First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind Level 2

First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind Level 2

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Item #: 048349
ISBN: 9781933339450
Grades: 2-2

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In second grade, verbs, contractions, adjectives, commas, letter writing, prepositions, and interjections are covered, along with extensive review of the topics covered in first grade. 258 pgs. paperback.

The first book of this series authored by Jessie Wise, co-author of The Well Trained Mind, is based on Lessons in the Use of English by Mary Hyde (which, when edited by Cyndy Shearer of Greenleaf Press, became English for the Thoughtful Child). Jessie Wise believes that children as young as first or second grade are capable of learning the correct use of language; it's just a matter of if and how the material is presented to them. After all, she says, if you believe in exposing your children to quality literature before they have begun to read proficiently [which most of us do], why shouldn't we expose them to the sounds and sights of correct language and grammar usage? Although at this age learning these rules will require a lot more patience on both the part of the student and the teacher, learning it the right way early on is a huge step towards learning proper English and grammar rules later in life. Although it sounds like a big job, her books are very straightforward and easy-to-use.

The author's goals for this series include: 1) training student's ears to be attuned to the sound of properly spoken language, 2) training their speech to the correct use of grammar, 3) having their attention sharpened by asking them to narrate parts of a story back to you after hearing it aloud, and 4) using correct language in writing.

Starting in second grade they should be able to copy short sentences properly using grammar and punctuation and be able to write short sentences both from dictation and on their own, again using proper punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. Sounds like a lot of work to get to that point, right? True, it will take patience and a lot of practice, but the author has included four important tools in your toolkit to help you through this process. Her "Four Strand" approach relies on using memory work, copying and dictation, narration, and grammar to help both you and your student reach these goals. Memory work begins with the child memorizing and reciting short definitions and rules to reinforce the sounds of correctly spoken sentences as well as short poems to discover the enjoyable rhythm of language and continues through the elementary grades with rhymes and rules and longer poems. First graders will be copying short sentences, but copying sentences from dictation is withheld until second grade when children's motor skills and their "feel for" language are stronger. Narration exercises alluded to earlier include story narration where a short story is read to the child and he or she is asked to recite in complete sentences the story in their own words back to you or to answer comprehension questions about the story in complete sentences. Picture narration exercises are also used, where the student will observe a picture and describe it using complete sentences. Grammar, the last tool in your kit, is taught early on by giving the child definitions of the parts of grammar - reciting the rules and using them in speech and in writing as much as possible. These four strands are continued through the levels with increasing complexity and length.

Although previously levels 1 and 2 were combined, the publisher replaced the combined version with two separate levels in 2010. FLL Level 1 and FLL Level 2 cover first and second grade, one level per year. They are designed to accompany separate phonics, spelling, and penmanship lessons. There are 100 lessons in each book - the 200 lessons in the combined volume have been neatly cut in half. The lessons tend to be very short, with the topic printed at the top of the page and other items to review underneath. The structure of each lesson is easy to follow with different fonts denoting notes for the teacher, what the teacher might say to teach the concept, and something similar to what your child may say in reply to a question. Though it is not necessary to follow the script exactly, it gives an example of how you may wish to teach the lesson. Each lesson takes up only a page or so, and most of them contain oral lessons to complete together, such as answering questions or focusing on narration of a story, picture, or a poem to memorize. Memorization exercises are reviewed for days after the initial exposure, and the child is encouraged to recite poems to themselves and to an inanimate object before working up the courage to present it to his family. Following the lesson enrichment activities are often given, although it is up to your discretion and the ability of your child to determine if you will have them complete these or not. Often these ask for the child to illustrate the prose studied or to copy part of a lesson out in writing. These are more advanced than the exercises in the lessons and were included for the more precocious children to complete if they so desire. A sampling of topics covered for first grade includes nouns (common, proper), days of the week, pronouns, capitalization, seasons, days, months, holidays, verbs, addresses, dates, and an introduction to sentence types. In second grade, verbs, contractions, adjectives, commas, letter writing, prepositions, and interjections are covered, along with extensive review of the topics covered in first grade. Although this may sound heavy for first and second-graders to handle, don't worry, everything is broken up into manageable morsels easier for them to digest and remember. The key is in repetition and practice, and the author reminds us that if it is our intention to take a lengthy break from school, such as summer break, then we should still keep up with the lessons, ideally covering one or two a week so that everything you've worked so hard on up to this point isn't half-forgotten and recovered with a struggle the next year. The Audio Companion CD (which combines levels 1 and 2) provides theater-quality presentations of the fun poems, entertaining stories, and memorable rhymes found in the books. There are also some original songs to aid memorization of the parts of speech.

