English or Language Arts has always been on of my favourite subjects. I love to read and enjoy writing very much. I have been this way for as long as I can remember. Spelling, well now that’s another challenge all to its own! When the opportunity came up to review King Alfred’s English by Laurie White, I couldn’t wait! From reading her website I had a feeling the book would be good. But I didn’t realize just how much I would enjoy it! King Alfred’s English has become one of my favourite books. Laurie just pulls you right into the story, it’s really like she is sitting down with you for a chat.
King Alfred’s English is designed to be an English course for grades 7-12 or adults. It breaks the content down into these groups.
- Pre-English Britain 55 BC-500 AD
- Old English 5-1066
- Middle English 1066-1500
- A Time of Transition – From Middle to Modern English 1400-1600
A sample of the book is available, the full first chapter.
On their website, The Shorter Word there is a student area will free lessons for each chapter. Included are links to:
- Movie suggestions
- Primary documents
There is also a teachers area with free worksheets and tests.
King Alfred’s English teaches so many things I’ve not seen covered in other programs. Some things I learned are:
- Where we get the most common 100 words in our language.
- That “ain’t” was a real word!
- That that Galatians in the Bible were Celts!
- Why many of our words are not spelled phonetically.
Another one was about how X stands for Christ and using X-mas is not taking Christ out of Christmas. This I already knew, and the constant anti Xmas gets to me every year. The word Christ in Greek is chi and the symbol for chi is X.
I’ve really enjoyed reading King Alfred’s English and I can’t wait until my children are a little older to use it with them. In the mean time it’s a great education for myself! I would recommend this to any family looking for a narrative style English program.
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