No One Fails if they Have the Tools

That was Marie Rackham's firmly held belief.

She spent her life helping others gain the tools they needed to succeed, whatever that happened to mean to them.

She even had a sign made to hang in her classroom:

"No one fails if they have the tools." Marie Rackham

This spirit animates her cozy video courses, lovingly filmed by producer/director David Mielke and an intrepid crew of film professionals, family, and friends.

As you read about her courses below, we also encourage you to take a peek at David's tribute to his dear mentor and friend, the testimonials of students, families, and teachers, the reviews published in highly regarded national and international educational journals, and the awards that Cozy Grammar has earned over the years. Each of these will help give you a fuller picture of what Cozy Grammar is, and who Marie has become to grateful students around the world.

Your first question, however, may be this: Why Cozy Grammar?

You might then begin by reading Marie's own answer in this excerpt from her preface to the Basic Cozy Grammar Course:

Or you may wish to follow your nose, or go directly to the course descriptions below. As Marie would say, "It's up to you!"

Wherever you decide to start, we're glad you're here.

Course Descriptions

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The Basic Cozy Grammar Course

Marie describes the Basic Cozy Grammar Course

In the cornerstone course of the Cozy Grammar series, Marie guides you step by step through the foundations of grammar, on the beach, around her garden, and in her cozy cottage on the edge of Discovery Passage.

The introduction and each of the 27 lessons of the Basic Cozy Grammar Course consist of a streaming video in which Marie introduces the day's topic in memorable and gently playful ways, an online workbook with Marie's study notes and additional examples, and a set of exercises and answer keys designed to help students master the fundamentals not simply of grammar, but of how to think their way into the workings of a sentence.

The course also includes 4 Review Tests at key intervals, designed to further the student's comprehension, as well as a Sentence Review and a Glossary. The material is suitable for ages 9 and up.

You can take a look at a complete outline of the course below, with all of the topics it covers.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: THE BASIC COZY GRAMMAR COURSE

INTRODUCTION

Marie's Preface: How to Use This Course

Welcome & Introduction

SENTENCES

Lesson 1: Kinds of Sentences

Lesson 2: Subject and Predicate

Lesson 3: Main Subject and Main Predicate

Lesson 4: Order in Sentences

Review Test 1

NOUNS, PRONOUNS, AND VERBS

Lesson 5: Nouns

Lesson 6: Pronouns

Lesson 7: Verbs

Lesson 8: Verb Phrases

Lesson 9: Agreement of Verbs

Lesson 10: Tense of Verbs

Lesson 11: Transitive, Intransitive, and Copula Verbs

Review Test 2

ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS

Lesson 12: Adjectives

Lesson 13: Comparison of Adjectives, Part One

Lesson 14: Comparison of Adjectives, Part Two

Lesson 15: Adverbs

Lesson 16: Kinds of Adverbs

Lesson 17: Comparison of Adverbs

Review Test 3

PHRASES

Lesson 18: Phrases and Prepositions

Lesson 19: Adjective Phrases

Lesson 20: Adverb Phrases

Lesson 21: Misplaced Phrases

Lesson 22: Co-ordinate Conjunctions

Lesson 23: Principal Clauses and Compound Sentences

Lesson 24: Subordinate Clauses and Complex Sentences

Lesson 25: Interjections Sentence Review

Review Test 4

CONJUGATION

Lesson 26: Conjugation of Verbs

CONCLUSION

Lesson 27: Common Errors

Conclusion

Glossary

If any of these terms sound unfamiliar, or like gibberish, have no fear! Marie's Basic Cozy Grammar Course assumes no previous grammatical knowledge and is suitable for both younger and older students, as well as families and adults. Your subscription to this course allows you unlimited access for the period of a year, with the option to renew at a 50% discount. All the course videos have been optimized for viewing on every kind of device, from desktop and laptop computers to the latest tablets, phablets, and smartphones. In addition, as Marie had originally envisioned, the study notes and exercises now form a kind of living textbook, with more ways to interact with the material than ever. We would be pleased to have you join us. Please read our list of frequently asked questions if you're curious to learn more about this course and its design.

PLEASE NOTE

This course is also available in combination with The Basic Cozy Punctuation Course at a discounted price. Please click here for more information.

The Basic Cozy Grammar Course: $19.95 USD

One year of access for an individual or a family.

Please contact us for group or organizational purchases.

The Basic Cozy Punctuation Course

In the Basic Cozy Punctuation Course, Marie takes you on the road in her trusty Camino to visit natural and historic landmarks in and around her town of Campbell River.

Along the way, and at each stop, she explains the different ways that punctuation marks serve as language traffic signs.

The introduction, each of the 14 lessons, and the added bonus lesson consist of a video in which Marie introduces the day's topic in distinctive and joyful ways, an online workbook with Marie's study notes and additional examples, and a set of exercises designed to help students punctuate with confidence and verve.

In addition, Marie introduces short punctuation poems in each lesson, which serve to make the topics even more memorable. This course is suitable for ages 9 and up.

You can take a look at a complete outline of the course below, with all of the topics it covers.

