Switched-On Schoolhouse Series: Old School Can Be Done With New School

I write The Switched-On Schoolhouse Series twice a month to share our family’s experience using this software based curriculum in our home.

On one of my earlier posts where I was sharing how a typical lesson in Switched-On Schoolhouse works, one of my readers left a comment saying “Looks like diagramming sentences is out now thanks to computers!”.

And I would have agreed with her, until this past week when a lesson in Amber’s Switched-On Schoolhouse English course showed us that just because something is “Old School” doesn’t mean it can’t be done “New School”.  So kids, you probably don’t want to hear it but…just because you’re using a computer for English doesn’t mean that you won’t be diagramming sentences.  Let me show you how it’s done New School style.

These particular lessons dealt with sentence structure, specifically simple and complex sentences.  In the lesson, examples are given on how to diagram sentences.

Then when the student does the work, they are required to type the correct parts of speech from the sentence given, in the green boxes.

Diagramming sentences can often be a great source of frustration to students, however if a student is more comfortable with a computer than they are with a pencil and paper, this could help make it an easier task.  While Amber doesn’t love it, she at least understands it, and using the computer to do it hasn’t turned her off of it either.

If you’re interested in learning more on Switched-On Schoolhouse or would like a discount on a purchase of curriculum, click through on the button in my right hand sidebar, and you’ll be taken to the publishers site.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the products mentioned above for free for review purposes from Alpha and Omega Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review and this product may not have the same results for all people, please do additional research of your own when purchasing products mentioned in reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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