Grammar Stencils

A detailed guide to understanding the Grammar Stencil material and how it is used within the Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary curriculum

How does it work?

The Grammar Stencils serve as gateway for your child in understanding words that make up our language and the roles that they play. This material is a 2-in-1 powerhouse for independent exploration of parts of speech and sentence analysis.

Prerequisite Skills - The Grammar Stencils are used at the beginning of your child’s study of grammar and do not have prerequisites apart from oral introductions to the various parts of speech. The stencil that contains the Montessori grammar symbols for parts of speech is generally used first as they practice labeling parts of speech. The Sentence Analysis Set generally comes later, when the child is introduced to new aspects of the roles that words play in our language.

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Sample lesson.

Start by watching this sample lesson from our Guidepost Homeschool platform that will familiarize you to the Grammar Stencil and its use.

If you are already subscribed to Guidepost Homeschool, scroll down to see all the corresponding lessons where the Grammar Stencil is used in our curriculum. To unlock more than 2,000+ lessons subscribe to Guidepost Homeschool today.

How to set up.

Setup - Store the stencils in a small basket, tray, or propped in a napkin holder or desk organizer alongside other language materials at your child’s shelf of learning materials.

Additional Materials - You can count on the following supplies being used with the Grammar Templates, so it’s a good idea to have them on hand in a child-accessible manner:

  • Journal or other notebook
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Paper Strips (for writing sentences on)
  • Stapler
  • Tape

Guidepost Homeschool Subscribers - While you likely don’t own a set of the Montessori grammar boxes, in Altitude you will find many useful videos and exercises that guide you through the amazing grammar box content. You will also discover that there are many places for you to use your Grammar Stencils in follow-up work for these lessons.

For Guidepost Homeschool subscribers

If you are already subscribed to Guidepost Homeschool, start in the order below to navigate to the corresponding lesson plans using the Grammar Stencils in our Altitude learning platform.

Wondering about supplies used in particular lessons? Detailed materials lists can be found at the beginning of each lesson in Guidepost’s Altitude system, as well as on the materials cards at the beginning of each unit.

  • Corresponding Altitude lessons

    Lessons (Altitude Cards) where the Grammar Stencils used

    Parts of Speech Introduction (Ages 6-12)

    • The Pyramid and the Symbol
    • The Article Goes With the Noun
    • What's an Action Word?

    Parts of Speech Advanced (Ages 6-12)

    • Grammar Box III: Adjective
    • Adjective: Exclude, Transpose, Symbolize
    • Verbs: Exclude, Transpose, Symbolize
    • Preposition: Exclude, Transpose, Symbolize
    • Adverb: Exclude, Transpose, Symbolize
    • Pronoun: Exclude, Transpose, Symbolize
    • Conjunction: Exclude, Transpose, Symbolize
    • Symbolizing Interjections
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