Climbing to Good English Grade 8 Text Workbook

Climbing to Good English Grade 8 Text Workbook

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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




Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade
8
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Schoolaid
Weight
1.5 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.75"
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Because Rainbow included it in their basic curriculum :-) Plus, my son is not a fan of Grammar so, seemingly basic, the daily assignment should not overwhelm him. The Amish / Mennonite curricula are always thorough so I can trust that he will learn all he needs to know for this grade level.
Cheryl on Sep 27, 2019
Climbing To Good English is a very clear cut, easy to use yet very thorough English curriculum that is both teacher and student friendly. We've used it for years but Rainbow Resource is the only company I can find that carries it consistently and low priced.
Tana J on Aug 6, 2019
Because Rainbow included it in their basic curriculum :-) Plus, my son is not a fan of Grammar so, seemingly basic, the daily assignment should not overwhelm him. The Amish / Mennonite curricula are always thorough so I can trust that he will learn all he needs to know for this grade level.
Cheryl on Sep 27, 2019
I have used these grammar books for many years. They are thorough. I feel like they teach good grammar in a way that other books don't. They are also inexpensive!
Krista N on Aug 16, 2019
Climbing To Good English is a very clear cut, easy to use yet very thorough English curriculum that is both teacher and student friendly. We've used it for years but Rainbow Resource is the only company I can find that carries it consistently and low priced.
Tana J on Aug 6, 2019
Excellent program! I've used it for all three of my kids and plan on finishing to the end.
Rachael P on Sep 4, 2018
We tried many different English programs and have enjoyed this one above the others.
Jennifer M on Oct 5, 2017
I thought this was perfectly specific and to the point.
Tammy S on Aug 14, 2017
I chose Climbing to Good English because it's not fluff. It gets right the point of teaching grammar and writing skills. It's also very affordable! That's a huge plus too! We've used this program several years and my family has enjoyed it. I also appreciate that it has biblical content so my children are reading something of value while they study. Thanks so much Rainbow Resource for making this available!
April B on Aug 11, 2017
Absolutely fabulous and toally complete grammar curriculum
Jerian P on Oct 11, 2016
We have been using Climbing to Good English for 5 years now, and I really like the program. It is thorough in its instruction, as it is aimed at self work by the child. With having several grade levels to teach, this sort of work can make all the difference to energy and time usage. I appreciate the straightforward way it teaches, and the dictionary, word usage, and proofreading tasks are great. The price is great too!
Christine H on Nov 4, 2015
I have used these grammar books for many years. They are thorough. I feel like they teach good grammar in a way that other books don't. They are also inexpensive!
Krista N on Aug 16, 2019
Excellent program! I've used it for all three of my kids and plan on finishing to the end.
Rachael P on Sep 4, 2018
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Simple and straightforward
We love this curriculum! It isn't fluff and gets to the point. Instructions are well laid out and lessons are well organized!! We are using Grade 8 and 4 and will conintue to use Climbing good English!
September 11, 2017
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