I’m in the middle of a language arts block, so my mind is all about grammar these days. I recently posted on my teaching blog a summary of the Waldorf grammar curriculum. Read that post here. It’s pretty informative, if I do say so myself. In that post I mention that there are very few Waldorf resources for grammar, for all of language arts, in fact. I’ve managed to find a few that I’ve found useful, though.
There is something I just like about the “Painless” series. I’ve used Painless Spelling and I think Painless Grammar is just as accessible. The best we can do as far as grammar resources is find something that spells the rules out very simply. It is then up to each teacher to enliven it in his or her own way. Painless Grammar is one of those resources that gives the facts very clearly.
If you’re looking for a book that will entertain YOU while you prepare to teach your class, this is the one. The Deluxe Transitive Vampire is an amusing look at grammar through a somewhat dark, gothic lens. The examples Karen Elizabeth Gordon uses throughout the book will give you a chuckle the whole way through. Now, to be clear, I am not recommending that you use Gordon’s offbeat examples in your work with the children. High schoolers might appreciate the humor but anyone younger just wouldn’t get it. Offbeat humor aside, the grammar presented in the book is right on and very clear.
In my post on my teaching blog I mention that I resorted to using the book my own teachers used when I was in grammar school. Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition is that book. Though it’s a bit dull and lifeless, I’ve been grateful to have a book that was chock-full of exercise sentences that I could tweak to make relevant to my students. This book goes through most aspects of English grammar in a clear, no-nonsense way. I seriously could not do without it.