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First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind (Vol. Levels 1 & 2) (First Language Lessons) [Paperback]

By Jessie Wise (Author)
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Pages   420
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2002
Publisher   W.W. Norton & Co
ISBN  0971412928  
EAN  9780971412927  

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A two-year beginning grammar and writing course. Parents can assure their child's success in language arts with this simple-to-use, scripted guide. First Language Lessons uses picture study, and other classical techniques to develop the child's language ability in those first two all-important years of study. First Language Lessons is a complete beginning grammar and writing text that covers a wide range of topics including parts of speech, forming complete sentences, beginning writing, storytelling and narration skills. Parent/child scripts provide a flexible framework for each lesson, both saving time and lending confidence to the parent. The scripted exercises also train a child's ear so that she uses correct grammar. Original, up-to-date, clear, illustrations make picture study both engaging and effective.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Susan Wise Bauer is the best-selling author of the Story of the World series for elementary students, author of The Well-Educated Mind, The History of the Ancient World and The History of the Medieval World, and the co-author of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home. She is a faculty member in English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, where she teaches writing and literature.

Jessie Wise currently resides in Charles City, in the state of Virginia.

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Horrible book....  Sep 5, 2007
I'm not a fan of books that tell the instructor exactly what to say and leave little or no room for instruction to be geared towards a student's abilities, but even if I was I would hate this book. The poem/reading selections are lacking, and they overkill on repetition without introducing new concepts in a timely manner. After 5-6 lessons the author has introduced the concept of a noun as well as common and proper nouns. Then she continues to repeat this information for the next 40 lessons before pronouns are introduced.
Useful, but overly specific  Jun 21, 2007
I like the memory work and the grammar in this book. My girls have learned alot of poems by heart and they can tell you the definitions of the nouns and verbs etc. I don't like, however, that each lesson is dragged out for so long. My kids started this book at the ages of 4 and 6 last year and are still using it, though less frequently now. They really don't need a week or more to learn each lesson, so we skip alot in this book. I also don't like the re-done versions of certain classics like the "Sunday's Child" poem. So we looked up the original online to teach them instead.
It's amazing what your child can learn with this book  Jun 18, 2007
I must admit that we do not use this book exclusively. I partner it with another language arts program and phonics instruction, so we end up using First Language Lessons about twice a week. Even so, I have seen amazing benefits from using this book.

First Language Lessons introduces the parts of speech, poetry memorization, narration, and dictation/copywork. I have found it to be a very gentle and enjoyable introduction to grammar for my child. You might not think that learning the difference between common and proper nouns, for example, is very important at a young age, but I have found that it has assisted my daughter's writing. Instead of simply telling her that a word has to be capitalized, I can now remind her that a word is a proper noun and she is able to make the corrections herself. Language and grammar rules are starting to make sense to her, simply because she has memorized a few key definitions.

My daughter especially likes learning the poems. I like how easy it is for me to teach since it is scripted for the parent. Would I use this as a stand-alone language arts program? Probably not. But it has been a useful supplement for us.
Useful product, beware of adulterated poetry and simplistic prose  May 20, 2007
Useful product, beware of adulterated poetry

I have in fact been finding this book very useful. It introduces grammar concepts in a way that prepares a child for more intensive grammar lessons later on. It encourages narration and gives the new homeschooling parent all the help she could require in introducing love of proper English to the child. The lessons are very manageable and lareg homeschooling families can benefit from the little bites of wisdom suggested each day. I have found this book to be very helpful.

I find that the stories written by the authors use simplistic language. Most classical curriculums recommend writers such as Andrew Lang, Beatrix Potter and Thornton Burgess as read aloud material at this age level. I fail to understand why such well educated women as Susan Bauer and Jessie Weiss insist on writing in a style that is so inferior to the style of prose they would recommend to parents to read to their children.

I was very upset when I saw that one of the poems was changed from the original without mention of this fact anywhere in the book. The poem by Christina Rossetti had two lines removed and one line changed. The beautiful imagery and wording used by Christina Rosssetti was removed at the most poignant of instances. I would have preferred that my children learn the superior original and be able to partake in what Christina Rossetti wanted the children to have.

I felt that my children had been gypped and I have ever since regarded any product by the Weiss-Bauer family with great suspicion.
Boring boring boring  Feb 18, 2007
I guess if you have no idea how to teach your kids language (if you're homeschooling), and you need a lot of structure, this is the book for you. I found it about as dry as a dictionary.

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