More Free Gentle Grammar Curriculum for Young Children

Complicated grammar frustrates little kids (and moms). They don’t need to know about nouns and adverbs, they just need to know how to write good sentences.

That’s why I was so happy when I discovered New Language Exercises for Public Schools by C. C. Long. Here was a way I could teach my early readers to express themselves on paper and skip the tears and frustration!

I wrote about this extensively in this post:

Gentle Grammar for Young Children

I even included a free download of levels one and two, with a promise of working on levels three and four and offering them at a later date.


…that later date has arrived!

I (finally) finished these upper levels AND found the time to put them in print. Now you not only can have these books for free in printable PDF format, but you can own physical books!

And they are so adorable! My daughter took images from Graphics Fairy and created covers and little flourishes that add interest throughout each book.

If you want to find out more, be sure and watch this video:




Gentle Grammar Level One

Gentle Grammar Level Two

Gentle Grammar Level Three

Gentle Grammar Level Four

We think the workbooks will be a definite help to you and your children, but if you don’t have the cash, or you would simply like to try-before-you-buy, feel free to download the books at these links:




Oh, and don’t forget to check out The Record Book to keep track of ALL of your learning and make it count!




35 thoughts on “More Free Gentle Grammar Curriculum for Young Children”

  1. Thank you, Sherry. I enjoy your blog with ALL your wisdom you have collected over the years. Keep it up the great work!
    Stacey B.

  2. So excited about these! I love all of your books. They are simple and straightforward yet the material is full of life. My favorite curriculums are those put together by other, experienced homeschool moms. Thanks so much for making them available.

    • Thank you for the kind words, Jill. I strive to keep things as straight-forward as possible because that is how I have learned to survive (and thrive). I am so glad my materials are full of life–what a high compliment ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Sherry, you are a great blessing to the homeschool community. Thank you for these free, grammar book downloads. We just adore the lovely graphics, the gentleness and simplicity. My daughter started using Level 1 last year. She is 7 now, continuing with Level 1.

    • That is terrific to hear, Stephany! It has always been my goal to be a blessing to the homeschool community ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oh yay!! I was sooo hoping youโ€™d do these :). I just love them! Thank you so much as always!!

    And p.s. glad to see you posted-I missed you

    • I missed you, too, Amy. We have been going through some immense life changes and it just became so hard to find time to post–but I think I’m going to focus more on vlogging, which should free me up to be more consistent ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Iโ€™m so excited to see this! Thank you for making it available in both formats. Iโ€™m going to use this fir my daughter, and Iโ€™ll be sharing this with my readers, as well!

  6. Homeschooling momma of eleven, teaching and learning along with all my kiddos for 26 year and counting. Absolutely, loving your hard work . It is fun having something fresh(but, yet so “OLD”, which makes it so, good) and exciting to do with my youngest batch. After Homeschooling for 26 years, God has granted a desire of my heart and you are part of that. Fill free to keep it coming. May God bless you and yours in many great and wonderful ways . “Happy Homeschooling year!”

    • Congratulations as an amazing veteran homeschooler, Patricia ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s so fun seeing how God is using our efforts to bless others. Happy Homeschooling Year to you, too!

  7. Thank you so much for making all of these available and for all of the materials you have posted about the McGuffey Readers. What a blessing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Thank you Lord for this wonderful resource!! Sherry, I can’t tell you how helpful this will be to me. Thank you so much for offering these workbooks as free downloads. Our budget is so tight right now; this is a HUGE blessing to our family. THANK YOU!!!

  9. Thank you so much, Sherry, for sharing these with us. And for free! What a gift! They are so beautiful and I look forward to using them in our new school year. God bless you!

  10. I ordered Gentle Grammar Level Two for my son. You never know for sure how a curriculum will work for your child until you implement it. Well, this one exceeded my expectations. My eight-year-old is thriving in it and enjoys the creativity these books afford. We are using the McGuffey’s readers and Gentle Grammar as our language arts curriculum this year.

    My older son completed Long’s Language a few years ago and now, at age twelve, excels in grammar. I wish these had been around back then. Having this updated version of such a solid grammar approach in a workbook format is a dream for this homeschool mom. Thanks again, Sherry!

