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Schoolhouse Review: King Alfred's English

Ever since I started homeschooling my children I have become fascinated with our English language, so once again, I was excited to review King Alfred's English: A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do.

I received for this review a 150 pages, autographed, softcover book. The recommended grades for this book is 7-12 and adults as well!
The cost for the softcover book is $16.95 and if you prefer to read from your Kindle you can as well for $5.95.

From the moment I started reading this book I was hooked. I will be so bold as to say it's now one of my favorite books and it's been a long time since I've read a book of such interest to me. I had in mind to use this with Joshua but I quickly took over and devoured the book myself.

Did you know there was once a respectable use for the word 'ain't' (page 136)? Did you know that languages simplify? They go from complicated and complex to simple and our English language will continue to simplify (pg. 19). Did you know the X that replaces Christ in the word Christmas doesn't mean one in x-ing out Christ? (pg. 7). Want to know the mystery of English Spelling, then read page 77.

I learned that the 100 most commonly spoken words come from Anglo-Saxon and the first ruler in history to make reading and writing a qualifications for a nobleman was King Alfred (page 49).

You have to read page 141 to see how one word came about by a successful plumber named Mr. Crapper or maybe it came from the word dirt. Read page 142 to read how our words morph and mutate. For instance the word villain once meant someone who owned a villa, then it slowly changed to its sinister meaning of today.

As you can see there is much to learn in this 150 page book and I only scratched the surface. One can't forget that while reading King Alfred's English, you are also learning History, Linguistics, English Literature and The English Bible. You'll be amazed at how much Laurie can fit into this one book and it's not one bit overwhelming. She has a way of capturing the reader in her conversational way of writing as if she is chatting with you over a cup of coffee or tea.

Did you know that there is enough supplemental material at Laurie's website to flesh out a full semester of history? On King Alfred's Student Page Laurie has complied articles, videos, images, and primary resources. You can also find worksheets and test, all these extras are free for you to use with your student.

How did we use King Alfred's English in our home? I ended up being the only one reading it. I had planned for Joshua to read it as well but I took the book over. I would like Joshua to read this book next summer and use many of Laurie's resources. Hopefully Joshua can earn either a 1/4 or 1/2 credit, depending on how much he gets done.

How did I like King Alfred's English? I guess from my raving review you can tell that I absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I would highly recommend that you all order this book and see for yourself how interesting it is. I don't think you'll be disappointed. In fact if you would like to own a copy, the first four readers who leave a comment will get a discount code to purchase the book for 1/2 price. If you are one of the first four please leave your email address, so I can contact you with the information.

To read more reviews about King Alfred's English please visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew website.
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**Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.

4 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing. I found it fascinating, as well.

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  2. This is an awesome review! I'm getting this book, whether I win it or whether I have to buy it!

    I loved your enthusiasm about this book!!!

    Dee

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  3. OK, that book sounds like something I'd devour, too! weepip @ gmail.com (spaces removed)

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  4. I loved this book - read it in a day. I recommend it to ALL of your readers for sure! Great review!

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