Grammar and Writing 3rd Grade Homeschool Kit

Grammar and Writing 3rd Grade Homeschool Kit


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Grades: 3

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Publisher Description:

Grammar and Writingis a rigorous English language arts series designed to help students learn and remember the skills and concepts that will enable them to be successful communicators.

Covers Grammar, Writing, Spelling, and Vocabulary

The comprehensive program covers English grammar, writing, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary development.

  • All grade levels of Grammar and Writing simultaneously develop the basic concepts of grammar: eight parts of speech, sentence structure, sentence diagramming, capitalization, punctuation, and correct word usage.
  • The curriculum includes daily vocabulary practice, spelling rules, and weekly spelling tests in the form of dictation.
  • A separate, consumable writing workbook for each grade level provides approximately 35 lessons covering brainstorming, outlining, re-writing, evaluation, and all the parts of the complete, well-structured essay. In addition to persuasive essays, expository essays, research papers, descriptive essays, and personal narratives, students write imaginative stories, poetry, and responses to literature and informational texts.
Category Description for Grammar & Writing 3:

Expanding the scope and sequence of the Saxon Grammar and Writing program to third grade and written by its original authors (Mary/Curtis Hake), this course provides a comprehensive introduction to both grammar, usage, and mechanics as well as an excellent introductory writing course. Employing all the familiar Saxon methodologies; incremental lessons, spiral teaching, and continual review while also following in the tradition of easy-to-implement lessons and thorough instruction this new grade level lives up to its heritage and provide a much-needed step between Saxon Phonics and the middle school Grammar and Writing series. At this level, instruction involves teacher-student interaction daily coupled with independent student work. Course components include a Textbook, a Teacher Guide, and a Writing Workbook. Textbook - 488 pgs, pb. Teacher Guide - 312 pgs (plus masters), pb, perforated, three-hole punched. Writing Workbook - 92 pgs, pb, perforated, three-hole punched. ~ Janice

The Student Textbook can be used either as a consumable (writing directly in the book) or a non-consumable (writing sentences out on separate paper). 111 lessons thoroughly cover types of sentences, parts of sentences, parts of speech and include diagramming. Periodic lessons review spelling rules and provide comprehensive instruction in capitalization and punctuation. A "Grammar Meeting" is conducted as part of each lesson. These are scripted dialogs between teacher and student and are designed to strengthen listening skills, practice correct word usage, develop effective speaking habits, and introduce root-based vocabulary studies. Daily teacher-guided lessons include the Grammar Meeting, grammar instruction (liberally utilizing examples), diagramming (again, with examples), and exercises; practice sets, more practice sets (sometimes), and a review set. The Text includes a complete index of topics.

The Writing Workbook is consumable and provides 21 lessons covering sentence and paragraph construction; persuasive, expository, narrative, descriptive, and chapter summaries (literary response) with an emphasis on the writing process. The Hake/Saxon step-by-step approach is evident and effective in these straight-forward lessons. One of my favorite methodologies for developing strong and interesting sentences, sentence combining, is utilized throughout the lessons. Writing lessons and tests are scheduled after every fifth grammar lesson (starting after Lesson 10).

The Teacher Guide provides overall lesson scheduling information and daily lessons including scripts for the Grammar Meetings. Answer keys for practice, more practice, and review sets from the Student Text as well as the writing lessons are also provided. Lastly, there are reproducible Test Masters and More Practice Masters (along with answer keys) in this teacher book.

Category Description for Saxon Grammar & Writing:

If it looks like Saxon and teaches like Saxon, does that mean it is Saxon? As a matter of fact, it does. But it started out as Hake Grammar and Writing. Stephen Hake, long associated with Saxon math (since 1984), realized that the effective Saxon teaching methodology of incremental development and continual review would also produce strong language arts instruction and found authors to develop the series. The fact that the overseeing author is his wife, Mary (a former teacher and homeschool parent), suggests that there is a "rest of the story" lurking under the surface. Now the program has officially come to rest under the Saxon banner as they've assumed its publication and distribution. Grade 4 has been newly released for 2013, as well as a revised and updated 2nd edition of Grades 5-8. The 2nd edition of the program has been revised and updated to meet Common Core Standards for Language and Writing and also features several more writing lessons in each level. The 1st edition will continue to be available and we will be stocking both editions.

Taking a good look at the program, it's not hard to see the Saxon influence. The textbooks have the look of some of the Saxon texts. Turning to the table of contents, the similarity gets even stronger - there are lists of lessons rather than units or chapters. The uncluttered black and white appearance of text pages is also familiar. Don't stop here! The organizational structure of the program and its components is very Saxon-esque - carefully sequenced and incremental lessons coupled with continual review. The text is written directly to the student. Lessons include a teaching sequence with examples, related practice, and review. Tests are periodic and cumulative. Another similarity is the obvious commitment to a rigorous and thorough scope and sequence. In short, what we have here is a grammar and writing program which embodies all the strengths of the Saxon methodology; one that is user-friendly, academically rigorous, and doable - all at the same time.