Level 3 and higher of this program continues the basic components, but in addition to the teacher manual, a consumable workbook is provided for the student's work. The four teaching goals remain the same, and the authors (Sara Buffington is co-author) continue to weave the lessons with the four strands: memory work, copying/dictation, narration, and grammar. There is also a continuation of the scripted teaching approach using the same type formatting as the first book. There are 89 lessons in Level 3 plus three short (7 lessons each) optional teaching sections: writing letters, dictionary skills, and oral usage. A sampling of the topics include: eight parts of speech, forming plurals, linking & state of being verbs, four types of sentences, parts of a sentence, comma usage, quotations, and contractions. Diagramming is introduced at this level. As in the 1-2 book, grammar concepts are introduced and reinforced through the use of rhymes and rhythmic chants. [Just a note on these, you might want to practice these a bit ahead - I experimented with the one on state of being verbs and found it to be a bit tricky in terms of rhythm. I wouldn't have wanted to be trying it out for the first time with my student. I'm thinking there would be more entertainment than learning in that "lesson."] The course can be completed in one year in about 30 minutes per day and 3 days per week. Workbooks provide some lesson examples, copies of the memory work pieces, and space for diagramming as well as for the copywork and dictation exercises. The pages are perforated and 3-hole punched so they could be filed in a binder. Level 4 provides a continuation in both format and content and covers a full range of grammar topics including parts of speech, punctuation, sentence diagrams, and skills in beginning writing and storytelling. Optional end units provide practice in dictionary use and letter writing.

There are so many things to like about this program that one hardly knows where to begin. It's easy to follow and use, the instruction is comprehensive and thorough yet gentle, teacher prep is at an absolute minimum, all learning styles are addressed, and last but not least, underlying the entire program is a love for the beauty and structure of our language. - J.L / J.P

Category Description for COMPLETE ENGLISH PROGRAMS:

These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.

