About Hake/Saxon Grammar and WritingHake/Saxon Grammar and Writing is a well known language arts curriculum used in private schools and homeschools. This rigorous program (available for grades 3-8) focuses on
English grammar, writing, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary. Each grade levels focuses on the eight parts of speech, as well as sentence structure, capitalization, punctuation and correct word usage. There is also focused attention on teaching sentence diagramming to help the student visually see how a sentence works. There is daily vocabulary practice, a teaching of spelling rules, and even spelling tests incorporated throughout the curriculum. Available as a separate part of this curriculum is the consumable writing workbook. If you are unsure where you would start your child, I would check out the Scope and Sequence for the program which lays out what is taught in each of the grade levels. It is good to note that the program doesn’t expect your child to have worked their way up through the levels, as they incorporate much review in each grade level.
The separate consumable level 3 writing book contains 21 lessons focused on teaching about writing good sentences, and then shifting into learning about paragraph structure. It next teaches about persuasive, expository, narrative, and descriptive writing. It concludes with showing the student how to write a chapter summary. There is one writing lesson for each week, beginning after week 2 (or lesson 10).
The Hake/Saxon Grammar and Writing 3 curriculum includes the Teacher Guide (answer keys and tests), consumable textbook, and the writing workbook. It retails for $63.30. And additional student kit with the consumable textbook and writing workbook can be purchased for $42.10.
Our Thoughts on Hake/Saxon Grammar and Writing 3Confession: When I heard this was a Saxon product, I was skeptical. I have looked at Saxon products before and they are very workbook heavy—a style that isn’t our first or second choice in our homeschool. I didn’t have much confidence that this product was going to work for us; however, I asked to review it because my youngest is heading into 3rd grade this fall. I also remembered that he doesn’t mind doing workbooks as much as his brother does.
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The teacher guide gives simple tips for using the program and then dives right into the material. MOST of the teaching material is actually in the student consumable textbook. The only things that are used each day in the teacher guide is just the starting portion with the random question for the day and the vocabulary lesson.
I really liked how the vocabulary lesson teaches Greek and Latin roots and what they mean—then incorporates two vocabulary words containing those roots. This was a great way to get my son thinking about other words containing those roots. For instance, Lesson 8 teaches "The Latin root pac- means peace." The two vocabulary words for this lesson are pacify and pacifists. The student then learns how these are used in a sentence in the practice section and will be asked to use them correctly in a sentence later.
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But the material is IN DEPTH! I honestly cannot believe how in depth it is when it takes so little time to complete! It also reviews previous lessons so well that my son has learned all four of his types of sentences faster than ever! I am surprised at how quick he can label sentences as either declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, or imperative!
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Long story short—I am now conflicted! This program has worked FABULOUSLY for him and seems to be right up his alley, even though it wasn’t anything I had even considered before. So now I have to decide if we will use THIS program in place of what I had already planned on. There is a high chance that I will and that frankly surprises me!
If you are looking for a complete grammar and writing program that is easy to use, open-and-go, everything is there for you curriculum AND you have a child that likes workbooks, I highly suggest you check out the Hake/Saxon Grammar and Writing curriculums!
Want to Know More about Hake/Saxon Grammar and Writing?For the last few weeks we have been reviewing the Hake/Saxon Grammar and Writing 3 from Hake Publishing with my 7 1/2 year old. I hope you will visit other crew members to learn their thoughts on this program!
So there you have it. I cannot believe that I actually liked this program, or that my youngest enjoyed doing it! This shows me that you shouldn't assume you won't like something until you've at least tried it out. So now, will we make the switch to this full time for the 2018-2019 school year? We shall see, but the odds are looking pretty good. LOL