Monday, November 18, 2013

Favorite Homeschooling Resources Part 2 - A Study of the English Language

This is not a review just my personal opinion about a wonderful book that we use every week in our household.

I am not sure where to start with King Alfred's English. It is probably a book you have never heard of, but really need to read. King Alfred's English is written by a fellow Georgian by the name of Laurie White. I actually got to attend a seminar of hers back in March at the Great Homeschool Convention in Greenville. I had already read her book as a review product for The Review Crew before that time and was kind of  like a groupie wanting to see the author in person. I tucked the book away to use as a high school resource for Grace. So this year was her Freshman year and out popped the book I wanted to share with her about the history of the English language. We currently use this book as part of our English 101 credit but it could also be used as a history credit.

Photo Credit: The Shorter Word Website

This book is broken down into 15 chapters. Some of the topics discussed are:
  • The different language invasions, such as Latin, Norse, French, and Greek
  • Old, Middle, and Modern English
  • The journey of translating the Bible to English for the common people
  • Roman Empire
  • The Printing Press
  • Shakespeare
  • And so much more....
I truly love this book. All the information is written in such a conversational tone. It is probably one of those books that many people are not familiar with but really need to go out and buy. I am currently reading through it a second time with Grace and at some point I want to use it for a class at our Cooperative for the high school students. It is really that good. So much information I never learned in my high school years. 

She also has great free printables on her website that you don't want to miss.

Go check out this wonderful book and study out the English language came to be what it is today.


Sandra said...

The study of the English language is fascinating. I must try and get to it with dd at some stage. The problem seems to be not enough time to fit in everything we want to do!

Leigh said...

Reading this makes me wish we were still homeschooling, LOL. This is the kind of resource we would have loved.