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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ISBN: 9781933339085
Grades: 3

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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 also introduced at this level. 345 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.

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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The edition I purchased this year (2022) of level 3 requires the student workbook to accompany it.
Ashley L on Oct 2, 2022
This is a solid grammar program. I have used this with my other 3 children.
Michelle N on Aug 5, 2022
The edition I purchased this year (2022) of level 3 requires the student workbook to accompany it.
Ashley L on Oct 2, 2022
Recommended by a friend
Lisa T on Sep 10, 2022
This is a solid grammar program. I have used this with my other 3 children.
Michelle N on Aug 5, 2022
The right balance of instruction and practice, and the variety of topics covered keeps kids' interest up and boredom away.
Charity F on Jul 12, 2022
I've used this before with other children and it is easy to follow and use.
Lori M on Jul 10, 2022
We work with Classical Conversations and First Language Lessons has been a huge blessing in preparing my children for the Essentials program. I use Level 1 in first grade, Level 2 in 2nd, and Level 3 in 3rd. Everyone in CC says that Essentials is like drinking from a fire hose, but that hasn't been the case for us and I attribute that to First Language Lessons.
Cami M on May 9, 2022
My children will be in 2nd and 4th grade next Fall. We have already used Levels 1 and 2 successfully together with the two of them.
Patricia M on May 7, 2022
This grammar book is what makes homeschooling a beautiful thing.
BARBARA G on Apr 8, 2022
It worked well for one child so I am going to give it another try.
Matt O on Mar 11, 2022
We used this with my oldest son and liked it so we are using it with my second child.
Melissa M on Feb 13, 2022
My favorite grammar for elementary. Best method I have found to teach parts of speech and prepositions. We have used 3 other programs.
Julie S on Jan 31, 2022
recommended by Susan Wise Bauer
Sara M on Nov 5, 2021
Next book in the series
Lori C on Sep 11, 2021
This is our 3rd year in First Language Lessons. I like that I can pick it up and teach with no prep. It's worked well with my son who does not enjoy reading or writing yet, as the requirements are minimal but meaningful. Great program for auditory learners or to strengthen that area in your kids.
Shawna H on Sep 8, 2021
used before
Theresa C on Aug 29, 2021
I have used this in the past with my older children. It is clear and easy to use. It also provides solid grammar instruction.
Sarah M on Aug 23, 2021
FLL is great and easy grammar!
Sheila D on Aug 23, 2021
recommended by Well-Trained Mind
Anne C on Aug 18, 2021
Of all my homeschool curriculum picks, First Language Lessons is an absolute favorite! I have used it for all three of my children.
Kristin B on Aug 12, 2021
Using for school.
Rebekah R on Aug 4, 2021
I have liked using this program with all of my children. I think it gives an excellent well-rounded language arts foundation for young children.
Cheryl J on Aug 3, 2021
My sister has homeschooled 4 children with this writing curriculum and she recommended it to me.
Silvia W on Aug 2, 2021
Homeschool program recommendation
Jonathan C on Jul 29, 2021
I used this with one of my older children and though it would work well for my current 3rd grader.
Heidi H on Jul 26, 2021
I chose this grammar curriculum for my rising 4th grader to help solidify his foundation before moving onto level 4 and beyond.
Gabrielle W on Jul 26, 2021
I like the idea of him having him his own copy of the stuff and not having to share a book like we did for level 2.
Melissa S on Jul 21, 2021
I've used this with my older two and it's easy to use, effective, and thorough.
User on Jul 20, 2021
pairs with the Level three book
Kristine J on Jul 15, 2021
Used it last year and we love it.
Rachel B on Jul 10, 2021
Used First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind Levels 1 and 2 before, and it was a success! I considered trying to make it work with just the instructor guide, but I really need the simplicity this year as we are expecting baby #3.
Hannah P on Jul 2, 2021
I love this series of books. I find it dovetails nicely with the Classical Conversations Foundations and Essentials program. It introduces students to sentence diagramming and has them memorizing and reviewing important definitions. It is very teacher friendly and the instructor's guide has scripted instructions.
Raymond C on Jun 30, 2021
I prefer the narration with writing in the early years.
Tara E on Jun 16, 2021
My family has successfully used previous levels of this resource.
Courtney E on Jun 5, 2021
Required with the instructors guide.
Darlene G on Apr 28, 2021
8th grade grammar
MARCIEA P on Apr 10, 2021
Was highly recommend by other homeschool parents
Donna M on Mar 25, 2021
I have the teachers guide to this and am very impressed with the lay out . I hope my kids will enjoy it as well.
Julia H on Mar 25, 2021
We like this for 3rd grade grammar
Suzanne S on Mar 23, 2021
We are using Level 2 right now and it is working for us. This is required for Level 3.
Colleen R on Mar 19, 2021
New workbook for my son
Karen T on Mar 16, 2021
Fantastic program!
Carilynn V on Feb 23, 2021
This product is easy to use and excellent. My 2 other kids were well prepared for middle school grammar and the poetry choices are great.
Andrea F on Nov 18, 2020
Have used this series before and it was very helpful in solidifying the basics.
Maria D on Sep 25, 2020
We have used Level 1 and 2 and it is a great fit for our family. Memorization through repetition over the course of the lessons, as well as application of the rules through the assigned work has been engaging and purposeful. My students enjoy being able to recite the poetry and write letters to each other to check grammar and punctuation.
Andrea L on Sep 6, 2020
I used this workbook with my older child and she did great. We have loved using this series as my kids have gained from it.
Linda T on Aug 11, 2020
Required book for a class
Karen M on Aug 9, 2020
We enjoy the First Language Lessons series--this made sense to get as a better use of my time than printing out from the PDF.
User on Aug 8, 2020
This is a great program for teaching English grammar. For families enrolled in Classical Conversations, FLLFTWTM is a great English base for your child before they start Essentials.
Kristine A on Aug 2, 2020
This book was highly recommended to us, look forward on using this with my kids!
John P on Jul 28, 2020
excellent materials!
Concordia A on Jul 23, 2020
Recommended by a friend
Lisa T on Sep 10, 2022
The right balance of instruction and practice, and the variety of topics covered keeps kids' interest up and boredom away.
Charity F on Jul 12, 2022
Does level 3 come with an answer key?
A shopper on Mar 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: These books are scripted and a teacher’s addition is required. The teacher’s edition has all of the answers. As it is scripted from the teacher’s book, the student’s workbook does not have directions or explanations—it is a “do everything together” instead of self-guided.
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.
4.9 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
Elementary grammar
First Language Lessons Level 3 is an excellent elementary grammar curriculum. Also, it is easy to understand. I recommend starting at level 1, continuing at level 2 and 3 and finishing at level 4.
February 24, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Curriculum
I have been using first language lessons for years! Easy to use and very educational.
September 29, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This is my second time using this book with a child. I love its clarity and thoroughness.
November 19, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Easy order process, prompt delivery and good quality product at a good price.
March 18, 2019
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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 7 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
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 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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

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