Day 1- Back to Homeschool Giveaways


 
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Welcome to Day 1 of the 10 Days of Back to Homeschool Giveaways!! Today’s amazing giveaway is brought to you by Loving Grammar.

Let’s find out some of the main principles of the Loving Grammar program:

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Loving Grammar: Mr. Lund’s Guide to Professional Clamdigging™

Principle 1: You’ve heard of a ‘feel good’ movie, right? Well, let’s just say that Loving Grammar is a ‘feel good’ grammar textbook. That’s what I mean when I subtitled this book: “A Quirky Workbook.”

Can we talk about this for just a second? Why worry about something as subjective as happiness? Excuse me—have you studied any grammar lately? Believe me, it’s not easy—(anyone who tells you it is is not playing with the full grammar deck).

So, what do we do to change the mood of a grammar book? How about this: putting it all in a classroom and inserting into the grammar mix some funny and clever exchanges between teacher (Mr. Lund) and students (Felix, Giovanni, Kristy)? After many years of teaching, I have found that if the students are having a good time—and the teacher is too!—then it is very, very likely that some serious and lasting learning is going on.

In his book, The Happiness Advantage (2010), Shawn Achor says this of the role of happiness and education: “Students primed to feel happy before taking math achievement tests far outperform their neutral peers. It turns out that our brains are literally hardwired to perform at their best not when they are negative or even neutral, but when they are positive” (15).

I couldn’t agree more! Like I said—I want everyone to have a good time in this Loving Grammar classroom! One parent wrote this when I asked her how her daughter was doing with the program: “I will tell you already that she did not want to stop your book to go back to her math lesson. We went through Lesson 1, Lesson 2 and now are working on 3…. She loves it!”

So, for example on page 40 of Loving Grammar, we see Mr. Lund messing around with Giovanni, “What’s the matter, did you lose your puppy?” Or when Felix playfully hits back at the teacher, “What’s up, Mr. Lund? Cat got your tongue?”—the maestro counters with this: “Well that’s a fine metaphor to come from a guy named Felix.”

If I know anything about learning, I know that good-hearted humor and fun can do two things: first, it can create of joy and confidence in the learners, and second, it can inoculate students against the mess-ups and the knock-downs that we all face when we are learning something as tricky as grammar and punctuation. This gives our students a significant cognitive advantage—a willingness to take risks! And that, my friends, is essential to learning. And that’s one of the best secrets of Loving Grammar.

Principle 2: And, by the way—no, we don’t do diagramming sentences in Loving Grammar. To me diagramming sentences (and yes, I do know how to do it—I have an advanced degree in applied linguistics) is the equivalent of cutting your lawn with scissors—it is way too s l o w and l a b o r i o u s! My mission is to help students learn grammar and punctuation as quickly as possible, so they can confidently punctuate any sentence they write (or anyone else writes)—and so they can get on with the rest of their lives!

Principle 3: This is mastery for EVERYONE, folks! NO ONE gets left behind! I know what it’s like in a normal English classroom of 30 kids. Usually when questions of grammar come about—about 3-4 kids answer most of the questions and the rest of the kids just wait it out. Not here! Everyone in the class is going to get through this and MASTER the material!

That’s why I’m so happy that Felix (and do you know what that name means?), the kid who is most scared of grammar, is the one to do the honors of putting the commas in the formidable ‘Clamdigging sentence’* at the end of the book. If your student hates grammar or is afraid of grammar—then she should pay attention to Felix and the other ‘kids’ in this book. She will see something amazing. They all get it. Your student will too!

*Trapped on a sandbar by the incoming tide, the amateur clam diggers Pete and Don who could not swim had to be rescued.

Whether grammar is your delight or your dilemma—or your nightmare, this book is your guide to safe harbor. The Professional Clamdigging™ approach makes the solemn and practical pledge that you’ll never learn a single snippet of grammar without seeing how it solves a writing issue.  Choosing between I feel ‘bad’ and I feel ‘badly’ is impossible if you don’t know how action verbs and linking verbs operate.  Don’t know an adverb move from a bluegrass groove?  Don’t know if you should say ‘me’ or ‘I’?  Don’t know where to put commas (much less semi-colons) in a sentence.  You’ve come to the right place:  Loving Grammar.

Would you like to give Loving Grammar a try? Save $10 on already reduced prices by using promo code: LGHM at checkout. Offer valid through 9/10/16.

