In my past blog posts, I have recommend several FREE resources that can be found online for homeschoolers to use. I have tried a few of them myself but still feel that I have not yet found the best resource for teaching English Grammar to my children.
Until I came across KISS Grammar, that is. KISS Grammar
was created by Dr. Ed Vavra, an English professor at The Pennsylvania College of Technology. Disturbed by the way that English is being taught in schools in the US, Dr. Vavra decided to put online his method of teaching English grammar. At this point, KISS Grammar is FREE
. Dr. Vavra has been so generous that he created workbooks for every grade level. Although he teaches college students, his workbooks are geared for the elementary learner and onwards.
I’ve been using KISS Grammar for my children since September last year and I am happy to say that it is a treasure indeed. Along with every workbook is a Parent’s Guide. It contains the answers for every exercise and the background explanation for the lessons. A treasure, right?
You will have to read the “An Introduction to KISS and the Master Books”
first. You can either read it online or print it as I have because it is very, very long. If you prefer to print, go to this page
and download the doc
version. If you have older children, maybe you can teach it using the Master Books only. But if you would like to apply it to the children’s curriculum on a per level basis, you can use the printable Grade-Level workbooks. If you decide to go with the workbooks, read “An Explanation of the Grade Level Workbooks”
The KISS Grammar website is HUGE! You may be intimidated by it as I have been, but with time and patience, you will soon understand it. All workbooks/parent’s guides are downloadable, as are all the instructions and background information. Online casino Ireland. ###
Remember, patience is the key for you parents. Once you start using it, I’m sure you will find it a treasure as many already have.
Dr. Ed Vavra also actively participates in a Yahoo group here
. Anyone using KISS Grammar can join this group to participate in the discussions. Any questions directed to Dr. Vavra will be replied to by the author in a timely manner.
Again, here are the links:
KISS Grammar site: http://home.pct.edu/~evavra/KISS.htm
KISS Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KISSGrammarGroup/
An Introduction to KISS and the Master Books (online version): http://home.pct.edu/~evavra/kiss/wb/LPlans/Overview_Levels.htm
An Introduction to KISS and the Master Books (doc version): http://home.pct.edu/~evavra/kiss/wb/PBooks/index.htm
An Explanation of the Grade Level Workbooks (online version): http://home.pct.edu/~evavra/kiss/wb/LPlans/Overview.html
Printable KISS Grammar Books: http://home.pct.edu/~evavra/kiss/wb/PBooks/index.htm#Grade_Level
A note from Dr. Ed Vavra:
I really appreciate your blog post. The only thing that worries me is that you suggest that there are already completed books for each grade level. I’m coming close to a complete set for sixth grade, but there is a long way to go before there will be a complete set for every grade from three through eleven.
The other thing that has me wondering is if some people think that fifth graders, for example, are supposed to do ALL the fifth grade books, and then ALL the sixth grade books? That is not the case, but I’m not sure the explanation on the Printable Books page makes that clear enough.
This looks very interesting, Michelle!
Thanks for the heads up.
I’m going to have to check in to this more after I’ve gotten a little sleep. *grin* Thanks for the post – and for stopping by my blog the other day and leaving a comment. Blessings to you!
another worthy share. super thanks!
Thanks for sharing this. I’m going to check it out!
I tried this years ago because I loved his method, but I got bogged down at the website. It looks different now, so I need to take a second look. Thanks for reminding me!
I also saw this website a few years back but got intimidated by it. I cam across KISS Grammar again last year and started to really study it. Now that I am using it, I found out how valuable it is and should be shared with others.