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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sentence Diagraming Review #hsreviews #criticalthinking #languagearts

Language Arts {The Critical Thinking Co.™}
Alaina loves mail. She gets overly excited when we actually get something fun in the mail, but she also likes catalogs and coupons. She loves when we get a new catalog from The Critical Thinking Co.™. She will go through it and circle things she would love to have. Her list is pretty long and I don't think we could ever get everything she wants. 

The Critical Thinking Co.™ offers a wide variety of materials for every grade and subject. We have used their Mind Benders for years and have reviewed some of their other titles. The Homeschool Review Crew was offered several titles this time and I was eager to try Sentence Diagramming: Beginning with Alaina.
Language Arts {The Critical Thinking Co.™}
Sentence Diagramming is a 72 page softcover workbook for grades 3-12. It is divided into 12 lessons and a final review. Angela Carter wrote this book while teaching elementary children  how to diagram sentences. She loves diagramming and couldn't find quality resources for diagramming in a logical process. She says children learn critical thinking skills, organization skills, and how to visually represent our language from diagramming sentences.


  • Lesson 1~ Simple Subject and Main Verb
  • Lesson 2~ Direct Object
  • Lesson 3~ Adjectives
  • Lesson 4~ Adverbs Modifying Verbs
  • Lesson 5~ Predicate Adjectives
  • Lesson 6 ~ Predicate Nouns
  • Lesson 7~ Prepositional Phrases (Adjectival)
  • Lesson 8~ Prepositional Phrases (Adverbial)
  • Lesson 9~ Compound Subject
  • Lesson 10~ Compound Predicates
  • Lesson 11~ Compound Direct Objects
  • Lesson 12~ Compound Predicate Adjectives and Nouns
  • Review

Each lesson is several pages long and the directions and sample sentences are inside a grey box at the top of the page. The first lesson starts with simple two-word sentences and gradually get harder. Students diagram the sentences right away, finds errors in sentences that are already diagrammed, and writes and diagrams their own sentences. The answers for each lesson are included in the back of the book.

I had Alaina use this workbook. At the beginning of the book she completed several pages a day finishing the first few lessons quickly. Now that her sentences are getting longer she has slowed down a little. She is eleven and she only needed help once she started writing her own sentences. At first she wasn't sure about diagramming, but once she got started she said she thought it was kind of fun. Of course she draws a picture for each sentence she diagrams.

The Critical Thinking Co.™offers physical books, ebooks, apps, and computer software downloads. The company was started in 1958 and has won multiple awards. They empower the mind by adding critical thinking into their reading, writing, math, science, and history lessons. Their goal is for children to have higher grades and develop problem solving skills. 

The Critical Thinking Co.™ has been a part of our school for years and will always be. We have reviewed Mathematical Reasoning, World History Detective Book 1, U.S. History Detective Book 1, and Practical Critical Thinking. We also own most of the Mind Bender books. The new Sentence Diagramming: Beginning is also a great addition for us. 

The Crew was offered their Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic Before Kindergarten!™, and Language Smarts™ Level E to review. You can read all those reviews at the Crew blog.


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