Can I use Gramatica anywhere in the world?
Yes. While Gramatica was designed to follow the Australian Curriculum, it is more importantly a way for teachers to learn the structure of the English language in a new and clear way, and also to teach this to students using simple, constructivist methodology. England, America, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Brazil, it doesn't matter.
Does Gramatica support the Australian Curriculum?
Yes. It covers many relevant content descriptors across all year levels from Foundation to Year 6, and actually provides some essential content that the Australian Curriculum does not.
Does Gramatica use difficult grammatical terminology?
No. Gramatica is intended to be user-friendly for teachers and students so its terminology is as simple as possible. However, for each grammatical concept, it provides you with both the traditional grammatical term used in the Australian Curriculum as well as a more user-friendly Gramatica term. For example, which one would be easier to understand, a non-defining relative clause or an Extra Information clause? You can choose.
Can I use Gramatica with K-PP students?
Yes. In fact, you should. Gramatica starts from the moment a child can speak a complete sentence and can recognise the numbers one, two and three and the colours yellow, green and red. All the teacher needs to do is to scribe the sentence onto a Gramatica Main Clause Card and draw the child’s attention to the way that words fit into the three coloured Houses.
Do I need textbooks or worksheets?
Thankfully, no. Gramatica requires nothing more than some Gramatica cards (provided), textas and something to clean the cards after use. Students have used erasers, tissues, and even eucalyptus oil in the past.
Does Gramatica need to be a whole-school approach?
It is best if it is. It makes more sense for students to learn one single grammatical method across all year levels than several.
Can I link Gramatica to other curricular areas like maths, science, society and environment?
Yes. The basic principles of Gramatica apply equally well to any type of writing in any subject area, including recounts, stories, reports, narratives and scripts.
Do I need to be a grammar expert?
No. You should, however, read the two Little Blue Books thoroughly before the teacher training course.
Does Gramatica use discovery-based learning?
Yes. Students learn the principles of grammar through their own small group discussions and discovery.
Does Gramatica use explicit teaching?
Yes. More precisely, you should consider following the model that Socrates set over two millennia ago. Although he was focussing on ethics, not grammar, he taught his students by first walking the journey of discovery to its end and, secondly, by asking questions that led his students to that same end.
Where do I start?
At the beginning. Gramatica is simple, but it is also incremental. Everything builds on the start and links back to it. Start your students with the Main Clause, then the Dependent Clause, then link these with Punctuation. For everything to make sense, start at the beginning.
Does Gramatica have a Reference Book?
Yes. Sequential, color-coded, comprehensive, with easy to understand terminology and many examples, the two Gramatica Little Blue Books provide all the grammatical knowledge you need, and these are available on teh website.
Does Gramatica have Lesson Plans?
Gramatica is not a subject for study at all, but a set of simple, sequential, colour-coded, visual writing tools. Therefore, once your students know how to use the cards, they can use them daily in any writing task in any subject. As a result, there are teaching scripts, but no lesson plans.
Is support available if I need it?
Yes. If you need guidance, mentoring or coaching, you can book a time where Greg will visit your school and either teach your class (and you can film this, with appropriate permissions), coach you as you teach a class, or offer any other mentoring or advice. Bookings available on the website.
Is there a Smartboard application?
Not yet. However, teachers have asked for it, so it is on the agenda for future planning. There will also be a tablet app for students as well.