Well-Ordered Language

We believe the right study of grammar leads to delight.

Grammar is a vital tool used throughout a lifetime to express creativity and original thought. A strong, creative, and engaging approach to grammar will grab students’ attention and equip them to use this tool to great effect.

With our new Well-Ordered Language series, we are changing how students learn grammar. Using tested content, beautiful design, and proven classical pedagogy, we have developed this series to provide students with a clear path to mastery.

Our hope is to provide you with resources and tools that will accompany Well-Ordered Language. Please scroll through the options below!

Video Overview of Well-Ordered Language

with coauthor Tammy Peters

Model Lesson of Well-Ordered Language
Grammar: Developing Language and Building Categories

Series Overview

Children are naturally curious, and will find and collect such things as sticks, rocks, flowers, leaves, and fruit, arranging them, naming them, and making things out of them. They will even gather creatures such as butterflies and bugs with interest and delight.

What if the study of grammar could harness a child’s natural curiosity? What if it could be a source of delight to children? The Well-Ordered Language curriculum presents the study of language in a way that appeals to a child’s inborn curiosity and desire to collect, gather, and order. The curriculum presents grammar in a clear, orderly way, while simultaneously seeking to cultivate a child’s wonder of language by presenting instruction in the context of narrative and language, attractive illustrations, and samples taken from classic children’s literature and poetry.

The curriculum is designed for teachers and students to actively engage with each other and with the grammatical concepts in each lesson, using language skills—reading, writing, speaking, and listening—along with physical movement, songs, and chants. Through Well-Ordered Language’s unique, creative, and orderly method of analyzing the grammatical functions of the parts of speech, students will find the mastery of grammar achievable, meaningful, and delightful.

Each WOL level consists of 2 books and is a full year of grammar. Schools and homeschool educators may adjust the number of exercises and assessments according to their needs. The 4 levels of WOL build on one another just like a Latin program or any other language curriculum:

  • Beginning Grammar— Level 1A and 1B
  • Intermediate Grammar— Level 2A and 2B
  • Advanced Grammar— Level 3A and 3B
  • Intensive Grammar— Level 4A and 4B

If your student is very comfortable with the 8 parts of speech and their functions, you should be able to move directly into Level 2A. We recommend reviewing the table of contents and having your student work through some of the exercises provided in the free online sample to determine if moving ahead will be the best fit!

We also hope you will reach out to us directly to learn more about this curriculum. We are happy to provide school discounts, quotes, consulting services, and additional support as you explore implementing this series for your school. We look forward to speaking with you and answering any questions you may have!

General inquiries: info@classicalsubjects.com
School inquiries: eval@classicalsubjects.com
Phone: 717-730-0711

Published Reviews

Customer Testimonials

“Another reason I stopped by your booth was to see the new grammar curriculum—it’s enchanting! (I never thought I would use ‘grammar curriculum’ and ‘enchanting’ in the same sentence!!!) Just like the new Writing & Rhetoric program. Thank you for consistently producing materials that overflow with goodness, truth, and beauty!” —Julie E, homeschool mom

PDFs

Well-Ordered Language Full Series Scope & Sequence (PDF)

Well-Ordered Language Level 1A Suggested Schedule (PDF)

Well-Ordered Language Homeschooler’s Guide (PDF)

Please see the individual product pages for the suggested schedules, rubrics, and errata sheets for each book.

Blogs

Adapting Well-Ordered Language for Homeschool by Lextin Eclectic

A Well-Ordered Language Is the Means by Which We Perceive Truth by Dr. Daniel Coupland

A Much-Needed Grammar Map by Tammy Peters

Each WOL student edition shows how grammar is an engaging study that appeals to a child’s natural curiosity about words and language. Each book presents grammar in a clear, orderly way, while simultaneously seeking to cultivate a child’s wonder of language with instruction in the context of narrative and language, attractive illustrations, and samples taken from classical children’s literature and poetry. 

The carefully crafted pedagogy of each book helps students learn the mechanics of grammar while they also see the power of language unfolding before them as they learn to gather and arrange words to express their thoughts clearly and accurately. Students and teachers will actively engage with each other and with grammatical concepts by means of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Learning is reinforced by the singing of lively chants and songs that correspond to each chapter in a student text.

Each student text includes the following:

  • Clear grammatical instruction using choral analysis
  • Incremental teaching of the four kinds of sentences
  • Incremental teaching of the eight parts of speech—reviewing and layering more in-depth instruction with each consecutive book
  • Songs and chants to help students memorize grammatical concepts with delight
  • Sentence labeling—increasing in complexity as students move through the series
  • Sentence diagramming—beginning in the second year of study
  • Professional-quality, hand-drawn illustrations
  • Thematic narrative that gives life to the grammatical exercises
  • Examples of grammar embedded in classic children’s literature and poetry
  • Glossary of all grammatical vocabulary—expanded at each level
  • Brief biographies of the authors of the classic literature and poetry represented in the text

The student editions are consumable items. For more information on product copyright, please refer to our General FAQ section here.

Each WOL student text is supported by a robust teacher’s edition that contains the entire student text as well as the following:

  • Answers for all student exercises
  • Pedagogical guidance and tips embedded in the text
  • Extensive explanation of and guidance in WOL’s unique analytic and choral analysis of grammar
  • Explanation of and guidance in diagramming sentences
  • Suggested activities and games for review
  • Suggested lesson-planning options for teaching
  • Suggested schedules for teaching each book

Free Teacher Training Videos
In order to make the adoption and implementation of the WOL series as easy as possible for your school, we offer several teacher training videos online that you can view for free!

