I bought the basic set plus an extra workbook and cards to use with my 6th grader and 3rd grader. I like the cards a lot, and they seem to really help with my 6th grader who is more of a hands-on learner. We tried another grammar program last year where she identified and marked parts of speech, and she detested it. The color coded cards with clues printed on them is a huge help, and is like a mini-review built into the cards. She likes this system MUCH better, and does it without complaining. I'm so glad I chose this program. I plan to get the supplemental set to practice over the summer, and the advanced set as well.
We have been homeschooling our daughter since grade 5. We are now in grade 8.
Grammar has always been our biggest struggle. We have tried many different programs, ideas and ways of teaching and none have communicated the basic foundations of grammar as clearly Winston. We are so happy to have found Winston, grammar is not such a dreaded lesson anymore.
I am really pleased with this program. The textbook approach I was using with my oldest just wasn't a good fit for my 2nd son. This program has helped him break sentences down to see how the words work together. Love the cards! Using the cards helps him focus on each word by itself before marking up the sentence in the workbook. There is no way this son would have ever been happy with all the diagramming. But we're accomplishing the same thing in a fun way for him. Grammar is one of the things he asks to do first because he likes it now.
This program is well thought out and easy to use. My high school age son is using it to brush up on his grammar skills. Unlike other programs we have tried this one , though basic. is not too young for a 15 year old.
I bought this curriculum with some trepidation since there doesn't seem to be much detail about the workings of it. Everything seems vague and I just wasn't getting the understanding of it from what I was reading. However, a friend of mine suggested that it was like the Montessori grammar so I thought I'd try it. I'm glad I did! I asked each of my kids what they thought about it after a few weeks working in the book (ages are 16, 14, 11) All of them said they enjoy learning grammar this way. I am so pleased! Thank you for a great way to learn something that can feel like a heavy weight!