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What makes Grammar Galaxy different from other language arts curricula?

Grammar Galaxy uses the power of story to teach language arts concepts. Instead of your student forgetting dry material and having to learn the same concepts year after year, your student will master the material. Your student will learn the why of language arts and will grow in confidence. The children in the story struggle with spelling, public speaking, procrastination, and more. In other words, they’re relatable. Short lessons with lots of white space and verbal or hands-on activities will motivate your students like no traditional workbook can. Grammar Galaxy teaches skills like reading fluency and handwriting speed that aren’t found in most language arts curricula. And it’s fun!

What ages is Grammar Galaxy designed for?

Nebula is the first level in Grammar Galaxy that is for beginning readers. Once your student can read short words and is able to form letters, start Nebula. Until then, work with your preferred phonics and handwriting curriculum and keep reading to your student. Most Nebula students will be in first or second grade, but the books are intentionally left unlabeled. Students through the sixth grade who are reluctant readers or reluctant to do traditional English studies can also use Nebula.

Protostar is the second level in Grammar Galaxy that is for third graders or those who have completed Nebula or its equivalent.

Yellow Star is the third level in Grammar Galaxy that is for fourth graders or those who have completed Protostar or its equivalent.

Red Star is the fourth level in Grammar Galaxy that is for fifth graders or those who have completed Yellow Star or its equivalent.

Which level should I begin with?

If you’ll be using one level with multiple ages, start at the youngest’s level. Most members of the Grammar Guardians Facebook group recommend starting with Nebula if you aren’t sure. However, you may read the scope and sequence or have your student take the placement quiz.

Can I use Grammar Galaxy with multiple ages?

Absolutely! Simply read the story to all your children. Each student will need a Mission Manual if you’re purchasing print, but only one text is required per family.

Does Grammar Galaxy include religious content?

No. The author is a Christian, but Grammar Galaxy is a secular or faith-neutral curriculum. The dedication is to the glory of God and future guardians of Grammar Galaxy.

Is Grammar Galaxy Charlotte-Mason friendly?

Yes. Short, creative, story-based lessons are used to teach children. We think Charlotte Mason would have approved.

Is there a teacher’s manual?

No. No teacher’s manual is required. Solutions to missions are provided with each update letter and can be reviewed by the student independently or with the teacher, depending on your student’s level.

Where are the solutions to the missions?

Solutions follow each update letter in the Mission Manual.

Do I have to have both the text and the Mission Manual?

Your student will be confused and frustrated without both books.

Can I make copies of the digital books?

Yes! You are allowed to make copies of the mission manual for family members living in your household. You can use the digital text on your screen while reading aloud to students. The digital Mission Manual can also be used on a tablet with a stylus. Copying the printed books is prohibited.

Do the printed Mission Manuals lie flat?

They do not. At 350 pages+, they can be written in but will not lie flat. To have books that lie flat, print the digital version of the manuals or buy print and have the spine cut off. This can be done very inexpensively at your local copy shop.

How much time does Grammar Galaxy take on how many days a week?

The story and each of the three steps of the mission take 10-15 minutes to complete. Many families complete the lesson on three separate days of the week. Others choose to complete an entire lesson on one day a week. Still others want to do even more than one lesson per week. At a pace of one lesson per week, Grammar Galaxy will take 36 weeks to complete or an academic school year.

Does Grammar Galaxy work with dyslexic students and with other learning disabilities?

Definitely. It was written with special needs students in mind. The soon-to-be-released audiobook format of the text will be especially helpful. Many families report that their special needs students are enjoying language arts for the first time.

Do you have any reviews I can read?

Check out the reviews here. Also join the Facebook group where you can ask questions of families who are using Grammar Galaxy now.

Do you have any samples I can try?

Yes, choose a complete sample to try with your student here.

Is Grammar Galaxy something my student can do independently?

Yes! Once your student is reading fluently at a 3rd grade level or above, the majority of the lesson can be done independently. The activity portion of each mission usually requires teacher involvement. Teachers can read the lessons to beginning readers. Lessons take about ten to fifteen minutes a day–perfect for busy parents and short attention spans.

Can I use Grammar Galaxy as a supplement? 

Absolutely! Continue your phonics and handwriting curriculum if your child is still developing as a reader and writer, and use it with other curriculum of your choice.

Do I have to use a supplement with Grammar Galaxy?

No. Grammar Galaxy is a complete language arts curriculum. Lessons are short enough to allow time for lots of other reading and writing activities. No additional writing or grammar curriculum is required.Subscribers receive a free monthly mission calendar to enhance the learning. Purchasers also have access to additional resources for each lesson.

Where is the list of books to use with Grammar Galaxy?