These videos feature Tammy Peters, a veteran grammar teacher and the primary author of the series. In this collection of videos that touch on all four levels, Tammy presents overviews, explanations, and multiple demonstrations of how to teach lessons using each book from the WOL series. By consulting these videos, teachers new to using WOL will be able to quickly understand and see how to teach grammar effectively using this series.

Well-Ordered Language Songs & Chants MP3 files are available for purchase separately for all four levels of WOL. These lively tunes and chants will help students learn grammar terms in a pleasurable and memorable way. The unique and delightful recordings feature a blend of musical genres and implement repetition, chanting, and sing-along phrases to aid in achieving memorization. A downloadable PDF of the song titles and lyrics is also available at no charge. Special school licensing options are available for purchase.

A Well-Ordered Language Extra Practice & Assessments PDF is available for purchase separately for each WOL student edition. These extra practice resources consist of more than 150 pages of supplemental content and include for each chapter in Levels 1–3: practice sheets for Lessons A, B, and C (also found in the student and teacher texts); additional sentences to analyze; an additional “Lesson to Enjoy” (featuring either a tale or a poem); a quiz; and, in Levels 2 and 3, a Sentence Bank that contains additional sentences for choral analysis. The extra practice resources for Level 4 include for each chapter: practice sheets for Lessons A, B, and C (also found in the student and teacher texts); a Lesson to Enjoy (also found in the student and teacher texts); a quiz; and an Extend the Practice exercise in which students compose their own sentences, implementing the grammatical concept being taught in the chapter. This content is ideal for use as additional classroom lessons or for homework when needed. Special school licensing options are available for purchase.

Well-Ordered Language Teacher Training

with coauthor Tammy Peters

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Well-Ordered Language FAQ

Q: What is the Extra Practice & Assessments PDF?

A: The PDF is an optional companion piece, intended for students who would benefit from extra practice beyond the exercises already included in the student edition. The PDF includes for each chapter in Levels 1–3: practice sheets for Lessons A, B, and C (also found in the student and teacher texts); additional sentences to analyze; an additional “Lesson to Enjoy” (featuring either a tale or a poem); a quiz; and, in Levels 2 and 3, a Sentence Bank that contains additional sentences for choral analysis. The extra practice resources for Level 4 include for each chapter: practice sheets for Lessons A, B, and C (also found in the student and teacher texts); a Lesson to Enjoy (also found in the student and teacher texts); a quiz; and an Extend the Practice exercise in which students compose their own sentences, implementing the grammatical concept being taught in the chapter.

Q: What is the recommended grade level for Well-Ordered Language?

A: This series is recommended for students in 3rd or 4th grade and will consist of 4 levels total, taking students up to 6th or 7th grade. Older students may also benefit from working through the series.

Q: When will the rest of the books be available?

A: Well-Ordered Language will consist of 4 levels total (2 one-semester books per level). We will continue to publish 1 level per year until the series is complete: Book 4A in spring 2019 and 4B in fall 2019. Each level is piloted by 14 Hillsdale Barney Charter Schools and several homeschool co-ops one year ahead of public release.

Q: My student has used other grammar curricula. Can we start partway through WOL?

A: Though we do recommend starting this program from the beginning, if your student is very comfortable with the eight parts of speech and their functions, you should be able to move directly into Level 2A. We recommend reviewing the table of contents and having your student work through some of the exercises provided in the free online sample to determine if moving ahead will be the best fit. To ease transitions between curricula, we also suggest allowing extra time to help students grow comfortable with the choral analysis/marking system of WOL. The first few chapters of WOL 2A offer review in this area, or you could also consider using the WOL 1A and 1B student editions for an in-depth review of the grammar the student has already learned. Your student may breeze through the first books, or you may find that WOL covers some concepts more deeply and comprehensively and that your student benefits from working through these chapters at a slower pace.

Q: How does Well-Ordered Language compare with other grammar curricula?

A: Our Well-Ordered Language series features several unique elements that combine to help cultivate a child’s natural wonder and enjoyment of language.

  • Marking: This precursor to diagramming involves learning and labeling the parts of the sentence in a way that will reinforce grammatical understanding and help students see how their analysis of the sentence connects to the grammatical definitions they learn. By first learning the marking process, students are better prepared to begin diagramming in Level 2. In addition, through the approach of WOL students can not only identify what the role of each word is but also explain why it functions as it does and how it relates to other words.
  • Narrative: Each chapter of the student edition contains a running narrative that follows the adventures of the characters on the front cover. This narrative component enables students to engage with the story and see examples of grammar being used in “real text.”
  • Literature: Similarly, samples taken from classic children’s literature and poetry show how grammar has been used effectively over the years in all types of writing. Because WOL students understand grammar as simple and clear, they are better prepared to apply that understanding to their own writing, the reading of complex texts—such as poetry, scripture, and novels—and the study of both ancient and modern foreign languages, such as Latin or Spanish.
Q: Can I use Well-Ordered Language and Writing & Rhetoric together?

A: Though the Well-Ordered Language and Writing & Rhetoric books are not specifically designed to be used together, the two series can work well in combination. Writing & Rhetoric contains a light treatment of various grammatical concepts that are covered in more depth in the Well-Ordered Language series. Additionally, most of the fables and tales found in Levels 1 and 2 of Well-Ordered Language are taken from Books 1–3 of Writing & Rhetoric; thus if you are using the series simultaneously, your students will be able to study both the writing method and the grammar concepts.

Q: How can I order?

A: Ordering is easy via our website! Go to our grammar page to view a full list of all Well-Ordered Language items.

We are happy to provide schools with discounts, quotes, consulting services, and additional support as you explore implementing this series for your school. For more information, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to speaking with you and answering any questions you may have!

General inquiries: info@classicalsubjects.com
School inquiries: eval@classicalsubjects.com
Phone: 717-730-0711

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