First Language Lessons Level 4 Instructor Guide

First Language Lessons Level 4 Instructor Guide

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ISBN: 9781933339344
Grades: 4

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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.

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We have been successful with the earlier levels and planned to continue on. I always need directions and these are easy to follow.
Patricia M on May 7, 2022
We've been using First Language Lessons 1, 2, & 3 and my son enjoys the short lessons.
Lori S on Feb 19, 2022
We have been successful with the earlier levels and planned to continue on. I always need directions and these are easy to follow.
Patricia M on May 7, 2022
This grammar book is what makes homeschooling a beautiful thing.
BARBARA G on Apr 8, 2022
We've been using First Language Lessons 1, 2, & 3 and my son enjoys the short lessons.
Lori S on Feb 19, 2022
Need it for Level 4
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
We have enjoyed the last 3 years learning with FLL. Big fans of this thorough English program.
Andrea F on Aug 9, 2021
I've been using First Language lessons for 15 years now. I have found no better program to teach reading and grammar. Short, information-filled lessons that incorporate memorization and dictation/copywork.
Sara C on Aug 6, 2021
Want a more structured, well rounded, language arts program.
Veronica M on Aug 6, 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
My soon to be 4th grade daughters next level as she finished level 3
Karen T on Mar 16, 2021
For school
Gina S on Aug 30, 2020
suggested by local homeschool group
Paul W on Jul 29, 2020
Great series for my children. A good balance of writing and listening activities.
Rebecca on Jul 10, 2020
Required text for school
Kristi C on May 22, 2020
Levels 1-3 were amazing! Planning to stick with this company!
Natalie on Apr 20, 2020
We've used all the other FLL books and enjoyed. Just continuing on in the series.
Erin on Mar 20, 2020
I loved the fact that you can pretty much open it, teach it, and go. I love the material in the way it is presented as well as the ease of use. Both of my kids have done well with level 1 and 3. I feel it is a win-win using their books, which is why I'm buying the next level up. I'm a happy customer using FLL overall.
Linda T on Sep 23, 2019
Looking forward to using level 4 after completing level 3
Elizabeth R on Jul 29, 2019
It's a great pre-requisite to Classical Conversations Essentials. For me, doing the first year of essentials was challenging because of how fast it moved. It almost felt like the instructor started in the middle of a sentence. This slowed it way down and allowed my brain to wrap around the material. Essentials started making way more sence as I got furthor into the First Langiuage Lesson Level 3 book. I am so excited to start the 4th book with my children!
Christine H on Mar 19, 2019
Sophia T on Nov 30, 2018
We've used Levels 1-3 and want to continue with level 4.
Ben C on Nov 19, 2018
have used other levels and love it
Sonja on Oct 5, 2018
A serious language and grammar program in 15 minutes or so a day.
Carol F on Aug 24, 2018
Love the layout and ease of use. Great material! Love the consistent review!
Jacque N on Aug 18, 2018
We loved the first three books and want to continue with this curriculum. Very beneficial for students.
Jenifer J on Aug 15, 2018
school curriculum
Erin B on Jul 31, 2018
It looks like a fun way to continue learning grammar.
Zuleika O on Jul 30, 2018
Trying to get away from Classical Conversations; I'm hoping this will be a great substitute for their Essentials guide.
Jessica F on Jul 30, 2018
Love this foundational approach to grammar..
Sherie H on Jul 22, 2018
Level 3 was great, so I decided to go with Level 4!
amy p on Jul 19, 2018
designated curriculum for 4th grade at VCS
Alison J on Jul 19, 2018
First Language Lessons has been an amazing grammar curriculum. We have used Levels 1-3 and are looking forward to using Level 4.
Nick Z on Mar 28, 2018
great price on this curriculum!
Billie Jo S on Mar 6, 2018
We are using the classical model and this will help fit our needs for grammar.
Teresa B on Feb 5, 2018
My daughter is completing FLL 3 and it was time to get the next book
JOYCE R on Sep 5, 2017
We have use First Language Lessons for 3 years now, we love it!!!
Christine S on Sep 5, 2017
I also have used this - I enjoy the scripted lessons and very little prep time.
Jen S on Aug 29, 2017
My oldest is almost finished with level 3
Stephanie C on Aug 20, 2017
The F.L.L. instructor guides and workbooks make learning grammar so easy!
Jamie H on Jul 1, 2017
It's part of The Well-Trained Mind curriculum, which we enjoy, and have found to work very well with our children.
Jessie B on Jun 23, 2017
Content and friend recommendations
Roysan R on Jun 17, 2017
Continuing current curriculum.
Nichole W on May 29, 2017
I bought the workbook but it isn't helpful without the instructor book (unlike the Explode the Code where I haven't used the instructor book).
Christy A on May 20, 2017
I cannot afford IEW.... so I was looking for something more affordable, lessons in bite sizes, nicely incremental, with a good trajectory for Language Arts and Writing Comp. Not too easy, but not too bogged down either. I'm schooling 5 boys so I'm looking for something that builds gently and solidly. I've done Easy Grammar, which is pretty great and stress free. I want to give the First Language Lessons and Complete Writer Series a try. We will also be adding in Fix It Grammar for fun. Enjoy!
Kirstin G on Mar 9, 2017
We've been using FLL since the beginning and are happy with the product. Short, detailed lessons that keep my daughters attention span.
Toni M on Mar 9, 2017
I have liked the 1st and 2nd levels of First Language Lessons. We are moving on up!
Jennifer P on Jan 26, 2017
Recommended from another homeschooling family & our resource teacher
Shannon C on Jan 18, 2017
We have used First Language Lessons for years and love it.
Tara S on Jan 13, 2017
impossible to do without the teacher guide
Alexandra G on Dec 1, 2016
This grammar book is what makes homeschooling a beautiful thing.
BARBARA G on Apr 8, 2022
Need it for Level 4
Melissa M on Feb 13, 2022
What is the publication year?
A shopper on May 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This was published in 2008.
I am teaching one child. Do I need the instructor's guide and the student workbook?
A shopper on Jul 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. They go hand in hand. The instructor's manual asks the questions that the student answers in their books. It is really the "text" of the two.
What does Bauer suggest to follow Level 4 of FLL?
User on Mar 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: She suggests a few different ones. Rod and Staff has an english series that she suggests. We are going to be using Progressing with Courage which is for sixth grade but they have fifth grade which is probably what you would want. You can't order it online but you can call RR and they can do it over the phone. Bauer also has her own series now too it is Writing with Skill I believe.
Can this be used if the child has not done full before?
A shopper on Dec 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes , it may take about 2 weeks for your child to get used to the reading and writing involved but once they do you will see a great improvement.

