I’d like to start off with a little background before I give this review because I think that understanding the circumstances can be helpful to another mom with a similar situation. So, here I was homeschooling my two oldest boys and getting ready to begin some sort of formal studies with my third son. I was using Shurley Grammar for my older two and knew that I could not teach three levels of Shurley. So, I wanted something as a light introduction and was beginning to succumb to the thought that grammar should be taught within other subjects. For first grade we just focused on reading, memorizing poetry, with an occasional dictation. Then, a dear friend and I had a meeting over dinner and gelato and she mentioned that some of her favorite times homeschooling with her, then, older girls was when they were using Primary Language Lessons. So, I ran home and ordered a copy.
When it arrived, I didn’t know what to do with it! It was different then anything that I had seen. It has beautiful illustrations, simple-yet-elegant language from days gone by, and….wait! I did recognize something – poetry! Yeah! O.K. I could try this. My third son did not know what to think of this book at first, but it has been a door for conversation. It has lead us through gentle exercises learning grammar through dictation and narration exercises and it adds to our “snuggle time” factor. You can see from the above picture that we actually have fun during our grammar time.
I’m looking forward to using this book again this year and progressing to the next book. He is more comfortable with the time we spend using this book and I have added some note-booking pages (instead of a workbook) to have something to show for his knowledge. I’ve lost my up-tightness that I had before 5 kids about teaching them everything “this year”. I understand now that it is a process and that language should be enjoyed and not forced on a child. I’ve found this is a good balance for my classical eclectic homeschool. I would say PLL is good for grades 1-4. There is another book that follows after PLL, which is Secondary Language Lessons and it is probably good for 3-6th grade. And, I still believe Shurley is a must for later on down the line. But, that’s another review.
Brenda is a classical eclectic mother of 5. You can find her blogging at Tie That Binds Us regularly about her homeschooling journey.