First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind Level 3 Workbook

First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind Level 3 Workbook

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Item #: 040704
ISBN: 9781933339085
Grades: 3

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Category Description for COMPLETE ENGLISH PROGRAMS:

These materials offer complete coverage of both writing andgrammar.

Category Description for OTHER PROGRAMS:

Language arts programs listed in this section cover some combination of reading/literature, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, handwriting or typing but do not attempt to cover all of those skill areas.

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

Primary Subject
General Adult
Jessie Wise & Sarah Buffington
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Peace Hill Press
2.5 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.0"
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I've used this before and it's a good program.
Carla T on Aug 22, 2019
I have the teachers manual and want the workbook for my child.
Kelly E on Aug 6, 2019
I've used this before and it's a good program.
Carla T on Aug 22, 2019
These are short and painless grammar curriculum. It intertwines a little review for great retention and my child has picked up so much!
Jenna C on Aug 13, 2019
I have the teachers manual and want the workbook for my child.
Kelly E on Aug 6, 2019
Great way to learn grammar before Essentials in Classical Conversations!
Lea S on Jun 14, 2019
Friend recommendation
Michaela W on Jun 8, 2019
I appreciated the scripted lessons and the comprehensive content of level 1 and 2, so I have decided to continue with this curriculum for grammar, hoping for more of the same. It works well for my family.
SHANNON M on Apr 30, 2019
FLL II was thorough and did not take long. It was a great addition to our LA program. We are doing the next level next year
Laura R on Apr 5, 2019
Love FLL!
Jennifer D on Mar 13, 2019
We own the instruction manual from use with our older sons and really have liked it. So we will continue with our youngest. We only needed the workbook.
Michael M on Feb 24, 2019
I like that it combines the Classical and Charlotte Mason approach to teaching English and Grammar, and I read many good reviews on it. Also, that there's not a great deal of prep work that goes into teaching this.
Linda T on Dec 23, 2018
It was recommended to me by my homeschool group coordinator.
CEANDREKA C on Nov 28, 2018
Cheaper than Amazon believe it or not! Including shipping!
Matt W on Sep 13, 2018
This is what the school picked. I am getting a copy in case I need to give my grand son some help.
Paula L on Sep 13, 2018
First Language Lessons level 1 and 2 worked well for my family. My girls enjoyed it and retained information from the lessons taught, we used notebooks and journaling with those levels. The workbook will be new to us but I believe they will learn just as much if not more. We tried another language curriculum but it didn't seem like my girls were retaining anything and there seemed to be a lot of busy work so we went back to First Language Lessons.
Carmen W on Aug 26, 2018
Well Trained Mind Resource Recommendation
Jessica B on Aug 24, 2018
This book teaches according to the classical method of learning.
Kelly V on Aug 17, 2018
Have used this in the past with oldest child and it was a wonderful way to teach how to diagram sentences.
Karen M on Aug 16, 2018
We have used this Grammar book before with MUCH success! A wonderful product!
Brandi S on Aug 12, 2018
Highly recommended by other serious homeschoolers
Laura W on Aug 9, 2018
Have used before and love
Eva F on Aug 1, 2018
I did this book with my older daughter and we both LOVED it so I am doing it with my 2nd daughter as well
Mindy L on Jul 31, 2018
Needed it for my daughter who is about to finish level 2
Cori H on Jun 3, 2018
This is a great language curriculum. My children have learned so much. I love that I don't have to print or plan anything. Easy to use, yet so effective.
Michelle S on Jun 1, 2018
friend recommended
Kim W on May 24, 2018
Love this series
Natalie S on May 11, 2018
My 2nd child is ready for this level and my older son enjoys Level 3 so much we plan to continue with FLL.
Beth B on May 2, 2018
I have older students who need a comprehensive all in one overview and with scripted instructions for me!
Megan J W on Jan 16, 2018
Very well organized, easy to follow and understand.
Estelle M on Jan 15, 2018
Read several good reviews
John C on Dec 27, 2017
We use this for our 2nd through 4th graders for grammar and diagramming. It helps with memory work we do with Essentials in Classical Conversations.
Brigelle T on Dec 6, 2017
My son had success with this program so I am continuing with my daughter.
Anne C on Nov 9, 2017
I wanted to compliment the teachers guide
Natalie M on Oct 25, 2017
Love this program!
Joy W on Sep 28, 2017
I have the teacher book from my older kids, and he is a fairly verbal child so it is a good program for him.
Danielle R on Sep 14, 2017
I've used it for my other children and it is a great curriculum.
Sally K on Sep 12, 2017
Heidi U on Aug 30, 2017
Great comprehensive grammar program. Easy to follow lessons.
Darcie D on Aug 18, 2017
We like this level of FLL.
Julie W on Jul 21, 2017
We have used First Language Lessons with all of our children and it has been a very effective program to teach them grammar. It is well scripted for the parent so there is little preparation needed ahead of time and it is very thorough for the child.
Cristina L on Jul 5, 2017
I am currently using Levels 1 and 2 with my children and in preparation for the next level, I needed the Level 3 workbook. The first two levels have been great.
Nicole V on Jun 30, 2017
It is part of the "Well Trained Mind" curriculum for third grade.
Daniel K on Jun 19, 2017
I like the lesson plan already complete and it is in short lessons
Barbara B on Jun 16, 2017