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This is a continuation of the program we are using and we love it.
Amanda C on Feb 1, 2023
Using it for teaching my child grammar. It is suggested by the school.
Katya T on Oct 8, 2022
This is a continuation of the program we are using and we love it.
Amanda C on Feb 1, 2023
Like Level 1 so wanted to have this for when we finish.
Katrina L on Nov 3, 2022
Using it for teaching my child grammar. It is suggested by the school.
Katya T on Oct 8, 2022
Susan is very methodical in teaching grammar. Some kids may like her thorough approach and parents like how they are repeated as it's needed in learning grammar. I believe it works with my younger one.
Neeharika V on Sep 6, 2022
I loved the open and go for level 1 with short, simple lessons. They aren't the most engaging but quick and over before anyone notices!
Jennifer B on Jun 9, 2022
Recommended in The Well Trained Mind
Tara E on Apr 22, 2022
This is a simple way to teach grammar to my daughter. She remembers all of the lessons too!
Hannah M on Jan 3, 2022
I purchased the first level some time ago and would like to continue with the second level in the series.
Katonya on Aug 26, 2021
We used this curriculum for the first time last year and really enjoyed it.
Tara K on Jul 19, 2021
Class requirement, excellent quality
Leann B on Jul 19, 2021
This is a short and sweet way to give your young child exposure to language arts. The lessons go quickly each day, and they build on each other.
Michael H on Mar 26, 2021
Level 1 was excellent.
Tamera M on Feb 13, 2021
As a new homeschool parent I loved the scripted grammar book Level 1 for my first grader. He enjoyed it , too. The lessons are short yet effective .
Stefanie V on Jan 28, 2021
I really like the way it seems to be laid out! I can't wait to try it out!
Melissa S on Jan 9, 2021
Recommended by a friend
Cortney H on Dec 7, 2020
Easy to use. Does not require much preparation by instructor. Comprehensive.
Elena K on Nov 21, 2020
We follow the classical model of education fairly well and thought we'd give this highly recommended curriculum a try.
Nicole Jones on Nov 9, 2020
I like the information in the book, "The Well-Trained Mind". We follow a Classical method of education, which this curriculum fits with, and I like that the lessons are scripted for easy use.
Melissa A on Sep 2, 2020
want to use to teach online writing
Vivian S on Aug 17, 2020
I used this book to teach one of my children to read. It is really well put together. My next child is ready to learn and I wanted to purchase my own copy for this time.
Coyana F on Aug 12, 2020
This series was recommended to me from a friend.
Janet F on Jul 16, 2020
gentle approach
Tonya M on Jul 13, 2020
Sarena T on Jun 22, 2020
Was looking for an open and go grammar curriculum
Samantha E on Jun 9, 2020
I like the ease and low prep involved in this program. We are just finishing Level 1 and will continue with Level 2 next year. This program isn't overwhelming and when paired with Writing with Ease it is a nice well-balanced program for grammar and writing.
Abbie D on Jun 1, 2020
We have used previous levels of this resource successfully. Each lesson can be done in about 10-15 minutes with many lessons providing optional enrichment activities.
Courtney E on May 31, 2020
It's the best-looking language arts program I've found; looking forward to trying it!
Anna H on May 31, 2020
Enjoyed the conversational style of FLL1. It includes poetry memorization, narration, dictation, copywork, and parts of speech in one book. Very easy to open and go without any planning.
Katy H on May 10, 2020
classical education; scripted lessons
Natalie C on Apr 17, 2020
To teach my 2nd grader grammar
Danielle T on Feb 17, 2020
I've heard great things about this curriculum.
Maren on Feb 2, 2020
I used level FLL level 1 with my son and I really liked the thorough way in which the Language Arts lessons were presented, and he learned the material well. It worked well for both of us, me teaching it and he as the student.
Linda T on Sep 23, 2019
loved First Language Lessons Level 1, excited to see what this level covers. Excellent and simple way to introduce children to literature, parts of speech and correct grammar in speech and writing. lessons are short and require very little time or work.
Hannah H on Aug 5, 2019
I have and love book 1...I am excited to continue next year with book 2! =)
Anna T on Jun 27, 2019
Easy to use; thorough
Elisabeth R on May 30, 2019
Continuing our homeschool journey and did well with level 1.
Jennifer C on Mar 30, 2019
About to start homeschooling. Summer review for 2nd to 3rd grade.
Angela J on Mar 25, 2019
Continuing from Level 1. My daughter is flying through the first level and I want to be ready to move right along when we finish.
Anne S on Jan 4, 2019
We absolutely loved Level 1! We are looking forward to Level 2.
Rachel B on Aug 27, 2018
I like the Charlotte Mason style approach to learning, so this curriculum was recommended to me as a gentle way to teach Language Arts concepts through narration, copywork, dictation, etc. Looking through the table of contents, I liked the content that this level covers. I hope it goes well this year!
Kristin L on Aug 22, 2018
We started homeschooling with this series. I just completed the first level with my child and liked the simplicity of it and that it has a script. I also like the memorization component and that the timing works well with the concepts as we cover them in the Writing With Ease program. The only reason I chose to purchase this here instead of the Well Trained Mind Press is that they are currently experiencing some sort of delay in their shipping.
Stephanie B on Aug 21, 2018
I think it will go well with my classical program already in place.
Kathleen B on Aug 16, 2018
Very simple to use. No prep required.
Jessica T on Jul 25, 2018
Easy to use and effective
Keila S on Jul 5, 2018
This was the Language Lessons that seemed to me to be the most helpful for a child of this age and also the most simple and orderly..... in other words, it seemed the best option :)
Kathleen B on Jul 5, 2018
Needed the next book in the series.
Christine on Feb 26, 2018
I use the First Language Lessons with my younger children because it compliments the Classical Conversations Foundations program well and helps prepare them for Essentials.
Adrienne S on Feb 23, 2018
Loved Level 1
Lauren S on Feb 4, 2018
Read good things about it.
Kara C on Jan 12, 2018
Quick, fun, and effective language lessons for a younger elementary child.
Alysia G on Jan 6, 2018
Like Level 1 so wanted to have this for when we finish.
Katrina L on Nov 3, 2022
Susan is very methodical in teaching grammar. Some kids may like her thorough approach and parents like how they are repeated as it's needed in learning grammar. I believe it works with my younger one.
Neeharika V on Sep 6, 2022
Could we jump in and start with Level 2 after having no grammar instruction in 1st grade?
Rebekah on May 5, 2022
BEST ANSWER: This curriculum is very gentle but works! I would suggest starting with level 1 to prevent any gaps or making it harder than it needs to be. It may be that you can skip some or work through it quickly and then start level 2 mid year but I would go at the pace of the child. There’s no need to rush!
Isn't there an instructor's book and student book?
User on Aug 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Level 2 of First Language Lessons is solely an instructor's book. Student books start with Level 3.
Does this book cover a complete Language Arts curriculum for 2nd grade?
Meggin S on Apr 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This book would cover the grammar portion of the language arts curriculum. It does not include spelling or reading. There is enough writing in the curriculum to count at this age. However, if your child is strong in language arts, you might also want a separate writing program to challenge them a bit more.
Is this all that is needed for first language lessons grade 2? Grade 3 has a workbook and instructor book.
Julie M on Nov 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Levels 1 and 2 only need the one book
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Rated 5 out of 5
Easy to follow
We love it easy to follow very effective.
September 15, 2022
9 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love Love it!! BEST 2020 Discovery.
These books - Level 1-3 - have been the best thing I came across this year. We were struggling with finding grammar curriculum until we landed on this one.

