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  1. the Classical model of writing and why it is superior to modern methods? I don't even know what modern methods are.
  2. Can anyone give me a good recommendation for a quick and easy way to teach my daughter how to write an essay? Her SATs are coming up soon and I have failed miserably in providing her with a proper writing program. On her PSATs she scored in the 99th percentile in both reading and writing, but she didn't have to write an essay for the PSATs. She is freaking out and so am I. She has been doing college level work in all of her subjects for some time now, she just seems allergic to writing. She used to keep a blog and wrote well. I think she is just afraid of writing because she feels like she doesn't know how to do it "properly". We need something that we can do in a few month's time. Please I am looking for any recommendations and what has worked or not worked for others. Thanks and God bless! :) P.S. I've ordered Fairview's Guide to Composition and Essay Writing, but I don't have any idea if this is a good program or if it will work within our time constraints. It just sounded good. I also have the entire WriteShop program put away somewhere, but I am pretty sure it will not work within our time constraints. I may start my up-and-coming ninth grader with this program next year.
  3. Hi all, Currclick.com has a Back-to-homeschool sale this month. Not all publishers are included, of course. I am thinking of buying 'Igniting Your Writing' and 'Write from Ancient History'. Do you have any must-buy suggestions, any gems that are deeply discounted currently? TIA
  4. 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?
  5. Why is it that I do not like ANY writing program that I have used or looked at so far? I was always an avid writer. I loved and still do love to write. My dd13 HATES writing...any type of writing except songwriting and poetry. She writes beautiful songs, full of emotion. Formal writing is just not her strength. Ds12 is a creative writer. He loves to write stories, movie scripts, etc. Ds10 will write if forced, but prefers not to. :tongue_smilie: Ds9 thinks his hand will fall off if he has to write more than a dozen words in one sitting. :glare: Anyway, back to topic: I've tried many different programs over the years and I have always found something wrong with every.last.one. Writing strands: blech and more blech. IEW: Just not my style I guess? K12 Writing in Action: Eh...it wasn't all bad, just not great. Igniting Your Writing: just got it and it looks, "okay" at best. Wordsmith Apprentice: appealed to my ds12 at the time, but I did not care for it. WWE: I do like that for the elementary years. Writing Tales: that was "okay", but not terrific as I had hoped and my ds preferred to write his OWN story...not copy somebody else's (he's gonna HATE IEW's Amer. Hist. based writing lessons for next year, but I got it anyway!). So, there you have it. IS there a program out there that has it all? Good, solid instruction, ease of use, appeals to the student, isn't boring and dry, encourages writing from the hesitant writer but doesn't bore the avid writer? Or, am I just doomed to be dissatisfied with all programs?
  6. I've posted about my dd that hates to write, now for my ds that LOVES to write - What would you recommend? I am considering an IEW literature and comp. class for him next year. He's coming from private school, and will be 6th grade, but is advanced in reading and writing. I'm not sure what is out there for a kid like him (he even uses grammar exercises to write creatively). Suggestions? Thanks!
  7. My 14 yo dd completed the IEW Student Writing Intensive Level C and has been working in the IEW US History Based Writing Lessons on her own with little assistance from me. Writing is not my strength and like like to get some assistance. It doesn't look like IEW offers online classes. Can you recommend any other online writing programs or someone who works with students and evaluates their work?
  8. for your 4th/5th grader besides IEW, WWE, WTales, and CW. And you plan on staying with it for a long time??? Thank you!!
  9. 3 because of no workbook. It's just not on. Love WWE1 and will use WWE2. So what can I use for my 4th/5th grader who is a reluctant writer over the next year or so?
  10. I am tossing up between these two writing programs. I am thinking that WWE might be a gentler way to start? My kids claim to like writing, but when it comes to the crunch they don't like to do it. They have trouble thinking of a topic to write about, so I'd hate something along the lines of 'write about your weekend'. We already do a daily dictation (just the first sentence that pops into my mind) and I make them give me a narration of the books we read. Would WWE just formalize what we already do rather than give us something new? Can someone please compare these two for me? Help me decide which way to go. DD is 6, so I am not particularly fussed if she does it or not. That said, her language arts is at almost the same level as her brother's, so she will probably be dragged along. DS is 7 and in grade 3.
