Why? To learn sentence imitating, prepositional phrases, "chunking" words
into meaningful groups within a sentence, and adverb clauses, to name a few. We won't get through this whole book, which is fine. I'd love to spread out this book into two years, to make the most of the program. We are not going to rush through our curriculum. We have so many treasures and beautiful pieces of work to experience, I am so excited.
One of the beginning things to work on in the book is chunking words into meaningful pieces. Here are two sentences, and the one that is the desired answer is the second...
The / idea of sewing and cutting a / dress by / herself was novel and exciting.
The idea / of sewing and cutting a dress/ by herself / was novel and exciting.
(from The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare)
Here is another book from Killgallon, along the same lines. It uses sentences in books to explain grammar and for the student to practice grammar.
Some of the books to be sample are: Nancy Drew, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and more.
We will match the subject to the predicate, and identify the subject, and more.
Another book of A LOT of material to go through.
The next set of books is by Michael Clay Thompson. I was attracted to this series of books because of the unique way grammar (Sentence Island/Grammar Island/Practice Island), vocabulary (Building Language), and poetry (Music of the Hemispheres) is presented. I will even use some of the chapters for Philip. The visual content is fantastic- it uses bolded or red or blue words and simple graphic designs to guide your eye. There's a simplicity about the instruction. A lot of white space in some cases. So, if you are looking for a normal grammar book, this isn't it!
So, these books are for me to use where it seems fitting. Or, when we may need a change of pace, or if we need more review and practice.