Climbing to Good English Grade 1 Text Workbook

Climbing to Good English Grade 1 Text Workbook

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Item #: 030458
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Category Description for COMPLETE ENGLISH PROGRAMS:

These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.

Category Description for Climbing to Good English Series:

In Illinois we owe the homeschooling freedoms we enjoy to a 1960's court case that involved the Amish. In using this English program - produced by the Amish - your family will enjoy systematic and comprehensive coverage of language arts skills - grammar, phonics review, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and composition - at minimum expense. Designed to be used in multi-grade classrooms, students are expected to help themselves - particularly in grades 5-8 by learning to work independently with minimal teacher help. Students are taught - beginning in the earliest levels - to use the dictionary for pronunciation and word meanings rather than expecting the teacher to supply such information. Proofreading marks are taught beginning in grade 5. The overall goal of the series is to improve communication skills; to understand what is heard and read, to express oneself clearly in speaking and writing. This goal is accomplished by systematically teaching, practicing, reviewing, and reinforcing the building blocks of grammar, usage, and mechanics.

The early grades (1-3) provide one lesson per day that include phonics review, penmanship practice, reading comprehension, beginning punctuation, word usage skills, and the introduction of basic grammar concepts. One interesting and rather unique aspect of this series is the emphasis on dictionary proficiency. This is underscored by the use of the respelling cards introduced in the second grade and reviewed in the third grade. These cards provide practice in mastering dictionary pronunciations (i.e. respelling the word to reflect the pronunciation such as one finds alongside dictionary word entries). The upper grades provide three lessons per week and the emphasis shifts from phonics review to writing (composition) and continued strengthening of all related skills. All aspects of grammar - parts of speech, types of sentences, parts of a sentence - as well as all aspects of mechanics - capitalization, punctuation and effective word usage - are covered thoroughly. Various forms of writing - both practical and creative - are introduced and practiced. Sentence diagramming is introduced in grade 4 and expanded each year thereafter. Also starting in grade 4, extra practice sheets are available. These are reproducible or sold separately by grade level (about 70 sheets per grade).

Student books are consumable paperbacks. Grade 1 has 156 pages gradually increasing to 286 pages in grade 8. Extra pages in the grades 3-8 books include unit tests and an end-of-term test; grades 5-8 also include a student handbook and thesaurus. There is no teacher's edition for Grade 1 - all instruction is included in the student text. Grades 2-4 TEs are student books with answers printed in red along with teaching notes. The Teacher's Editions for grades 5-6 and grades 7-8 are combined and include reduced copies of student pages with answers supplied along with teaching suggestions, ideas for extra practice, tips on scoring, and space for the teacher's own notes. These two TEs are hardback. An interesting feature of the grades 5-6 and 7-8 courses is that they are designed to "travel together." Both grades study the same concepts at the same time although the older grade is at a harder level and often includes more work - another example of the multi-grade friendliness of this series.

As one would expect from an Amish-produced product, the overall appearance of these books is plain and utilitarian but pleasing nonetheless. The black and white illustrations as well as the written content tend towards rural and biblical themes. ~ Janice

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FPA required 1st Grade book list
Swan D on Aug 12, 2019
my son is using this with his online school and it is working so well for him I bought this copy for my daughter
Sheryl D on Sep 12, 2018
FPA required 1st Grade book list
Swan D on Aug 12, 2019
Looked interesting. Price is right.
Debbie on Jan 1, 2019
my son is using this with his online school and it is working so well for him I bought this copy for my daughter
Sheryl D on Sep 12, 2018
I chose Climbing to Good English Grade 1 Text Workbook based on a friend's recommendation.
Stephanie S on Aug 29, 2018
following in big sister's footsteps.
Jason N on Apr 6, 2018
I thought that this looked good for 1st grade.
Victoria Z on Dec 15, 2017
This book is nice and simple, and very practical.
Carrie D on Sep 14, 2017
Great book to start with
Judith E on Aug 28, 2017
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Druanna K on Jun 15, 2017
This is a great series of books and really helps give a good foundation for proper grammar and writing.
Abby K on Jun 11, 2017
I bought Learning Through Sounds from a local store. This is the accompanying program.
Danielle L on Dec 1, 2016
I have a pre-schooler who will enter kindergarten this year. He is able to do this work and I would like to get him started in good habits.
Nicole B on Apr 30, 2016
Good series...used with all my children.
Sharon G on Mar 15, 2016
Rj K on Jan 7, 2016
Looked interesting. Price is right.
Debbie on Jan 1, 2019
I chose Climbing to Good English Grade 1 Text Workbook based on a friend's recommendation.
Stephanie S on Aug 29, 2018
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Love this!
Simple and practical. A page a day. No worldview that I saw. Fine for us. We are religious but not Christian. Think ok for secular as well. Not dumbed down either.
May 18, 2019
7 months ago
Not a Favorite.
Sorry, but my kids did not do well with this series. They seem cute but are boring and become tedious quickly. My daughter struggled and both my boys hated the books even though I kept persisting until reality hit that there are better options and school work does not have to be drudgery. I just want to warn others looking for a cheap option that spending more on something else really can be worth it.
February 14, 2019
This workbook looks pretty dull and dated but my son is loving it so it's a win in my books.
September 16, 2018
1 year ago
I purchased the 1st grade book for my daughter before she officially started 1st grade since she was already a fluent reader I just wanted to make sure she had the basics covered without spending a whole lot so that I could start her in LLATL Red (which I had used for my 2nd grade son the year before and knew she was definitely ready reading wise for it) She wasn't very interested at first I think it was a little boring but now she loves it! We are doing it alongside the LLATL which I like since LLATL doesn't have as much sentence writing The only downside I have found is that the lines that they have for writing are a bit small especially for a young child just learning to write I am impressed by the variety they use in teaching the different concepts The fact that it is black and white is great for her because she loves to color all the pictures when she is finished with each page I plan on using this series for the rest of my children and would recommend it to anyone!
November 29, 2010

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