If you’ve hung around here for awhile, you know it’s no secret that my family loves Easy Grammar and Daily Grams. You can read my review of the Ultimate Series, as well as a comparison of Easy Grammar and First Language Lessons. The folks at Easy Grammar recently sent me the fourth grade level of Easy Grammar and Daily Grams to review and, of course, we love them, too!
Because I’m so vocal about the fact that we’re huge fans, I get a lot of questions about Easy Grammar and Daily Grams. For that reason, I’d like to do this review in a Q&A format. Please realize that I am answering these questions from my own personal experience, not as an official spokesperson for Easy Grammar and Daily Grams.
Do you have to use Easy Grammar and Daily Grams together? It’s not required that you do. Both can be used independently of the other, but they combine to make a comprehensive grammar program for kids in grades 3-7, with additional books set up in the Daily Grams style for grades 2 and 8-12. We have loved all of the books in the series, but I was especially fond of the second grade book. It was perfect for my kids, both in lesson length and scope and sequence, when they were that age.
Easy Grammar provides the actual teaching text, while Daily Grams provide daily 5-10 minute review sheets that help reinforce and cement concepts learned. Both texts use a cyclical style of learning that helps students master and retain concepts such as:
- Parts of speech
- Subject/verb agreement
Each Easy Grammar level begins by having students memorize a list of prepositions — in the fourth grade text, the list increases to 40. Then, students learn to find and cross out the prepositional phrase, making it easier to identify the subject and verb. Students spend time learning about individual parts of speech, such as pronouns, adverbs, and adjectives. There are also two complete sections dedicated to punctuation and capitalization.
My child hasn’t used Easy Grammar and Daily Grams before; on what level should we start? Because all of the grade levels have the same basic information, taught in a cyclical style to help students achieve mastery, I suggest starting at whatever your child’s grade level happens to be. Each level simply increases in complexity and builds on basic concepts, which are reviewed at each level. An exception to this suggestion is if you have a child in 8th grade or above. In that case, I would use with Easy Grammar Plus, which is the final installment in the Easy Grammar series and was written for middle school through adult users.
Do I need both the teacher and student versions of the books? Not necessarily. The teacher’s versions of both Easy Grammar and Daily Grams contain both the answer key and reproducible student pages. In Easy Grammar, the student page and the answer key page are side by side, so you would need to copy the student page for your child. (To make this easy, I usually have the binding removed from the book and have it three-hole drilled so that I can place it in a binder.)
In the Daily Grams book, the answer key is in the back of the book, so photocopying isn’t necessary. For both books, a non-reproducible student book is available for your convenience. It’s often less expensive to buy the student book, rather than doing all that copying, especially if you have multiple students. I like having the answer keys for quicker grading or for reference if I’m not sure of an answer…which happens more often, the older my kids get. The Easy Grammar teacher edition is $27.95; the student text is $13.95. The Daily Grams teacher edition is $24.95, while the student text is $12.95.
Easy Grammar and Daily Grams are one part of our homeschool day that my kids never complain about. As a matter of fact, Brianna actually said she was a little disappointed to finish the Easy Grammar series because she enjoyed doing it. She’s still doing the Ultimate Series books, of course. To me, there’s not a better endorsement for a grammar program than kids who love grammar. It does their grammar geek mama’s heart good to hear them say it. The only complaint I’ve heard about Easy Grammar 4 was from Josh: the book is pink. Hey, if that’s the worst thing he’s got to say about it, we’re good.
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.