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Do your students think that grammar is abstruse? That's how I felt, until I discovered Dr. Ed Vavra's KISS Grammar program. Dr. Vavra's approach is clear, cumulative, and focused on how words work in real sentences and paragraphs by real authors. And the amazing thing is, he gives it away for free!
The official KISS curriculum sequence begins in 2nd grade. Most of what students need to learn is presented by the end of 4th grade --- and by the end of 7th grade, according to Dr. Vavra, "students have learned everything they need to know in order to explain the function of every word in any sentence that they read or write." Of course, parents may take a slower pace if they wish.
Where to start with KISS Grammar
- The grade level workbooks
Notice the new "Starting in Grade __" links under each grade level. These lead to a set of exercises on basic topics, which you can use as review for experienced students or to teach students who have not studied grammar before.
- Working independently
For older students or adults who want to expand their understanding of how words work in real writing.
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