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Primary Language Lessons Workbooks
A Great Language Arts Program
Primary Language Lessons Workbook is a wonderful tool for teaching language arts to 2nd and 3rd graders. It was written by Emma Serl in the early 1900s.
Primary Language Lessons is gentle and has often been described as fitting in with the Charlotte Mason Style...small short lessons that build on each other.
The purpose of PLL is to teach the student to speak properly so in turn, they will write properly. The focus is getting their thoughts out of their head and onto paper.
Below you will find more detail and a link to where you can find these wonderful workbooks.
Narration and Dictation
Primary Language Lessons
For 2nd and 3rd Grades
First of all, I separated Primary Language Lessons into two parts for their respective grades (Part 1 and Part 2).
PLL was not meant to teach grammar per se, but to teach how to speak properly. Emma Serl introduced more grammar terms in her other book, Intermediate Language Lessons, also in workbook format.
An example of a change would be, instead of naming parts of a buggy, I asked the student to name parts of a car.
Narration and dictation are used throughout the book to help with grammar and speaking well.
Grammar is taught in an indirect way.
Dictation helps with learning where capital letters go, commas, periods, question marks, etc.
For dictation, you will read the selection slowly to the student, pausing at commas and stopping at periods.
Once the student is finished with writing the dictation piece down, he is to correct it using the copy, marking his mistakes.
You can now have him rewrite the piece with the corrections. Explain his errors to him.
With narration, the student is to read a piece, or you can read it to him, and tell it back to you. You can prompt by asking questions if he gets stuck.
Eventually, he should be able to tell a selection back to you without stuttering or needing the prompts. This is great practice for down the road when he hits speech class.
Composition, Copywork & Letter Writing
Primary Language Lessons has a few short lessons on letter writing. They are introduced to the friendly letter. Again, indirectly. They will not learn terms like heading, salutation, etc.
Composition sounds advanced, but it is simply putting down their thoughts onto paper. They aren't taught paragraphs yet. The goal is to get their ideas from head to paper.
If you have a student that is delayed with writing skills, you can have him dictate the story to you either in long hand or typed onto the computer. After, have him copy it.
Remember to go at your student's pace. These lessons can take a few days to complete. Quality before quantity.
Copywork is also utilized throughout the books. The first letter writing lessons are actually copywork.
Have the student copy the selection in his best handwriting, paying close attention to capital letters and punctuation.
Once he is finished copying, have him go over his copy with the original to make sure he did not miss anything, or add anything. :) Have him make the corrections. Explain the corrections to the student.
Picture study is great because it causes the student to use observation skills. They look at a picture and tell you what they see. There are questions that they answer to help them really dig into the picture and its story.
The picture selections are taken from great artists like Landseer, Debat-Ponsan, Rosa Bonheur, and others.
Conversation & Observation Lessons
Conversation and observation lessons are to be discussed orally. If the subject is unfamiliar to the student, you can look it up to learn more.
After discussing it, have the student answer the questions provided in complete sentences.
The author recommends doing these questions oral at first, but to eventually move the student onto writing them out.
Even when doing these oral, have the student answer in complete sentences.
Selections to be Memorized
Memorization is great for any age, but at this age it seems to come easier. These lessons might take a week or so depending on how well the student is at memorizing.
There is no need to stop lessons. Have the student practice his selection every day until memorized, but continue moving on with the lessons.
The selections are poetry. They are taken from poets such as Maud Wyman, Robert Louis Stevenson, Eugene Field, and more.
Primary Language Lessons Workbook Samples - Here are a few sample pages taken from the workbooks.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Primary Language Lessons at Amazon
You can find the hardback book at Amazon, but I did change a few lessons...see above.
There is also a Teacher's Guide, but it isn't necessary.