General Comments & Mixed Titles
These comments are about the materials in general, or they mention more than one book.
We have used so many of your materials and found them to be very helpful in giving our children a good understanding of the English language. We used Format Writing last year and saw incredible progress in our son’s composition and organizational skills. I appreciated the checklist to use in assessing the writing; a task that I have found very difficult in the past. We are currently using the vocabulary series with two children and are seeing wonderful results. I also enjoy your book, English Fun Stuff. I especially like giving the kids a proverb to decipher. Thank you for providing so many useful and enjoyable materials! I might add that I enjoy your web site almost as much as your fine school materials. I have mentioned it to many of my homeschooling friends as a great resource, especially for the subject of language and writing. I appreciate your commitment to using your gifts to serve the Lord and others.
Lisa Jennings – home educator
If you would like an endorsement from Whitefield College for your web site, let me know. I would be glad to provide one as my students thrive on your material, and the improvement in their writing is noticeable.
Dr. Quentin Johnston, Academic Dean, Whitefield College
I have been using some of your products for many years now: Latin Vocabulary I & II, Greek Vocabulary, Major Punctuation, and Format Writing. First, I just want you to know that I think these are some of the finest materials available to home schooling moms — especially for the price!! I just can’t recommend them enough to anyone who approaches me and asks me for advice on “grammar curriculum.” Yours is always the first line of products I tell them about. Thanks for creating such helpful and simple material!!
Becky Kodrin – home educator
Our program uses your grammar, punctuation and format writing programs for high school. Wonderful work! Our families-parents and students-are very enthusiastic about allllll of your materials. The materials are challenging, easy to teach and accomplish, can be adapted to any subject and any time frame, are concisely written-I could go on and on. Thank you so much for your work!
Mrs. Deborah L. Yonan, Director, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
Our personal experience with your materials has been very positive, and we look forward to offering them to more of our customers. Thank you very much!
Ann Morris – Light of Faith Resources
We will soon begin our 18th year of homeschooling and love Jensen’s. Our four oldest children have all gone on to college with college credit awarded for their Freshman English courses, an achievement facilitated by using your materials. Thank you for your wonderful books!
Vicki Acker – home educator
(The following is a bit lengthy and quite laudatory; I told her I really didn’t deserve all this credit. Mrs. Nobbs mentions phone support; she only called two or three times, and that was before email. ed.)
I don’t know if you would remember me, but you and your books were invaluable in the homeschooling of our daughter. I am writing to update you on my daughter’s progress. Sierra worked her way through all your books, took the college placement exam and scored 99 in writing (which we were told is the highest you can get) and went on to college online classes (at age 14 l/2). She took Writing 115, got an “easy” A; she then proceeded to Writing 121 (essay writing) where she again received an A (2nd highest in the class). Next, to challenge herself, she took WR 241 and advanced level WR 241, which is creative fiction writing. Again, A’s in both classes. Her instructors were all highly complementary of her work and during the last week of the WR 241 class, she let the instructor and another student know how old she was! He was absolutely flabbergasted!! They could not believe a “child” her age could have produced such quality work. The instructor had been using her work as examples to the other students. Professor Hale has since kept in touch with her, wanting her to publish a series of short stories she wrote for the class. She is now l6 years old and attending college full time on a full 2 year scholarship. For all of this we have you to thank!! I wanted you to know that without your books and phone support I am sure Sierra would have never achieved the high level of scholastics she is now enjoying. You supplied Sierra with the solid base that is necessary to succeed, and we want others to know!
Lynn Nobbs – home educator
I have been using your materials for many years now with my kids and have the highest of praises for them. My college kids were prepared well by using the grammar and writing materials, and the younger ones really benefit from the vocabulary (Latin and Greek) builders.
Candy Kanuchok – home educator
I am homeschooling a ninth grader, and we have been going through your punctuation books and Format Writing this year. I’ve even learned some things I didn’t know myself. My husband teaches business courses at a college, and he said that our son’s essays are better written than those he receives from his college students. Our son’s science tutor was impressed with his research paper. I made him apply what he had learned in Format Writing to that paper.