  11. Thank you for being such an amazing resource. I have started using Mc Guffey’s and Gentle Grammar with my 7 year old and she is loving it. I am going to start Mc Guffey’s with my 12 year old soon. I was wondering if you had any review of Lessons in English, Grammar and Composition also by C.C. Long ? I am looking for something gentle for my 12 year old. Thank you so much for helping us to simplify our homeschool.

    • I do so love the McG’s! As for the older’s grammar, the next thing I introduce is Harvey’s Grammar, which is more geared for an older child since it is technical. If my child is not yet ready, I give them a year or two more in the McG’s with the narration, copywork, and dictation so that he doesn’t feel frustrated and we aren’t constantly butting heads :). Hope this helps!

  12. Hi there. ๐Ÿ™‚ We are finishing up our current LA program in 2 weeks and then we’re going to give Gentle Grammar Level 1 and the Eclectic First Reader a try with my 8 year old. I also have the “Parent-Teacher Guide for The Original McGuffey Readers.”

    I’m going to use your free sheets “first pages.” I have a very strong reader but reluctant writer. I’m also wondering if I should plan for one Gentle Grammar level a year or just don’t worry about it and move through it as my daughter naturally progresses? What do you think about this format? (GG for Gentle Grammar and ER for Eclectic Reader)

    Day 1: Read story of week from ER and read vocabulary words. Do a lesson from GG.

    Day 2: Read ER story silently and copy the vocab words and draw word doodles.

    Day 3: Read ER story silently and copy sentence from story. Complete narrative drawing.

    Day 4: ER: Sentence dictation and a lesson from GG.

    Day 5: Catch up day and another possible lesson from GG.

    By the way, thank you so much for offering the Gentle Grammar and Charlotte Mason style pages for free. You have blessed us immensely!!!

    • That schedule sounds incredible! That is pretty much how I have broken up the different activities. For my children one reading of the story was adequate, but yours may be different.

      You are very welcome–I love blessing other moms like me ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thanks for the quick reply, Sherry! ๐Ÿ™‚ I was wondering if she’d be bored reading it so much, so maybe I’ll just have her read the story the first day and read aloud to me from her Christian Liberty Nature Readers the rest of the week. I truly appreciate your input! I’ve been browsing your website and YouTube and really enjoy it all. Thanks again.

  13. Hello. Do you have a list or blog post of how you break down your McGuffey Readers lessons? I’m trying to figure it out. I like how you use the readers for copywork and narration instead of read a loud books or books they read.
    Also for the Grammar lessons, my boys are ten and twelve and I haven’t taught grammar yet. Would you think starting in your books is a good idea or move onto Harvey’s Grammar?

    Thank you,

    • These are good questions, Michelle. As for the first one, I have been thinking I should do an in-depth explanation of how to break down the lessons, although I have done a few posts, etc. on them already. As for the second question, it depends on how astute your children are. I probably wouldn’t start a 10yo in Harvey’s, so Gentle Grammar, which ever level he can handle, would be the best tack. If the 12yo can read and write decently for his age, then Harvey’s may be OK. If not, Gentle Grammar may be a great place to start, and it’s so simple he could go through it pretty quickly and be ready for Harvey’s.

  14. Hello! How many lessons would you do a week out of this book for a 6, 8 AND 11 year old. Would you do a lesson like this on a day with writing/ composition and along side McGuffey readers?

    • For the six and eight year-olds, 3 lessons a week are pretty good. More, and they will burn out (and so will you), less, and they will lose momentum. The 11 yo can probably handle four a week, but more than that is probably not necessary. At those ages, just a grammar lesson and a portion of a McG’s lesson a day is more than sufficient, no separate composition necessary other than an occasional notebooking page based on whatever else you are learning in the areas of history, Bible, science, etc.

    • Actually, I suggest using something called “Harvey’s Grammar” for the upper grades. You can purchase it as a physical book online, or you can find it for free on Google Books. This is a very easy program to follow and there are even answer keys available.

  15. Hi, I love your books. I am not a great in English grammar and was wondering if these books come with lessons plans, or answer sheets?


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