Our Cornerstone Course
Have you been looking for a grammar curriculum that your students might want and even love to use? Have you tried workbooks or other more conventional approaches only to throw up your hands when your kids or students want to throw them away?
Grammar often gets a bad name because so many ways of teaching it are confusing, boring, and removed from life. Even with a good textbook or a whiteboard video, students soon forget the material because they haven’t seen how it connects to their day-to-day experience or the actual practice of writing.
This isn't, however, the only way.
As Marie and Thomas show in the Basic Cozy Grammar Course, the secret to mastering grammar is to connect it to home, the natural world, and the art of writing. Then grammar becomes a doorway not only to speaking and writing well, but to understanding language and the world more deeply, aware of the true power of words.
The gift of a love and zeal for learning
My 10 year old daughter, Alexa, found language a chore and boring. As a homeschool Mom, I searched high and low for a program that would stimulate her interest. I tried other curriculums. Other Moms recommended The Basic Cozy Grammar Course. When it arrived in no time at our home, we tried it. My daughter was excited! Excited! Now she asks to do her lessons! I find myself having to help her pace herself. The woman teaching the lessons, Miss Marie, is priceless. Alexa identifies with her and can’t wait to spend time with her through the next lesson. When Daddy comes home, Alexa wants to tell him what Miss Marie did and said that day. Other programs may teach, but not inspire to remember things learned. Miss Marie instills the lessons of grammar in a way Alexa will never forget! It’s for all learning styles. You have helped me give my daughter the gift of a love and zeal for learning we couldn’t find before. Please create more subjects for us, but only let Miss Marie do the teaching! She’s a treasure.
During her many years of teaching, Marie Rackham became a beloved mentor and guide to thousands of students at every level. The Basic Cozy Grammar Course distills her decades of experience in a playful, gentle, and step-by-step exploration of the foundations of grammar on the beach, around her garden, and in her cozy cottage on the edge of Discovery Passage.
Her beautiful and cinematic videos engage visual and auditory learners, and her study notes offer engaging real-world activities that tactile learners particularly appreciate.
She understands that without grammar—the technique of language—students become hobbled in their ability to write and speak well. At the same time, however, she also understands that without joyful, life-affirming, and cozy ways of learning, students don’t end up wanting to learn. That’s why she decided to create Cozy Grammar: to give students the tools for success in ways that engage both their minds and hearts.
Lessons come alive for my children
We have watched 4 of the lessons and I can already tell you that this is going to be one of the best purchases for our homeschool! My 7 year-old, who has a difficult time with grammar, was so excited when he could grasp what a subject and a predicate are. We do have a “book” grammar course, but I know that this video course is going to really make those lessons come alive for my children. When my son can actually SEE something described and can HEAR it being taught, then it makes it all the more real for him.
Dyslexic child really responded well to the video presentation
I have three children with different learning styles and they all love The Basic Cozy Grammar Course. Although I have spent some time on grammar with my children, they picked up more just watching the video than they did from any books that I have used. I have one child that is dyslexic and she really responded well to the video presentation. This course has great content without the hype. We really appreciate it.
Would just like to tell you that you’re important
I used to watch your DVDs as a kid. I’m 18 now, would just like to tell you that you’re important 🙂
Here's just a little taste of how Marie approaches teaching grammar.
In this excerpt from Lesson 1, she illustrates the four kinds of sentences: assertive, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory:
You can also read an excerpt from Marie's preface to the Basic Cozy Grammar Course, where she describes in her own words why she created it:
I am SO thrilled to have found Cozy Grammar!
I am SO thrilled to have found Cozy Grammar! I’m a former high school English/Reading teacher turned home schooling mom. 🙂 My oldest two (twins) will be 11 next month, and I also have 9, 7, and 3 year olds. I’ve done a basic intro to grammar with my 10 year olds, but have lacked consistency. I LOVE Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education, so this is what we use in our home school. Last night I was perusing a new-to-me site called charlottemasonhelp.com. Cozy Grammar was linked in the section about grammar – and I was hooked!
I’m not exaggerating when I say I was in tears watching the intro video and the ABOUT section about Marie. She sounds like a lovely woman – someone I would have loved to have known. I can’t wait to start the course with my children!
