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Homeschool Curriculum Reviews

The Basic Cozy Grammar Course
The Basic Cozy Punctuation Course
The Basic Cozy Essay Course
The Intermediate Cozy Grammar Course Level 1 & Level 2
The Cozy Classroom Collection CD

Cozy Grammar Course Reviews

HomeschoolMom.com
"...my first thought was to wonder how grammar and punctuation could fall under the category of being cozy."
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The LINK the Nation's Homeschool Newspaper 
"I cannot recommend this basic grammar course highly enough!"
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Library Journal 
"The Basic Cozy Grammar Course is clearly the result of years of classroom experience. This 'living textbook' makes grammar painless and is suitable for ages nine to adult."
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BOOKLIST - American Library Association 
"Marie Rackham is the polished teacher of this grammar course comprised of 27 short tutorial segments."
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School Library Journal
"These 27 basic grammar lessons are designed to supplement classroom instruction. Each 2-7 minute lesson builds on the previous one."

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Homeschooling Today Magazine 
"This video grammar course is creative, clear, well-organized, and above all, entertaining."
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Sassafrass Grove - Resource for Homeschoolers
"Although grammar has been relegated to the dusty back shelf in many schools, it is an integral part of effective language usage. This gentle, quiet set of easy to understand lessons brings it back out to the light, and into sharp focus."
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Kids First Coalition for Quality Children's Media
"Educational. Interesting, well organized, in-depth study of grammar."
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Film Advisory Board Hollywood California
"Outstanding!  In our twenty-six years of evaluating family/children's entertainment and educational products, we have never seen a program quite like 'The Basic Cozy Grammar Course'!  
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Eclectic Homeschool Online (EHO)
"The home setting was better than a sterile classroom setting and Ms. Rackham was able to use 'live' examples to illustrate what she was teaching."
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BC Homeschool Association
"My husband, who has a degree in Linguistics, also was impressed with the teaching in this course and how it was presented. My children enjoyed it and seemed to remember well what they learned."
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Dove Foundation
"Marie's method of presenting these valuable lessons should appeal to anyone who is interested in learning the correct rules of grammar, something lacking at some levels of education."
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Island Parent Magazine
"A lack of thorough grounding in English grammar is not at all uncommon.  To address this problem, Marie Rackham, educator and grammar advocate, has created an easy-to-use resource for parents, educators, and students alike."
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Barb Shelton - Homeschooler and Author
"Whether you have a young child just beginning to explore the world of grammar, or are an adult who has been "in the dark" on this subject all your life, this 27-lesson grammar course does for your grammatical muscles what spinach does for your physical muscles. And it does so in an delectable, easy-to-swallow manner!"
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All Star Review - Educational And Entertainment Product Reviews
"It is appropriate for multiple ages. The home environment setting is something the children can easily relate to and is familiar to them."
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The Old Schoolhouse - Homeschool Resource Magazine
"This is perfect for homeschoolers, absolutely perfect! Moms, take the class with your kids - it's a wonderful refresher course."
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Education Clearinghouse - Educational Articles and Product Reviews
"Forget the dull textbook days of learning grammar ... now you see it face to face, on TV, in a real life manner that makes it so much easier to understand and remember the concepts you are being taught..."
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Rebecca Azoulay
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Diplomat Educational Services, Inc.
ESL students - young and old - who are confused or frightened by English grammar have all responded positively to The Basic Cozy Grammar Course.
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Kenneth Beare - About.com Guide for English as a Second Language
"This video / workbook course focuses on learning a solid grasp of English grammar structure. The tutorials are taught on beautiful Vancouver Island employing an excellently presented multiple-intelligence approach."
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Cathy Spalding - About.com Guide for Homework/Study Tips
"Uniquely presented video with workbook exercises to compliment each lesson combine to form a well-rounded English grammar course that could be used in many situations."
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Parent and School - Official Magazine of New Zealand Parent Teacher Associations
"The use of everyday situations and colourful graphics to illustrate examples provides a self-empowering, non ponderous way for any individual to increase their own knowledge of basic English grammar, or help teach someone else to do so."
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Video Librarian - The Video Review Magazine For Libraries
"Shot on digital video with colorful on-screen text examples overlaid to illustrate each grammatical principle, this amiably presented guide (featuring a pleasant classical music soundtrack background) serves equally well as an introduction or refresher course in giving students and/or adult audiences a good grounding in basic grammar."
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Life Learning Magazine - The International Magazine of Self-Directed Learning.
"Learning the basics of English grammar has never been this easy...or fun or cozy for that matter."
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Homeschool Reviews For You
"My first impression was that perhaps the lessons were too 'girlish' for my boys - with the cozy cottage, flower gardens, classical music soundtrack and a dramatically cheerful teacher.  After viewing the first two lessons, we were quickly won over!"
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Education Update - For Parents, Educators and Students
"Live Examples" of the concepts being taught as well as Rackham's colorful personality keep students' attention during the lessons."
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Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO)
Rating:Highly Recommended
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Tammy - Posted on homeschoolreviews.com
It is the most unique language arts curriculum I have used and the ONLY one that my kids beg to use! That in itself is the highest recommendation I could ever have!
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Gina Roberts - Homeschooling Mom
I absolutely love this course by Splashes From The River! Marie makes learning grammar painless.
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Cozy Punctuation Course Reviews

