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This year I am considering switching up our homeschool grammar curriculum. Our previous grammar curriculum worked well enough, but I’m ready for a change. I want to find a grammar program that is concise, but effective. Academic, yet interesting, I also want it to be relatively inexpensive. Grammar is only one component of our language arts curriculum, so I don’t want to spend a ton of time or money on this one subject.
In short, I’m looking for a grammar curriculum unicorn.
The past two years we have used Hake Grammar. It is a solid program that really boosted my kids annual grammar test scores. There is a lot that I like about Hake Grammar. Unfortunately it is incredibly dry. I think that bothered me more than my kids. If we were running short on time, grammar was the first thing I cut out. Each lesson built on previous lessons, which made for lessons that took more than 30 minutes.
I know grammar is important, but does it have to be so boring?
My daughter is signed up for a language arts course that includes grammar lessons through our homeschool co-op. This means that I only need to figure out grammar for my son. Ben is starting 6th grade next year so I am exploring all of my homeschool grammar curriculum options for middle school.
7 Affordable Homeschool Grammar Curriculum Options for Middle School
My dream middle school homeschool grammar curriculum is one that is:
- Unique – Something unique is generally a little more fun than something standard or typical.
- Fast – I would love to only spend 15 minutes daily on grammar lessons.
- Inexpensive – Grammar curriculum made up a fairly big chunk of my homeschool curriculum budget last year. It would be great to save that money or add it to my field trip budget.
~ $42 The Winston Grammar Program is a hands-on way to teach the parts of speech. Students manipulate color coded cards to create and diagram sentences. The color coded cards and exercise book help hands-on learners master grammar principles.
~$20 This grammar curriculum proves that grammar doesn’t have to be stuffy and serious. The student text is divided into 3 parts – grammar, usage, and mechanics. Kids learn traditional grammar concepts through wacky examples. Wacky is good. It tends to stick in the memory a little better than standard sentences.
~ $23 Fix It! Grammar is the grammar companion to the IEW writing curriculum. The grammar portion stands alone from the writing portion. Students find and fix errors in each daily passage. Each passage builds on to the next to create a story, so it is recommended to start at the very first book (The Nose Tree).
~ $25 This middle school grammar curriculum relies upon the catchy songs of School House Rock to teach grammar principles. The instructors manual contains printable activities. We actually tried this program years ago for my daughter. It was a lot of fun, but the retention just wasn’t there. In hindsight, my daughter was a bit young for this curriculum.
~ $45 I debated whether to include this book in the middle school grammar curriculum round up because it looks a touch difficult for the average middle schooler. In the end I decided to include it because it might be perfect for a tween with strong grammar skills. This curriculum skips right past all of the common grammar rules that everyone knows and gets right to the more difficult grammar scenarios. It ties the vast majority of grammar rules to four simple rules with catchy sentences that help memory.
~ $20 This book has amazing reviews. The Dragon Grammar Book teaches basic grammar through interesting sentences and examples. It includes quizzes with answer keys to make sure the students are understanding the lessons.
~ $10 This is definitely just a workbook, not a textbook. Each page contains a new lesson, but the instructions are kept brief and to the point. The lessons look a little easy for an average middle schooler, but sometimes starting easy is good because it can build confidence – especially if grammar is a struggle.
I’m glad to see that there are a few interesting grammar options available. Hopefully my son will find one of these options appealing. While I have the final say on all homeschool decisions, I try to get his opinion first. It is hard to complain about a curriculum if you helped choose it. 😉
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