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 Spelling by Sound and Structure to build word power, and Rod and Staff's 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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Anonymous from Kentucky
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So far I am highly impressed with Rod and Staff English. My children used A Beka when they attended private school and I used it for my daughter for 2nd-grade home school. In looking ahead, I didn't feel A Beka was going to teach my children how to write well. After all, isn't that the point of teaching our children English, so they can communicate their thoughts well orally and on paper?

I felt with A Beka we did parts of speech, parts of speech, parts of speech, parts of speech, until even I got bored. I've heard if you want your children to do well on the ACT then use A Beka English, and if you want your children to do well on the ACT and possibly major in English then use Rod and Staff. I highly agree. I feel Rod and Staff is very advanced starting in about the 4th or 5th grade. To my surprise, my children are keeping up with it just fine so far and they have both developed a love for writing. My children are in 4th and 6th grade and write as well as any high school student. At their age I hated English and did not feel I was learning all that much except the difference between a noun and a verb and what a subject and predicate were.

Well, my kids have learned that and then some. I am floored about how much they have learned and how well they can put their thoughts down on paper at their age. I do not think they would be good writers if I had kept on with A Beka English. I think Rod and Staff teaches the child how to apply what they have learned. My 6th grader is a better writer than I was in my creative writing class I took in college. Oh, and can my children diagram sentences! Wow. I'm amazed. I never learned how to diagram sentences in public school but quickly learned with my handy dandy R&S teacher's manual. I kind of thought in my head that diagramming was a waste of time. My then 3rd grader said this to me, "I know why they have me diagram sentences." I said, "Why?" She answered, "So I can learn to write good sentences." Well, I stood corrected. She was getting something out of it after all. My oldest daughter is naturally good at languages, while my youngest doesn't care much for English or any other language. But they both do equally well because Rod and Staff is so good about teaching the basics then moving on to more difficult tasks, like writing assignments. My children are not bored with English; although some days they find it challenging or long, they don't mind it or complain about it really. They know they are learning.

I read another review on another website that said the Rod and Staff 9/10 is more like college English. I looked at samples and I'll have to agree. It wouldn't surprise me if my oldest daughter decided to be an English major, so we are sticking with Rod and Staff. I think it's very advanced as you move up, but easy to teach with the wonderful teacher's manuals. Also, I feel for what you get, the prices are very affordable. I love it that I can use the same books for my next child, it saves us money. I would highly recommend Rod and Staff English to anyone.

Amy from South Carolina

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

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.

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Grade 2 English "Preparing to Build" Set

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Grade 3 English "Beginning Wisely" Set

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Grade 4 English "Building With Diligence" Set

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