Cottage Press Language Lessons for Children: Primer One Autumn

Cottage Press Language Lessons for Children: Primer One Autumn

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ISBN: 9781494859824
Grades: 1-4

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Gentle language lessons for early elementary students. Weekly routine includes copybook, narration from accompanying literature, grammar and spelling lessons based on copybook model, nature study, and picture study. Primer One spelling and grammar lessons reinforce spelling rules, introduce basic sentence skills, practice correct word usage with homonyms, antonyms, and synonyms, teach basic letter-writing, and develop rhyming skills. Requires accompanying Primer One Teaching Helps.

Primer One Autumn, Primer One Winter, and Primer One Spring are sequential in skills, but can be used out of sequence if necessary. Before beginning Primer One, a student should have achieved beginning spelling and phonics proficiency, be ready for beginning chapter books, and be able to copy words and sentences.

consumable workbook format, twelve weeks of lessons

seasonal focus on early autumn through Christmas

copywork selections from A.A. Milne, Lucy Maude Montgomery, Beatrix Potter, poetry, hymns, Christmas music, and the Bible

nature study examines telling direction, tree leaves, and mammals

picture study looks at artists Winslow Homer and Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Additional Materials Needed:

PrimerAutumn Teaching Helps (print version, non-consumable)

PrimerAutumn Teaching Helps (download or e-book version)

PrimerAutumn Picture PDF (free download)

PrimerAutumn Resource webpage (link given in PrimerAutumn)

The Aesop for Children, illustrated by Milo Winter (also available as a free e-book.

These courses are thoroughly Charlotte Mason - more interaction with language than memorization; more thoughtfully intuitive activities than pages of drill - but the well-constructed lessons would be excellent preparation for a classical approach to both composition and language arts skills, as well. These are simple language lessons for the primary grades - twelve weekly lessons in each of the three books that make up a Primer series. Lessons are all prepped and ready-to-go which means a teacher's valuable time can be best spent interacting with her student. Most lessons include a task that can be completed alone so they fit well into a busy mom's schedule.

The Primer 1 series provides grammar and spelling lessons, examination of basic sentence skills, word usage (particularly antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms) and word rhyming. The Primer 2 series reviews concepts from the Primer 1 series, introduces the parts of speech, as well as simile, personification, onomatopoeia, and alliteration.

Let's take a look at one lesson - just to get an idea of how the lessons flow. Week 3 of Primer 1, Autumn, is centered around a passage from Anne of Avonlea. The two-paragraph passage talks about the simple little pleasures of ordinary days. Each of the four days in the lesson starts by having the student write the day, date, and year. Each day also has a copywork assignment (part of the two paragraph em>Anne passage). [On the fourth day the passage is written from dictation.] Days 1 and 3 include a fable or other story to be read and narrated preceded by vocabulary study and completed by story illustrations done by the student. Next comes the copywork portion of the lessons followed by a short bit of grammar instruction; in this case, reviewing past tense and plurals. Day 2 starts with drawing a picture of what is seen out of a window on the east side. "Directions" are on-going - part of the weekly Nature Study, so this week's practice is stating what direction you travel to get from home to various places (i.e. post office, church, etc.).

Copywork is followed by a rhyming words activity. Day 3 is another fable or story with preceding vocabulary study and follow-up picture drawing. Copywork is followed by usage (or after w). Day 4 is a picture study and then the passage dictation and a review of the abbreviations for the days of the week.

As you can see, instruction is gentle and well-integrated with the passage and other literature selections. It's also teacher-student interactive. Passages (usually around 100 words) are taken from a wide variety of sources - poetry, children's classics, the Bible (NKJV), and historical accounts. The Primer books are sequential in skills and have a seasonal focus so you'll most likely want to follow the seasons of the academic year (i.e. Autumn, Winter, Spring). Lessons are short, gentle and emphasize the intuitive nature of language development. Twice a week, stories (from various sources) are read and the student is expected to narrate these back. Space is provided for the student to also draw pictures illustrating the stories. The Nature Studies are much broader than the example above and include constellations, plant and animal studies, etc. Students observe, draw, or collect (if possible) nature specimens from your yard or a nearby park. Picture Studies focus on two artists for each Primer (teacher selects the artist), looking at six different examples of the artist's works. Grammar, word usage, and spelling lessons are short and drawn from the daily copywork.

Before starting the Primer 1 series, the student should have some beginning spelling and phonics, be able to read simple words comfortably, and be able to copy basic words and sentences (i.e. 2nd/3rd grades). Students should have intermediate spelling and phonics proficiency (i.e. 3rd/4th grades) before starting the Primer 2 series. They should also be able to read beginning chapter books with basic fluency and be able to copy sentences and short paragraphs. Students can begin the series at their current skill level.