There isn’t one! You can use any books you choose, whether they are part of your history curriculum or just for fun. No more skipping lessons because you’ve already studied another book. If you want to do in-depth literary studies, I recommend Literary Adventures for Kids and 7 Sisters literature studies.

How does Grammar Galaxy teach spelling?

Grammar Galaxy doesn’t use spelling lists to teach because they aren’t proven to be effective. Instead, spelling strategies are presented. Families who want more focused spelling practice may want to add a curriculum like All About Spelling. Grammar Galaxy uses American English spelling but will explain British English spelling differences in an upcoming volume.

How can I make sure my student masters the vocabulary in Grammar Galaxy?

Lessons designed to teach grade-level vocabulary should be mastered. But the vocabulary presented in the text does not have to be. Grammar Galaxy exposes students to high-level vocabulary intentionally. Repeated exposure to the words in reading and conversation will eventually produce mastery without your student memorizing definitions. However, the Flashcard & Fun packs include flashcards, slides, and games to promote vocabulary retention.

How many levels of Grammar Galaxy will there be and when will they be available?

Nebula, directed at 1st/2nd grade, Protostar, directed at 3rd grade, and Yellow Star, directed at 4th grade, and Red Star, directed at 5th grade are currently available. Blue Star, Nova, and Supernova for 6th-8th grade are coming soon. A preschool activity book is also planned.

Do you have plans to make Grammar Galaxy available in audio?

Yes! Make sure you are subscribed to hear about the launch of Nebula in audio.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes! International shipping is free, but plan on 2-8 weeks for delivery with no tracking. We are unable to ship to Australia at this time and recommend Amazon.com.au. We are not able to ship highlighters, bookmarks, or wristbands with international orders. You will have access to a digital file for printing your own bookmarks.

What is your return policy?

Digital files cannot be returned so will not be refunded. Please make your purchase carefully. Printed books that are returned (received) within 60 days of purchase are refundable.

Can I buy additional Grammar Galaxy highlighters?

Yes! Purchase these separately here.

How can my child get Grammar Galaxy stickers and other guardian gear?

If you are randomly selected as Guardian of the Month from people who share in the Grammar Guardians Facebook group or on Instagram using the hashtag #grammargalaxy, you will get guardian mail.

Have another question?

Contact the author at grammargalaxybooks at gmail.com.

The Organized Homeschool Life FAQs

Who is The Organized Homeschool Life for?

The book and planner are designed for the Christian homeschooling mom who craves sanity in every area of her homeschool life and not just a lesson organizer.

Do I need the book and the planner?

If you know how to organize your time to complete the challenges in the book without the planner, you don’t need the planner. If you know you will just read the challenges without completing them, the planner can help you get them and the rest of your priority tasks done. The book explains each step of the challenges that are listed on the weekly pages in the planner. The planner was designed to be used with the book.

How is this planner different?

Unlike generic planners, The Organized Homeschool Life Planner is designed to help you organize each area of your homeschooling life. You will be prompted to think about what’s most important each day and to allot time for these activities. It includes all the forms you need to complete each challenge as well.

Is it a lesson planner?

It is not designed to be a lesson planner, although the planner is flexible enough to accommodate that for some families. If you have multiple children and need to add detailed lessons, I recommend The Ultimate Homeschool Planner from Apologia and planners from APlanInPlace.net.

Are the planners dated? 

No. Neither the digital or print version of The Organized Homeschool Life Planner is dated, though it is organized into months.

When can I start using the planner?

Because the planners aren’t dated, you can start any time! The first months in the printed planner aren’t wasted because you can use them next year. The printed planners start in January or July.

Are all the digital pages editable?

No. Only the monthly, weekly, and daily pages are editable automatically. However, you can add text to the other pages using various apps, including the free Adobe app on mobile devices. It is possible to use the planner digitally and not print it.

Am I allowed to print the digital version?

Yes! You own it forever and can print as many copies for yourself and your immediate family as you like. You have the option of editing the pages before printing or printing and then completing them. You have the option of printing in color or black and white. You can use any type of binding system you prefer.

What size are the planner pages?

The pages are 8.5×11. It is possible to reduce the size of the digital pages before printing, but you will not have as much room to write.

Is the printed planner portable?

If you carry a large book bag or purse with you, yes. But you may prefer to take a picture of your day plan to carry with you instead.

Do the books and planners ship internationally?

The books do ship for free internationally, but the planners aren’t available to ship outside the US.

Where can I find the matching planner stickers?

You can purchase them from AllDayEverydayMom’s shop.

How can I get support as I seek to get organized?

Join our free group on Facebook! If you would like to be notified when enrollment opens for Sanity Circle, a beta organizing membership for Christian homeschool moms, click here.

Still have questions?

Email the author at psychowith6 at gmail.com