First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind Level 4 Workbook

First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind Level 4 Workbook

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ISBN: 9781933339337
Grades: 4

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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 beginning with writing and storytelling. Optional end units provide practice in dictionary use and letter writing. 380 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
English/Writing
Grade
4
ISBN
9781933339337
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Peace Hill Press
Weight
2.75 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.06"
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My children really enjoy this program, beginning with level 1. We will continue to use it in our homeschool as we have for the past 6 years.
Lauren E on Nov 27, 2022
I have so appreciated the methodical and thorough study of grammar through these series of books. They have prepared my children so very well for the study of grammar through middle school.
Cheryl J on Aug 18, 2022
My children really enjoy this program, beginning with level 1. We will continue to use it in our homeschool as we have for the past 6 years.
Lauren E on Nov 27, 2022
This is the second year, I'm using this curriculum. My first time was with the 3 grade level. I was pleasantly surprised how much my son enjoyed doing this program. He rarely complained doing the writing. He enjoyed memorizing the poems. We use this in conjunction with All About Reading and I think the two are a nice fit together.
Janet S on Aug 27, 2022
I have so appreciated the methodical and thorough study of grammar through these series of books. They have prepared my children so very well for the study of grammar through middle school.
Cheryl J on Aug 18, 2022
I've used this with all 5 of my kids. It's a solid program. I highly recommend it!
Rachel C on Aug 15, 2022
for my fourth grader
User on Jul 29, 2022
it's being used at our co-op
Vicky C on Jul 7, 2022
Required by school
Sharon S on Jul 7, 2022
We have been successful with the first levels and decided to continue with them.
Patricia M on May 7, 2022
Our co op uses this.
Amy D on Apr 30, 2022
This grammar book is what makes homeschooling a beautiful thing.
BARBARA G on Apr 8, 2022
We used Level 3 last year and it worked well so we are using level 4 this year.
Melissa M on Feb 13, 2022
We love these books! They are very thorough and with a lot of variety. I feel our kids are truly well trained with these books! Easy to understand instructions, repetitive so the kids don't forget, fun activities.
John P on Aug 12, 2021
school curriculum
Dongliang Z on Aug 9, 2021
Required by school.
Emily C on Aug 6, 2021
Want a more structured, well rounded, language arts program.
Veronica M on Aug 6, 2021
school curriculum
Melody V on Jul 15, 2021
Our family has had great success using First Language Lessons
Christina T on Jul 12, 2021
best price
Jessica B on Jun 12, 2021
Makes learning grammar fun and easy!
Katharine Y on Apr 24, 2021
Looking at using it next year
diane b on Apr 2, 2021
TO go with guide
Karen T on Mar 16, 2021
I like the simplicity of the explanations and the types of literature used in the exercises. I don't feel compelled to use every lesson. I use this more as a gauge to see where my child's understanding is on various grammar concepts. If I see a weakness along the way then I use more lessons. If I was brand new to homeschooling; I would use every lesson because it teaches the teacher as well. ;)
Rachelle H on Mar 10, 2021
I love the program.
Carilynn V on Feb 23, 2021
This is a great grammar choice for those interested in classical education.
Jonah S on Sep 3, 2020
5 of my kids have done very well with this set, so continuing with the younger kids.
Dawn S on Sep 1, 2020
suggested by homeschool group
Paul W on Jul 29, 2020
excellent materials!
Concordia A on Jul 23, 2020
Great series for my children. A good balance of writing and listening activities. Dovetails well with the Writing with Ease series.
Rebecca on Jul 10, 2020
This will be for our fifth child using this curriculum! We love it and have used it for years for a gentle, yet thorough grammar base.
Lorna V on Jul 6, 2020
Curriculum
Sarena T on Jun 22, 2020
Required text for school
Kristi C on May 22, 2020
Love this series of books!
Laura B on May 16, 2020
I have used this in the past, and my daughter loves it and has requested to use it again next year.
Kathryn H on May 14, 2020
This is a solid grammar book. The teacher's manual is necessary.
