A long, long time ago when I was in elementary school, I learned something called sentence diagramming to help in my understanding of grammar. I don’t remember much about it, except that I thought it was fun and I learned a lot. This is why I was thrilled for the chance to review Sentence Diagramming: Beginning from The Critical Thinking Co.™
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Sentence Diagramming: Beginning is geared for students in grades 3-12. This 72-page book encompasses 12 lessons and is perfect for logical and visual learners as an alternative way to learn grammar. The grammar lessons in Sentence Diagramming: Beginning are:
- Simple Subject and Main Verb
- Direct Object
- Adverbs Modifying Verbs
- Predicate Adjectives
- Predicate Nouns
- Prepositional Phrases (Adjectival)
- Prepositional Phrases (Adverbial)
- Compound Subjects
- Compound Predicates
- Compound Direct Objects
- Compound Predicate Adjectives and Nouns
For the purposes of this review, I received a paperback book, which retails for $12.99.
How We Used This Product
While we could have easily completed 2-3 lessons a week, we opted to focus on one lesson per week, mostly because of my son’s weakness in grammar and my desire to go slow so that he would grab a hold of what was being taught.
Each lesson is 4 pages in length. The grammar portions are briefly explained at the top of each lesson, followed by examples and plenty of practice for the student. The flow of each lesson is to:
- Correct a diagram that has an error by diagramming it correctly.
- Filling in the diagram for each sentence.
- Writing your own sentence to match the diagram
- Diagramming sentences.
So far we’ve made it through the first four lessons and have another 8 to go, which will most likely be the most challenging for my son. So far he’s scored 100% on each lesson, except for one, where he needed to make corrections due to what I would call careless mistakes (he knew the right answer, but got confused in his mind, or so he tells me).
The book contains perforated pages, and a very generous Reproduction of Copyrighted Material clause. Although I could have copied the pages before giving them to my son, I opted to just have him work in the book. It’s wonderful to know that if I had been using this book with multiple students that I would have the right to make copies.
All of the answers are contained in the back of the book, so I was careful to have my son working under supervision so as not to be tempted to peak at the answers.
Overall, we loved this book. It is helping my son to grasp basic grammar concepts without having him stress out about learning grammar. Because he is a mostly visual learner, seeing the sentences diagrammed makes the structure of the sentence easier for him to remember.
Here is a short testimony from my son:
I felt this book was very helpful. Before I started diagramming sentences it was hard for me to to understand a lot of grammar. But when I see the sentences diagrammed it’s like a light bulb goes on in my head and I can understand it. This book is very easy to understand too.
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