Kay Rinck – home educator
I love your books! They make the job of homeschooling our two teenagers to competent levels of performance almost painless – for them and me! People keep asking me how my children understand punctuation so well, and I have another opportunity to share your products.
Paula Wilcox – home educator
Yesterday we got my oldest son’s scores on his final college entrance test, the TASP which is required by Texas. Greg had told us that he knew he failed the writing because he did not write as many words as required. He said he covered the subject (lowering the minimum wage) and didn’t have anything more to say. However, he passed the writing section with a score of 6 out a possible 8. The same thing was true on the GED, which the local college required that he take. He again wrote fewer words than required (about half), but passed with room to spare. It was very encouraging for him. How much shall we attribute it to excellent grammar, vocabulary, and writing textbooks? In my opinion the textbook is just about everything.
Becky Seevers – home educator
We have used all your curriculum from Journey Through Grammar Land up through Jensen’s Punctuation. We have been very pleased with your material. Last year our 13-year old son, Matthew, made 29 on the English portion of the ACT. We can’t help but believe a big part of his success was due to your curriculum. Thank you and God bless! (I wrote back and asked for some explanation. The following came in. ed.) Matthew’s English score of 29 put him at the 94th percentile of all college-bound students who took the A.C.T. Keep in mind that this compared him with all college-bound students, not with other 8th graders who took the test. Most of his competition here came from high school juniors and seniors. So, for a 13-year-old to do that well compared with all students taking the test.? We feel that your curriculum had much to do with his success.
Bill and Cathy Clanahan – home educating parents
My 8th & 9th grade daughters have just begun using your Jensen’s Grammar and love it. My 9th grader is also using your Format Writing and has finally come out of her shell about writing. I laughed when I read your comments about talking being easier than writing. The 9th grader is quite a talker–hasn’t stopped since she was 9 months old! To get her to put her thoughts to paper has been a struggle for the 9 years we’ve been homeschooling. Your materials have been like a breath of fresh air after being stuck in a musty cellar!
Patt Courtemanche – home educator
Thank you so much. We have enjoyed all your books in the past and found them most helpful. In fact, when our son went off to college after having studied with Jensen’s Grammar, he became the unofficial dorm instructor to all students struggling with freshman English.
Joy Mielke – home educator
We started using the Jensen’s Grammar book last year with my 8th and 10th grade boys and think they are wonderful. For the first time my 8th grader is actually understanding what he is doing! I also bought the Format Writing book and started that with my 10th grader last year and noticed that his writing style has improved tremendously.
Kathy Cunningham – home educator
Thought you might like to know; I’ve used, Grammar Land, books 1-4, Jensen’s Grammar, books 1-3, and Latin I. I have been very pleased with the teaching in all these books. I have used them to home school 5 children; the 5th child is only on book 3 of Grammar Land now, so he still has a ways to go. Some of my children have thought they were too hard, but I have appreciated the amount that each one has had to stretch himself to accomplish the work. You have truly blessed our homeschooling efforts.
Bonnie Simmering – home educating mom
First of all, thank you for writing such a great series! We worked through the grammar book last year and will be working through the punctuation book this year. We are also going to start work on Format Writing. My son will be starting his sophomore year (high school) in the fall, and he has been much happier working with your material than anything else we’ve used for grammar and punctuation types of courses.
Sharon Hanson – home educating mom
I am very interested to see the results of using your methods of teaching grammar and vocabulary. I have already taught grammar and vocabulary through High School graduation to my eldest son using a different method. Your method is intriguing. I believe your curriculum has a potential efficiency and efficacy that may far surpass what I have seen used in homeschooling curriculum so far. I also believe it may better fit our lifestyle and my daughter’s learning style to use your methodology. The prospect is exciting as an educator and Mother. Thanks for your efforts in raising the bar for instruction in this vital area of communication.
Suzanne Nolin – home educator
We have used your Jensen’s Grammar all year and have found it excellent. My two high school kids can label about any word in a sentence and tell its function AND can punctuate correctly. Thanks for providing such a great text. We’ve also enjoyed Format Writing, and are going to do it all over again for Senior Composition using our history studies as the essay topics this time around.