Sarah D on May 9, 2020
Doesn't require a lot of handwriting, short lessons
Este C on Apr 26, 2020
Used years 1-3 and plan to continue. Wonderful!!
Natalie on Apr 20, 2020
We've used the first 3 levels, and have really enjoyed it. I like the conversation style approach, and I appreciate the care with which they broaden my child's exposure to excellent writing skills and great literature.
KaraLynn H on Apr 18, 2020
It has worked well for us the previous years with book 1,2,3
Michelle A on Mar 26, 2020
We've used all the other FLL books and enjoyed. Just continuing on in the series.
Erin on Mar 20, 2020
I love her approach to grammar
Natalie M on Jan 16, 2020
I used level FLL level 3 with my daughter (Student Workbook for her and I also used the Instructor Guide along with it) and I really liked the thorough way in which the Language Arts lessons were presented. Through this method I felt that she learned the material well and gained a good grasp of it. It worked well for both of us, she enjoyed learning and I also enjoyed teaching using this material. Therefore I'm sticking with the next level.
Linda T on Sep 23, 2019
I have used First Language Lessons for 4 children/students so far. We start with FLL 1, 2 and 3. 4 is the logical next step! I am grateful to the author for a simple, easy to follow educator manual. I am also grateful for a "not too complicated" student book. Memorizing the parts of speech, preposition list, verb lists, etc. have been helpful assets to my university/high school age children. Therefore the younger children get to wade through this family-friendly text also!
Keola on Aug 17, 2019
For my 4th Grader.
ANN S on Aug 15, 2019
co-op selection
Kar H on Jul 11, 2019
We have completed FFL 3 and this is the next level
Kristin M on May 5, 2019
About to start homeschooling. Summer review for a 5th grader not quite ready for the Grammar level 1 books.
Angela J on Mar 25, 2019
I love this series! I've used it with all four of my older children and find it very thorough.
Anna H on Feb 27, 2019
homeschool
Sophia T on Nov 30, 2018
have used other levels and love it
Sonja on Oct 5, 2018
referred by a friend
Rebecca E on Sep 20, 2018
This is the second year, I'm using this curriculum. My first time was with the 3 grade level. I was pleasantly surprised how much my son enjoyed doing this program. He rarely complained doing the writing. He enjoyed memorizing the poems. We use this in conjunction with All About Reading and I think the two are a nice fit together.
Janet S on Aug 27, 2022
I've used this with all 5 of my kids. It's a solid program. I highly recommend it!
Rachel C on Aug 15, 2022
If I my children were in public school and they are going into 3rd and 4th grade and I plan to homeschool for just this year and am using First Language Lessons for grammer, should I do level 3 or 4 for both of them? My 3rd grader is usually above level, my 4th grader is usually on grade level.
A shopper on Jul 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: If you only want to buy one book, I would get level 3 for both of them. The First Language Lesson books contain a lot of repetition so the content in the 3rd and 4th book will be similar but the student work in Level 3 will be a bit easier. Also, most public schools do not teach grammar as thoroughly as this book so it should still be fine for your 4th grader. Good luck!
is there a level five? We have loved this and would like to continue using FLL
User on Jan 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I had the same question at the start of our last school year! All of a sudden I realized I didn't know what writing/grammar books to use next! WTM recommends a few options, but none seem to follow the same method as FLL. I chose Saxon Grammar and Writing 5 to continue our grammar studies. The writing instruction may not be as intensive as Writing with Skill by Susan Wise Bauer. But I didn't feel like my 5th grader and 3rd grader were ready for that level of writing instruction. I'm very happy with the Saxon approach to grammar and writing.
Grammar & Writing 5 Student Workbook 2ED
Grammar & Writing 5 Student Workbook 2ED
My daughter is going into 5th grade. We have never done a formal grammar program, which level should I start with 3 or 4?
