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Review: Daily 6-Trait Grade 2

For 2nd grade I continued with Daily 6-Trait for grammar lessons. I think it teaches things in an easy to understand way and to top it off our daughter has fun doing the work. There are 25 weeks of work in this curriculum with doing one page a day. So this curriculum is not overly intense and the work on each page is not a lot at all. An entire week will have work over the same concept that is apart about the main lesson for the unit. Each unit will be explained over 5 weeks. Before each week there is a parent/teacher 2 page spread. It will explain exactly how you should teach for that days page. The 5th day of each week if a writing prompt. It will tell you what prompt to have your child write about. One thing I wish was that it did better job at explaining how to expand your sentence. I did find a great picture online that helps with expanding your sentence and we use that during the writing prompts on day 5 of work. 

The units you will go over are idea, organization, word choice, sentence fluency and voice. Each unit is expanded upon as you go through the 5 weeks. For idea you will teach choosing a good topic, adding details to the topic, using better details and sticking with your topic. The contents pages will tell you convention for each week. The conventions will be the grammar lessons like when to use capital letters, using contractions, when to use what word, etc. Just like with grade 1 of Daily 6-Trait I do wish that the lines for writing on where the ones for kids to start with. You know the ones with the 3 lines so everything is proportioned correctly. Since it does not have these I got a bunch of the kid paper on Amazon and we use that anytime our daughter has to write something down. It makes the writing a lot neater and I would prefer if she is writing to get used to writing neatly. Sometimes it seems like there is not enough work for each of the concepts being taught so I often do additional work like asking her more questions that are similar to what it on the page for that day. That way she gets more practice and with more practice she will have a better chance at remembering what was being taught.

I do really like this curriculum for teaching about how to form sentences and proper grammar. It is not to intense and at the same times goes over a lot for the year. Sometimes however I do wish it was in color to make it more vibrant. We got the book Word Fun with our 2nd grade curriculum as well and I think it does a better job at explaining the different kinds of words so we use it in addition to this workbook. Our daughter does really enjoy doing this curriculum even though she like most young kids hates to write. So for that reason I do suggest it and we will continue to use it. We got Daily 6-Trait from Timberdoodle. While there is not a "what grade should you start with" they do have a short PDF of the kind of work that is in the workbook. I would look there if you are unclear on which booklet to start with. If you do not use Daily 6-Trait, what do you use? If you have tried this curriculum but now use a different grammar/writing workbook, what is it? Let us know in the comment section below.


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