19. August 2013 · Comments Off on Grammar in Plain Language · Categories: Curriculum, Grammar, Homeschooling, Writing

I had the opportunity to review a grammar book written by another homeschooling mother recently, and I wanted to share it with you here. (Full disclosure – I received a free digital review copy of the book. All opinions are my own.)

Grammar Despair: Quick, Simple Solutions to Common Problems Like, “Do I Say Him and Me or He and I?” (The Everyday Grammar Series) (Volume 1) by Carolyn Henderson is an easily accessible book on grammar and usage. You can either read through it in a couple of settings and use it as a reference, or you can use it as a daily or weekly grammar lesson book.

What I love about the book is that it is written in a conversational tone, explaining sticky grammar issues with clarity and a sense of humor. I also like that you can have it in hard copy or as a slightly cheaper e-book. Grammar Despair — Quick, Simple Solutions to Problems Like “Do I Say Him and Me or He and I?”

You’ll find lessons on similar sounding words, advice on good writing mechanics (like formal vs. informal writing and ending sentences with prepositions), how to handle 21st century grammar issues and even a section about online writing.

The one drawback is that I wished there were a few short exercises at the end of each lesson. Surely you could go online and find practice questions for lessons your child is struggling with, but it would have been more convenient to have them included.

Overall, I think this book is a good reference or lesson book for junior high, high school or even adults who want to brush up.

So what say you? Any favorite writing curriculum you want to share? Topics you’d like to see covered here? Comment on this post or send me an e-mail. And don’t forget to sign up for my free Newsletter – the first issue will be out in the next couple weeks!

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