Grammar is a subject near and dear to my heart. I know not everyone can (or will) admit to that, but there it is. Throughout my children’s elementary years, we explored several different grammar curricula, and all have had their good points. This year, however, I came across a FREE curriculum that is thorough and easy to use and free. (Did I mention that already? Sorry. I really like the word free.)
Daily Grammar provides 440 lessons, which cover:
- the eight parts of speech
- the parts of a sentence
- grammar mechanics
Lessons are grouped by topic and include one quiz per topic. Nouns, for example, comprise five lessons and a quiz. Each lesson also contains an answer key, which is helpful if, say, predicate nominatives aren’t your thing.
Daily Grammar offers other useful features:
- an archive page, which makes it easy to find the lessons you need
- a glossary of grammar terms, in case you need to brush up on your grammar definitions
- eBooks, FlipBooks, and Workbooks available for purchase, should you prefer to use these
- the Daily Grammar Blog
- a Facebook discussion group for questions, comments, and general grammar gab
One of the best features of Daily Grammar is its short lessons. Each lesson takes only a few minutes to complete.
At the beginning of each week, I print out the lessons we’ll cover that week. To keep our focus, I opt to stick with one topic per week. I’ve found that the easiest way to print the lessons is to copy and paste the text into a word processing document. I print the lessons and answer keys for myself and the lessons alone for my children.
Daily Grammar is comprehensive enough to stand alone as a complete curriculum for older elementary and middle grade students. Since each short lesson has only around five practice exercises, some children might need more reinforcement. Daily Grammar would also serve well as a refresher course or a supplement to other grammar curricula.
And the price is right, too.
Ellen stays busy home educating two middle-grade daughters, chasing two corgis, managing the family’s busy household, reading as much as she can, and writing about life at Bluestocking Belle.