Contains 30 student worksheets, pre- and post-tests, teacher’s manual, quiz keys, clue cards and noun-function cards.
Category Description for Winston Grammar
So, you want to include grammar in your studies - but all that diagramming and dissecting of sentences doesn’t appeal? How about a more hands-on, participative approach? Winston Grammar is a grammar method using very little writing, no diagramming and is a truly kinesthetic program. Colorful “clue” cards containing the parts of speech (with definitions) are used in lieu of diagramming. These cards are laid out in the same pattern as the sentence; the goal is for students to reach an intuitive understanding of the use of the parts of speech and language structure. As students learn more parts of speech and their functions, additional cards are added. On the back side of the clue cards are instructions showing Winston Grammar marking conventions so you may progress to using these to identify parts of speech in a sentence (ie; underline nouns once, verbs twice, etc.). The regular program is sufficient for 3-4 years of grammar instruction. Since the mastery approach of learning is used, you can start at any age or grade level, but the basic course should be completed before progressing to the advanced program. The advanced program contains a review of the material covered in the basic program, then progresses to more complex grammatical structures. Note that Winston Grammar does not cover punctuation or verb usage, but these are commonly found in other English coursework.
Several supplemental items are also available. The Basic Program Supplementary Workbook contains 30 additional consumable worksheets that provide more practice for students using basic Winston Grammar. Tests and quizzes are included right in the workbook. You may purchase the additional workbook without an answer key or as a set. Winston Word Works is an extension of the Basic program. It teaches proper usage of words that are commonly misused - like lie and lay, who and whom, I and me, etc. - and is meant to be used between the Basic and Advanced Programs. Word Works includes a teacher book, a student workbook and cards.
I purchased this grammar package after struggling with grammar with both my 9th & 12th grader for some time. When it arrived and I read through it, I decided to purchase a book for my 6th grader as well. Winston Grammar is easy to use. The color-coded cards are a wonderful help when learning parts of speech; tactile and visual learners would benefit from this. The teacher's guide is useful, including examples for each new concept. I think it is well worth the money. My children all learned a great deal from it. My 6th grader even says it is her favorite subject and begged me to purchase the advanced level!
This finally taught grammar to my children. They would know it for a few weeks then totally forget it if not reviewing all the time. You are working on all parts of speech every day as you learn them, that way they are not so easy to forget. It is very teacher friendly, has short to the point lessons, no prep needed on my part. I bought the supplemental book to use with the regular set, since we struggled and I wanted them to really get it. We did 4 - 5 sentences each day. I used it for grades 5, 6, & 9. They all benefited. I recommend it to all homeschoolers I meet who have children struggling with grammar.
Winston Grammar is helping my son to understand grammar! He is almost 11 and has Asperger's Syndrome and specific language disability. Until a couple of months ago, he could not differentiate a noun from any other part of speech. We had tried multiple combination language arts curricula as well as other grammar-specific programs, and I was shocked to find out earlier this year that he could not tell me what a noun was and didn't know how to identify one in a sentence. After reading some reviews on the internet, I decided to give Winston Grammar a try. What a find! This program is so simple but innovative. The clue cards are pure genius! My son is a kinesthetic and visual learner, and the cards give him the ability to "build" the sentences and "see" the parts of speech. Another aspect of the program which we both like is how little time it requires. My son usually does 3-4 sentences a day in about 5-10 minutes. It does my heart good to hear my son use the noun clue questions aloud and know that he finally understands what a noun is and how it functions in a sentence! This is a fabulous grammar program, a steal at its modest price!
What a refreshing blessing this program has been for us. After using many programs with previous children and finding their long term retention so poor, I decided to go with a gut feeling that I had and try Winston Grammar. This program is much more than meets the eye. On the surface, it looks almost too simple, but using the cards kinisthetically and as clues to learn grammar parts is pure genius to me and I plan on using it with the rest of my children. The cards really brought grammar to life for me and my son and the TM gives you instruction on what to teach while keeping it simple and not overwhelming your child. I am doing the lessons right alongside of him so that this time around, even I get it. We do 3-4 sentences a day as the program intended and this has kept us from forgetting what we have learned previously. There is constant review as you are labeling parts of speech with each lesson so we did not even need to order the supplementary book, but I can see where it would be necessary for a younger child or even as extra review. Winston is a definite keeper for us! We are eager to begin Winston Advanced next year. Dee in Sunny FL!
I choose Winston Grammar for a more hands on approach that appeals to my active boys. The program works well for my 9 year old and 12 year old and we can easily work together through the lessons. I teach the lesson from the easy to use teacher's manual and write the sentences on a dry-erase board from the workbook and the boys work together on the sentence. I also test them individually to make sure they understand the concept. There is a lot of review in the program which is a benefit. I like that the levels of this program aren't related to grades so that a struggling student doesn't feel like they are "behind". Each level would work for a range of ages. I highly recommend this program to anyone who isn't seeing results with a workbook program or those with active children who would enjoy a hands on approach. I'm looking forward to purchasing the other levels of this program.
My 8th grader has really struggled with grammar. I mean really struggled. It just wasn't sinking in. A friend suggested we use Winston Grammar. After asking the Rainbow consultants, we decided to give it a try with our 8th grader and 5th grader. The difference is WONDERFUL! Winston Grammar uses color coded cards to identify each part of speech. The lessons are straight forward and short. Parts of speech are introduced one at a time. There is plenty of opportunity for review before new concepts are introduced. Teacher preparation is minimal. The teacher's manual is very straight forward. This has worked really well for teaching the parts of speech in a simple and effective manner.