Gramatica is . . .
Gramatica shows students that grammar is not complex, fuzzy and full of strange exceptions. Instead, it uses discovery, stories and graphic charts to reveal some very simple principles, As one assistant principal said, it’s “a whole new approach, easy as 1-2-3.”
It is pointless to teach grammar unless it has a practical purpose. Since life is built on education, which is built on language, which is built on grammar, students really need to understand the language that they are educated in, and that they write in. Gramatica trains students in two ways. Firstly, it shows them that they need to identify their final goal - a narrative, an action story, a procedure or something else. Secondly, Gramatica shows students the grammar tools they need to achieve this final goal.
Gramatica teaches by discovery. Students discover how sentences work with nothing more than laminated cards, textas and discussion. As one teacher said, her “students responded exceptionally well to the idea of the three parts of a sentence. They caught onto the principles a lot more quickly than the staff did!” It never ceases to delight me when students, after one hour of a Gramatica demonstration lesson, realise how sentences work. Their eyes light up and they say words like awesome.
Gramatica works from the time a child can speak a sentence, so teachers can use it from kindergarten onwards. Indeed, a pre-primary teacher wrote that she was “absolutely blown away by how engaging grammar could be and how an effective teacher can make it all so fun and simple to understand.” While a school can run Gramatica in one class or year level as a pilot scheme for a year, it is best run across the whole school for the sake of continuity and so that every teacher and student speaks the same grammatical language.
Aligned to the Australian Curriculum
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"Excellent method of teaching grammar. Well structured and delivered."
Glenn Ross, Year 5/6 teacher, Pearsall Primary, January 2015