Thomas and Cozy Grammar for a New Generation
Throughout the course, in an entire set of additional new videos, Marie’s Cozy Language Consultant, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, interweaves creative writing activities and unexpected ways of connecting grammar and life.
He brings more than two decades of experience teaching internationally to the course and has received acclaim and awards for his inspirational way of approaching language. His published books include original poetry, translations from the Tamil language, and explorations of our relationship to the natural world.
He also hosts our Ask Cozy Grammar Live Q & A series and is always happy to offer his suggestions and advice to our students.
Here's a writer's secret about adjectives that Thomas shares in Lesson 12 of the Basic Cozy Grammar Course:
Love how it is presented
Just wanted to let you and Marie know how pleased I am with this program. My son who is 15 has never enjoyed language arts. He wants to do more than one lesson a day!! That has never happened before. Now he is breaking sentences apart and identifying them in our everyday conversations.
It’s so fun to hear. He loves how it is presented. He even told me that it will help him write better sentences.
Just wanted to let you know.
A refreshing change
This course is a refreshing change from regular texts and workbooks. The video captured my children’s attention and helped them to develop a better understanding of grammar. The written portion of the lessons is easy to work through once a lesson has been watched and learned.
The Course In a Nutshell
Each of the 27 lessons of the Basic Cozy Grammar Course consists of a streaming video in which Marie introduces that lesson’'s topic in memorable and gently playful ways, and an additional video from Thomas that ties the topic directly to the practice of writing. These videos are supplemented by an online workbook with comprehensive study notes, additional examples, and interactive exercises designed to help students master the fundamentals not simply of grammar, but of how to think grammatically.
At the end of the course, students will have a solid foundation in the basics of English grammar and a practical awareness of how to apply these concepts to their own writing.
Who This Course is For
Families and Individual Learners
The Basic Cozy Grammar Course assumes no previous grammatical knowledge and is suitable for ages 9 and up. We've also had students even younger than that enjoy it, and have also had high-school age students, adult learners, and families who have benefited from the course. It also works particularly well for students with dyslexia, who appreciate the visual elements and the gentle and clear approach that both Marie and Thomas exemplify.
For a wide range of ages
What I enjoyed about the video is that it put the learning of grammar into real life situations, for example learning pronouns around the dinner table. I like the larger font used in the workbook and there are a limited number of practice questions. If the child needs more drill, additional questions can be made up. It is not grade specific so you can use if for a wide range of ages usually found in the homeschool family.
Charter School Students
We actively partner with Charter Schools to offer our courses to their students. The following schools currently make our programs available to their learners:
If you don’t see your charter school listed, you can ask them to add us as a vendor and we’ll set up a partnership right away!
Schools, Homeschool Groups, and other Organizations
We also offer classroom and group licenses at reasonable rates. Please contact us for more information.
Popular and clear
I showed the course to students at the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade levels. I thought that the grade 9 students might object to the learning style, but when I told them that I was going to use a different program, they didn’t want me to change. The students commented that she (Marie) speaks clearly and that they could understand what was being taught.
I plan to use both the grammar and punctuation courses at the grade 6 level in this coming year.
Ecstatic to have discovered Cozy Grammar
I am absolutely dazzled by the content of this course. As a new Language Arts teacher, I am ecstatic to have discovered Cozy Grammar.
Students so often groan at grammar time. However, now they will be pleading to watch one more lesson in anticipation of what island wonders will be next. The short grammar lessons given by Marie are clear, concise and easy to follow. The music, scenery and cottage grace the lessons with warmth and island beauty. Each clip illustrates beautifully the essence of the lesson. The anticipation of what will come next and how the story will be told keeps me riveted.
Each lesson is an island bouquet. Beautiful paper flowers amongst island greens make common prepositions real. A painting of a rock pool and the brilliant transition to the live pool itself breath life into adjective phrases. The eagle on top of the rock—WOW! The misplaced phrase scene is outrageous and Marie’s laughter contagious. Marie perched high on an eagle rock metaphorically representing coordinate conjunctions is delightfully cheeky and her dialogue with the crab pool a treat for any child or adult. ‘The pool is calm yet alive,’ she says, these words echoing the lessons themselves—calm but filled with life and laughter. The evening scene with the brilliant night sounds and the crackle of fire bring to life the sounds of interjections. The garden scene with Karen, Alexander and Devon is lovely. The little voices of children, their small hands and wonderment are the perfect setting for the conjugation of verbs. The daisy chain gift from Devon to Marie incredibly touching and beautiful. The common errors Elmer scene is an absolute roar.