User on Sep 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Level III may be the best place for your child to start. Both books require extensive work diagramming sentences. Level III is a good refresher if she has experience diagramming, but needs practice. If your child is not familiar with the parts of speech and how the diagramming frame looks and works, it will be difficult for her to complete the assignments in level IV. Please make sure you order the parent book and the student book. The parent book contains directed/scripted lesson instruction. This is not a program that she will be able to complete on her own. Both books offer sections of poetry or literature memorization.
I am teaching one child. Do I need the teacher's manual and the student workbook?
A shopper on Jul 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. This program is meant to be a teacher-student interaction/conversation, so there aren't instructions in the student workbook. It might say "exercise 6" and then just a list of words. The teacher manual would say to add an adjective to that list of nouns. Hope this makes sense. Good luck!
I am starting to homeschool my soon 4th grader: which level should I use?
A shopper on May 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Level four is a good place to start especially if your child is familiar with diagramming sentences the classical method. The program reviews parts of speech such as adjectives verbs nouns and prepositions. The program also includes dictation, copy work, and memorization of poetry. The program includes letter writing skills, and dictionary usage skills. It is good for you as a teacher of a new homeschool student because the program is fully scripted in the teacher book. It is entirely consumable on the student side. You will need to order one book per student.
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Grammar
Excellent elementary grammar student workbook. I recommend using it with the instructor workbook.
February 24, 2021
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My daughter loves it!
I like this curriculum but some lessons seem repetitive. The book does say to skip what you don't need so we do, just something to know before you buy. I will say my 4th grader loves this book! She doesn't have specifics of what she likes but she is not a language arts person but loves using this book. I think her having her workbook pages all laid out for her make it easy for her to look and understand the directions.
November 13, 2020
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Engaging lessons
I love First Language Lessons. They are an excellent example of Classical education philosophy, but fit in nicely with my eclectic, loosely Charlotte Mason approach. We’ve used FLL from the beginning, but now that we are at the workbook levels, it’s even more engaging for the kids. I appreciate how well-scripted they are. The memorization/repetition really works; the lessons are not too long and the activities can be surprisingly fun & interesting. I found that my 3rd grader was ready for Level 4 and my 1st grader is excelling at Level 3, with less of the optional dictation work.
April 6, 2018
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Wonderful and easy to use.
I have used the first three in the series and have loved how easy they are to use. My two children enjoy the art and poetry and that the lessons are short and clear. Grammar and writing are broken down in beautifully sized chunks that make it easy and quick.
June 1, 2016
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
FLL Level 4
Our favorite curriculum. It's scripted, so some might not like it. But for us, it works. My kids soak up everything. I like the memorization and application of the memorized rules.
March 17, 2016
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
I have used FLL for 3 of my children, and I think it is an excellent way to teach grammar. The lessons are not long, and the review and optional dictionary and writing exercises are an added bonus. The price is reasonable, too.
November 2, 2015
Purchased
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Clear and concise
This program is easy to use, very minimal planning required. I don't have time for involved, intricate lesson planning sessions, this works perfectly with my hectic schedule. The nature of the lessons, quality scripted instruction guide and gentle tone of the book make this a pleasure to use. I find the book useful for remediation and new learners.
October 22, 2015
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over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
In sixteen years of homeschooling I have tried many different approaches to teaching my children First Language Lessons are a proven winner in my household The lessons are brief well laid out and require no preparation You just follow the teacher's manual I have used these books with both elementary and middle school students sometimes at the same time I find that memorization comes easier for younger children but that older children grasp the concepts much quicker There is plenty of review built in to aid in long term memorization The use of chant and repetition takes little time but really makes things stick! For older children this series works great as a quick straight forward guide to the nuts and bolts of grammar It provides a strong foundation for other grammar programs For younger children some of the longer lessons can easily be split to use over multiple days Lessons often include optional exercises which involve multiple senses and even body movement The poems given for memorization are enjoyable and easy to learn Having tried many different grammar workbooks where a model is copied but the concepts are easily forgotten I highly recommend First Language Lessons for both their economic and learning value
February 27, 2015

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