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  1. It has been summer holidays here, so I have been reading, reading, reading about writing. I have read 3 of the 4 recommendations from SWB for rhetoric: Corbett's Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student (re-read this one, and really studied it) DeAngelo's Composition in the Classical Tradition (yes, the examples are as bad as she says) They Say, I Say: Moves that Matter in Academic Writing I have also read Webster's Student Writing Handbook Lively Art of Writing And I have read the following curriculum (some I actually read like LtoW, CW and WWS; others I re
  2. I have been sucked into MCT. I must honestly thank the forum for this because it looks great and is much needed around here. My issue becomes where to start. As much as I tried to find information online, it seems to elude me. The samples at MCT won't seem to come up correctly. I figured y'all have a ton of experience and could help. My son is a humanities kid. Like many kids on this forum are ahead in math, he is ahead in literature and language. Writing had never been of much interest to him, however. He can write very well when required, he just fussed about it so we kept it to
  3. We are in WWE3, and I am incorporating Classical Writing Aesop because I'd like to use the CW program as a main writing program. This is for A., who is 8 and in third grade and is a quick study. However, I also hope to use WWS in 5th grade -- we school 6 days/week year-round, so this is feasible. Esp. given the WWS goal, is it worthwhile to use WWE for 3rd and 4th grades, or would writing time be better spent moving more quickly through CW? thanks in advance!
  4. I recently made the decision to home school my daughter who will be ready for K (or probably 1st grade) in the fall. After reading the WTM, I ordered the Zaner-Bloser K Handwriting Student Workbook because it states that it uses the I'm not seeing the continuous stroke method anywhere in the workbook. The back of the book has a page with numbers and arrows indicating where to begin each stroke and the next stroke. I called Zaner-Bloser to make sure there wasn't another series of workbooks to rule out the possibility that I got the wrong one. I didn't. They only have one method. Th
  5. Hi! I need your input! What do you like to use for teaching Writing & for teaching Language Arts? My kids will be in 3rd and 6th grades this year. For Language, I have used Abeka Lang Arts workbooks, First Language Lessons (which I like), Simply Grammar (which I'm not sure I like), and other misc things I've picked up here and there as well as library books on grammar. A friend of mine suggested I use Explode the Code along with First Lang Lessons for my 3rd grader and Wordly Wise with Simply Grammar for my 6th grader. What has worked for you? What would you suggest? Also, I've h
  6. Ds11 who left the spec-ed classroom in Sept. to be homeschooled. My son's disabilities mean that it actually HURTS to use a pencil and write. We try to keep actual pencil work to a minimum, opting for typing whenever we can with the exception of his Saxon math. He is currently doing S.O.S. Language Arts - partially because of his disability and because a dear friend gave it to me to use for free. gotta love free! :001_smile: I am looking for advice on a writing curriculum for my son. If you ask him to tell you a story, it's at the grade 5 level, easily according to his public schoo
  7. This year, my son attends a private classical Christian school. He is doing very well. Next year, he will be going to public school for 1st grade. The public school is a good one ( my husband is friends with the principal). One of my concerns academically about next year is writing. In his school now they practice writing through dictation and handwriting exercises. Next year, he will need to do creative writing and understand the writing process. Any recommendation for a good Program to help my son catch up with creative writing? Blog? Free program? I am just not sure how I am suppo
  8. What is your favorite Writing Curriculum and why? Feel free to give me any details you want to give :001_smile: In the recent "Worst Curriculum Purchases Ever" thread, Writing Strands came up quite frequently. I was planning on starting it next year with my soon-to-be 5th grader who has had very little writing exposure, except for what we do in ILL. Why is it so hated? What do you use instead and why? Thanks!
  9. 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!
  10. of writing to a 7th grader and would prefer the curriculum meet the following criteria: Quote: Strategies that provide a common language across grade levels and content areas *Interpreting textbooks *Varieties of writing for different purposes *Note taking and study skills *Listening and speaking skills Stategies that increase critical thinking skills *Analyzing text *Producing organized, clear communications *Synthesizing information into knowledge Strategies that teach the writing process *Narrative,
  11. DD#1 started 5th grade this year and I need to step up to the plate with regard to teaching her writing skills. We use R&S (we are finishing 4 before moving on to 5), and she does all of the writing exercises. According to WTM, R&S should be enough - is that the general hive concensus? What if I tell you that we haven't done any formal narration or dictation up until this point? Would that change things? :confused: I bought WWE-1 for DD#2 and we are working through that (and will move on to WWE-2) in order to give her a better foundation than DD#1 received. Originally I also w
  12. Ok, I posted looking for help with Write Source Level 2, but it doesn't look like too many people use that curriculum. So, I'm looking for a 2nd grade writing curriculum that covers the steps of the writing process. Background: We just started WWE2. DD does dual enrollment in public charter but we do lang. arts at home. They are teaching steps of the writing process in what seems like a rather accelerated method for 2nd grade. I want her to have background in this in addition to the classical method in case she needs to re-integrate into the school curriculum, just to cover all our ba
  13. My ds is going to a Classical Christian school half-day for kindergarten. My husband wants to send him to public school maybe for 1st grade. Our public schools are HEAVY in writing (stories etc) like a lot of public schools. The CC school is very traditional and works on penmanship and copywork. Is there a curriculum or workbook that I can use to afterschool him to help him keep up with PS in writing?
