One part of language arts studies is grammar. You can think of it as the mechanics of language. There are many options out there for learning it. Today I want to share our experience with one such program, Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 11.
Easy Grammar Systems
Learning grammar is not something new to the school experience. I have distinct memories of diagramming sentences in high school. But, somewhere along the way, the study of grammar became more isolated and sporadic for many attending schools.
Dr. Wanda C. Phillips noticed the lack of grammar knowledge when she was teaching in the classroom. Ultimately, she found that many of the textbooks being used failed to help students learn and retain grammar knowledge.
She began to develop an approach that would make learning grammar easy and lead to retention of the material. The prepositional approach (recognizing and then removing prepositional phrases) allows students to more quickly find the noun and verb. Daily and cumulative review were added so the concepts introduced could build on each other.
Easy Grammar and Daily GRAMS were developed from those experiences. Easy Grammar is primarily for the teaching of concepts. Daily GRAMS is for review of what has been learned. Both are for elementary through middle school grades. And for eighth grade and the high school years, she wrote Easy Grammar Ultimate Series.
About Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 11
For this review, we were sent the Teacher book and Test Book.
Inside the Teacher edition are all the student pages as well as the answer key. The Test book has the answer key alongside each test as you work through the book.
The teacher is granted permission to photocopy the student pages in the Teacher book. Alternatively, they sell a consumable student workbook. For a family with only one student, there is the option to just write in the teacher edition.
This book is laid out for 180 daily lessons like Daily GRAMS. However, it is like the Easy Grammar books in that they are teaching texts with bite-sized information imparted on each day. This program present concepts relating to phrases, clauses, compound-complex sentences, and other higher-level concepts (as well as basics.)
Each daily lesson sticks to the following format:
1. Capitalization teaching and application
2. Punctuation teaching and application
3 & 4. Grammar and other concept teaching and application
5. Sentence Combining for improved writing skills
After 10 daily lessons (so 2 weeks), the student is given an assessment from the test booklet.
Our Thoughts on Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 11
With each of the boys, I try to make sure they have some grammar studies in their lives. Even though it might not be the most exciting subject, it helps with writing. Somehow, my now 11th-grade son managed to slide under the radar for grammar during the last few years. I’ll blame it on all our going between locations.
Recently, he started working through Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 11.
While he is not super enthusiastic about the work, he has found a rhythm. I believe knowing each page takes less than 10 minutes to complete helps.
What has been a bit of a challenge is that some of the teaching components seem to be lacking. My assumption is that this particular level assumes you have been working through earlier texts. Since he has not seen a grammar program in several years, there are some concepts that take additional time to be figured out. This is not a detriment of the program, but rather it shows where there are serious gaps in his past learning.
Aside from the occasional hiccup on a concept, it has been going smoothly. I can copy the pages for him to complete. Grading takes me just a few minutes to do. And the test booklet is fantastic for evaluating his progress.
As far as using this material to provide grades, I am only counting the tests (which are really more like a quiz.) I want my son to look at what is missed in the daily pages and go for a level of mastery.
Do you have a student needing grammar practice?
Would a program like this one from Easy Grammar Systems work well for them?
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit the Easy Grammar Systems review post on the Homeschool Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this book.