It's so fun when something comes up that helps me realize that a particular curriculum has really worked well! That happens daily, but some things (like really understanding all of the parts of a sentence) are less obvious. I don't walk around having Genna label sentences in the grocery store, but I do have her do a lot of math for me. Does that make sense?
Yesterday her spelling assignment was to find the subject and predicate of sentences. She labeled the subject noun, the complete subject and the complete predicate with ZERO hesitation. It was exciting for me. She can actually lable much more including: article adjectives, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, objects of the prepostion, and prepositional phrases.
She learned all of this from Level 1 of Shurley English. It is very reasonably priced and I'm telling you...even if you don't homeschool, do yourself and your child a favor and get it! It moves very smoothly, especially for a 3rd grader. Most days it doesn't take more than 10 - 15 minutes to complete a lesson. The basis of the curriculum is a group of jingles...one for each part of the sentence. Thomas joins us for this fun! It also focuses on writing and other basic language skills. Technically, it is for a 1st grader. Genna did NOT learn anything like this in 1st grade! My plan with Thomas, since I'll still be using his Abeka Language because of the phonics and reading comprehension, is to work through it slowly and take our time. It will be interesting to see how fast he catches on.