Easy Grammar Review

Brace yourself….
This may be the first negative review of Easy Grammar you have read!

I have used this program two different times now, and I will never use it again. My children are not typically complainers when it comes to school, but Kenten and Julia spent MOST of this past year complaining about their grammar work.

How does Easy Grammar work?
Easy Grammar is a mastery program that focuses on being able to find prepositions and prepositional phrases. This unique approach makes it supposed to make it easier for your child to label subjects and verbs. 

What do you need to teach Easy Grammar?
The only book you absolutely need to use Easy Grammar is the “Teacher’s Edition” of the level your child is using. The teacher’s edition includes everything from the student workbook in addition to the answer keys to each lesson. I highly recommend purchasing the student workbook along with your teacher’s edition, otherwise you will spend a lot of time and money photocopying the reproducible worksheets.

What level should I use with my child?
It is recommended to use the age-appropriate grade level that your child is in. However, Easy Grammar does provide Elementary Placement and 7-12 Placement tests on their page if you are concerned about ordering the wrong level.

What don’t you like about Easy Grammar?
My main problem with Easy Grammar is the lack of instruction. I don’t know if the lower levels had more to their daily lessons, but Easy Grammar Plus only had a few sentences of instructions and one or two sample sentences. This program is too much like a “boring worksheet” that my children complete and forget as soon as they are done.

Homework and Horseplay’s final thoughts…

Easy Grammar
just is not the right fit for our family. Any program that causes my children to complain endlessly is more hassle than it is worth. Some people may enjoy having super short instructions, but for me I prefer more teacher involvement. My youngest son (Jack) used Shurley English this year. Although Easy Grammar and Shurley English both have a lot of repetition and similar work, Jack truly learned the parts of speech rather than just memorizing a bunch of prepositions. Kenten and Julia will not continue using Easy Grammar next year, even though it is one of the products included in the curriculum kits we plan to use.

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Singapore Math Review

If you have been homeschooling for awhile, or even if you just started looking into homeschooling chances are you have at the very least heard of Singapore Math. When we started our homeschool journey in 2011, we quickly decided to try out the Primary Mathematics: U.S. Edition from Singapore Math. There were so many good reviews about the program and it was very affordable.

Singapore Math presents concepts in a step-by-step approach which allows children to learn not only how to do math, but why what they are doing is right. The program also uses a lot of mental math and word problems throughout each level. The combination of these methods really helped my children build a great foundation in mathematical skills.

What do I need to teach Singapore Math?

Singapore Math has three books for each level:

  • Home instructor’s guide-This is your teacher’s manual, where you will find daily lesson plans, instructions, answer keys, and helpful tips.
  • Textbook- The textbook presents new concepts to your child. Your child will also have the opportunity to do practice problems with you before moving on to their independent work.
  • Workbook- After the lesson, your child will be assigned a corresponding lesson to complete on his/her own in the workbook.

I have found that it takes about 15-20 minutes to present each lesson to my children. The amount of time to finish the workbook assignment really depends on the lesson and your child. My oldest son who excels at math speeds right through his workbook lessons in just a few minutes, whereas my younger two children usually take at least 20 minutes.

What options does Singapore Math offer?
Singapore Math offers three different versions:

  • U.S. Edition
  • Standards Edition
  • Common Core Edition

Please visit Singapore Math for further information on the differences between each edition.

What level should I start my child in?
Since Singapore Math is more advanced than some curriculum I highly recommend you have your child take the placement test.

Is Singapore Math for everyone?
Just like any curriculum choice Singapore Math is not a “one size fits all” program. Every child learns differently, and you need to make a decision based on his/her abilities and learning style. Singapore Math may NOT be the right fit for your family if:

  • You do not have time to give individual math instructions to each of your children.
  • Your child needs a lot of extra review to fully master a new math concept.
  • If you (the instructor) struggle with math and do not have time to preview each lesson ahead of time.

Homework and Horseplay’s final thoughts…

Until this year Singapore Math has been a wonderful fit for our family. My oldest son was able to work through all the levels provided in the Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition, but for my daughter we started to face some difficulties. Although my daughter has excellent grades in math, she needs a little more help than her older brother. Once we hit level 5A we were constantly looking for supplemental or alternative lessons online to help her understand new concepts better. We made the executive decision to switch her into a new program halfway through the year, and we couldn’t be happier with our new math curriculum.

I highly recommend Singapore Math’s Primary Mathematics: U.S. Edition through level 4B. This program has provided my children with a good mathematical foundation that they will have to fall back on throughout their entire lives.

Disclaimer- I am in no way affiliated with Singapore Math, nor am I being compensated in any way for this post.  The review provided is simply my honest opinion of a product we use in our homeschool.

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