First Language Lessons Level 3 Instructor Guide

First Language Lessons Level 3 Instructor Guide

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ISBN: 9781933339078
Grades: 3

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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 0.94"
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I wanted something that could be used family style, but also had an organized way of delivering language concepts. I am planning to use this as a secondary source with our language arts. The hope is that it will fill the gaps by solidifying language concepts as we move along with our language arts program.
Tanya S on Oct 19, 2022
recommended by Susan Wise Bauer
Sara M on Nov 5, 2021
I wanted something that could be used family style, but also had an organized way of delivering language concepts. I am planning to use this as a secondary source with our language arts. The hope is that it will fill the gaps by solidifying language concepts as we move along with our language arts program.
Tanya S on Oct 19, 2022
This grammar book is what makes homeschooling a beautiful thing.
BARBARA G on Apr 8, 2022
recommended by Susan Wise Bauer
Sara M on Nov 5, 2021
Finished Logic of English Foundations and going to use to teach diagramming sentences before starting Logic of English Essentials.
Esther K on Oct 16, 2021
recommended by Well-Trained Mind
Anne C on Aug 18, 2021
My sister has homeschooled 4 children with this writing curriculum and she recommended it to me.
Silvia W on Aug 2, 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
We did Level 2 last year with my autistic son and we loved it!
Melissa S on Jul 21, 2021
Used First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind Levels 1 and 2 before, and it was a success!
Hannah P on Jul 2, 2021
My family has successfully used previous levels of this resource.
Courtney E on Jun 5, 2021
I LOVE the first language lessons as a supplement for Classical Conversations memory work. It is quick, repetitive, and fun. I'm also learning!
Darlene G on Apr 28, 2021
Was highly recommend by other homeschool parents.
Donna M on Mar 25, 2021
We are using Level 2 right now and it is working for us.
Colleen R on Mar 19, 2021
I have a struggling writer.
Veronica M on Feb 10, 2021
To teach my child Language lessons
Melissa M on Aug 26, 2020
This was a great program from my oldest student so I'd like to purchase this guide in order to complete it with my second child.
User on Jul 31, 2020
I am looking for solid grammar, which includes diagramming. I am also interested in a program that is easy to implement.
Deborah W on Jun 22, 2020
recommended grammar program for the classical model
Michelle A on Jun 21, 2020
I have used the other levels and had great success with the scripted format.
Ashley K on May 3, 2020
I have used Level 1 and Level 2 with my children. This is a great method of learning. Highly recommend
Justin R on Apr 19, 2020
For a co-op class
Brandy H on Apr 19, 2020
This was recommended to me by two different friends in one day. So, I thought we would give it a try.
Kristen F on Oct 5, 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
Was looking for classical style language arts program.
SUSAN L on Jul 24, 2019
We have used FLL starting with Level 1 - it's dry, but it's short and sweet. I do like the poems that have been selected in the previous levels.
Molly B on Jul 1, 2019
Friend recommendation
Michaela W on Jun 8, 2019
Well trained mind recommendation
Grace B on May 17, 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
Easy scripted layout. We tried Shirley English for a while but love this style much better. It is much more user friendly than most grammar programs.
Sarah H on Feb 4, 2019
because i have the workbook already and need the teacher's guide.
Leigh A on Jan 16, 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 this.
Linda T on Dec 23, 2018
It was recommended to me by my homeschool group coordinator.
CEANDREKA C on Nov 28, 2018
We have loved FLL levels 1 and 2.
natasha h on Nov 9, 2018
Used level 2 last year and found it to be very helpful.
Darci H on Nov 8, 2018
We have done level 2 with my daughter and level 4 with my other daughter and found these to be a great fit for language.
Sara S on Oct 31, 2018
already use their materials for a younger grade. easy to use format.
Carrie W on Oct 8, 2018
This book teaches according to the classical method of learning.
Kelly V on Aug 17, 2018
Highly recommended by other serious homeschoolers
Laura W on Aug 9, 2018
I choose this for Summer learning exercise.
Violet on Jun 13, 2018
Needed it for my daughter who is about to finish level 2
Cori H on Jun 3, 2018
friend recommended
Kim W on May 24, 2018
Wanted to have book three ready to go :)
Christine on Feb 26, 2018
Recommended by Well Trained Mind
June Lynne J on Feb 7, 2018
I was looking for a new approach to Grammar and kept coming back to this one. I looked at home-school blogs online and saw this one recommended. And for the great price why not try it?
Summer on Nov 24, 2017
I used her first two books for my now older children and really liked how she explains things.