Beth Husman – home educator
I enjoy reading your Smithy Notes; I always learn something. I enjoy your insights, interesting trivia, word games, and book reviews. I have been home schooling my 6 kids since 1990 (two are in university now), and am finding myself increasingly asked to share my experience with new homeschoolers. As I share home schooling insights, your products are on my “highly recommended” list. I am a missionary in Africa, with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Thanks.
Colleen Walters – home educator (ed. As a translator, she knows about languages & grammar.)
Thank you for such great materials! When I first used the Jensen’s Grammar for high schoolers, I must admit I was overwhelmed. But now, having done that particular book …well, I am on the 6th child now. I love it, and that is why I am preparing the seventh student for that level using the Journey Through Grammar Land series. What a help! Thank you again and have a great day!
Misty Glines – home educator
I have always greatly enjoyed and appreciated your novel approach to the grammar as well as the ease of using the Format Writing course. Thank you again for all your wonderful resources.
Jennifer McIntyre – home educator
Thank you- love the insert of humor in your “Just For Fun” section. I am an early primary teacher home with the flu….what a lovely little burst of encouragement in opening your email! I am also glad to see your “Smithy notes” appearing on my computer again! I was wondering if you would still be circulating your tidbits of wisdom and repose with the busyness of your DVD work. I had first subscribed to your notes when I was homeschooling my two children (and taking my Master’s degree), and so appreciated the bits and pieces that added to your materials. We have also enjoyed your pithy humor over the years along with your succinct keys to language refinement! Thank you too for the Biblical foundation that embraces your work. Cheers from British Columbia, Canada! God continue to bless your endeavors!
Shelley Sharkey – teacher
My next door neighbor is a retired, third generation English teacher. She is very impressed with your books, which has given our home school some credibility. Thanks.
Judy Dueitt – home educator
We’ve used Grammar Land and Jensen’s Grammar and loved them! You have a wonderful gift! Thank you for serving us. In Him,
Fran Bird – home educator
At age 14 my son did your Grammar and Punctuation books and the Format Writing. He then took our community college’s placement test and tested well into their college level Eng/composition class. He has now completed that with an “A”. Thank you for the great preparation. He says your books taught him everything he needed. : )
Janice Turner – home educator
I am Joy Frost and am teaching an English class using your vocabulary book. I would greatly appreciate having tests for them. We are a small group of home schoolers who have formed a co-op. I am finding this book to be an excellent text for my students. We are also using the punctuation book and will be starting the format writing book soon. I am a stay-at-home mom and having tests already prepared would be a great help. Thank you so much for your time. And thank you too for such fantastic resources!
Joy Frost – co-op teacher
I started Journey Through Grammar Land with my youngest son. The way it is written is especially nice for Samuel as he would much rather be outside with his B.B. gun than studying grammar. He is learning quickly and easily with this unique way of study. Thank you so much. My 15 year old daughter, Elizabeth, is having a great time with the book From Heart to Page. She enjoys writing somewhat, but it was hard for her to know what to write about. She really likes the ideas in this book. Thank you again for making available such fine products for us home school moms who need a lot of help. We are most thankful. My daughter said that the way the punctuation rules are taught make them very easy to remember, even a few years later. God bless you.
Marilyn Bitz – home educator
I’ve written you before, but it’s been years. I have 7 children. My oldest is 30; my youngest is 12. I greatly appreciate Jensen’s Grammar and Jensen’s Vocabulary! I have homeschooled all of my children. The more my children enjoyed your books, the better they did it college! I love your humor and your thoroughness. God bless you.
Sherry Pyles – home educator
In my opinion those two books, Jensen’s Grammar and Jensen’s Punctuation, are probably the best concise products for teaching grammar and punctuation in the home school market. The remaining children in our house will be using them.
