Friday, August 31, 2007

KISS Grammar and Easy Grammar

First, I know you are wondering, "Why two grammar programs?" and then, "What is KISS Grammar?"

Well, Let me tell you about KISS first. KISS Grammar is a free grammar program found at KISS has several courses of study. There is a four level self-study program for high school and college students as well as graded workbooks that are in the process of being developed but all the information that will be in the workbooks for grades three plus is there to print out.

The program draws from real books as the basis of it's diagraming and is hard core grammar instruction. All the grammar is introduced by the end of the fourth grade workbook and the rest of the workbooks after are just to keep practicing and learning the grammar.

Currently, we are working in the second grade workbook. This workbook uses some sections from the Elson Readers Primer for a few lessons where the students make their own exercises. But the bulk of the workbook is based on, Bunny Rabbit's Diary by Mary Frances Blaisdell. This is a very cute story about a little Bunny and all his adventures.

So how are we using KISS?

First, we are reading the book, Bunny Rabbit's Diary, as our main reading for the week. We read three days in this book and do McCall-Harby Test Lessons in Reading the fourth day. My oldest daughter has requested sentences from this book for her copywork right now so she does two to three copywork sentences a week from KISS. And then lastly we do two to three lessons a week in the Second Grade Workbook.

What kinds of lessons are in KISS?

This year we will spend quite a bit of time finding the subject and verb in sentences. We will also spend time learning about complements, helping verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs, apostorphes, compounding of sentences, prepositional phrases, predicates, indirect and direct objects. There is a teacher's guide that explains how to teach the course and answers are also included.

KISS sounds like more than enough, so why are you using Easy Grammar as well?

We are using Easy Grammar 2/3 as a filler for days where we don't use KISS and are finding that it is easy and fun to do. So KISS is our stretch grammar and Easy Grammar is our grammar is easy program.


my5wolfcubs said...

I'll have to go check out KISS grammar! My oldest isn't thrilled w/ grammar and while I planned to have her finish the book, which will take the rest of the semester, I'm not sure I want to get the next book for 2nd semester.
Thanks for the review!
Lee (from the WTM board)

CloseAcademy said...

Your Welcome! And I hope I was able to help. Thanks for stopping by.


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