Item description for English for the Thoughtful Child, Vol. 1 (Volume 1) by Mary F. Hyde & Cynthia a. Shearer...
Overview I had a long list of things I wanted to find in a first grammar/composition text. I wanted to apply what Charlotte Mason called narration. I wanted material that would concentrate on the writing process and yet not burden the young child. I wanted a text that would draw the child into writing. I wanted at text that would lay the foundation for good composition skills that would be applied in all learning situations. With seven children to care for (and now there are eleven!), I wanted something simple and fun to work with-both for me and my children. When I found this book, I knew I had found the book I wanted to use. Originally published in 1903, the book uses wonderful pictures to stimulate the child's imagination and lead him or her to writing (see the front cover of the book for a sample). The grammar that is introduced includes those things necessary to the writing task. There are memorization assignments, oral composition, written composition and practice exercises. I use this book for our second grade English text, but it is also very useful as a first course for older, reluctant writers. No teacher's edition necessary. Everything you need is in the student text.
Publishers Description Originally published in 1903, this book uses wonderful pictures to stimulate the child's imagination and lead him or her into writing. There are memorization assignments, oral compositions, written compositions and practice exercises. Useful as a second grade English text, but it is also very useful as a first course for older, reluctant writers. No teacher's edition necessary; everything you need is in the student text
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Studio: Greenleaf Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11" Width: 8.25" Height: 0.23" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher Greenleaf Press
Grade Level Grade 2
ISBN 1882514076 ISBN13 9781882514076
Reviews - What do customers think about English for the Thoughtful Child, Vol. 1 (Volume 1)?
Not for us Jan 11, 2007
We bought this on the recommendation of The Well Trained Mind book by Susan Wise Bauer. I liked how inexpensive it was compared to other grammar programs, and I figured it would not require a lot of prep. on my part. Other than that, I found this book to be tedious and boring. My 7 year old dreaded it. The dictation exercises, where I read sentences that meant nothing to him, while he wrote them down, was like pulling teeth. I appreciated the narration exercises, and he was improving on that skill by the end of the book. But asking him to tell me about some picture or memorize a poem he doesn't care about (we memorize other things instead, like Bible verses and Baptist Catechism questions and answers), just seemed pointless to me. We finished the book, but it only took us one semester since we started skipping lessons I thought were useless. I've since bought the Abeka third grade language curriculum and love it. Call me more structured, but grammar is going much better now. I would not recommend this book to anyone--and I know the updated edition of The Well-Trained Mind recommends one of the author's books, First Language Lessons for Children, so maybe that's an improvement on English for the Thoughtful Child.
Simply the best for Charlotte Mason learning! Oct 7, 2006
For those truly desiring a Charlotte Mason approach to English, this is a delightful book! It is not like your average language arts/grammar book! It is gentle and sweet and really encourages your child to use writing and narration skills in a fun, non-workbook way. Perfect for children 2nd or 3rd grade and up. Tho this book does have a suggested grade level of 2nd, I found that it was perfect for my 3rd grade son and am finding that my 6th grade son is even gleaning some things from this as a result! So really, it is perfect for the elementary grades!! Easily enjoyed as a family! Again, absolutely perfect for the Charlotte Mason homeschooling family! :o) Definitely wonderful! :o) Please note: Volume 1 of this book has a blue/green cover. It is Vol. 2 that has the orange/yellow cover. :o)
Not the book in the photo Sep 26, 2006
Ok, I haven't used this yet, but it does look like it will be pretty good. This isn't the book they show in the photo. It's been reprinted and it's not 128 pages, it's 99 pages. And there's no ISBN number in the new book. Also, the cover is blue and in more of a workbook format than a book format: there are places for your kid to write answers. Anyway, I'm hoping it goes well, but I'm rather disappointed they haven't updated the picture or other info on the website.
not worth buying or using Jan 25, 2006
By the time my child was able to manage the writing involved, she was far beyond the concepts taught. While we enjoyed a few of the first lessons, the end of the book makes very heavy weather of what should be simple, intuitive grammar. Any child who reads will pick up on the basics being taught here -- the difference between a question and a statement, paragraphing, what a noun is, etc, without needing to be taught the specific terminology. Later, when more formal grammar is taught, these concepts will be second nature. However, if you have a young (5 - 7) yr. old child who enjoys doing lots of writing, this might be very enjoyable.
Disappointing; wish I hadn't bought it Dec 2, 2005
This book is neither helpful as a teaching resource nor balanced & interesting as reading selection. I would not recommend buying it at all.
A child whose reading and writing skills are such that s/he could do the lessons in this book is already *too advanced* for the material being taught, unless their skills emerged in a cultural vacuum where it was not evident that, e.g., the word "I" is capitalized; that there's a difference between statements, questions and exclamations; that streets, cities are capitalized.
The material is furthermore too bizarrely quaint for me. I realize it's a genuinely "retro" book, a reprint of a circa 1900 book with exercise/updates by the author, but for my taste too many of the names are pure WASP, the geography is all East Coast, the reading selections are all cutesy-Victorian (and mostly by white men). So for my worldview, the book suffers hugely from a (very conservative and exclusive) nostalgia and pedagogical naïveté.
Far better than this book would be simply the _First Language Lessons_ from Susan Wise Bauer's mother in combination with a good handwriting-and-copying routine. And for more advanced kids, I'd highly recommend _Hands-On English_ (by a Ms. Hamilton), both book & especially workbook, for its concise and well-formulated lessons.