Rod & Staff English

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  • Reviewed on Sunday, May 3, 2015
  • Grades Used: 5th
  • Dates used: 2015
Very long lessons, and very OVERLY biblical. Most sentences have the most crazy hard biblical names to pronounce and talk about things they have no idea about. It is very well laid out just overdone to no end.


  • Reviewed on Friday, April 3, 2015
  • Grades Used: 8th
  • Dates used: 2014-2015
The 8th grade lessons are very wordy. Just reading the lesson can be very time consuming (several pages long). It's like too much is packed into 1 lesson. Now the 4th and 6th are much more doable.
We have really enjoyed those.


  • Reviewed on Sunday, March 22, 2015
  • Grades Used: 4th
  • Dates used: 2013-2014
I truly enjoy this program. I was previously using a more Charlotte Mason style language arts approach and in 4th grade moved dd to a formal grammar study (I believe Charlotte Mason recommended this as well) while keeping the narration, copywork,etc. Anyway, I love how straightforward and easy to use it is. It is also very thorough.
Presenting the lesson each day was a breeze because the TM is pretty much open and go. It is scripted to a certain extent and provides the teacher with any background info need. Yet it is not overwhelming in the amount of info given, the lessons are short and to the point. I typically spent about 10-15 presenting and then assign the written work. My dd enjoyed the lessons because they were short, well explained, and focused. With previous Charlotte Mason style programs we used, the topics jumped around and encouraged the child to draw their own conclusions. That is fine to a point but my dd needed something different.
Another thing I enjoyed was that every lesson begins with a quick review of concepts from previous lessons. Great for retention. Also after each new concept presented there is an oral drill. This is great for when you want to give your child a break from the writing. I would do the oral drill in place of the written practice. You could even do some of the written practice orally if you want.
I think this program gives thorough coverage of grammar. So thorough that you might not need to use it every year. Overall I have not complaints and is my "go to" grammar program.


  • Reviewed on Friday, March 20, 2015
  • Grades Used: 2-6
  • Dates used: 2012-present
I LOVE Rod and Staff English! Many other people here have already explained why this is such a great program so I just want to add a bit of my personal experience. We have used other programs in the past, and the biggest difference comes from Rod and Staff being in textbook format. This forces the child to write things out. Some people complain about this and it stops them from using the program. But in my experience, this is the only way to make things stick. A lot of the other programs we tried, the kids were constantly circling words and underlining them. But it meant nothing to them. With Rod and Staff, it is the actual writing everything out that makes it really stick. And that is what makes this program so fantastic. I highly recommend it!