5 lucky winners will win the following:

  • Loving Grammar book
  • Answer key
  • Mastery exam
  • Quiz supplement

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  1. I’m always looking for help with understanding and teaching Grammar. Thanks for a chance to win!

  2. This sounds like a fun grammar curriculum. Would love to try it.

  3. This looks so interesting. I’d love to make school a little more fun this year! Please enter me in the drawing.

  4. oh nice to find something that makes it fun, adventurous and interesting! I am always looking for ways to keep my daughter’s attention and would love to use this!!!

  5. This would give me an alternative grammar lessons.

  6. This sounds amazing! I adored diagramming sentences, spelling, grammar, and such. Because it was as simple for me as breathing. I had friends who hated it and could not fathom my enjoyment! Then, when I became a teacher for middle school Language Arts, I realized that quite often, those same exercises in English were often torture for learners and teachers. At home with my homeschoolers, I have ignored formal grammar instruction and we have simply enjoyed language au natural: reading, reading aloud, copywork, and narrating.

    Feeling the pull to help them really dig into language. So many other programs are simply dry, difficult, or remove the joy from the purpose of learning. This seems rather Life Of Fred-ish for the world of grammar!

    Even if we do not win a copy, am certainly going to buy one! Thanks for highlighting this resource!

  7. This looks very interesting.We are always looking for new opportunities to learn.

  8. I loved learning grammar. I hope to win because I wish I had a way for my kids to really love it too!

  9. I would love to try this grammar program! And wanted to tell you what a blessing it has been to follow the praying for our homeschool for 30 days!

  10. Would like to try a Grammar curriculum that adds more humor to the content. This set sounds like it would intrigue my daughter. Thank you.

  11. I think the grammar aspect of teaching language arts may be the most comlicated thing I have tried to flesh out since I started 4 years ago!

  12. Hope we win. Would really help as I am a single disabled homeschool mom.

  13. Who couldn’t improve their grammar. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Marilyn

  14. We are currently using Easy Grammar, but I’d love to try something different.

  15. This sounds perfect for my daughter!

  16. I would love some help teaching grammar. Thanks for a chance to win!

  17. You had me at “quirky.” I think this curriculum would be a fun way to tackle a rather mundane subject.

  18. Fun speaks to my boys and I can see their eyes glaze over as we do our current grammar book so this may be what we are looking for.

    Thanks!

  19. I’m always looking for great tools to teach grammar and this looks great!

  20. I have a 13 year old who hates grammar. I feel like I’ve tried them all. I’m hoping this will be the one she’ll like, or at least tolerate.

  21. I love trying out new curriculum!

  22. I would try this because one can never have too many different ways to teach grammar, because every kid seems to learn in their own way. Also, “quirky” just fits my family.

  23. This looks like a fun way to learn grammar! I’d love to try it out

  24. My son would love this. I’ve been looking for something that would hold his interest, and this could be it!

  25. This look like so much fun…and it is grammar!

  26. I love grammar, but I don’t feel like I’m the best at teaching it. I’m excited for a resource that will help my kids enjoy it too!

  27. I am brand new to homeschooling and don’t have a thing yet ? So this would be helpful in getting started.

  28. I would love to get something to help with teaching grammar to the children, and I’m always looking for something that will help the children understand grammar.

  29. My kids hate Grammar! I haven’t ordered anything for them yet because I don’t know what to order! Maybe this is the one we should try?!

  30. Love giveaways, thank you!

  31. I think this is one of those things that is always helpful. My sons laughed at me a couple of times because I corrected their grammar. I help to remind them that this is one way to sound educated. Fortunately for them they have someone who cares.

  32. It seems like a fun way to learn grammar.

  33. I would love to win this for my kids! Taking the frustration out of learning grammar would be an answer to a prayer!

  34. I want to give my daughter the best learning experience that I can provide for her. I would also like to brush up on grammar myself while she’s learning it.

  35. I would love to try this out! Sounds like something fun I could with all of my kiddos (we have 5). Thanks for sharing this offer with us.

  36. It sounds like a fun way to teach/learn grammar! Like you, I don’t care for diagramming sentences either.

  37. Looks interesting and my girls really don’t like grammar. Hopefully this could change it all.

  38. My daughter would like a fun but challenging grammar course and this looks like the one!! I am so excited! What a fun giveaway! Thanks for the offer!

  39. I would like to try Loving Grammar to get away from the outdated feel of what we’ve been using!

  40. It sounds like a good program, and we have yet to find one we really like!
    We buy one every year, and stick with it because of the cost. Even when we really don’t like it. Maybe this will be the one!

