English for the Thoughtful Child is a two-volume language arts program that is compatible with the Charlotte Mason method of instruction. Often used for first and second grade, the second volume can also be used in the third grade year.
The program was originally written in 1903 by Mary Hyde, and was revised by Cynthia Shearer for the modern child. It uses narration, memorization, recitation, composition, language exercises and literature excerpts to teach beginning grammar and writing. The second volume teaches more advanced grammar and composition skills.
Teacher instructions and scripted comments are written in small print, with large print signifying the information for the student. No answer key is included, but answers should be obvious to the teacher.
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