I am currently homeschooling three of my four children. My oldest, a girl, loved grammar and writing and had no problems using Analytical Grammar which I would highly recommend for those who pick up grammar easily. Then came along my second child, a son, who is challenged with dyslexia and an auditory processing disorder. I knew that grammar would be a challenge for him so I didn't even bother with AG. A teacher friend of mine had a copy of the Basic Winston Grammar Set that she let me peruse. The interactive color coded cards seemed like a good fit for my son so, with a bit of apprehension, I introduced it when he was in 4th grade. To my surprise, he picked it right up and did great! We took it slow and and spent one week to complete each lesson worksheet and ended up doing grammar for half the year and focused on writing for the other half (Institute for Excellence in Writing was a perfect fit!). We will complete the second half of the book next year and I will introduce it to my soon-to-be 4th grade daughter as well. It can be completed in one year if you choose to do so.
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.