Marie Rackham The Basic Cozy Punctuation Course
TABLE OF CONTENTS: THE BASIC COZY PUNCTUATION COURSE

 

INTRODUCTION

Marie's Preface: How to Use This Course
Welcome & Introduction

PUNCTUATION AT THE END OF A SENTENCE

Lesson 1: Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Mark

PUNCTUATION WITHIN A SENTENCE

Lesson 2: Period
Lesson 3: Comma
Lesson 4: Exclamation Mark
Lesson 5: Quotation Marks
Lesson 6: Apostrophe
Lesson 7: Colon
Lesson 8: Semicolon
Lesson 9: Hyphen
Lesson 10: Dash
Lesson 11: Parentheses
Lesson 12: Bracket
Lesson 13: Slash

BONUS LESSON

Lesson 14: Interrobang

CONCLUSION

Lesson 15: Common Confusions

If you've ever been confused by a comma or stumped by a semicolon, Marie's Basic Cozy Punctuation Course is the perfect antidote. Her guidance will illuminate the art of clarity in written language.

Your subscription to this course allows you unlimited access for the period of a year, with the option to renew at a 50% discount.

All the course videos have been optimized for viewing on every kind of device, from desktop and laptop computers to the latest tablets, phablets, and smartphones.

In addition, as Marie had originally envisioned, the study notes and exercises now form a kind of living textbook, with more ways to interact with the material than ever.

We would be pleased to have you join us.

Please read our list of frequently asked questions if you're curious to learn more about this course and its design.

PLEASE NOTE

This course is also available in combination with The Basic Cozy Grammar Course at a discounted price. Please click here for more information.

The Basic Cozy Punctuation Course: $19.95 USD

One year of access for an individual or a family.

Please contact us for group or organizational purchases.

The Basic Cozy Grammar and Punctuation Combo

Marie loves all the paintings!

Over the years, we've found that students and families often combine the Basic Cozy Grammar Course with the Basic Cozy Punctuation Course.

The courses naturally lend themselves to this pairing.

Marie, in fact, designed them to complement one another, and more students and families than we can count have used them in tandem.

We've therefore decided to offer the two courses together at a discounted price.

You can return to the Basic Cozy Grammar Course description by clicking here.

You can return to the Basic Cozy Punctuation Course description by clicking here.

As with our individual courses, your subscription to this combo allows you unlimited access for the period of a year, with the option to renew at a 50% discount.

We would be pleased to have you join us for both of these special courses.

Please read our list of frequently asked questions if you're curious to learn more about these courses and their design.

The Basic Cozy Grammar Course

AND

The Basic Cozy Punctuation Course
PLEASE NOTE

These courses are also available individually. Please return to the course descriptions for more information.

Basic Cozy Grammar & Punctuation Combo: $29.95

One year of access for an individual or a family.

The Free Cozy Spelling Course

the word "succeeded" with Marie smiling before the water on the beach

The Free Cozy Spelling Course is a 36-week, text and audio based curriculum that teaches the spelling of 600 words at the 7th grade level. It contains different Monday to Friday activities, including pretests, exercises, dictation sentences, spelling rules, final tests, and answer keys.

At the end of the course, students will have the option to print out a course completion certificate. Even more important, they will have greater confidence in their spelling skills because they will have a greater understanding of the principles of spelling.

The Free Cozy Spelling course is based on the spelling courses Marie taught during her distinguished teaching career in Campbell River, BC, and includes special audio tracks recorded by Cozy Grammar's producer and director, David Mielke.

"This is our gift to you," he says. "Just as Marie gave me a way to develop confidence in my spelling skills, I hope her time-tested Cozy Spelling Course will do the same for you."

NOTE
You can read more about The Free Cozy Spelling course in the April 2018 issue of the Cozy Grammar Newsletter.

The Cozy Spelling Course: FREE

Unlimited access for an individual or a family.

Marie's Other Courses

The Basic Cozy Grammar Course, The Basic Cozy Punctuation Course, and The Free Cozy Spelling Course are just three of Marie's courses.

In the year ahead, we look forward to offering The Basic Cozy Essay Course, in which she describes failing second year university English three times because no one had taught her the proper format for an essay.

In this course she teaches the format that not only brought her grade up to an A, but led her to major in English.

We also look forward to offering her two-part Intermediate Cozy Grammar Course and the remaining grade levels in Cozy Grammar's Spelling Series.

No one fails if they have the tools.

Here's a peek at what's coming:

 

The Basic Cozy Essay Course

The Basic Cozy Spelling Series, Grades 2-8

The Intermediate Cozy Grammar Course, Level I

The Intermediate Cozy Grammar Course, Level II

We also look forward to opening our online music shop.

Many people have been struck by Marie's interpretation of classical piano music, and by her original compositions, all of which form the soundtrack to the Cozy Grammar Courses.

Starting in 2018, we will begin releasing recordings of the soundtrack she performed in the studio for The Basic Cozy Grammar Course and The Basic Cozy Punctuation Course.

Watch for the news about our first new release:

Marie makes a rainbow of colors dance from the keys of her piano.