Primer Books are consumable student books. These include the weekly passage, space for copywork and/or dictation as well as the vocabulary, grammar, picture and nature studies. Copywork space is provide in the Primer 1 books but Primer 2 students are expected to write their copywork in a separate composition book. The Primer 2 books include noticeably more space and time for grammar and usage instruction and exercises.

The Teaching Helps book is used for all three Primer books in a series and includes instructions as well as information for the nature study plus tips on teaching grammar and spelling and answer keys (when applicable). There is one book to accompany the three books of the Primer 1 series and another for the Primer 2 series. In addition to specific teacher notes for each of the daily lessons, there are introductory sections on general pedagogy and practice, weekly routine, and optional enrichment ideas. You'll want to spend a little time going over this and becoming familiar with the general instructional methodology but daily prep is all done for you and the daily teaching notes coupled with the student books are very user-friendly. Appendices include letter/phonogram sounds as well as spelling rules/tips and literary terms. Additionally, the author/publisher has thoughtfully provided useful web-based resources to further keep your prep easy and inexpensive. Primer Resources is a webpage that has links to online and other resources needed for the picture and nature studies. A free Picture Study PDF download provides images needed for the picture studies. Information on both of these web resources is in the Teaching Helps. Primers are 127 pgs, pb. Teaching Helps are 104 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

Category Description for Cottage Press Language Arts Programs:

Is the Cottage Press series a Charlotte Mason language arts program? Well, yes it is! Is it a classical writing program based on the progymnasmata? Well, yes it is! If these two ideas seem mildly out of sync to you, then consider that some of the language arts methods attributed to Charlotte Mason are thoroughly classical in their origin (i.e. narration/retelling, copywork, dictation). Likewise, consider that the classical teaching methods based on the progymnasmata involve quality literature, teacher-student interaction, and composition mentoring. It’s easy to see that these two, seemingly different methodologies are actually quite compatible – at least in the area of language arts. It’s also easy to see that combining the two provides a strongly academic, teacher-student interactive approach to language arts. Lessons are detailed, well-organized, well-prepared and ready-to-go. All courses are based on the presupposition that the student is reading lots of quality, classic and classical literature. Courses in the early elementary grades incorporate more Charlotte Mason techniques and methodologies (including picture study) while the upper elementary, middle school, and high school courses are increasingly rigorous and follow the progymnasmata series of writing exercises. All levels include instructive student books and teacher materials with answers; both with gorgeous cover art. Both required and suggested resources are listed for every course.

Category Description for COMPLETE ENGLISH PROGRAMS:

These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.