Natalie M on Oct 25, 2017
This program is great!
Joy W on Sep 28, 2017
We love levels 1 and 2 so we are continuing with 3.
Sonja on Sep 23, 2017
suggested by well trained mind
elizabeth G on Aug 21, 2017
We have used the first 2 books and they seem to work quite well, even with my adopted children who have come learning and language difficulties.
Kelly M P on Aug 12, 2017
This grammar book is what makes homeschooling a beautiful thing.
BARBARA G on Apr 8, 2022
Finished Logic of English Foundations and going to use to teach diagramming sentences before starting Logic of English Essentials.
Esther K on Oct 16, 2021
Can I use this (FLL) workbook as a writing curriculum? Double up or I was thinking getting writer with ease too?
A shopper on Oct 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You will definitely need something else to use as a writing curriculum. We use FLL for grammar and IEW for writing. I’m not familiar with Writing with Ease but I’m pretty sure you can use that for your writing program.
Can this be taught to multiple students together? I have kids 11, 10, and 9, and want to one curriculem for them to cut down on teaching time. Also, how easy would it be to incorperate WTM writing theory to this? I was thinking, since it used excerpts from literature (like Writing with Ease) I could add in narration/dictation/copywork exercises to flesh out a LA curriculum.
User on Aug 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I taught it to both of mine (9 and 11 at the time). What I did was I drew out the first few diagram frames of each lesson on the whiteboard and we all worked together to fill them in using the guiding questions. Usually at the end of the diagramming lessons there are 4-5 diagrams for practice. I had them do those independently without the guiding questions, and then I checked their work and corrected where necessary.
There are a few narration, dictation, and copywork exercises sprinkled throughout the text, but probably only a total of 10-15 for the whole year. You would definitely need to add on more of those in order to make it a writing program. Also, my kids really struggled with the poetry memorization when I tried to teach them those lessons together. We had to do the poetry stuff one-on-one for it to stick. Hope that helps!
Is it necessary to have the instructor guide for FLL level 3 or will the workbook suffice? The first 2 levels of FLL were a single book. Personally, I didn't care much for the scripted lessons in levels 1&2. It was a little dry and has too much overlap with WWE. Could we skip the instructor book with level 3 or will it be too confusing?
A shopper on Apr 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I love the format of all levels of First Language Lessons. If the lessons seemed redundant we would just double (triple, or quadruple) up lessons. I’ve never followed the script verbatim, but have always liked having it right there.
I felt the teacher guide was particularly necessary in level three as the student starts having to diagram sentences. The teaching script explains and walks the student through all the rules and steps of diagraming (this is not in the workbook). I would say the instructor’s book is even more necessary than the workbook although I wouldn’t have wanted to go without either.
Could someone comment on starting with level 3 for a 4th grader? We used level 2 in second grade and we're trying something else this year, but I am unhappy with it. Considering going back to this for next year. Thoughts? Thanks!
Noelia on Nov 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think you could absolutely do level 3 in 4th grade. My son is doing level 4 in 6th grade. Ideally, I would have liked to do level 4 in 5th grade but we came across First Language Lessons a little late. I like FLL because of the solid foundation it provides in short painless lessons. I've looked ahead because I'm a stickler for grammar and I want to make sure my son's grammar education is complete and feel my next step might be the Analytical Grammar program which can easily be completed in middle school. There is an Analytical Grammar Junior program which is considered by its publishers to be a 5th grade preparation for the next step, Analytical Grammar. I briefly compared it with FFL levels 3 and 4 and I think they are comparable with the Junior program. Since my son was comfortable with FFL we stuck with it. We also do Writing With Ease for the narration and dictation. Both are very helpful, especially the later when it comes to capitalization and punctuation; however, you don't need a specific program to do either. Hope this helps.
We are going to be starting First Language Lessons 3. I was thinking of adding Writing with Ease into our schedule. Should I start at WWE 1? or would another better coincide with FLL 3?
User on Mar 30, 2016
First Language Lessons Level 3 Instructor Guide
First Language Lessons Level 3 Instructor Guide
Complete Writer: Writing w/Ease Text Lvl 1-4
Complete Writer: Writing w/Ease Text Lvl 1-4
BEST ANSWER: Honestly? I've stopped using WWE. There were so many redundancies between it and FLL. I stuck with FLL and added daily writing prompts for my 3rd grader.
We are going to be starting First Language Lessons 3. I was thinking of adding Writing with Ease into our schedule and I'm trying to decide which workbook would be best... should we just start at 1 or would another work better with FLL3?
