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  1. DS (2nd) enjoys storytelling and fiction writing. He has plenty of creativity, a decent grasp of story arc, and a willingness to physically write but doesn’t often read for pleasure, so may need a bit of support developing a broad vocabulary and variable sentence structure. He’s fairly descriptive, making frequent use of adjectives and occasional use of adverbs - but I’d like to see more variety in his word choice. We are using IEW ATFF / FMFT, which hits on this a little bit with “banned words,” but I’d like to expand on this idea. Evan Moore’s Writing Super Sentences looks too sim
  2. I am searching high and low for a writing curriculum that I think would help my son. He is 8 1/2 and in 3rd grade, but his writing looks like a kindergarteners on a good day. And he really struggles with organizing thoughts to put into writing. He may be considered dysgraphic, though I have never had him evaluated for that. I am looking for a program that will really lay out all of the steps and build incrementally. I've tried the more open-ended approach with Brave Writer and free writing and giving writing prompts. We are working through BJU level 2 and Moving Beyond the Page langua
  3. I have decided to try out Easy Grammar next school year for my 9 year old son going in to 4th grade. He is behind in his language arts. We are enrolling him in a local public charter school that allows me to choose my own curriculum (no religious content for the most part). I need to find a writing program to go along with EG and would like some input on what writing program goes well with it. He has worked on copywork and does fine with it but we haven't done much dictation (some, but not much). I need to find a less parent-intensive course, however I know I will need to help him. I was
  4. Please share your experiences. I found this thread, which was positive, and also shared the book list. Anyone else?
  5. Hello. I am investigating composition/writing programs for next year for my upcoming 9th and 7th graders. I have been using WordSmith, and I am not satisfied with it. I am only just beginning to be aware of other programs and was wondering if people would be willing to just LIST the programs they use for middle school and high school. If you want to comment on what you think of your choice(s) feel free, but I am mainly looking for a list of programs to research. Once I get a grasp of what is out there, I will likely come back with more targeted questions. FYI -- I have 4 girls (curr
  6. In 3rd grade my daughter stopped receiving adequate composition and language arts instruction. Her 5th grade year also saw no language curriculum - just packets of suffixes and prefixes, no writing. She is currently in the 6th grade. Due to a variety of circumstances I will be homeschooling for language for the remainder of the year. I need a ready to go curriculum that relies heavily on composition. I would prefer a non-religious text, but am not opposed to a good Christian based curriculum. Thanks.
  7. I vaguely recall, perhaps from a few years ago, that there was an online writer's (and as I recall free) website, a virtual village, set up to look like virtual buildings that one could "go to" for various things--poetry ideas perhaps in one spot, or discussion in another, and that also sent a daily or weekly, perhaps writing prompt. It was not meant for children, but in my recollection or dream, would be suitable for children. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
  8. For those of you who struggle with: · teaching your student writing, · your student’s inability to handle your evaluation or criticism very well, · questioning whether or not your student’s writing is on grade level, or · wondering how an objective third party would view your student’s writing, Would you consider purchasing an evaluation/critique of your students writing, put them in an online class, or enroll them in dual credit at the CC? If classes or CC are not an option because of money or you’re afraid your student would not rise to the ch
  9. Harvey's grammar looks good but I was wondering if you could tell me what the difference is between the Revised Grammar and the Elementary Grammar and Composition? The Revised English Grammar covers orthography, syntax, and prosody, according to an Amazon review. It sounds a little unusual and I'm not sure whether or not it covers standard grammar, since the descriptions are kind of unusual? I can't find too much info on the Elementary Grammar and Comp. Can someone tell me about these books? Thanks!!
  10. I'm looking for a list of all the different options available for teaching writing/composition. Specifically: What's out there? If you've used it, what do you like about it/not like about it? What does it cover--creative writing and/or technical writing (paragraphs, essays, outlining, research papers), something else? How is it used? Daily, 3x/week, per project, etc. Thanks!
  11. My boys wrote daily and enthusiastically for hours during NaNoWriMo. I hate to go back to forcing them through WWE again. Should I? Is there a writing program that won't make my sons hate writing again? If you had kids who were reluctant writers, what programs did they tolerate? If you have kids who weren't reluctant, what programs did they love?
  12. Any suggestions for a writing program that teaches middle school ages how to write a topic sentence and develop a paragraph? I am wondering if I should just have him stick with WWS or try to focus on more specific writing skills.
  13. I'm about to pull all my hair out over the whole writing issue. Since the beginning my daughter has had some hand issues. She was a late eater due to her being very left handed. Her drawing and learning to write have also been behind her peers in a noticeable way. She has just finished a cursive program for lefties and has beautiful penmanship. Because of all these delays I have not done any formal writing or grammar program with her. We gave CW a go but she disliked it because in general she dislikes Aesop and fairy tales. I couldn't understand how the program worked and why I had to read
  14. I am hoping for some input here. :-) My 9yo son will be in 4th grade this year. He is definitely a RELUCTANT writer. He is very musical and learns very easily by hearing, but hates to pick up a pencil. Every sentence is a struggle. I started him on WWE 2 this spring. His narrations are really coming along, and he fights the dictation tooth and nail. :-) I can see that it is helping him though. How much writing should I require of him? (including all subjects but math) He reads very well, but I read our history and science out loud. I have not required much writing in these
  15. I am currently using R&S English 5 and I don't particulary like it. Mainly because it is drudgery to do for both me and my ds. I am considering switching to CC or WT and would like to know which one you like and why. I am leaning toward CC because it continues thru the whole Progymnasmata. I am not too concerned with the grammar portion as my son takes grammar at a local coop, but he is not a good writer and I want him to improve his writing skills.
  16. Has anyone used the Composition in the Classical Tradition by Frank J. D'Angelo? My 12th grader would like to tackle a progymnasmata type writing course. I read a bit about it and it looks like you're guided through various writing assignments. If you've used this, I'd love to have a review... If not, I'd love to have your ideas for a student led book to write/do. My dad is willing to help with this, and it an author by trade. (and college/seminary prof) Suggestions?? Thanks!! Carrie :D
  17. Ohh I feel so lost today. My dd really wanted to do the Narnia class from Potter school. After spending several hours on the test- which was supposed to take several, they said she is not ready. I am not sure I agree now with why they are saying and lost with how to go from here. I agree she proabably should not take the class though its their attitude that concerns me most. has anyone had similar expereince? She wanted narnia because some of the other english writing online courses I had looked into, involved books that she does not care for. I agreed and we love Narnia so we pursued this
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