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Grammar Resources

My kids don't like grammar to begin with, you might be thinking. How am I supposed to get them to do even more of it?

While it's true that grammar isn't usually a favorite subject, it's also true that it's one of the most foundational. Until the nineteenth century, most education was focused primarily on grammar and the language arts, and even today this method is enjoying something of a revival with the interest in Classical education. Understanding language is so essential because it's the way all other knowledge is transmitted and received.

Grammar in particular reveals the way language works. The rules of English regulate its use so that communication becomes intelligible, so that we can understand each other. Kids need to know this so they can A) understand what they read and hear, and B) make themselves understandable to others.

Few of them will want to do this initially, but the more they understand the easier it'll become. Grammar resources can help them reach the "second-nature" stage, and make a normally boring and difficult study fun and interesting. There's no law that says grammar needs to be boring, or that creative methods of teaching it should be avoided.

Ruth Heller's World of Language books are a great place to start with younger students; each slim volume is beautifully and brightly illustrated, and introduces parts of speech and their usage. Grammar Songs gives kids catchy ditties to help them remember the essentials of noun-verb agreement, irregular verbs, punctuation, etc. (These songs can get pretty annoying real fast, but they do the job!)

For older students, E.B. White and William Strunk's The Elements of Style offers a laugh-out-loud funny guide to how to use (and how not to use) language in writing. A classic immediately on its publication, this is still among the standard texts for college students and creative writers. On the more straightforward side, 501 English Verbs is exactly what it sounds like, offering conjugations of the most common verbs in English. And these are just a couple options: good grammar resources are widely available.

None of the books offered here are comprehensive enough to be used in place of a grammar curriculum. They are, however, an excellent way to supplement and generate interest in an often overlooked or hated subject. In addition, we encourage parents not to express distaste for grammar study; kids often simply reflect the attitude they learn from mom and dad, so if you're enthusiastic, they likely will be as well.

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501 English Verbs
by Thomas R. Beyer, Jr., Ph.D.
2nd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
$18.99
Antonyms Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 3rd-6th grade
$9.99
Behind the Mask
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
$7.99
Behind the Mask
by Ruth Heller
First Edition from Grosset & Dunlap
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
by Jane Straus
10th edition from Highland Books
for 6th-Adult
$10.00
Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
by Jane Straus
11th edition from Jossey-Bass
for 6th-Adult
$16.95
Bugaboo Review
by Sue Sommer
1st edition from New World Library
for 7th-12th grade
$14.00
Cache of Jewels
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
$7.99
Caught'ya Again!
by Jane Bell Kiester
1st edition from Maupin House Publishing
for Kindergarten-12th grade
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Caught'ya!
by Jane Bell Kiester
3rd edition from Maupin House Publishing
for 7th-12th grade
$12.00 (2 in stock)
Chortling Bard
by Jane Bell Kiester
from Maupin House Publishing
for 9th-12th grade
$12.00 (2 in stock)
Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier
by Bonnie Trenga
from Writer's Digest
for 4th-6th grade
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier
by Bonnie Trenga
from Writer's Digest
for 4th-6th grade
$7.00 (1 in stock)
English Grammar Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 6th-Adult
$8.95 $5.50 (1 in stock)
English Grammar for Students Workbook
by Anne Seaton
from Learners Publishing
for 6th-8th grade
$10.50
English Grammar Workbook for Dummies
by Geraldine Woods
2nd edition from For Dummies
for 6th-12th grade
$11.00 (1 in stock)
Enough About Grammar
by Joe Floren
from Mark Twain Media
for 4th-10th grade
$15.00 (2 in stock)
Everything You Need to Know About English Homework
by scholastic
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
$4.50 (3 in stock)
Everything You Need to Know About English Homework
by Anne Zeman, Kate Kelly
2nd edition
for 4th-6th grade
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Fantastic! Wow! And Unreal!
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
$6.99
Figures of Speech
by Arthur Quinn
from Hermagoras Press
for 9th-12th grade
$21.00 (2 in stock)
Grammar Graphics Volume I
by Jerry Lucas
from Lucas Educational Systems
for 4th-6th grade
$6.00 (2 in stock)
Grammar Songs - Book
by Kathy Troxel
from Audio Memory
for 3rd-8th grade
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Grammar Songs - DVD
by Kathy Troxel
from Audio Memory
for 1st-4th grade
$15.00
Grammar Songs with CD
Audio Memory CDs
by Kathy Troxel
from Audio Memory
for 3rd-8th grade
$22.95
Grammar Works
by Jay W. Patterson
from Holly Hall Publications
for Kindergarten-8th grade
$25.00 (1 in stock)
Grammar-Land
by M. L. Nesbitt
from Yesterday's Classics
for 3rd-6th grade
$8.95
Greek and Latin Root Words Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 7th-Adult
$8.95
Handbook of Grammar & Composition (old)
by James A. Chapman
3rd edition from A Beka Books
for 9th-12th grade
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Handbook of Grammar and Composition
4th edition from A Beka Books
for 11th-12th grade
$10.00 (7 in stock)
Handy Homework Helper: English
by Lynne Blanton
from Publications International
for 4th-7th grade
$3.00 (2 in stock)
Harvey's Elementary Grammar and Composition
Harvey's Language Course
by Thos. W. Harvey
from Mott Media
for 4th-8th- grade
$11.99 $8.00 (1 in stock)
Harvey's Elementary Grammar and Composition - Answer Key
Harvey's Language Course
by Thos. W. Harvey
from Mott Media
for 4th-8th grade
$4.00 $2.50 (1 in stock)
Harvey's Revised English Grammar
Harvey's Language Course
by Thos. W. Harvey
from Mott Media
for 4th-8th grade
$16.99 $11.00 (2 in stock)
Harvey's Revised English Grammar - Answer Key
Harvey's Language Course
by Thos. W. Harvey
from Mott Media
for 4th-8th grade
$5.99 $4.00 (1 in stock)
Homonyms Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 3rd-6th grade
$9.99 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Homophones and Homographs
by James B. Hobbs
3rd edition from McFarland & Co.
for 8th-12th grade
$10.00 (1 in stock)
How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear?
by Brian P. Cleary
from Lerner Publishing Group
for 2nd-4th grade
$3.50 (1 in stock)
How to Improve Your Grammar and Usage
from Grolier Publishing
for 9th-Adult
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Improve Your English
by Nicole Irving, Rachel Bladon, Victoria Parker
from E.D.C. Publishing
for 4th-6th grade
$3.00 (1 in stock)
King Alfred's English
by Laurie J. White
from Shorter Word Press
for 7th-12th grade
$16.95
Kites Sail High
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
$7.99
Language Arts Terminology Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 4th-10th grade
$8.95
Many Luscious Lollipops
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
$7.99
Many Luscious Lollipops
by Ruth Heller
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 1st-4th grade
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Merry-Go-Round
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
$7.99
Mine, All Mine
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
$6.99
Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink
by Brian P. Cleary
from Carolrhoda Books, Inc.
for 2nd-3rd grade
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Nitty-Gritty Grammar
by Edith H. Fine
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-8th grade
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Our Mother Tongue
by Nancy Wilson
from Canon Press
for 7th-10th grade
$20.00
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