All Star Review: Educational & Entertainment Product Reviews
"It is nice to find an educational program which doesn't insult the student with crude humor and slick gimmicks."
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Film Advisory Board Hollywood 
"It's one of the best educational products FILM ADVISORY BOARD has evaluated in its twenty-eight year history!" 
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Library Journal
"Marie Rackham, a Canadian teacher, offers clear, real-world examples of proper usage."
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Video Librarian
". . . the instruction is both comprehensive and superb, and punctuation courses on video and DVD are rare, making this one highly recommended."
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BOOKLIST - American Library Association
"Retired teacher, Marie Rackham, follows up The Basic Cozy Grammar Course (2002) with this similarly helpful punctuation primer."
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Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO)
Rating:Highly Recommended
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Eclectic Homeschool Online (EHO)
"Great for ESL, classrooms, corporate seminars, and homeschoolers, The Basic Cozy Punctuation Course will make you giggle, fill your eyes and ears with beauty, and cause you to learn or re-learn/remediate the elasticity of punctuation."
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Homeschool Reviews For You
"One of my sons said he liked how clearly she spoke because there was no question as to what she said - nothing misunderstood."
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Sarah Sullivan, Homeschooling Mom
"In our five years of homeschooling, The 'Basic Cozy Punctuation Course' is very high on our list of favorite curriculum resources."
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Education Clearinghouse
Quick how many punctuation marks can you think of? Ten? Fifteen? We're not talking hundreds here, so why is punctuation so hard to master? Retired English teacher Marie Rackham doesn't think it's difficult and she has the course to prove it!
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The author employs humorous short poems to convey the essentials of what the "dots, lines and squiggles" mean and how they are used.
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Clarice - Homeschooling Mom
Garnet Moon Academy
I have been using the Basic Cozy Grammar and Basic Cozy Punctuation with my son this past semester, and I highly recommend these courses.  I have noticed a marked improvement in his understanding of grammar and punctuation and a dramatic increase in his interest in learning these subjects.
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Gina Roberts - Homeschooling Mom
The lessons are entertaining with beautiful scenery and relaxing classical music. I highly recommend this course for learning basic punctuation.
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Cozy Essay Course Reviews

All Star Review: Educational & Entertainment Product Reviews
"After watching the DVD, my college-age son revised an argumentative essay which he had written the day before, and the subsequent results were more professional and polished."
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Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO)
The real life examples used in her teachings make the transfer and application of the information straightforward and easily applied to the construction of producing an essay.
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Education Clearinghouse
Wouldn't it be wonderful if someone could simplify the whole writing process, making it clear exactly what ideas are required and in what order to present them? A delightful, soft-spoken, retired English teacher, Marie Rackham, has done precisely this with her Basic Cozy Essay Course.
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Cozy Intermediate Grammar Reviews

Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO)
"The Intermediate Cozy Grammar Course is designed to teach more advanced principles of grammar in a relaxed and soothing manner...."
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School Library Journal
"Retired English teacher Marie Rackham offers a relaxed, go-at-your-own-pace approach, emphasizing repetition and practice."
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Library Journal
Teaching the concepts of grammar continues to be one of the greatest curricular challenges facing the English teacher.
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Cozy Classroom Collection Reviews

All Star Review: Educational & Entertainment Product Reviews
"This is an excellent collection of well-known classical piano pieces which is soothing to listen to. As well as its effect on learning, it would make a great introduction to classical music for the reluctant student."
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Eclectic Homeschool Online (EHO)
"Ms. Rackham plays the piano with a finesse that is not only heard, but felt. Her selections are peaceful and her abilities to perform them are extraordinary."
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RESOURCE LINKS MAGAZINE
"This is a lovely recording of piano arrangements which serves as an excellent introduction for young people to classical music and hopefully enhances their learning as they listen and enjoy!"
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Cozy Classroom Collection is voted one of the best of 2004 for an audio/visual product
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