In general, the scope and sequence starts with the basics - parts of speech, types of sentences, basic capitalization and punctuation, sentence and paragraph construction - and progresses systematically and structurally through the intricacies of the American language with the goal of elegant and effective writing. Skills are carefully sequenced, building one upon another, then thoroughly (some might be tempted to say exhaustively) reviewed. As we've seen with Saxon math, this type of content structuring produces competence and retention. I think there will be an added advantage applying this approach to language arts. Often the big picture of language arts is totally missed by using a workbook for vocabulary, one for spelling, another for grammar, and a totally different writing program. In Saxon (Hake) Grammar & Writing, it's possible to see how each component works together to produce an accomplished and skilled scholar. An 8th grade "graduate" of this series will have all the skills needed to tackle high school (or even college) writing assignments - which undoubtedly brings up questions about jumping in midstream or using the program with younger or older students. The 5th grade book could be used with a strong 4th grader. Likewise, the 8th grade course could be used effectively by any high school (or adult) student whose coverage of grammar and writing topics has been scattered or light or irregular and who needs a thorough review. The "jumping in" question is a little harder to address. If a student has had a fair amount of grammar/writing instruction then they could probably start at grade level in this series. There is plenty of review providing an opportunity to "re-teach" some concepts. However, if a student has had very little grammar or writing instruction, he will probably be much more comfortable starting with the 4th or 5th grade book.

The Student Textbook is a softbound grammar text that includes 100-115 grammar lessons (number varies per grade). Dictation or journal writing is a daily assignment. Students start each week by copying a dictation passage (found in the text's appendix). The expectation is that they will study the passage during the week and be prepared to write it from dictation with correct spelling and punctuation at the end of week. Students write on a journal topic for the three remaining days each week (list of topics are also found in the text appendix). This sequence is designed to take about five minutes each day. Following this process, each of the grammar lessons starts with a vocabulary segment. Lesson 41 of the 6th grade book looks at the prefix mal- along with some example usages. Lesson 84 of the 8th grade book looks at the history of the adjectives procrustean and protean. [Interesting stuff since both words trace their meaning to Greek legends or literature.] After vocabulary, the lesson's teaching sequence is next. For instance, Lesson 60 of the 8th grade book covers the use of the comma in compound sentences and direct quotations. Reviewing the definition of a compound sentence, comma placement is discussed along with mentioning that a list of seven coordinating conjunctions should have been memorized. Next comes two sets of examples. The student is to identify the coordinating conjunction in three sentences and then properly insert a comma in the next two. Answers for each are provided immediately following. The teaching sequence for commas in direct quotations includes illustrating samples before the student is asked to rewrite two example sentences inserting commas as needed. Proper solutions are clearly explained. The practice set for this lesson contains 12 sentences. Sometimes the student is only required to identify a word, sometimes to rewrite the sentences. In this set there are four questions concerning the vocabulary words. Some lessons (but not all) contain a More Practice worksheet (found in the Student Workbook). Some of the More Practice worksheets (called Silly Stories in some levels and Hysterical Fiction in others) are a Mad-Libs-type of activity. The last portion of Lesson 60 is the review set - 30 questions. These include vocabulary, usage, spelling, sentence combining and rephrasing, rewriting for correct punctuation and usage, sentence type and parts of speech identification, and others. The last two sentences are typically diagramming practice. (Diagramming is a significant portion of the instruction with several lessons in each level providing the necessary instruction.) One of the nice features of this review set is the micro-size subtexts attached to each review question. These refer back to the lesson where the concept being reviewed was introduced. This text is non-consumable, as there are no spaces purposely left for rewriting or diagramming. However, white space in general is generous and some might choose to allow students to write in the book.

The softcover Student Workbook contains the writing lessons as well as the More Practice worksheets. Lessons follow a familiar pattern - a teaching sequence coupled with analysis questions (various sample passages are analyzed), some examples to work with solutions, and practice and review exercises. These exercises include writing assignments, analysis exercises, and sentence rewriting. Although starting with sentence and paragraph construction, the lessons sequence into essays, the various forms of writing, and the writing process. Both creative and academic writing are covered in all levels with an increasing emphasis on research writing as the grades progress. Self-evaluation forms are included for each writing assignment. The student is encouraged to prepare and keep a binder with journal entries and writing assignments.

The Teacher Packet includes a short message to the teacher (how-tos), a complete set of answer keys (for the textbook practice and review sets, writing lessons, tests, and more practice worksheets), and test masters. The suggested class schedule for each course is a test after five grammar lessons (starting with the tenth lesson). Students also complete a writing lesson on test days. Sometimes writing lessons are grouped to allow a specific skill set to be brought to completion (i.e. writing a persuasive essay). When this happens the schedule flexes to accommodate several days of writing lessons before continuing on with the grammar portion. There is a detailed schedule for setting up these lessons as well as a very helpful topical listing of the textbook contents which would serve as a type of scope and sequence.

