Editor in Chief Level B-1 by A Life Better Than I Deserve

Platforms: Book
Release Date: 2000
Genre(s): Language Arts
Publisher(s): The Critical Thinking Co.
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Editor in Chief Level B-1 by A Life Better Than I Deserve

Editor in Chief Level B-1 by A Life Better Than I Deserve, 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
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Review: Timberdoodle & Critical Thinking Press

I first became acquainted with the Timberdoodle Company nearly two decades ago through a close friend and fellow pastor’s wife. I did not even have children at the time, yet she shared with me about all the wonderful resources sold by this small homeschooling company. When I was recently asked whether I had any interest in reviewing products for them, I joyfully agreed to review some Critical Thinking Press materials. I was blessed when I was sent one of the Editor in Chief items. We really appreciated this unique method of reinforcing grammar.

Editor in Chief Level B-1 is designed for students in 6th – 8th grades. This is a resource designed to improve grammar, punctuation, spelling and capitalization in a creative manner rather than through rote drill. Although a concise section of grammar rules with explanations is included within this text, it is not designed primarily for grammar instruction. Instead, it is a fun supplement. We found this text to be a high-interest collection of stories which reinforced the grammar rules my children had already internalized.

I actually love this book as an interesting break from standard, boring grammatical texts. So does my daughter. My son prefers it to most other grammar options, though grammar is decidedly not his favorite subject.  This text contains 33 reproducible worksheet pages followed by a teacher’s section. This makes it ideal for a weekly grammar supplement. An Answer Keyis included as well as the Guide to Grammar, Usage and Punctuation. The grammar rules within the back of this text could theoretically be used for instruction and explanation, and certainly any family which already owns a standard grammar could refer to it for additional instruction and assignments in troublesome areas.

Students first examine a black and white illustration and read the accompanying caption. Then they read an interesting article, generally comprising one paragraph in length. Occasionally dialogue is included, so the text may be several paragraphs. Or the text may be in the form of a personal letter. No errors occur within the caption or illustration, so if different information is included within the text, the students should identify one or more content errors.

The student first identifies the errors, then pencils in corrections within the text. Additionally, students may write out corrected versions of the story. However, since my 6th grade son is not a fan of handwriting, we instead skipped that step and only made our corrections within the text itself.

As my children completed the worksheets, I located the answers within the Answer Key and we discussed anything they missed. If they did not immediately recognize the error, we referred to the Answer Key for the type of error (whether it is content, grammar, punctuation or capitalization) and then simply referred to its numbered section within the “Guide to Grammar, Usage and Punctuation” for a short explanation and discussion.

How did we all feel about this text?

My 9th grader honestly did find this level a little easy for her. I decided she really did need to use Level C instead, and my new Timberdoodle order arrived just last week. My daughter loved using the worksheets in Level B-1 and found many of them humorous. She did still miss an occasional error or make a new one herself, but I was able to discuss the rules from the appendix and give her sufficient explanations without turning to a standard grammar text.

My 6th grader, on the other hand, struggled a bit with this level. He has had some difficulty internalizing some of his grammar rules, and after he had completed several of these worksheets and could not see a number of errors, I substituted a Level A book for him instead. Level A is designed for 4th through 6th grades and is a little easier to locate the errors within the stories. After he completes Level A this spring, I intend to move him back into Level B either later this spring or next year.� Our family will be continuing our use of these enjoyable grammar supplements.

Timberdoodle sells Editor in Chief Level B-1 for $16.99 here. A sample page is available here.

Other Critical Thinking Press materials sold by Timberdoodle may be located on this page here. If you are searching for other Language Arts materials for homeschoolers, look here. Timberdoodle also provides free catalogs for homeschoolers here.

Disclosure:

As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team I received free copies of these books in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.



Posted by Timberdoodle Co. | 14 Sep 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews

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