Okay, my friends. You have your Clamdigging book in hand (Loving Grammar)—now what?
First of all, I think that you will find yourself in a very comfortable spot right from the get-go, because it all takes place in a normal classroom. This guy named Mr. Lund is a pretty cool, friendly teacher, and you will surely be able to identify with at least one of the students in the class. Let’s see: there’s Felix—who is pretty much afraid of everything and unsure of everything—he needs a lot of confidence. The good thing about Felix is that he asks a lot of questions. And maybe that’s why he’s going to get all this stuff in the end; he will get it, believe me! Also, there’s Giovanni, an Italian guy, from Chicago (so English is his second language), but amazingly he seems to know more grammar than Felix. (In case you didn’t know—that’s one of the best ways to get a handle on grammar—learn a foreign language. And then there’s Miss Know-it-all, Kristy–who is pretty smart, actually, but she is far from knowing it all.
You don’t need me to tell you that grammar isn’t exactly easy to learn. And even the know-it-all’s like Kristy have a lot of things to learn. But we’re all in this together—Mr. Lund, Felix, Giovanni, and Kristy. And they’re ALL going to get it. And they’re all going to have a great time—I guarantee that!
But even though I can’t change the fact that grammar is tricky and difficult and confusing at times, there are a couple things I can do. The first thing I can do is—uh, well, let me sit down and let a couple of my recent homeschoolers take the mic for a second :
How weird is that? Why don’t you give it a shot and start the first lesson so you can get an idea about how this book rolls. Come to think of it, read the preface and the editor’s note too while you’re at it to give you an idea where this whole Professional Clamdigging™ idea came from.
See you in the next blog? I hope so, and don’t hesitate to write me at Steve@LovingGrammar.com with questions and comments and jokes and, of course, recipes for Clam Linguine, my favorite!
Next up—Eine kleine quiz to see if you even need Loving Grammar! Maybe you’re one of the few . . . .