Easy Grammar Review

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Clarissa really just started to read this summer, so we haven’t focused much on grammar yet for her schooling. Then I saw that Easy Grammar Systems had a first grade curriculum available for review. We decided to try Easy Grammar: Grade 1.

We received the Teacher Edition for Easy Grammar: Grade 1. There is also a Student Edition available, but if you only have one student you don’t really need the Student Edition, as your child can write in the Teacher Edition. If you have multiple children of the same grade level, you would need to buy the Student Edition for them to work in though.

The Teacher Edition was very helpful. It had several sections. The first part explains the different concepts that will be covered in each lesson: capitalization, punctuation, lesson, and sentence. The next section gives some suggestions for teaching each concept. Then there is a Scope and Sequence included for each concept. Each day also has a more specific lesson plan listed for each day. The Teacher Edition concludes with the answer key. The answers for each lesson are written out for you.

The Student Workbook is in the middle of the Teacher Edition (before the answer key). It has 180 days of work for each of the four concepts: capitalization, punctuation, lesson, and sentence.

There were several things that I appreciate about this curriculum. First, it is predictable. Clarissa knows that there are going to be four parts to each lesson and they will come in the same order each day. Second, it builds appropriately for the child’s development and grade level. At least for first grade, it starts off easy and gets more complex. The student has the option to trace the sentences and words in the beginning which is appropriate for the beginning of first grade. By lesson 50, the student needs to copy the sentence, which they should be able to do a few months in to first grade. In lesson 90, the student starts to combine sentences, which they can learn to do halfway through first grade.

Clarissa actually enjoys this grammar curriculum, which is great. I didn’t know what she would think since we have not really done much in the way of grammar before this review. She thought it was pretty easy to learn and each lesson was quick. The first few lesson only take about five minutes to complete so it builds her confidence and doesn’t take long. She was also happy that there were things to trace so she didn’t really have to think about how to write each letter. For a beginning writer, that is a big deal and makes the lesson more enjoyable.

Because Clarissa and I both liked this curriculum, we’re going to continue using it for the remainder of  first grade. There are 180 lessons in all so that will take us through the entire school year. Because Easy Grammar Systems makes multiple grade levels of this curriculum, this may be something that we can stick with for several years.

We worked on the first grade curriculum, but there were several other grade levels and other grammar curriculum available from this company. You can read about the experience of other families and grade levels here.

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What the Book of Daniel can teach kids about character

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I enjoyed so many things about my time in children’s ministry. I spent 2012 writing curriculum for the kids I was teaching. We started with the life of Jesus. Then we moved on to the Holy Spirit. We also learned about Daniel and the Armor of God.

The kids really seemed to enjoy Sunday school. The teachers did too. A few friends who worked with me encouraged me to publish my writing. I wasn’t sure at first. I wanted to bless others and not just make a name for myself. But if I didn’t publish, no one would be able to find the curriculum. Amazon lets me make my book free 5 times every 90 days. So every holiday, I go into my dashboard and make the kindle versions of my books free. (The next free day is my birthday, October 23)

I published 14 Things Kids Should Know about Jesus and Armor isn’t Just for Grown Ups! before Clarissa was born. Then I focused on my blog for a bit. Earlier this year, I finally got around to posting Acts of the Holy Spirit: Using the Book of Acts to teach kids about Spiritual Gifts.

Last week, I published What the Book of Daniel can teach kids about character. This is 6 lessons of stories from the Book of Daniel. The children will discuss the famous stories of Daniel in the Lions Den and the Fiery Furnace, among others. Each story presents the character of Daniel and his friends and how their character sets an example for us today.

Armor Isn’t Just for Grown Ups!

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This was another curriculum that I wrote for our Children’s Ministry. We were learning about the Full Armor of God. We used this playset the church had from a long time ago. I think it would be helpful to have either armor or a picture of armor as a visual for your lessons.

Each lesson also includes a memory verse, follow up activity, discussion questions, and prayer.

The family devotional version has the same lesson and also includes a memory verse, questions, and prayer.

Amazon has a feature now where I can self publish a print book, so these are both available on kindle and in paperback.

14 Things Kids Should Know About Jesus

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This was the first curriculum that I wrote for our Children’s Ministry. We started it the week after Christmas and finished it on Easter Sunday. I wanted the children to really learn about Jesus. Not just the stories about Him, but about His character. This curriculum studies Jesus as someone who was fully God and fully man, has friends, is humble, loves people, is obedient, humble, prays, heals, provides, cares about people, teaches, does the right thing, never gives up, brings glory to God, and saves.

Each lesson has a lesson, memory verse, follow up questions, additional follow up activity, and prayer.

I also used this curriculum to make a family devotional. Each lesson is the same and includes a memory verse, follow up questions, and prayer.

Welcome to My Kindle Books!

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I have always enjoyed writing. I started writing poetry in fourth grade. I have a story that I wrote in sixth grade that I saved so that I could make it into a novel and publish someday. I was even the editor of my high school newspaper.

When I worked as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at my church, I didn’t feel like the curriculum available fit what our kids needed. So I prayed about it and God gave me a plan for a year. I worked there for about a year and a half and wrote most of the curriculum that we used for Sunday School. After I was laid off from that job, God told me to publish my writing. I assumed that it was so that we could use that income to support our growing family. But I’ve only sold a few books in the past year. God told me the purpose of these writings was to bless other families.

So far, I have only published things I wrote while at the church. If there are two versions of the book there is a curriculum and a family devotional. The lesson is the same in both versions. The curriculum has more follow up activities. Use whatever is a better fit for your family.