As I knew we would finish our 4th grade Language Arts curriculum mid-year, I began the search for other 4th grade language arts products we could use the rest of the school year. As grammar and language are important areas for producing strong readers and writers, I knew I wanted something that would provide a quick daily review of grade level skills my son has already covered. After looking at the sample pages on Evan-Moor’s website, I was excited to try out Daily Language Review. I received a copy of Daily Language Review Grade 4 in exchange for writing about my experiences.
Daily Language Review provides regular practice of grade level language skills including grammar, usage, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary. Each day, the child completes 4 practice language problems. Completing this quick daily review will ensure the child practices all of the language content required for their grade level.
Benefits of Evan-Moor’s Daily Language Review
I really love this language book. It makes my internal grammar police heart happy to watch my children recognize and correct grammatical errors. I also like how my son can regularly review the grade level skills he has learned. I know if we did not have Daily Language Review, he would likely forget many of the skills we have covered over the previous semester.
As a busy homeschooling mom, I look for curriculum that does not require preparation time. The practice pages in Daily Language Review are short and easy to implement.
Sufficient Review for Skill Mastery
Daily practice of grammar, language usage, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary skills will help ensure your child masters grade level language skills. The short 4-problem daily review provides enough practice for mastery without busy work.
Skills Scope and Sequence Chart
I love the Skills Scope and Sequence Chart included in Daily Language Review. I use this chart to track my child’s progress each week and determine which specific skills need to be retaught. CLICK HERE to read about how I use the Skills Scope and Sequence Chart from the Daily Math Practice book to assess, monitor, and remediate math skills. The same process can be used with the Daily Language Review Skills Scope and Sequence Chart.
Assess and Remediate as Needed
If you are keeping track of your child’s accuracy, it is easy to see which skills are mastered and which need to be retaught. Each week, I transfer my son’s skill accuracy to our Skills Scope and Sequence Chart. I use red for a problem area and green for skills that he answered correctly. So far, my son has gotten most of the practice problems correct. As you can see from the chart above, we do have one area of concern. My son has been unable to complete the analogy problems accurately. This surprised me as we have covered analogies in the past. If we had not been using Daily Language Review, I would not have known we needed to revisit analogy skills.
Free Resource E-book
After buying the Daily Language Review book, you can get access to a free resource e-book that lists the specific skills and possible answers for each problem every day. This is not only helpful in grading the student’s daily work, but also in evaluating which skill areas need further instruction and practice. You can transfer the information from this resource onto your Scope and Sequence Chart to quickly see what skills are mastered and which ones need remediation.
Limitations of Daily Language Review
Daily Language Review is not a full Language Curriculum. It is not designed to teach grade level language skills, but to provide quick daily practice to review skills already learned. Frequent review will help the child master the grade level skills presented in Daily Language Review. To teach language skills, you will need a language curriculum designed for instruction, such as Language Fundamentals. CLICK HERE to read my review of Language Fundamentals.
If you have a child that is resistant to writing, like one of mine, this product is easy to adapt. Rather than rewriting sentences to fix them, just have the child edit the printed sentence. Or, if the child types, have them type the sentence correctly. You can also allow the child to dictate answers as applicable. CLICK HERE to read about 4 ways to adapt curricula for reluctant writers.
I liked the Daily Language Review Grade 4 book so much, I bought the grade 2 book for one of my other children. Like Daily Math Practice and Daily Reading Comprehension, I feel like Daily Language Review is a top quality Evan-Moor product that I will use for all of my children going forward. I highly recommend using Daily Language Review to provide regular practice of grade level language skills.
CLICK HERE to go to Evan-Moor’s website to learn more or to purchase Daily Language Review.
CLICK HERE to read my review of Daily Math Practice.
CLICK HERE to read my review of Daily Reading Comprehension.