Simply Grammar: An Illustrated Primer [SCM]

by Karen Andreola Author

(From Amazon): Some teaching methods are timeless. In this revised and expanded edition of Charlotte Mason s grammar, you will discover one of them the simple method of narration that focuses on conversation as a natural means of teaching grammar to your fourth to eight graders. A large and curious Victorian illustration accompanies each lesson. Simply Grammar brings to bear more of your child's natural thinking ability than ordinary grammar lessons. The student is given the opportunity to create his own sentences, often to tell a story using the large illustrations. By this method he uses his new understanding of the sentence to demonstrate a more thorough knowledge. Simply Grammar allows you to follow a pace that matches your child's ability. Keeping this in mind, in most cases, a several year program where the teacher is free to decide when and how often review is necessary. Simply grammar can be used to enhance any other grammar program.

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Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
3rd - 6th
Charlotte Mason Research & Supply Company


  • 1:1 The Sentence: The Subject
  • 1:2 The Sentence: The Verb
  • 1:3 Parts of Speech: Nouns
  • 1:4 Parts of Speech: Adjectives
  • 1:5 The Sentence: The Predicate
  • 1:6 The Sentence: The Predicate and the Verb "Be
  • 1:7 Parts of Speech: Adjectives
  • 1:8 Parts of Speech: Number
  • 1:9 The Sentence: Agreement of Verb and Subject
  • 1:10 The Sentence: Agreement of Verb and Subject
  • 1:11 The Nominative Case
  • 2:1 Parts of Speech: Verbs - Tense
  • 2:2 Parts of Speech: Verbs - Tense
  • 2:3 Parts of Speech: Verbs - Transitive and Intransitive
  • 2:4 The Transitive Verb and the Object
  • 2:5 The Objective Case
  • 2:6 The Possessive Case
  • 2:7 The Possessive Case
  • 2:8 Two Nouns Referring to the Same Thing
  • 2:9 Parts of Speech: The Preposition
  • 2:10 Parts of Speech: The Preposition
  • 3:1 Verbs: Mood
  • 3:2 Verbs: The Infinitive Mood
  • 3:3 Verbs: The Indicative Mood
  • 3:4 Verbs: The Subjunctive
  • 3:5 Verbs: The Imperative Mood
  • 3:6 The Predicate: Modifiers
  • 3:7 The Predicate: Modifiers - Adverbs
  • 3:8 The Predicate: Modifiers - Prepositions and their Objects
  • 3:9 Adverbs with Adjectives
  • 3:10 Adverbs with Adverbs
  • 4:1 Parts of Speech: Pronouns
  • 4:2 Pronouns: The First Person
  • 4:3 Pronouns of the First Person
  • 4:4 Pronouns of the Second Person
  • 4:5 Person and Gender
  • 4:6 Pronouns of the Third Person
  • 4:7 Agreement of Verb and Subject
  • 4:8 Plural Pronouns and Common Gender
  • 4:9 Relative Pronouns and their Antecedents
  • 4:10 The Relative Pronouns: who
  • 4:11 The Relative Pronouns: whom
  • 4:12 The Relative Pronouns: which, that, and what
  • 4:13 Parts of Speech: Pronoun-Adjectives and their Work
  • 4:14 Parts of Speech: Conjunctions
  • 4:15 Parts of Speech: Interjections

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How does Simply Grammar compare to English for the

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English for the Thoughtful Child (Books 1 and 2, edited by Cindy Shearer) are delightful gentle introductions to using the English language. They contain some little picture studies, some dictation passages, some poems to memorize, and some short exercises that talk about statements, questions, whose and who's, possessives and plurals -- things like that. I like to use them in about 2nd and 3rd grades, though my one daughter did finish up Book 2 during the first half of her 4th grade year.

Simply Grammar (edited by Karen Andreola) is more of an introduction to the parts of speech. It presents the material in lovely, mostly oral, lessons but it goes more in-depth. For example, it talks about transitive and intransitive verbs and the infinitive, indicative, subjunctive, and imperative moods of verbs. The girls and I got a bit bogged down during those lessons, but many CMers love the book because it is based on Charlotte's original grammar lessons. The other lessons are about subjects, predicates, nouns, adjectives, agreement between subject and verb, verb tenses, prepositions, adverbs, pronouns, and such. It is recommended for fourth grade through high school age students.

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