  11. What age and grade do you think it is best for? How does it go (or where does it go) along with/inbetween other LA programs? I plan to use FLL as long as I can... (that's 4 I guess) and WWE plus we will start IEW and AG at some point (I was thinking WT first). Is the grammar knowlege and the writing knowlege unbalanced compared to FLL and WWE? (DC are expected to have more writing skills/ less grammar than FLL and WWE have) We have officially started 1st grade. We are starting WWE 1 and have already been doing FLL 1 and DD is doing very well. Easy Peasy. The informal stuff we did in K must have worked. (or are these programs meant to be easy peasy at this level anyway?) I looked at the samples and I was thinking about doing WT 1 either between FLL2 and 3 or FLL 3 and 4. So halfway into second grade halfway into 3rd grade maybe. How does that sound? I was under the impression that it is a full year program? I want to use the entire setup, grammar and all and I am afraid that there will be no need for half of it if we do it any later than that... from a look at the samples. DDs only problem with LA work is ADHD and motivation issues. She is doing amazingly well with all LA, and we both love doing it, so speeding up and adding more would be great. I find she knows things that I don't remember teaching her. (We won't talk about math, I will just let you all think she is a whiz at everything. ;)) I was also wondering how much hand holding there is for me. It seems telling her to re-write the story and letting her have a go at it is not enough. Or maybe it will be after we get to a certain level in WWE? Thanks!
  12. I am looking for a 4th grade level writing program for next year. My son is very creative and great at grammar, but hates to put the pencil to the paper. I am using SWB's 1st Lang. Lessons 3 this year and he loves it. I tried Writing Strands, but even I think it is blah. Any suggestions for a better writing curriculum that would cover genres, organizing your thoughts on paper, perhaps reflections on literature? (This coming from a trained English teacher--why do we feel imcompetent at teaching our own children?)
  13. Now that I've recieved an answer to my question about whether WWE is a stand-alone writing program or not (it is, for anyone else new to it), I need to choose between it and CW for my older son entering 3rd grade this fall. I've gone to the CW site and taken in as much info as is there, then joined the CW message board to ask this question. I've read "Why Writing Fails", "The Three Stages", and much more on the PHP site as well as searching "CW WWE" here and reading many of the results, including the question "What's the difference between CW and WWE?". Yet, I'm still left with that very question! Someone please add to the comparison/contrast I've made so far with my limited research, if there is anything to be added: WWE is more scripted, easier to use (more pick up and go), uses a wider array of literary examples, and is just a writing program (not a multi-language-arts inclusive program). CW is more teacher intensive, draws mainly from ancient lit. in the earlier years, but there is a little more variety in types of writing exercises. It includes some grammar, spelling, and vocab. Here are my considerations in choosing a program: I don't mind if it's totally scripted or teacher-intensive and I also don't mind if it's just a writing program or all-inclusive (I can always add another LA program for missing pieces). My son does enjoy the lit. selections in the WWE 2 workbook (I got the main book 1st so I have that too for understanding the larger scope of where it's going). I think he would enjoy the variety in types of writing exercises CW offers - although still limited, it's more than just narration/dictation/copywork. From what I've read, they have the child re-order things or imitate the model using little tiny tweaks. He may get bored if it's just 1 Aesop's Fable after another - he's heard many of them already. Can anyone help me with this decision? At least I've narrowed it down to 2 now. :D
  14. I tied once before, but maybe was too specific so I'm going to try again. My daughter will complete her grammar book in December. Afterwards, I want to use that time in our schedule to work on her writing. What are some strong 7th grade writing programs that I can research? Please list any and all options, but state why you like that particular program to help me decide which would be best for us. Thanks! :)
  15. I haven't checked in here in a while and just wanted to share my excitement over WWE. I'm using WWE1 with my 6 y.o. and WWE2 with my 8 y.o. and all I can say is that it's working!! I love how straightforward it is. I love how easy it is to implement and use. We are easily keeping up with the 4-day a week exercises and my boys are not resisting this work at all - so far. ;) I'm very hopeful that using WWE will help them with their writing.
  16. My kids are still young (ages 8 and 6), but I'm worried about my own writing skills (or lack thereof). I would really like to be more confident in instructing and correcting their writing. I also would like to improve my own writing for possible professional reasons. I'm embarrassed to say that even though I have a Ph.D. in my field, I have learned at least a few things from going through "Growing with Grammar" with my 8 yo. Very sad! :( I figure I'd better start now so I can get a head start. Any suggestions? Thanks, Jean
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