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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 language arts as well, but none of this is clicking with him and it seems to be making it worse. For example, today we read a short chapter from Story of the World and he was just supposed to write a few sentences about Alexander the Great. Now, if I ask him questions, he has NO problem answering them. Even if they are more open-ended kind of questions. He can verbalize easily...and I have spent the last 2 years letting him mostly dictate and I help guide his thinking. But when he tries to even write one sentence alone, it either isn't a complete sentence (not even close), or it is a complete sentence, but it has nothing to do with the assignment. He was supposed to write a couplet about weather the other day, picking a type of weather and choosing some rhyming words that went along with that type of weather. he was able to choose the kind of weather and even a list of rhyming words. But man....there was NO way to get him to understand that he was supposed to use THOSE rhyming words he came up with, to write a couplet about that kind of weather. He would either write a sentence fragment that didn't rhyme, or he would come up with a couplet that didn't have anything to do with weather, etc. Later that day, he read a couplet on a cereal box and came running to tell me that he found a couplet about weather! It was about snow (he was writing about rain)...so I ended up letting him copy it for his couplet. I am considering Essentials in Writing because it is DVD based and MAYBE having someone else trying to teach him would be better for him....? I'm also considering WriteShop Primary Level B. But I really don't want to be bogged down with crafty things, as he has a really hard time with fine motor and that wouldn't be helpful. I do NOT like IEW, so even though I have it, I don't want to use that one. Please help!
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 looking at Excellence in Writing (EIW) because it combines writing and grammar but EG appeals to me. One easy option is to use "Daily 6-Trait Writing" as Timberdoodle suggests to use. I can order from Timberdoodle.com, Rainbowresource.com, and exodusbooks.com. I need something that is comprehensive yet doesn't take me all day to teach it. This last year we used Sonlight Language Arts 2 and it was just okay. I tried R&S English but even as a Christian I feel that it goes over the top when it comes to references to God. Here's what I plan on using so far: Writing: ??? Spelling: Spelling You See (I had no eye-rolling when using this program!) Grammar: Easy Grammar Reading: Teaching the Classics??? Handwriting: A Reason for Handwriting Thanks for your input!
Please share your experiences. I found this thread, which was positive, and also shared the book list. Anyone else?