I used it for my older son and liked it.
User on Jun 5, 2017
Workbook for Language Arts.
Maria S on May 1, 2017
have not used this method yet but it is part of Westbook Homeschool Curriculum and has great reviews on the web.
Hilda Patricia H on Apr 30, 2017
My sister, a trained teacher, recommended to continue the series that we started 2 years ago.
Christy A on Apr 14, 2017
I chose this text because we had success with First Language Lessons Level 2. We're moving on to Level 3.
Laura A on Apr 7, 2017
We had used previous books and liked them and needed the next level
Rachel B on Mar 7, 2017
Suggested as a great prep tool for Classical conversations Essentials!
Fred C on Feb 24, 2017
Goes along nicely with our CC english curriculum (although I do substitute the specific CC wording for the definitions.) Easy, step-by-step introduction to diagramming and hopefully good preparation for upcoming IEW.
Nancy B on Feb 23, 2017
These are short and painless grammar curriculum. It intertwines a little review for great retention and my child has picked up so much!
Jenna C on Aug 13, 2019
Great way to learn grammar before Essentials in Classical Conversations!
Lea S on Jun 14, 2019
Can you just order the Teacher's Guide and not order the Workbook? In Book 2, my son simply did his written work like copy work, etc. in his own blank notebook. Please advise if the Workbook is really necessary. Thank you! :)
A shopper on Aug 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I would say it definitely makes life easier. All of the sentence diagrams are already there. You could probably work without it, but it would take much more of your time to prep each lesson. Where as if you bought the workbook it is much more open and go.
Do you really need the instructor guide with this workbook?
A shopper on Apr 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the instructor guide is scripted to explain the lesson. The workbook has what the kids need to write in. I have used both for level 3 and 4. You only need one instructor guide. I purchased a new workbook for the next child.
Do you need a workbook for each child, or can you make copies?
A shopper on Sep 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This book is considered a consumable and the copyright does not allow for reproducing for home or class.
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Easy order process, prompt delivery and good quality product at a good price.
March 18, 2019
over 2 years ago
Great curriculum choice!
I love this program for teaching LA. I switched programs last year thinking I found something better, but came back to this one. It is thorough and easy to use!
July 2, 2018
1 year ago
Great introduction into IEW
Combines charlotte mason and classical methods. Does not have an enormous amount of writing that is part of regular lesson, (great for my 9 year old who doesn't like to write!) does give you optional exercises that incorporates dictation, writing, drawing etc along with basic life skills like using a dictionary etc.
October 4, 2017
over 2 years ago
I bought 2 of the workbooks, one for each child, and they love having their own. It is well worth the purchase. I do not have to copy and they can follow along in their book instead of looking at mine. Everything is easy for them to follow.
September 27, 2016
over 3 years ago
Amazing Workbook
This is definitely one of the most well put together and sturdy workbooks I've ever purchased. Highly impressed. It works well with the teacher manual (which is a must buy if you plan on using this curriculum) FLL sometimes uses a lot of "repeating" (Example- "I am going to read the definition of a noun to you 3 times... a noun is..... now we are going to read the definition together 3 times.... now you are going to tell me the definition 3 times..." which really isn't our thing, so we find our own way of making that part of the lesson more fun... and my boys have been picking up on these things quickly without the need to repeat so much. I love the flexibility of that. It is going VERY well and I am glad I purchased this. I
November 15, 2015
over 4 years ago
Foundational resource
I have used this grammar resource for my oldest four children and intend to use it with the rest. I appreciate the scripted teacher's manual and the poems that are part of the curriculum. It has helped solidify my children's understanding of the parts of speech and how they work in a sentence.
October 23, 2015
over 4 years ago
I was so happy to discover the new 3rd grade edition of First Language Lessons when my daughter was finishing up 2nd grade I would highly recommend this curriculum My daughter loves to do grammar together! Even things such as diagramming sentences and memorizing prepositions are fun with this program! This is not something you can send your child off to do alone You must order the Teacher book and do each lesson together However advanced preparation in very minimal - about 5 minutes a day at most to skim over the lesson before teaching itThere is a newly released 4th grade program I plan to order it very soon! I'm really hoping to see a 5th grade program available by the time I need it
April 17, 2009
This workbook contains everything you need to complete the written exercises for First Language Lessons 3 The diagram forms are included which my son greatly appreciated
July 7, 2008
We are using this for our grammar this year Grade 3 is wonderful It teaches my daughter lots of grammar in little sessions usually taking just a few minutes for the lessons We are having good success with this You need the Teacher Manual; that is where the script is for the lessons You could get by not getting the student edition and have them write the lesson on paper I open the book read it over to myself once and do it with my dd Not lots of advanced prep There is no actual writing lessons so you will need a writing program
October 29, 2007

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