Overhead view of student's hands rearranging different-colored Linking Blocks corresponding to the sentence: Ten boys sat in the very big van.


What others are saying about Hands-On English with Linking BlocksTM

I have never had a clear understanding of English grammar until now! My son recently had the opportunity to learn grammar using “Linking Blocks” and I was able to learn along with him. The “Linking Blocks” program has brought me past rote memorization to grasping the how and why behind grammar by taking abstract language concepts and turning them into 3-dimensional forms. By using manipulatives and color associations, I could actually see the role of each part of speech and its relationship with the other parts. I can finally say, “I get it!” I am so thankful for the “Linking Blocks” program and for the opportunity that my son has also had to learn from it. Now he does not have to wait till he is an adult to be able to say, “I get it!”

Renee Detig
Oregon, IL

For our family, the ‘Hands on English with Linking Blocks’ program has been such a blessing! I wish that I could have learned English grammar and sentence diagramming with this program when I was in school!  The linking blocks bring the sentences to life and make learning sentence structure visual, instead of just an exercise in memorization. Using this program with our children has given me the chance to see them excited about a subject that I viewed as mundane. They truly understand how and why sentences are built the way they are.

The other benefit is that I’m learning (or re-learning!) right alongside our children. They see my excitement about learning and what a great example it is for them to witness! It demonstrates that we’re never too old to grow in knowledge and wisdom!”

Bonnie Pescinski

The Hands-on English with Linking Blocks multi-sensory and incrementally progressive approach using both color and dimension was instantly successful. By the second class my son said, “Mom, I get this. I really get this!” By the second paragraph assignment he said, “This could almost be fun!”  The Hands-on English with Linking Blocks program is designed to fit all learning styles, but for my son, with his even more unique learning style, it is a must, a true Godsend.

Pam Johnson
Rockford, IL

My children had the opportunity to take Linking Blocks both in person and then online when the class was moved to a virtual format due to COVID-19. I was impressed with how Mr. Menken maintained the integrity of his in-person teaching by keeping the online classes engaging and informative. Not only was the online instruction well-received by my children, but it gave them the tools to continue their bookwork and writing assignments just as they did when they were in the classroom.
Katrissa Howard

Over many years, my four children have had the privilege of taking the Hands-On Linking Blocks course with Mr. Menken. My children came into the class with vastly different strengths and weaknesses; however, they all profited from this course. Each one came out with a greater understanding of the English language and improved writers. Due to the pandemic, my youngest daughter’s class was moved to the online communication platform, Zoom. Her transition from the classroom to video conferencing was a smooth process. She was able to take instruction from Mr. Menken as well as participate in discussion with her peers just as she if she was in a classroom. Utilizing Zoom was a positive experience for her. I have seen firsthand the benefits of this course and would highly recommend it.