There are a couple books the OG tutoring place in town uses. I was trying to pull the titles for you. I got them but my ds, because his issues are compounded by the ASD, wasn't quite ready.
Just Write Book 1: Creativity and Craft in Writing: Elsie S. Wilmerding, Alexandra S. Bidelow: 9780838826256: Amazon.com: Books This book is part of a series.
They also use the Writing Skills series from Diana Hanbury King. If you want the guru, the let's dig in, the this is it, the DHK Writing Skills series is what you're looking for. I didn't say it was joyful, fun, etc. Notice they're using other stuff for that. WS is trying to get right to the EF issues, the structural issues, the organization issues.
So, in a sense, you're saying you want writing for dyslexics but you're not specifying what you need. Some dyslexics have low vocabulary and benefit from overall language enrichment. Some of significant EF issues but respond well to something like IEW. IEW is not really an intervention level product. It's more detailed and has more steps than just some random program or writing from a prompt, but it's not going to be intervention material.
Then you've got kids who are diagnosed with SLD writing or have severe issues with organization, structure, sequencing, expressive language, whatever. Some are going to have a huge gap between what they get out when they write vs. type vs. use dictation.
So definitely think through what it is you're trying to solve and see if the materials are even meant for that. Personally, I would buy NOTHING and just write with her a while. If You're Trying to Teach Kids How to Write . . . Revised Edition: You've Gotta Have This Book! (Kids' Stuff) Your library may have this. Listography: The Game: May the Best List Win! She's 9, so she might like something like this. You can also get book versions for various themes of Listography or just do it yourself every day with her as a morning exercise.
Also consider going back to something really simple like Aesop's Fables retellings. The Arnold Lobel collection would be inexpensive and you might be able to find it or something similar at the library. See if she even comprehends it when you read it together. Does she understand what the moral was? Could she give it a new interesting title? Who were the characters? What are 3 things that happened? When she can give 3, give 4. Slowly build up narrations. Narrations are the foundation of EVERYTHING.
It's nice to say do structured writing, but it still always goes back to expressive language. You wanted a lower pricepoint, and expressive language (narration, being able to get something out) is something you can do for FREE.
So I'm suggesting you do a variety of these free things every day, throughout the week with her, and just see what happens, see where she is. The ps writing progression is total bunk. See where she really is with real writing (the ability to get her thoughts out about something she gives a rip about) and move forward from there. Structured writing is for later. If you want to bang your head a lot, go work on structured writing before you build a narrative language foundation.
Does she have any writing SHE likes to do? When my dd hated her school writing, she was, at the same time, writing out scads of recipe cards. It was writing SHE cared about and wanted to do. Can she type? What does she like to talk about? If you read a book together, can she discuss it? Your library may have this series How to Report on Books, Grades 3-4 You could jump in wherever it seems to fit her best. With my ds, I keep it on the young end, but just roll with what fits her. It's delightful because it gives you suggested books to use and gives you want to discuss the books as it builds concepts (themes, what they learn, character development, description, etc.).
Oral composition is the foundation of EVERYTHING you're going to be doing with her. Sure you're probably going to want some help with structure at some point. You might like to begin looking into Kidspiration software. But for right now, you might be able to milk the library with these resources, see where she's actually, do brief, oral compositions, scribing, popcorn writing, parallel writing, etc. Like with my ds, when we do lists, we BOTH do them! Have fun with it. Actually write with her and have fun. Teach her to type or use dictation software so she can get her thoughts out. If she has something she's really into or engages with (like writing letters to pop stars or texting cute boys or...) then roll with it and use it!
This foundational stuff is way more important right now than buying a curriculum.
Edited by PeterPan, 21 January 2018 - 09:37 AM.