My eldest is in 4th grade and using this one ( we homeschool ) other programs just were not working for her. But this one had made a huge leap in her abilities.

My other 3 will be following suit with this series , from the start its that good :)
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My 4th grader 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
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Very easy to teach language arts with this series.
September 16, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This Language Arts program is one of the best and most gentle programs I have ever used The program is scripted and there is *PLENTY* of explanation of the concepts! I looked high and low I used several well known and not so well known products and never had the kind of explanations I needed It was very frustrating! Then I found First Language Lessons This program blew them all out of the water for me Each Lesson has several exercises in which to teach the concept dictation memory work and plenty of review They are laid out nicely cleanly and without a lot of busy wording with what you are learning or reviewing at the top of each lesson The lessons take about 15 minutes each maybe more or less depending but it averages out If you have a student struggling with grammar then this is the program you need Although the language of the program is geared towards younger students my oldest (14yo) never really had any formal grammar instruction so we started at level 4 and she was halfway through in 2 weeks The teaching was so easy and understandable she was able to learn AND retain! the material So this is really a good program when they need the concepts One of the best things about the program is that it doesn't have an assumption of prior knowledge There is enough review of prior concepts that you can start at a higher level if need be like I did with my daughter I have also used Level 1/2 with my middle child and he is now into Level 3 I do recommend getting both the teacher and student if they are separate one feeds off the other The teacher book has more explanation in detail and some of the student page exercises will something like a list of words You won't know what that list is for without the teacher book Peace Hill does now offer them all in one so you do not have to have two books The price is *really* reasonable considering what you get This is also an open and go program The only thing you will need to remember is which lesson you left off at and that is easily remedied with a sticky note for a book mark! None of my children groan any longer when I drag out the grammar I am enjoying teaching (as well as learning!) with the program!
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