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I chose this curriculum as a gentle introduction to writing for my second grade student.
Nicole E on Jul 26, 2022
Like the fact that it is classic format, Charlotte Mason type. Reviewed it the program and it seemed perfect for our 7 year old. We watched a presentation of a parent on YouTube and our child liked the layout. We want him to learn outside of the box and to think for himself rather than have thoughts planted. This seems perfect.
Gloria M on Jul 16, 2022
I chose this curriculum as a gentle introduction to writing for my second grade student.
Nicole E on Jul 26, 2022
This looks fascinating and I love the Charlotte Mason melding with classical learning.
SADIE S on Jul 19, 2022
Like the fact that it is classic format, Charlotte Mason type. Reviewed it the program and it seemed perfect for our 7 year old. We watched a presentation of a parent on YouTube and our child liked the layout. We want him to learn outside of the box and to think for himself rather than have thoughts planted. This seems perfect.
Gloria M on Jul 16, 2022
This book was recommended by our home school co-op (CM style)
Maria D on Jul 23, 2021
There doesn't seem to be any part of this that will be over my 1st graders head, nothing about it seems too technical rather it seems like the exercises are woven into living writing samples, beautiful pictures, and the world around us. It is in line with a truth that Charlotte Mason pointed out that education is a science of relations. This primer seems perfect for helping my kids relate to the world around them.
Shae P on Oct 20, 2020
because it was perfect.
Stephen B on Aug 24, 2020
looked enjoyable using classical texts
Noelle L on Jun 4, 2020
Interested in a Charlotte Mason/Gym mixture that my child can use as their English. Gentle is a nice description and that is what I want as an introduction for my child to enjoy English as they are learning.
Bethany R on May 8, 2020
I've used this before with my older children, but it was packaged through Lulu.
Melinda B on Aug 23, 2019
This series is just beautiful! It's gentle but effective.
KeriBeth E on Jul 26, 2019
I love combining classic literature examples with grammar studies, I hope this will be a good fit for my first grader!
Lori K on Jul 4, 2019
Quick and interesting
User on Jul 1, 2019
Delightful Charlotte Mason curriculum for younger elementary, easy to use and gentle learning.
Karissa on Jan 30, 2019
Some Charlotte Mason Language Arts Curriculum doesn't start grammar until 3rd/4th child is more than ready and needs the challenge so this looks like the perfect fit.
Ann M S on Nov 7, 2017
Uses Charlotte Mason methods. Use a gentle approach to grammar and uses beautiful literature and picture study!
Sarah D on Aug 31, 2017
Charlotte Mason
Donna A on Jun 7, 2017
I've used it before and really like it for a second grade language arts bridge from copy work to a more formal writing program like Writing & Rhetoric.
Megan P on Jan 3, 2017
I was looking for a gentle daily language arts work text. I am excited that it follows a classical style as well as implementing picture study.
Creston T on Aug 25, 2016
I admire the narration and copywork approach to language arts, and this curriculum seems to have a well rounded selection of literature; it has not only children's fiction, but also Scripture and other non-fiction.
Rebekah H on Aug 1, 2016
Recommended for my 2nd grade daughter that I homeschool. My old English teacher is so enthusiastic about classical education and homeschooling and she found this material for me. We love it!
Dalena W on Jan 16, 2016
This looks fascinating and I love the Charlotte Mason melding with classical learning.
SADIE S on Jul 19, 2022
This book was recommended by our home school co-op (CM style)
Maria D on Jul 23, 2021
I noticed that RR recommended this for grades 1-4. However, the author recommends Primer 1 for grades 2-3, can I really use this for a 4th grader? Would love to combine my 2nd & 4th grader. Has anyone successfully combined children with this curriculum?
A shopper on Jun 18, 2022

We used Primer 1 as part of our coop curriculum for grades 2-3 and I think for certain you can use it for your 2nd and 4th grader. For the 4th grader you may find it perfectly at their level, or you may want to challenge them further. My oldest was in 3rd grade when she used it and she really enjoyed it. It’s very aesthetically pleasing and has fun daily exercises.

I think in order to challenge your older child, now that I’m remembering this from last year, you might keep them at a more brisk pace and allow your 2nd grader to skip some of the daily lessons, or only participate verbally while you do more of the written work.

Anyway, how to make it more challenging was not your question, haha! But yes, absolutely I think you would not be disappointed in this curriculum if you purchased it for both your children.
How long does a days lesson take to complete in Primer One Autumn?
A shopper on May 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I purchased this for next year so I have not completed any lessons yet. My advice, with any subject, is to spend as much time on a lesson as you want. If your child can handle just 15-20 min then do it. If he or she can handle 30-45 min. go for it. If it takes you 2 or even 3 days to finish a lesson don’t worry about it. Do what works for your student(s).
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Rated 5 out of 5
Loved it!
Fantastic and engaging curriculum! I love how aesthetically pleasing every page of the book is. It is also so nice to have each day laid out simply. I will add, it is best to have the parent book to go along with it, otherwise you will be scratching your head at some points.

My daughter was using this at third grade, but I believe it is totally workable for anyone from 2nd-4th.
June 18, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great program!
I adore the Primer series. We are currently using Primer 1, as a supplement to our Rod and Staff English (you do NOT need a supplement for Rod and Staff English) program. Our kiddos needed an extra boost and I LOVE all the copy work. It truly is making a different in or children's work. We also enjoy reading the Fables and illustrating what we hear. The picture study selections are BEAUTIFUL and create enjoyable, enlightening conversation. Our boys are also enjoying the nature studies and I love seeing the drawings they come up with through observations of nature :) I believe that this program is very edifying all on its own, we are just using it in a different way :)
August 15, 2020
Rated 5 out of 5
Best Language Arts Program
I love this program. Fun to do, gentle but effective. I love all the different activities and the thoughtfulness for each activity. And I love having the book at the end and seeing all my child's beautiful work. I have them draw the picture study drawings and it is nice to have their nature study drawings in there too, and all their beautiful copywork. Highly recommend it.
May 26, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This is a perfect combination of Charlotte Mason reading/narrating and copywork/dictation/pic study with some gentle grammar/phonics added in.
January 8, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Cottage Press Primers
I love these primers! Two of my three went through these in 2nd grade, the third begins next year and I can't wait. They're so do-able and valuable. My favorite.
March 8, 2017

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