I have loved this program. In two months of using it, my 5-year-old can classify the subject noun, verb, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, article adjectives, and object of the prepositions in any sentence I write. Each day the child classifies 3 sentences, making it simple and quick for them to learn their parts of speech. The lessons are fairly short and often use multisensory methods (listening to CD jingles, making “noun soup” and similar hands-on activities, writing in a journal, etc.)
There are a number of fun activities included (such as making paper bags with “A” on one and “AN” on the other; drawing pictures of nouns, which are then put into the appropriate bag, depending on whether the word “a” or “an” would be used with them). My daughter loved the “Sentence kingdom” story at the beginning of the program, which describes the efforts a bunch of words have to go through to go to sentence kingdom and become a sentence – creative teaching methods such as these help to reinforce abstract concepts. Musical jingles are included on a CD, to reinforce grammar concepts such as what a verb is, the 5 rules of a sentence, and what questions to ask to determine if a word is an adjective. Children also practice writing each day, and keep a writing journal. Each lesson builds on other lessons, so it could be a bit confusing to begin this program partway through; however starting from the beginning at 1st grade, I LOVE it. My daughter has flown through the concepts and has gained a tremendous knowledge of English grammar in a very short period of time.
The “con” for this program is that the teacher’s manual is a bit confusing at first, and is not easily laid out. Although everything is scripted for the teacher to say, there are no different colors or fonts to indicate what the teacher says versus what the child’s response should be, and in general the format is not particularly user-friendly. However after a few lessons parents can get past this issue once they are familiar with the program. Those starting at the beginning of 1st grade might want to condense the first few lessons on categorizing, since the program spends a long time on this concept. Another con is that it can be difficult to jump into this program part-way through, because the concepts are systematic and build on one another.
Overall, this is an excellent program which makes learning grammar easy and fun. It is a wonderful resource that teaches English concepts in a surprisingly effective way.