What You'll Get
- A personal account on Cozy Grammar’s website with 24/7 access to all the course videos, study notes, interactive exercises, and printable PDFs, with up to four additional sub accounts for family members.
- A video introduction and 27 video lessons from Marie, optimized for viewing on every kind of device, from desktop and laptop computers to the latest tablets and smartphones.
- A video introduction and 27 additional video lessons from Thomas that show how grammar connects directly to the practice of writing and the art of creativity.
- Detailed and thorough interactive study notes for each lesson with additional examples, bonus videos, and creative writing activities, continually updated and improved.
- Interactive exercises for each lesson that provide specially-tailored feedback aimed at helping students not only master the fundamentals of grammar, but also learn how to think their way into the workings of language. Families also report that the exercises help improve students’ typing skills.
- A suggested 36-week schedule that you can modify and adapt if you so desire.
- A classical music soundtrack designed to enhance learning, performed by Marie Rackham herself.
- 4 Review Tests with specially-tailored feedback.
- Sentence Review Module with specially-tailored feedback.
- Printable PDFs of all study notes, exercises, review tests, and answer keys, formatted to save paper.
- The ability to print exercise responses if needed for homeschool documentation.
- An official course completion certificate at the end of the course.
- A free group Q & A session each month to ask Thomas directly any questions you may have about the course topics.
The following video, an excerpt from the introduction to the course, lists all of the topics Marie and Thomas cover.
Two Ways of Working
The Basic Cozy Grammar Course supports two distinct ways of learning at home. For parents and teachers whose hands are already full, the course offers a fully self-contained curriculum that students can follow on their own.
For parents and teachers interested in being actively involved, the course also allows working through the course beside one's students and provides opportunities for interaction and activities together.
Similarly, students and families can choose to do all of the coursework online OR can opt instead to watch only the videos online and read the study notes and complete the exercises on downloadable PDFs.
As Marie would say, “It’s up to you!”
Additional Free Support
In this time when more students than ever are learning from home, we’ve added additional support in the form of a monthly online Q & A session that's free for all current students and families.
The call meets on Zoom and lasts for up to 1 hour. You can connect via your computer or even just your home phone.
You can learn more about the Q & A call in this video:
Our next session takes place on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 1:00PM Pacific
Sessions last approximately one hour
NOTE: After the 21st, we’re taking a break from our live Ask Cozy Grammar sessions to film the supplementary videos for the expanded version of the Intermediate Cozy Grammar Course, Levels 1 & 2. Please feel free, however, to continue sending in any questions you might have and Thomas will respond to them in an email.
Marie and Thomas have designed this course to meet the needs of students who want to be able to speak well, write well, and thrive in their studies and their life. However, the course also corresponds with the various state, national, and international educational standards for English Language Arts and Literacy.
It meets or exceeds, for instance, the Common Core Language Standards for Grades 6-10, especially as students complete all the recommended writing and language activities in Marie’s study notes.
If you have a question about how The Basic Cozy Grammar Course meets the requirements in your region or country or need specific documentation, please contact us and we’ll be happy to provide specific details.
Our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
If you're looking for an effective, creative, and heartfelt curriculum for learning the basics of English grammar, we believe you'll be delighted with the Basic Cozy Grammar Course.
However, if you're dissatisfied in any way, you are welcome to cancel your registration within 30 days of purchase and we'll issue you a complete refund.
And if you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us. We’ll get back to you right away!
Rates and Registration
In order to support students and families in these unusual times we're working to keep our rates as affordable as possible.
The Basic Cozy Grammar Course
The Basic Cozy Grammar Course (Lifetime): $80 $40 USD
Access for an individual or a family for as long as Cozy Grammar is around (20 years and counting!).
The Basic Cozy Grammar Course Group Edition
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