Book Review: English For the Thoughtful Child

I thought that teaching my daughter to read was going to be as hard as homeschooling would get, then I remembered that I still had to teach her how to write.

English for the Thoughtful Child, Vol. 1 by Mary F. Hyde has come in very handy as we embark on the writing road.

It is an older book, originally published in 1903 under the title “Lessons in the Use of English”, but was updated and revised in 1990 by Cynthia A. Shearer.

It’s 62 lessons range from the different types of sentences, to nouns, to knowing when to use “Is” and “Are”, etc. The lessons are a mixture between simple oral composition exercises,

to memorization selections and picture studies,

to copying and dictation exercises.

Each lesson is simple and concise. The exercises accompanying each lesson are straightforward and are meant to further develop the mechanics of grammar.

You won’t find busy work within it’s pages.

Although there is ample room for the exercises to be completed within the book, making it a consumable book,

we chose to complete them on additional paper since there is another little fellow underfoot who will use the book one day.

We enjoy English for the Thoughtful Child, Vol. 1 because this one text is the entire course. There are no additional teacher manuals or workbooks.

Simple and concise. Just the way we like it.

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One response to “Book Review: English For the Thoughtful Child

  1. That is just how we like it too! Lovely book. Happy HHH!

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