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By Marlene Caroselli
THE LOGICAL LIFE
It’s been said the grammatical
man leads a logical life. The
saying, of course, applies to
women and children as well.
However, more than logic is
imparted by the correct use of words. There’s a self-confidence that can be gained as well. When a person
knows he is speaking properly, he doesn’t hesitate to
express his thoughts.
The confidence that ideally begins early in a
child’s education will sustain her throughout her life.
Of all the subjects she studies, only language arts
skills will be used every single day as she moves
from schooling and ultimately into a job—inside or
outside the home. Yes, math and social studies and
foreign languages are important, without a doubt.
But no other subject is required on a daily, even an
hourly, basis for the rest of your child’s life.
Helping children understand grammatical rules
and feel comfortable applying them is a serious
obligation for the homeschooling parent. Because
those rules are finite and basically constant, it’s not
a daunting task to memorize them. We’ll look at two
grammar rules today. First, we’ll explore the rule,
and then we’ll examine it further via an example.
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