I believe grammar is important, but I just can't decide HOW important or HOW in-depth to go as I look at curriculum choices for next year. For the past 2 years dd (who will be doing 4th grade work next fall) has been doing the short little 'Daily Language Reviews' put out by Evan Moore. Each day is only about 5 questions, but over the years it has covered the basics pretty well. As dd gets older I can't help but wonder if she should do more? Is it critical, for instance, that she be able to correctly identify prepositional phrases or predicates? Will her writing improve indirectly by learning how to diagram sentences?
I am an academic writer, and I once had to look up the definition of a predicate so she could do her Daily Language Review . I'm sure at one point in my life I was instructed in the identification of predicates, but did this knowledge affect my ability to write coherent sentences later in life? Or, is the best way to absorb grammar simply by actual reading and writing?
I would LOVE to hear your opinions either way, and what (if any) materials you are using. TIA!