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by Esther Wilkison
Choosing textbooks can be a time-consuming frustration. Asking the right questions will guide you to the right textbooks for your child.
Qhen you stroll through the aisles of a home school convention or leaf through the pages of any of the dozens of home school catalogs and magazines that likely find their way into your mailbox, the options can be overwhelming. How do you choose the best textbook for you and your child?
Textbooks for the core subjects, such as English, are especially important. The home schooling parents I’ve met are keenly interested that their children develop the ability to listen, talk, and write with clarity and power. If your end goal is to help your child develop into a Christlike communicator, here are some specific questions to ask as you examine elementary-level English textbooks.
Many students ask, "What’s the point? Why do I have to learn language?" To help them understand how critical good communication skills are, you need a tool that is specifically designed to help students appreciate language as a gift from God, a tool that will
If students can recite all of the parts of speech and all the punctuation rules but still fail to use strong active verbs and correctly punctuate their own sentences, the application is missing. Look for a tool specifically designed to develop a student’s skill in using correct grammar in written and oral communication. Such a tool will
If you use a well-written textbook, you are putting good writing in front of your student every day. Find a textbook that regularly shows the student what good literature looks like and that is written by authors who know how to engage a student’s interest. Such a tool should
Many students think that whatever they have written is wonderful. They often see no need to revise because they understand what they were trying to say—even if it comes across a bit incoherent. They are used to boundless praise for any work that is creative. Encouragement is great, but to develop skill, students need to understand ways to improve their message and their mechanics. The grammar book will
Parents want their children to develop good study and reference skills, but so often these crucial abilities are never clearly taught in an interesting, relevant manner. The book you use should
Children often love to talk—even when they should be listening. But even the most talkative children tend to mumble or rush when they are giving a speech to an audience. Find a tool that will
All of us learn best when we enjoy the learning. Find a tool that encourages student enjoyment through well-written text, professional design, interesting chapter themes, and relevant connections with other subjects. Such a tool would
Whenever you evaluate an English curriculum, check to make sure all of these questions are answered affirmatively.
Yes, BJU Press elementary English will help students succeed on standardized tests. But far more importantly, it will help them become creative, effective communicators.
Esther Wilkison is a freelance writer and an educational speaker in South Carolina.