  41. Grammar is one of those subjects we sometimes forget about! I had my 7th grader diagram 2 sentences last week and told her that was all the diagramming she would ever have to do. So this curriculum sounds like it is right up my alley! Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. I have two girls who are “allergic” to grammar. Would love to try this program with them.

  43. I’m always looking for anything that makes the academics more interesting and fun!

  44. I am all for “happy” grammar during our day, thank you!

  45. We do NOT love grammar at our house, but wouldn’t it be nice to? This sounds like something that would be right up our alley!

  46. I would love this as a supplement to our LA program. Plus it is an area I struggle with.

  47. Would love to have a “happy” approach to teaching grammar!!

  48. Always looking to try something new!

  49. Sounds like fun!

  50. Always need help with grammer!

  51. This looks fantastic!!

  52. Crammer is a very hard one for us in this house. I struggled through grammer in school, and so did my husband. I would love to have a fun approach and something new for this and this seems perfect.

  53. I would be happy to get this because I am always trying to teach good grammar to my kids.

  54. This would be wonderful for my kids. Grammar is not exactly easy and the workbook I picked is alright but not a good fit.

  55. I’ve seen this program before and wanted to try it. I’d love to have a nice curriculum that would be an easy to use resource for me. This would fit the bill.

  56. I have never heard of this book but it seems like something that will give direction in teaching my children grammar.

  57. I would like to try this book as I haven’t found a grammar program which works for my youngest. IT looks like ii would be engaging and maybe that would make a difference in learning.

  58. Grammar is not my strong suit, but I would love to teach my children how to use it properly.

  59. I need this loving grammar in my life! It’s frustrating explaining grammar to my two dyslexic boys.

  60. This looks like it’s fun to learn about grammar. And anything that makes learning fun is a book I want!

  61. Sounds awesome

  62. I graduated with a degree in English. It is just a natural thing for me, so it’s hard to teach what is obvious to me!! It sounds like fun (most English curriculum is dreadfully boring), and I think my son (6th grade) would enjoy it!

  63. I hated grammar in school (because it was boring and diagramming took WAY too long!), but now I wish I had taken the time to master it, instead of relying on a sentence “sounding right”. My son is a bit young for this book yet, but I’d love something like this for both of us! 🙂

  64. Thank you. I’m still new to homeschooling and always looking for different or alternative curriculum!

  65. I love grammar! My 10 year old not so much. This looks like a fun curriculum.

  66. We like English grammar around here but I agree with Lori…I have an English degree and find it hard to teach what seems evident – also this sounds fun.

  67. I’m always interested in a fun way to teach grammar. I’ve yet to settle on a grammar program that hasn’t been a struggle or drudgery. Thanks for the chance to win!

  68. With 8 kids, finding a grammar program that doesn’t need much mommy or isn’t too complicated can be hard. This one seems to have rave reviews.

  69. We would love to try this because we homeschool 3 different grade levels and this seems to be an amazing resource!

  70. I want schooling to be fun. Grammar was easy for me as as kid; it was as if I picked up the rules by osmosis. Sentence diagramming was just doing a puzzle. I realize that I don’t really know the names of the rules, that commas were a sense of breathing space. Having a fun text to work with for me because I don’t want to be bored out of my mind and give up on teaching this important part of language arts to my daughter. I also understand the importance of how play and fun engage learners.

  71. It sounds really interesting and fun!

  72. I would like to try your program because it sounds more fun than what I have used in the past with few if my other children.

  73. Grammar isn’t our favorite subject, anything would be helpful.

  74. We like new experiences

  75. I would love to win and try the Loving Grammar program because it would help me to teach my son more about grammar (even it is great for me too because I am an ESL student!)
    Thank You for the chance

  76. I typed my Instagram name wrong in the form, it should say heididaily

  77. I appreciate using unique and creative grammar resources while teaching my three children. I would like to incorporate this book to make grammar even more interesting.

  78. I think Loving Grammar would help my daughter to understand grammar better and the why of it. She always wants to know that what she learns has a benefit and a purpose.

  79. Grammar is a hard subject for me to teach, esp cuz my kids think its soooo boring. Anything that might help it be fun would be a huge help to this mama! !

  80. Grammar is not my strongest suit & an amazing program would help ensure I teach my children correctly.

  81. Awesome giveaway – thank you for the opportunity to enter. ?

  82. It sure sounds like fun!

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