Youll explore much more than grammar here! This is a language arts program cleverly disguised as a mission manual that your student (excuse me, your guardian of the galaxy) will use to save the Grammar Galaxy from the evil Gremlin. The Gremlin seeks to destroy our English language; as a result, the helping verbs are pursuing their own goals and are no longer helping; idioms are becoming literal, suffixes are dropping offand much more havoc has been wreaked. Progressing through this tasks in the imaginary galaxy over the 5 Units (about 7 chapters per unit), students will learn the nuts and bolts of literature, vocabulary, spelling, grammar and composition and speaking. As the teacher, you will read each of the chapter mysteries in the student (reader) text aloud to your up-and-coming guardian. As your students reading skills advance, they can read these 5th-6th grade level text themselves (I checked the level using the Flesch-Kincaid system). Using story to teach language arts, students will learn a handful of vocabulary in each chapter (taken from the Nebula (first) level: glum, consented, pandemonium, etc.) as well as ELA-related vocabulary, create their personal word book, and then follow up with discussion questions. Then after each story, they will complete the daily mission (assignment) in the Mission Manual which is followed by an update letter (answers with another tip or two) from the heads of the Guardians of the Grammar Galaxy, Kirk, Luke and Ellen English. Successfully completing missions earns your guardian stars for his galaxy bookmarks and the right to accept additional challenges. Lots of built-in incentive here!
The first in the series, Grammar Galaxy: Nebula is designed for children who have begun to read and write and have had a phonics and a handwriting program. You will probably also want to continue in these programs concurrently, depending on your childs needs. The second in the series, Protostar is designed for students in approximately third grade or who have completed the Nebula text. The texts (sc, approx. 190 pp, 8x10) and the manuals (sc, approx 350 pp, 8.5x11, consumable) are nonreproducible. ~ Ruth