A New Twist On Emma Serl’s Intermediate Language Lessons
Hi, my name is Cynthia and I am a homeschooling mom. My husband and I have been homeschooling our children since the beginning.
When the children became ‘school age’, we began looking into the classical method, which led us to Charlotte Mason and Ruth Beechick. We eventually ended up with The Robinson Curriculum. The children are doing very well with the self-teaching method.
I do, however, add a few things here and there. One thing that I really liked was Intermediate Language Lessons by Emma Serl. It is often described as a perfect fit for the Charlotte Mason type homeschoolers. This is because the lessons are short and gentle. They also include a variety of lessons from picture study to poetry to letter writing and composition and more.
For the writing portion of RC (Robinson Curriculum), I have used Intermediate Language Lessons. It helped keep the kids focused and gave them topics to write about.
This led me to reformat the book into a more independent workbook. I wanted the children to be able to jump right in without having to wait for me. This is one reason we have enjoyed RC SO much, is because the children are not waiting for me to get to them or finish with the other. This only caused them to get distracted or wander away and then it was like pulling teeth to get back to what we were suppose to be doing. A lot of it was me and I felt I was not helping them develop good study habits and being able to work independently, and taking the initiative to get their work done.
So I purposely made the Intermediate Language Lessons Workbook to be used more independently. You will still need to read the dictation lessons, but for the most part, the student can take the book and do the lesson. You then read their work and apply any corrections, discussing them with the student.
I usually go over their work during the reading portion of their studies. I make notes in the margins and after their reading, they look over my corrections (and praises), and let me know if they don’t understand something.
Here is a synopsis of what you will find in Intermediate Language Lessons
*Simple and practical lessons in English for the fourth (Part 1), fifth (Part 2) and sixth (Part 3) grades, which will teach the pupil to speak and write the English language correctly.
*Nature study and observation lessons are used as the basis of much of the instruction. The illustrations consist largely of reproductions of well-known paintings.
*There are many literature studies, both in poetry and in prose.
*The lessons in letter writing are on subjects that appeal to the child, and include simple business letters.
*Both reproduction and original work are used in the oral and written composition drill.
*Capitalization and punctuation are given careful treatment.
*Many exercises to enlarge the pupil’s vocabulary are included, as well as drill on correct forms of speech and words often misused.
*A noteworthy feature of the book is the attention paid in the lessons to such important civic subjects as the school, the court, the State, cleanliness of the streets and needed improvements in the neighborhood.
Here Is What I Have Done With
Intermediate Language Lessons:
*What I have done is reformatted this incredible book into a workbook format. There is space for your student to write right in the book!
*I also updated some images as well as added a few of my own, mostly on the notebooking pages for composition work. I did not, however, change any of the Picture Study images.
*I added an Appendix where the dictations sheets are housed. Also in Part 2 where Part 1 lessons were needed for images or selections, I included them in the Appendix also. This way if you do not need or have Part 1, you can still utilize the selection or image.
*I included lines (double-spaced in Part 1, 1.5 lined space in Parts 2 & 3) for answering questions, dictation and composition work.
*I updated the postal codes, addressing envelopes and state abbreviations
*Consider these All-In-Ones, there is nothing else to buy. Just print, 3-hole punch and place in a binder.
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Book one covers simple outlines, letter writing intro, quotations, capitalization, nouns, singular/plural, possession, contractions, paragraphs and the stanza related to poetry.
There isn't a strong emphasis on grammar just yet in the first book. It concentrates more on getting thoughts onto paper in an orderly fashion.
Book two continues with writing effectively and includes lessons on homonyms, synonyms, singular-plural, changing y to ies and f or fe to ves, and the types of sentences.
In the third book, subject, predicate, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, etc. are introduced.