Harriet Yoder – home educator
I am compelled to thank you for both Jensen’s Grammar as well as the punctuation book. They are easy to use, clear, concise, and filled with wonderful, encouraging stories. Thank you! I detested grammar as a child and felt completely ill-equipped to teach it to my children. Your books are a tangible answer to prayer. May God strength you for every good work.
Alisha Cashman – home educator
The books and materials you offer make homeschooling through high school possible. My oldest daughter is a sophomore in college and with the help of your materials has been very successful when it comes to writing papers.
Angie Strobel – home educator
My students love your Grammar and your Vocabulary. They especially like that they get a chance to take a second test when they don’t do so well on the first.
Kathee Yeager – teacher
Just wanted to let you know that since I have completed first semester homeschooling my 9th grader, I canned my boring, redundant, and yearly repetitive language arts program. It was a wise decision on my part, and I ordered and am using your grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and Format Writing. I am in no hurry to get through this; I will work at my daughter’s pace and when she is finished with each book, that will be it. I am really tired of all the unnecessary repeat of grammar, punctuation, and writing programs that really don’t produce good compositions. What a sensible and intelligent relief your products are. Just wanted to let you know how great I think your language arts products are; wished I had tried them earlier, and I am telling others about it as well. Thank you and God bless.
Brenda D. – home educator
My daughters and I have successfully completed Vocabulary: Latin I and most of the punctuation workbook over the last six months, and I have been very happy with the results. Both my girls are currently in public school, and I was using your materials to supplement. I just want to say a big thank you for all your dedication to writing these books with the purpose in mind of helping others. We have benefited greatly. I have seen my 10th grader pull up her English grade from a “D” in the beginning of the year to almost an “A” at the end. Her teacher has recommended her for AP English next year, and we are very pleased.
Julie Brown – part-time home educator
We used all your h.s. curriculum with our daughter (1st of 5), who is in her freshman year of college. The vocabulary was especially helpful to her as she prepared for the SAT. She said I had better use it for the rest. Our other daughter (8th grade), used Format Writing last year. It is the best curriculum for teaching how to write for college level (thesis, 5 paragraph essays, etc.). She used the older video tape, but later I found the newer DVD I will use with the others. So glad you are making a DVD for the grammar. I am watching for that to be finished, so I can pick it up. I am so thankful for good, quality Christian home school curriculum that makes it easier for our family to teach our children. Thank you so much for taking the time to produce the extra media to make it even easier for us.
Toni Ferrara – home educator
I am a fifteen-year old homeschooler who really likes and enjoys your workbooks. Before Jensen’s Grammar I could not distinguish a verb from a noun or an adjective. Now I can confidently take apart a sentence and make it say what I want. I am also enjoying Format Writing. Its systematic approach makes writing less scary and helps my mom, grade my work. Thanks for these simple guides to English.
Miss Janiece T. – homeschooled student
We have talked on the phone before, but it was many years ago now. My children are now entering high school, and I have found nothing to compare with your grammar, punctuation, and format writing series. We look forward to incorporating the vocabulary and spelling books into our already crowded curriculum.
I also wanted to relay a little story to you. A friend of mine was looking for an excellent grammar book that she could use and asked if I knew of any. Of course I directed her to your grammar book, which she liked and immediately used. Well, her son hated that grammar book. He complained, dragged his feet doing the lessons, and essentially begged his mother to find something else; he had been in a Christian high school but had been asked to leave for disciplinary reasons. My friend persisted, and her son did finish all of the exercises. He was welcomed back in to the public school forum for his senior year (home schooled for two years). When he saw how well he understood the grammar/punctuation necessary to produce well-written papers, he changed his mind about your book. In fact, his teachers were amazed at how much he had learned; he went back to the same school. He graduated last year, and I had the opportunity to finally meet him. He thanked me for suggesting the book, as hard as it was, and is thankful for his mother’s perseverance. I told him he should also thank the Lord for you and your wonderful grammar book. He is now a fine upstanding young Christian who can write! Indeed may the Lord continue to bless you, Mr. Jensen! We, too, are thankful that the Lord led us to you and your outstanding curriculum.
Polly Knowland – teacher
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