have more immoral garbage than any
other. For some reason, that section has
a plethora of books about the occult and
sexual impurity. You will have to try
harder to find good young adult literature, but it is out there.
Finally, not all children like all literary
genres, and that’s okay. Just like we adults
prefer certain storylines more than oth-
ers, so do children. It’s just a matter of
discovery. Once your child has found
a book he likes, try finding other great
books in the same genre. (This is our go-
to list when we need ideas of what to read
Finding a grammar program should not
be difficult. There are many to choose
from. Find one that fits you and your
child well. Some of your children will
be natural spellers and need little help.
Some will need daily help.
We’ve been huge fans of the Easy
Grammar series since we first started
homeschooling in the early ‘90s. After doing a lot of research to determine
which books we should use, I read such
rave reviews of this program that I ordered it. Once we began using it, I agreed
100% with the reviewers who said it was
excellent, thorough, and easy to use. It
also happens to be inexpensive, and only
the student workbooks are consumable.
We use this series beginning in fourth or
fifth grade, but we don’t use it every year
unless the help is needed.
During the off years, we use Daily
Grams, which is published by the same
company and helps students’ minds stay
sharp and on top of everything they
learned in Easy Grammar. Like Easy
Grammar, this program is inexpensive,
easy to use, and doesn’t take more than
about fifteen minutes per day. Each lesson
contains five review problems about capitalization, punctuation, spelling, parts
of speech, and sentence structure. Daily
Grams is an easy, simple way for students
with a basic understanding of grammar
to keep those skills sharp.
Whatever curriculum you choose,
be consistent and don’t let your child
become lazy. Mastering grammar and
spelling can be done, but not in a day. It
takes time and patience and consistency.
A little bit of help and encouragement
every day and your children will be well
on their way to becoming proficient in
grammar and spelling.
Nancy Doran has been married to Mark,
an attorney, for almost 30 years. They have
seven children and have been homeschooling since 1992. Besides writing, Nancy also
edits college application essays, proofreads
for a book publishing company, and teaches
college preparatory writing to homeschooled teens. She is also active in the
fight to end abortion. Contact her at nancy
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her blog
Once your child has found a book he likes,
try finding other great books in the same genre.