A shopper on Mar 30, 2016
First Language Lessons Level 3 Instructor Guide
First Language Lessons Level 3 Instructor Guide
Complete Writer: Writing w/Ease Text Lvl 1-4
Complete Writer: Writing w/Ease Text Lvl 1-4
BEST ANSWER: We just started using WWE this school year, and are loving it! I have 6 sons, ages 9, 8, 6, 4, 2, and 8 months. I am flying through it with my oldest 2 sons, and slowly working through it with my 6 year old. We use MFW ECC this year, and are rounding out our LA with Language Lessons for Today, All About Spelling, and G.U.M. Drops, and I see my active, energetic boys really excelling and enjoying writing and LA now! And WWE is their favorite! I started them with level 1 this year, so it would be easy and enjoyable and a firm foundation in oral composition, which we are almost done, and these goals have more than been met! I feel like we made the right choice and we are looking forward to starting Level 2 of WWE soon! Hope this helps!
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Zaner-Bloser GUM: Grade 2 Student Edition
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All About Spelling Level 2 Materials
All About Spelling Level 2 Materials
My daughter is dyslexic and has issues with grammar and spelling. We use All About Spelling and it works quite well. She has difficulty learning grammar and I thought maybe this program would work. She is in 6th grade in all her other subjects this year but only 3rd in spelling and grammar. If I do use this program what level should I start her on? Thanks you Dori
Dori L on Sep 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I purchased FLL Level 3 for my son who is entering 5th grade. So far I am happy with my decision. Although he is not dyslexic, I do believe he suffers from a certain amount of what I call selective attention deficit disorder. He remembers what interests him to incredible depth and breadth but things like capitalization, punctuation and parts of speech have little relevance for him. The curriculum is gentle and he is receptive to the short lessons. In fact, I think he recalls more because he knows grammar will not drag on forever and because he just likes the one-on-one interaction with me. Although, I do not think Levels 3 and 4 are as complex as the grade level Abeka curriculum that my daughter completed several years ago, I do believe it sets a solid foundation. I was even considering Junior Anaytical Grammar for him during grades 5 and 6. I think this curriculum which covers the basics I mentioned above is very similar in content to FFL Levels 3 and 4 although the presentation is just a little different. As my son matures and his attention span increases, I do believe he will be ready for that more complex level of grammar in 7th and 8th grade. I'm thinking of using the Analytical Grammar. My main concern is that he will be ready for high school composition and I do believe he'll get there in plenty of time via this route. So, in conclusion, I would say go with FFL level 3 or if you find that just a bit too challenging try level 2 and step the pace up a bit. It's easy to do since the lessons are so short. We are talking 5 to 10 minutes tops at Level 2 perhaps 15 for Level 3. You may want to consider Writing with Ease as well. Level 2 goes nicely with FFL 3. It complements FFL and is composed of equally short lessons.
Writing With Ease Level One Workbook
Writing With Ease Level One Workbook
Writing With Ease Level Two Workbook
Writing With Ease Level Two Workbook
Analytical Grammar Set
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Rated 5 out of 5
Love it!
We love First Language Lessons.
December 14, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
So Easy!!!
As a mom, I love it!!!
My first language is Spanish so for me it is easy to follow step by step instructions for each lesson!! It helps me a lot!! My kid loved it too, easy learning lessons, not overwhelming! The nice chart it has helps me to organized all year lessons and doesn't miss any!!!
December 3, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent on many levels!
This curriculum is wonderful and makes my job as teacher very easy. I love that lessons are scripted and my kids work along in their workbooks which helps keep them engaged! We are all liking this language arts program so far.
August 24, 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
Very pleased
Thorough, well-done lessons, yet short enough for my boys to enjoy and stay focused.
September 9, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very thorough. Continues to review concepts so as to make sure they are retained. Wish I had found these books earlier.
December 25, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great introduction into IEW
Gentle enough to ease into. A combination of Charlotte Mason and Classical.
October 4, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love these books!
I love how these are so easy for the student and teacher. But they are also extremely well written and cover so much in the 15-20 minutes a day.
December 12, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great product
I like the teachers manual. It lays everything out and is easy to follow and understand.
September 27, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
LOVE this!
Most teacher manuals are not usually needed for the early years, however this teacher manual is a must buy! It is so handy and works together so well with the student book- I LOVE it. It's made grammar a breeze. I'm mostly impressed with how well the books work together- it's a valuable investment for any homeschool.
November 15, 2015
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