s been pretty simple.

We have come back to First Language Lessons 2 as it has a more thorough approach in which we orally discuss the lesson. I love the memorization of grammar terms. We’re not memorizing their suggested poems this time around though, I’d like to choose my own.

We’ll be finishing up FLL 2 next week and starting Level 3 in June. Level 3 is where we start diagramming. Like GWG, we’ll have a separate student workbook. This is a first for FLL, and I’m kinda looking forward to that. The first two years of FLL specifically do not have the young child do much writing, but we don’t have to worry little hands getting tired in our household. She would write all day long if she could.

FLL has us memorize this entire list of prepositions. Since we’ll be covering it all over again in Level 3 this summer, I just wrote them out on our whiteboard. We both take turns reciting the list, and we’ve said it almost everyday for a few weeks, so I think Satori almost has it all memorized. (I do not.)

We also did start in on MCT Island, the Grammar book. I forget to take pictures of what we’re doing as it’s never at our desk, but I’ll share soon. I introduced this one time at bedtime, so now Satori insists on doing our lessons in bed. She even insists on being the teacher, so she gets the Teacher’s Manual and I get the Student Manual. It’s an expensive program though, especially buying both teacher and student books. Some families just get by with one book, but I’m not sure which one we’d prefer. I purchased the entire Island series already though, so I guess we’ll have time to decide once we get closer to the next level.