I love that it’s open and go (doesn’t require preparation??

I love that it incorporates Poetry Memorization,

I love the Copy Work (for my son who never used to like writing- he gets to practice a few sentences at a time),

I love how it breaks down nouns, pronouns... and repeats the old concepts as you move along to new ones.

Mostly I love that it’s conversational.
December 14, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Short, fun and solid lessons that require no prep. Love this book so far!
February 11, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great program
The lessons are short, with no prep-work needed. They are thorough and my kids enjoy them. Highly recommended.
February 11, 2017
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Have Not Used Yet
I purchased this book for future use. Based on my experience with book 1/3, I am looking very forward to using this book next year. Please see my reviews on book 1/3 to learn more about our experience with First Language Lessons. :)
November 15, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A perfect pick!
This is quick, no fuss, effective, and easy. I wish I could find the same perfect combo for every subject! This has made language arts one of my daughter's favorite subjects. I love the direct scripting and built in review.
November 1, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This is a really good curriculum to teach language arts. Every day is broken down into short easy lessons that are very thorough. This curriculum make grammar fun and easy.
October 30, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I really like this! The lessons are simple require little prep and it is very easy to use! I feel like it is thorough yet is not tedious for a 2nd grader The lessons are not lengthy but simply cover the point and we keep a notebook of what we do Highly recommend it!
September 30, 2011

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