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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.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviews here.

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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
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Antonyms Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 3rd-6th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Behind the Mask
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
by Jane Straus with Lester Kaufman & Tom Stern
11th edition from Jossey-Bass
for 6th-Adult
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Bugaboo Review
by Sue Sommer
1st edition from New World Library
for 7th-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Cache of Jewels
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
Caught'ya Again!
by Jane Bell Kiester
1st edition from Maupin House Publishing
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Chortling Bard
by Jane Bell Kiester
from Maupin House Publishing
for 9th-12th grade
in Clearance: Language Arts (Location: ACL-LAN)
English Grammar Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 6th-Adult
in Language Arts Flippers (Location: BLG-FLP)
Explore Language Series
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
Fantastic! Wow! and Unreal!
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
Figures of Speech
by Arthur Quinn
from Hermagoras Press
for 9th-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Grammar Songs - Book
by Kathy Troxel
from Audio Memory
for 3rd-8th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Grammar Songs with CD
Audio Memory CDs
by Kathy Troxel
from Audio Memory
for 3rd-8th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Grammar-Land
by M. L. Nesbitt
from Yesterday's Classics
for 3rd-6th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: A11-02C)
Handbook of Grammar & Composition
by James A. Chapman
5th edition from A Beka Books
for 7th-12th grade
in A Beka Grammar & Writing (Location: B15-05E)
Handbook of Grammar and Composition (old)
4th edition from A Beka Books
for 11th-12th grade
Harvey's Elementary Grammar and Composition
Harvey's Language Course
by Thos. W. Harvey
from Mott Media
for 4th-8th- grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Harvey's Elementary Grammar and Composition - Answer Key
Harvey's Language Course
by Thos. W. Harvey
from Mott Media
for 4th-8th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Harvey's Revised English Grammar
Harvey's Language Course
by Thos. W. Harvey
from Mott Media
for 4th-8th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Homonyms Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 3rd-6th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Homophones and Homographs
by James B. Hobbs
3rd edition from McFarland & Co.
for 8th-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
King Alfred's English
by Laurie J. White
from Shorter Word Press
for 7th-12th grade
in History of Books & Language (Location: B03-00B)
Kites Sail High
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
Language Arts Terminology Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 4th-10th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Many Luscious Lollipops
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
Merry-Go-Round
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
Mine, All Mine
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
Our Mother Tongue
by Nancy Wilson
from Canon Press
for 7th-10th grade
in Miscellaneous Grammar Curriculum (Location: B15-02C)
Painless Grammar
by Rebecca Elliott Ph.D.
3rd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Punctuation and Capitalization Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 6th-Adult
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Punctuation Takes a Vacation
by Robin Pulver
from Holiday House
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
Sentence Diagramming - Beginning
by Angela Carter
from Critical Thinking Books
for 3rd-12th grade
in Miscellaneous Grammar Curriculum (Location: B15-02C)
Sentence Diagramming Level 1
from Critical Thinking Books
in Miscellaneous Grammar Curriculum (Location: B15-02C)
Sentence Diagramming Level 2
by Angela Carter
from Critical Thinking Books
for 7th-12th grade
in Miscellaneous Grammar Curriculum (Location: B15-02C)
Sentence Skills Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 3rd-5th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Simply Grammar
by Charlotte Mason, Karen Andreola
2nd edition from Charlotte Mason Research and Supply Co.
for 4th-8th grade
in Charlotte Mason Language Arts (Location: B15-05C)
Synonymns Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 3rd-6th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Trivium Tables: English Grammar
from Classical Conversations
for 7th-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Trivium Tables: Quid et Quo
from Classical Conversations
for 7th-12th grade
in Classical Conversations (Location: B03-04A)
Trivium Tables: Rhetoric
from Classical Conversations
for 7th-12th grade
in Classical Conversations (Location: B03-04A)
Uncovering the Logic of English
by Denise Eide
2nd Edition from Pedia Learning, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Logic of English (Location: B13-00A)
Up, Up and Away
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
Vocabulary Intro Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 3rd-6th grade
in Vocabulary Resources (Location: B13-03E)
War Against Grammar
by David Mulroy
from Heinemann Educational Books
for Adult
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Woe Is I
by Patricia T. O'Conner
3rd Revised & enlarged from Riverhead Books
for 9th-Adult
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Word Fun
by Michael Dahl
from Picture Window Books
for 1st-3rd grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: B15-02B)
Word Skills Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 3rd-5th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Writer's Guide to Perfect Punctuation
by Victor C. Pellegrino
from Maui arThoughts Company
for 9th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: B16-05A)
Writer's Toolbox
from Bob Jones University Press
Writing Handbook for 9th-11th grade
in BJU Writing & Grammar (Location: B15-04A)