Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind (GftWTM) is the next step after First Language Lessons Level 4 (FLL-4).
Prior to the publication of GftWTM, The Well-Trained Mind, 4th Edition listed other intermediate grammar curricula. We published GftWTM as an intermediate-level follow-on to our elementary FLL--so well-trained minds can master English grammar.
When you move from FLL-4 to GftWTM, it is worth taking a few minutes to understand the flexibility you have in using the curriculum with your student. Each of the following questions (FAQs) has a response in the corresponding embedded link.
How does Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind work? Susan Wise Bauer explains the principles behind GftWTM and how to use it.
At what pace should I expect my student to complete Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind? Susan Wise Bauer introduces the Blue cycle and talks about how to use the curriculum over 4 or 5 years.
Do you have any teaching tips or other advice from Susan Wise Bauer or from someone who has used the curriculum? Yes, we have both. Dr. Bauer offers teaching tips that help you adapt GftWTM to your own schooling situation. Dr. Bauer and Jessica Otto talk about how to use GftWTM in different situations.
I wish I could see a roleplay of a teaching session. Here you go!
Can I see a sample of the curriculum? Yes! We have posted a sample of the first 6-weeks so you can give it a try and learn how to use it with your students. If you look at our web store, you will see that each book has a product description, a photo of the book, and under that photo, a "Read Sample" button--click that button to see a sample of the book.
Can I use GftWTM in a classroom setting? Sure! Take a look at this video.
We’ve completed FLL-4 but my student needs more practice in sentence diagramming. This FAQ from our Help Center might be of interest. One of the great strengths of GftWTM is its extensive diagramming instruction and practice. (Our diagram illustrator reports that she produced more than 450 diagrams for each student workbook.) Susan Wise Bauer explains the importance of diagramming in this article.
Do you have any reference books to help me as an instructor? Yes! The Grammar Guidebook (GG) is a lifetime reference book for you and your student. The Diagramming Dictionary (DD) is a power-assist in teaching sentence diagramming.
Both of these books can be used with any writing and grammar curriculum but they pair especially well with our curriculum because they use similar examples and consistent mark-up protocols.
What if I am already committed to another vendor's grammar curriculum? The Grammar Guidebook (GG) and The Diagramming Dictionary (DD) can provide instructor backup for any grammar curriculum. We produced GftWTM because we couldn’t find a curriculum that was rigorous enough in teaching the structure of the language, especially through sentence diagramming. If you use GG and DD, you can give your student this additional instruction.