  14. I have a problem. I am not very confident in my teaching writing to my 15y.o. dd. We've struggled in this area for a long time. That coupled with the fact that I have a special needs son who requires a lot of time, has left me feeling anxious about her writing abilities with only a few years left of HS for her. She is very bright and really does do a decent job of writing, but I really feel like I've let her down in that area and I am looking for a solid program that will help solidify a good foundation for her before she heads off to college. I am afraid when asked to write for school, (or wo
  15. Hi Everyone. I'm new/coming back. My son, now 12, has been studying in Spanish for the past 3 years and has fallen behind in English. I feel overwhelmed trying to catch him up. Everything I have read says he must write ... not only read. But I'm not sure how MUCH as he is a bit ADD and somewhat Oppositional. Where do I start so he can write a little each day, but not have meltdowns? I'm not sure where or how to post this? Thanks to anyone who can help me.. over here, back to homeschooling in Panama. Elizabeth
  16. So many of the writing programs I see recommended strike me as being rather pricey: IEW- $169 for TWISS, $239 for combo TWISS/SWI Lost Tools of Writing- $142 for level 1, $118 for level 2 Write Shop- $100 for level 1, then another $45 for level 2 workbook Bravewriter Writer's Jungle- $97 Meaningful Composition- $60-70 per year I've already shelled out quite a bit for WWE, MCT's Paragraph Town, 2 Killgallon books, Wordsmith Apprentice, and The Paragraph Book series. I'm planning on getting MCT's Essay Voyage at some point and possibly AAW. Is there any decent program out there
  17. Has anyone heard of or used this? What are your thoughts and opinions on it for middle school writing instruction?
  18. Before I began homeschooling my daughters I taught freshman writing at USC for 10 years and I've begun a series of posts on writing for homeschoolers. Part 1 is here: http://www.knittedthoughts.com/2010/11/writing-skills-for-homeschoolers.html Today's post includes lots of practical ideas for working with even the littlest writers. I hope you find it useful!
  19. I’ve written up a very detailed lesson plan for teaching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for homeschoolers: http://www.knittedthoughts.com/2010/12/harry-potter-homeschool-craft.html I homeschool my own 2 daughters and teach a class on Harry Potter at the Huckleberry Center for Creative Learning and have had many discussions with parents about the series. The book (and movie) includes the rather difficult concept of “horcruxes†and this lesson (which includes a really nice writing component and craft) helps kids understand what Rowling is doing in this book and why it is so dark
  20. I hope someone can help me... I like the Writing With Ease program but I'd rather have the guidelines and incorporate my own literature excerpts and poems. Does such a curriculum exist? Has anyone, maybe, created their own already and shared it on a blog?
  21. I am not able to purchase the TWSS at this time but want to use the SWI-B with my boys. Is it possible to do this? I need to hear from those who have done it this way. I know the ideal is to use TWSS to teach me first but like I said, it's not possible to purchase it now. It's way way too much money. Someone told me to skip SWI and just buy the workbooks but I think that is not going to be helpful. Advice?
  22. My dd just recently turned 10 and I am trying to plan out next year's studies. Writing curriculum is turning out to be my hardest decision. It's the thing that hasn't gotten much attention in formal instruction and I know we have to start something now. I am torn between following SWB's suggestions in WTM/her plan for writing MP3s and IEW's TWSS. Since I haven't been following SWB's plan since the beginning is it "too late" to start up that path? I don't have that concern with TWSS. Does anyone want to throw out some pros/cons or compare/contrast? Please help me get through this plan
  23. I just looked at this. My son is not a reluctant writer, but I need something for writing. He writes good paragraphs, but I want to take it to the next level of essays. If you've used this program, can you tell me about it? This would be for a 6th grader.
  24. I'm looking for a secular writing program to use after WT... I know the authors of CW are Christian, but I can't tell from the sample pages how secular the content of the program is or is not (i.e., copywork from the Bible, etc.). Any users out there that can let me know? Thanks!
  25. I have a 12 year old son who has not done any formal language arts study. The only language arts he is doing is Italics Handwriting and some of Writing Strands 3. He has had very little grammar instruction. Just incidental from narrations and copywork. Any suggestions on curriculum for this upcoming school year? I do have the new edition of TWTM. We have been implementing TWTM methods since last school year. Currently he is doing written narrations of our SOTW readings. He reads a lot. He spells well. He is able to write basic sentences clearly and correctly. His handwriting has i
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