Rod and Staff English
Building Christian English Series
Rod and Staff English is a unique blend of grammar and composition (writing) that produces outstanding results. Add
to build word power, and Rod and Staff's Spelling by Sound and Structure reading (literature) to complete a thorough Language Arts Program.
A good understanding of language is basic to the study of any subject and for communicating with others. The
Building Christian English series is designed to develop such an understanding of English. This series teaches traditional grammar and mechanics (capitalization and punctuation), and it takes a conservative approach in matters of usage. The lessons carry a Biblical tone and promote Christian virtues. Exercise sentences deal with a broad range of topics—Bible stories and concepts, Christian living, family life, and historical and scientific facts.
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Amy from South Carolina December 12, 2014
I love this English curriculum! I have used the 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades. I am using the 4th, 6th (with another child), and the 7th grade books this year. I love how it has review questions, as well as questions for the teacher to ask the students for each day's lesson.
I used A Beka for a few years, and found that there is not enough reinforcement of the concepts. They are set up for almost robotic (mindless) memorization. A Beka would make my children cry because there was not enough review to help them before they were moved to another concept. NOT worth my time, or their sanity. The curriculum doesn't have extra worksheets.
Rod and Staff DOES have worksheets. Rod and Staff is a challenging curriculum; it seems to be more advanced. I like that, though. I will continue to use R&S.
Kristen from Georgia October 2, 2014
My family has completely moved our English curriculum from A Beka to Rod and Staff. We needed reusable textbooks rather than consumable workbooks. I have six children and we like how economical this curriculum is. I have been pleased with Rod and Staff English and will continue at least through Grade 8. I did find my oldest frustrated last year when we made the switch. Rod and Staff is more advanced than most other grammar programs. He didn't like it because it was hard. I like it because he was having to work to learn, and learn he did. My younger ones only know Rod and Staff and they are doing well and learning a lot for a great price.
One bit if advice... do not skip the Oral Reviews in the teacher's manual. They greatly improve retention.
Breezy from Washington October 1, 2014
My daughter is in fifth grade this year. We switched to R&S English this year from LIFEPAC. I needed a curriculum that had a little more direction and structure for each lesson from the teacher. We are VERY happy with this curriculum. I have the direction for each lesson that I needed, but the best part that I was not expecting is that this curriculum accommodates many learning styles. I start out the lesson usually by talking about what we will be learning, then there is an oral review section, then my daughter has time to work on some questions in a note book or the worksheets (which I am happy we purchased) and then usually a little more oral review before we're done. I like that there is auditory, hands-on, and verbal learning all incorporated into each lesson. We added R&S Spelling since English did not incorporate spelling like LIFEPAC did, and have also this year switched to R&S Science from Apologia. All three are excellent. They are not colorful, but the content is excellent, and my daughter doesn't seem to think the color pictures are a big deal. My daughter is enjoying both of them. They also incorporate the Bible into each lesson, which is also a bonus. Thank you for making such high-quality curriculum!
To see the table of contents and sample lessons, click on the curriculum sets below. Get
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