A few weeks ago, I went to the Easy Grammar website to see what I needed to order for Josh and Megan’s upcoming school year. You probably already know that we’re huge fans of Easy Grammar at our house. So, I was beyond thrilled to find that the Easy Grammar folks have recently added several new books to their line-up: a whole new high school level series! They were kind enough to send me the 8th and 9th grade books to review for you.
I often wondered what I was going to do when Brianna got through Easy Grammar Plus and the corresponding Daily Grams book, which were formerly the last in the series. I’d had lots of people tell me that high school level language arts is all literature and composition — that grammar is learned up until that point and is used, rather than taught, throughout high school. That makes sense, but it doesn’t change the fact that many kids – mine included – tend to have a use or lose it relationship with previously learned concepts.
Apparently the folks at Easy Grammar know that, too. They have created the perfect new complement to any high school language arts program: Easy Grammar Ultimate Series. Currently available for 8th, 9th, and 11th grades, with 10th and 12th coming soon, these daily teaching lessons are set up just like the popular Daily Grams books. However, while the Daily Grams books are set up as daily review, the Ultimate series books may require some teaching – or at least some discussion – at the beginning. In addition, the sentence combining portion is written to on touch history, culture, nutrition and more.
Like the regular Daily Grams series, the Ultimate series books are set up in a cyclical review style, so that previously learned concepts are constantly being reviewed and built upon as increasingly complex concepts are being learned. Best of all, like the Daily Grams series, the Ultimate series is designed to be completed in 5-10 minutes each day, which will allow older students to easily incorporate daily review into their overall language arts courses throughout their high school career, ensuring that concepts are honed, rather than forgotten.
Each of the current books is available in both a teacher’s edition ($24.95), which contains the answers in the back of the book, and a student edition ($12.95), without the answers.
It looks, to me, as if Wanda Philips and Easy Grammar have another winner on their hands. As I’ve said before, all three of my kids love grammar.
Could there be a better endorsement for a grammar program?
I received these products free for the purpose of reviewing them. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary.
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.