Get your parents involved and excited about language arts!

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I understand that getting parents involved in your classroom can be challenging for many teachers.  And, when a school or teacher implements a new curriculum, especially as unique as Shurley English, many parents begin to make themselves heard. 

You’ve probably heard such comments as:

“Why is my child chanting?”

“I don’t know how to help my child with this stuff!”

“My parents told me to draw slanted lines under the words, and now I’m confused!”

If a parent learned how to diagram sentences at all during their academic career, they might have been exposed to “parsing”-that’s the way diagraming sentences was taught in the old one-room schoolhouse, as well as, in my junior high school.  The Shurley English Question and Answer Flow is a simple and more modern version of that, and has proven to challenge adults that never learned our methodology.  So, right off the bat, if the people helping your students with Language Arts homework struggled with grammar and writing concepts, they may not understand our unique methodology let alone recognize how it connects to the writing process.

Here are a few ideas that have been used over the years to help parents and helpers familiarize themselves with what you’re teaching in your classroom.

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*Parent Help Booklet-find this on  (Direct them to our YouTube tab to view live classroom demos.)


*INVITE them into your classroom!  Allow parents to observe you teaching a Shurley English lesson.


 *Making the Connection Bulletin Board- Show the transfer of grammar into writing outside of your classroom.  Together, tie Sentence Blueprints, the Writing Process, Final Drafts, and Across the Curriculum or Enrichment Activities on a creative bulletin board.


*LITERACY NIGHT-This has been done successfully by many schools around the nation.  Showcase some Shurley Jingles, Question and Answer Flow patterns, and Published Writing pieces from a variety of grade levels.  Give your students the opportunity to shine in front of their families!

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Kimberly Crady

Kimberly Crady is an adventurous woman with an immense love for life, learning, and teaching. After teaching in upper elementary classrooms for nearly 10 years, she joined the Shurley Team in 2005.  Kimberly has had the unique experience of teaching Shurley English lessons in all levels, Kindergarten-8th grade and training teachers across the United States.  Kimberly is a National Consultant and SEDA Teacher for Shurley Instructional Materials.


Kimberly’s passion for helping people and living a healthy lifestyle has led her to continue her education in the area of Health and Wellness.  She enjoys numerous outdoor activities from hiking and snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains to paddle boarding in the ocean; although, these days you can find her practicing hot yoga in a Bikram Yoga studio. She also enjoys traveling abroad, live music, reading, and spending time with her favorite mutt, Lu.  Kimberly’s experience as a Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Teen Life Coach helps support her firm belief in teaching the whole person, especially in the classroom.