Climbing to Good English Grade 5 Text Workbook

Climbing to Good English Grade 5 Text Workbook

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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 but are a separate purchase and are sold 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. Teacher Materials differ depending on grade level. Grades 1-4 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


Category Description for COMPLETE ENGLISH PROGRAMS:

These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.


Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade
5
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Schoolaid
Weight
1.25 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.75"
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I have used climbing for years with my own homeschoolers now I use it with my tutoring clients. These are daily little lessons that take a minute to go through but teach a lot in one or two pages. My clients can efficiently re-learn how to read along with working on "English" concepts so I can bring them up to grade level quickly.
User on Aug 1, 2022
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Dana S on Nov 23, 2021
I have used climbing for years with my own homeschoolers now I use it with my tutoring clients. These are daily little lessons that take a minute to go through but teach a lot in one or two pages. My clients can efficiently re-learn how to read along with working on "English" concepts so I can bring them up to grade level quickly.
User on Aug 1, 2022
Friend referred this
Mely S on Jan 21, 2022
Have previously used
Dana S on Nov 23, 2021
I love this workbook style, plain and simple yet rigorous program.
User on May 10, 2021
Challenging but no extra frills or fluff
Kristin on Feb 22, 2021
good workbook.
Leeyen W on Aug 26, 2020
Love the curriculum!
Jennie B on Apr 30, 2020
This is a thorough english program that gets to the heart of the subject without unnecessary fluff.
Wyatt P on Feb 18, 2020
Thorough program for an exceptional price.
Lori H on Aug 16, 2019
asking God for guidance
Renae B on Nov 17, 2018
I like the straightforward no nonsense approach to this series presentation. Like the way I learned in school and my kids get it. We live in a rural area with a lot of Amish, and this is just a perfect fit for us.
Kerry W on Dec 12, 2017
Because my child has completed 4th grade CGE
User on Nov 28, 2017
My co op requires it for school.
Keri B on Nov 7, 2017
i use this with all 4 kids and love it
Linda H on Aug 22, 2016
This is a good consumable Grammar program that covers all the basics thoroughly, increasing in difficulty through the grade levels. It has a Christian theme throughout
Carrie on Aug 22, 2016
we have been using this grammar for years and believe it works well
Jennifer M on Jul 28, 2016
Selected by our excellent 3-5 grade Christian school teacher.
H M on Jul 26, 2016
My daughter likes to work independently but she has some writing difficulties. I wanted something thorough with clear, concise explanations that she could understand but wouldn't require her to copy exercises out of a textbook. This was recommended to me for having all I wanted, and for $5, I think it's certainly worth trying!
Kelli R on Jun 14, 2016
Friend referred this
Mely S on Jan 21, 2022
I love this workbook style, plain and simple yet rigorous program.
User on May 10, 2021
How many lessons does this curriculum have?
A shopper on May 28, 2021
BEST ANSWER: It has about 100 lessons, plus an additional maybe 10? review lessons at the end. It has less lessons than the earlier grades. We did it 3-4 times a week. It is a great program.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Simplistic excellence
Great for ADHD leaning students and teachers. No frills. Amish. The only thing we didn’t like was the cover art. We’re not fans of chimpanzees on books. Kids all covered with paper and drew their own art.
August 11, 2022
Purchased
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Climbing to Good English 5
These books are very plain with a simple font, but I love them! They are very thorough and cover grammar, diagramming, punctuation and writing all in one book. They are inexpensive and easy to use. Students can work independently most of the time.
May 6, 2022
Purchased
11 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I have used this series with my son since first grade and am ordering book number 5 It is not a stand alone grammar program but it is a great drill book and has helped to solidify English grammar concepts for him through the daily practice He hated it (no pretty colorful pictures) at first but now likes it and appreciates it The books are self-explanatory and most homeschoolers will not need the teacher's editions for answers especially if you have a good grammar reference book It's an exceptional value too!
January 30, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5
This book covers grammar quite well but we thought it jumped around too much when covering writing/composition We did not like the fact that the composition assignments are split up over several days with other assignments in between It reminds me of the spiral method used in some math programs The teacher guides have the student pages with answers and have some teaching suggestions that are for classroom teachers but can be altered for homeschoolers It is a good value for the price I do not think homeschoolers would really have to have the teacher guide The practice sheets have 1-2 pages of review for most lessons
September 30, 2008

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