If you love Saxon math and regretted there was nothing quite like it for language arts (I've talked to moms with this lament), then you will be a happy camper. If you've never heard of Saxon but just want a carefully sequenced, thorough, and comprehensive approach to language arts, you'll also be a happy camper. Camping anyone? ~ Janice

Category Description for COMPLETE ENGLISH PROGRAMS:

These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.

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Gabriella A on Jul 15, 2021
Good reviews
Nicole N on Jun 10, 2021
friend recommended it
Gabriella A on Jul 15, 2021
We have used Saxon for math and phonics for 2 years and we love the setup.
Tiffany P on Jun 22, 2021
Good reviews
Nicole N on Jun 10, 2021
The 21-22 school year will be our second homeschooling. I like the Saxon approach to Math, and I hope that the grammar series will work for us as well.
Amanda M on Jun 6, 2021
My child is taking a class that utilizes this curriculum. It was needed for the class.
Netiva on Mar 10, 2021
We have used Saxon Math and Saxon Phonics in the past
Janice H on Mar 7, 2021
Teacher recommended for class
XiuFang T on Jan 23, 2021
for a class on outschool
Miranda C on Dec 31, 2020
It ws recommended by a group of homeschool moms instead of Shurley
Angela B on Dec 17, 2020
one 3rd grade student
David on Nov 1, 2020
Need for homeschool course
Erika K on Aug 12, 2020
It came highly recommended by my daughter's teacher.
Melanie I on Aug 11, 2020
3rd grade kid
HOZAIFA Q on Aug 2, 2020
My children were doing Saxon language arts and Math when they were in school. I have read reviews about this and think this is something we will like.
Linda H on Jul 20, 2020
I used the Saxon Phonics program for 2nd grade in the past and noticed a marked improvement in my children's reading skills. So I wanted to try the Saxon grammar and writing program to see if I get similar results.
Emiko D on Jul 6, 2020
Good reviews
Sara C on Apr 28, 2020
I chose SAXON Grammar and Writing 3 for my son who will be homeschooling with me after initially having a public school experience. He is lacking in phonics, grammar, and a writing education. After reading many hours worth of reviews I have concluded that this program is the most systematic, spiraling curriculum that leads to writing confidence. I have great hopes that he will be able to confidently write and edit at or above his age level once completing this program.
Ashley P on Apr 23, 2020
We have loved the Saxon/Hake teaching/learning method. I have 6 kids that have each benefited from this curriculum. I first found the math now we are enjoying the grammar and writing for my younger 3 children. They do a great job building on previous things learned and connecting the dots in the learning process.
Deborah M on Feb 21, 2020
my children enjoyed saxon math so we decided to give their grammar and writing a try.
chelsey g on Oct 5, 2019
Saxon math is incredible, and I like how they are constantly refreshing your memory and reinforcing past lessons. That's why I chose Saxon English.
Tracy H on Sep 9, 2019
i love saxon curriculum style
Cindy T on Sep 8, 2019
I love the spiral learning and the fact that the problems are referenced back to where they were first learned.
Karina P on Aug 9, 2019
comprehensive and progressive in its teaching style always reminding the student of the last idea learned
robert m on Jul 1, 2019
I want a strong spiraling curriculum to reinforce skills.
Michelle B on Jun 20, 2019
Lonnie W on May 1, 2019
We have used Saxon for math and phonics for 2 years and we love the setup.
Tiffany P on Jun 22, 2021
The 21-22 school year will be our second homeschooling. I like the Saxon approach to Math, and I hope that the grammar series will work for us as well.
Amanda M on Jun 6, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Love it!
I love how Saxon takes each lesson bit by bit and spirals back to it again. I know my son forgets, so this was important for me when choosing this curriculum. I do wish it was a bit more colorful, however, it is a very good, solid program.
April 10, 2021
4 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
What I was looking for — very gentle and clear instruction.

Good gentle reading/vocabulary level with some vocabulary development as well — not overwhelming!!!!!!!!

Very pleased :)
September 18, 2020
11 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A must have for any language arts program
I absolutely love Saxon Grammar and Writing 3. I also use Saxon Grammar and Writing 5. The layout is almost exactly like the Saxon Math which I already love. It is circular so the skills build each day and are reviewed each day. I have a child who struggles with writing and this program is helping him tremendously. It is meticulous enough for my high standards to keep him on grade level, but slow and purposeful enough to keep him motivated and feeling successful. It takes us about 20-30 minutes depending on the content of each day. I highly recommend it.
May 27, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great resource
Curtis & Hake know how to make quality school books for my kids to work at their own pace. Instructions are clear and in an orderly learning manner. My children have excelled using their books.
March 26, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Grammar 3
This is a great book for an advanced third grader.
August 17, 2019
over 2 years ago

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