- Reviewed on Friday, September 27, 2013
- Grades Used: 5-6
- Dates used: 2012-2013
Rod and Staff has been great helping me to teach. The teacher's manual steps me through how to teach English for each lesson. It gives me review questions and just what I need. I did not remember sentence diagramming, so, I need lots of help teaching. My son was able to learn the English with me teaching. I did not see much religious content. I loved the price too! It was cheaper than many other programs.
- Reviewed on Thursday, June 13, 2013
- Grades Used: 2nd-8th
- Dates used: 2002-2008
I was answering a question I was asked on the Swap Forum and realized I had just written a mini review! Here it is:
(I called Rod and Staff to find out if the editions I used are current - they are - yay!)
"When I spoke to the Rod & Staff representative I couldn't help but thank him for this wonderful series and tell him how much we loved these books. They were the answer to my prayers because I am not strong in English - or at least I wasn't when I started teaching my boys with these books in second grade! One of my sons is very much a "word guy" and the other is very much a "numbers guy". Rod and Staff English was perfect for both!
Enjoy this sweet sweet time with your kids and this wonderful resource."
I agree with all the positive comments about Rod and Staff English I have already read posted here. I found Rod & Staff at the suggestion of fellow posters on a forum offered by the English program I was using at the time. When I described my situation and desperation, two different people recommended Rod & Staff. I needed a methodical, thorough, gentle approach to teach my weakest subject. I went into it dreading English and came out amazed at God's gracious gift to us: language.
"Out of all the school I've ever done, it was the most careful and mistake-free. I could tell they were careful not only in their schooling but in the examples they used: they were very moral and Godly."
---My "numbers guy" son who tested out of College Freshman English (CLEP test) and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Degree
"It is God focused, well organized and user friendly."
---My "word guy" son, enrolled in dual credit Composition and Literature for his senior year of High School, recently finished an eleven-hundred word novel, strongly considering pursuing an English Degree.
Well, I started out to try to convey the idea that Rod and Staff provided a great foundation for my kids, even though I was their teacher and English is not my long suit, but now I feel proud. Is that wrong? Ha! Truly, all glory goes to God. In my weakness He has shown Himself strong and in this case, He used Rod & Staff to accomplish wonders.
- Reviewed on Sunday, March 24, 2013
- Grades Used: 4th Grade English
- Dates used: 2012-2013
My son was struggling after several years of trial and error with curriculum on my part. I had tried Lifepacs, a Charlotte Mason-style approach through Sonlight curriculum, Learning Language Arts through Literature, Drawn into the Heart of Reading. Absolutely NOTHING gave him the confidence to write anything. I observed in agony as my son struggled to retain English concepts, though he is a superb reader and very smart.
Finally, after sitting the fence between Shurley English and Rod & Staff, I chose Rod & Staff, mainly because I knew it was Christ-centered.
I am SO impressed with the quality of the curriculum! Simplicity, logic, order, adequate practice of new concepts, continual review, and of course, complete Christ-centeredness. It was such a breath of fresh air! My son told me repeatedly how much better this curriculum was than anything we had done before.
It took many, many times through those early worksheets but he finally mastered the material. After only 1/3 through the book, he's now in Christian school and English is his strongest subject. We'll finish the curriculum over summer break because I think it's much better than what the school uses.
My second son will be starting out right with Rod & Staff from the beginning...English and Reading! Thank you, Rod & Staff!
- Reviewed on Friday, February 22, 2013
- Grades Used: 2nd
- Dates used: 2012-2013
What I like about Rod and Staff English is that it is simple to use, yet it really takes your child step by step through each concept in a way that makes sense. Every lesson is concise, easy to teach and to learn, and I feel that compared to other curriculum, it is thorough without overdoing it. I also like this curriculum because it is not trendy. Instead, it is a tried and true way of teaching English. It doesn't skip over a concept or teach it in a confusing, newfandangled way. I am surprised how well my son understands the structure of a sentance, as well as how nouns, verbs, and pronouns work together. He wasn't even reading that well before this school year started, but because of the combination of Rod and Staff's English, Phonics and Reading, he is reading and writing without any difficulty now. That is what I was hoping for.
Another thing they teach is WHY we want to learn correct English and writing techniques. It is another way to love others when we can communicate in a way that others can clearly understand. I love that!