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  1. The author of Writing Tales has offered a 20% off sale plus free shipping from through 6/30. This sale won't be posted on the website (she's having long-term trouble with the webmaster, I guess) -- so you have to place your order through email. Here are the details. Sale runs from 5/31/12 to 6/30/12. You MUST email your order to her: info@olsenbooks.com Indicate what you need to order & include the snailmail address you want the order sent to. (Make sure you ask for the sale price!!) She will email you back with what your total is & you can either paypal her or call her with a credit card number. Viola! 20% off + free Media Mail shipping. N.B. I receive nothing extra from passing this along.
  2. I thought I had it figured out?!....I am planning on using FLL3 with my upcoming 3rd grader.....And I was going to go ahead and start now with WWE2 before starting WWE3 for next year. But now I've looked at Writing Tales 1 and I'm thinking this may do well with FLL3, too!? Any advice....pro's, con's for both writing programs would be very helpful from those of you who have used both! Which one should I use.....? She is not a strong, strong writer and sometimes huffs and puffs about having to write a full paragraph...I would like for her to excel a little more in her writing for 3rd grade so she will love it more. Thanks, jana
  3. I'm planning on getting this for dd next year and was planning on getting Winston Grammar also. Up to this point we've used a variety of things for her for grammar and she has a good understanding of parts of speech and punctuation, so I thought WG would be something easy to keep it all fresh until she's old enough for AG. But then I noticed that WT includes grammar, and I'm wondering if I even need to bother with WG at all.
  4. I have been using WWE 3 with my rising 5th grader. He struggles with it mightily, but we have persevered. I just looked at Writing Tales Student Workbook 1 samples, and I think it might be a better fit for him. I need the voices of experience to help me decide. My ds has some learning disabilities in the area of language arts. He has become good at narration, but dictation remains a struggle. I think he might enjoy the workbook style of Writing Tales. What do I need for this program? Do I need a teacher's manual AND a student workbook? How do you break up the lessons each day? Is the work of one "tale" meant to be spread over a week? It is difficult to tell from the limited samples online. He has been doing FLL, but has finished the series, and I have R & S for grammar next year until SWB comes out with the latest program. Would I need this or would Writing Tales be an all-inclusive program for writing and grammar? Help! I don't do change well, but as I looked at this program, it seemed like a good fit for my struggling little guy.
  5. I have also looked at this for my 10yo reluctant writer. Should I use WT1 with her at this age, or should I begin with 2? I don't want things to be too easy for her, but I also don't want to see her struggle too much. I'm thinking if it's a little on the easier side, it may help her to build more confidence in he writing abilities??
  6. Generally speaking, are these two writing programs the same? They appear to be, with slight variations (the creative aspect of WT seems to be a unique spin on rewriting a fable). After WT 2 a student can go to CW Homer, right? Any advantage to choosing one over the other if we "hope" (I may completely bomb this thing) to stay with CW? Admittedly, I think Homer will kill me based upon reviews. But, I'm feeling pretty brave these days and I'm tentatively planning on attempting it :D. The author of WT recommends 3rd or 4th grade as a good starting point for Writing Tales. Do you agree? Thanks!
  7. He hasn't done much writing except copywork and some one paragraph "stories." I'm looking for a writing program for him and WT looks perfect except the stories look LONG for rewriting! The physical act of writing isn't hard for him but I don't want him to get frustrated; just want a good experience with writing this year. And is it hard for them to do such long rewrites w/out a Key Word Outline? (older dd did IEW)
  8. I thought it did, but then in the sample I don't see it that way. Also do they have them adding in strong verbs, quality adjectives, etc, like IEW does? Thanks!
  9. This year we used FLL/WWE and it wasn't a good fit for her. We did finish FLL, but WWE was bringing tears and complaining. English is my third language and writing is not one of my talents. Is there a good writing program that is easy to teach, will "hold my hand" though the year and motivate my daughter to write more? Pretty please, Hive?!
  10. I bought WT for her 2 years before she was ready for it because I'd heard so many wonderful reviews about it. Since she was only in first grade, we tried out WWE 1 at that time and she loved it. She also really enjoyed WWE 2. We have struggled more as we reached the halfway point with WWE 3. There is more frustration because of the length of some of the dictation passages and while I think it's a great program and intend to finish it at some point, it seemed time for a break. So, anyway, I pulled out WT (which I had bought new, sold and then repurchased used :D) and she just loves it. She wrote two pages about the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse today and she did such a beautiful job. She loves adding the creative touches to her rewrites. I think all the work we've done with WWE has really made WT easy for her, but it's been a refreshing change of pace for both of us. I'm so glad I was able to let go of my goal of finishing WWE 3 by May and just try something different. That is so unlike me!:tongue_smilie: Lisa
  11. Ds is about to write his rough draft for Lesson 1 in WT1. How much support do you give your dc as they write the rough draft? Do you walk away and allow them to do it completely independent? Do you stay there the whole time and offer suggestions and feedback? If so how much? I don't want to give so much support that the editing steps will be unnecessary as I know that is an important part of the writing process. Yet I don't know if I should just walk away and then he will have so many errors that he is frustrated and/or discouraged. Can ya tell I'm a newbie at this writing thing? :tongue_smilie:
  12. We have been using Rod and Staff for Grammar. My dd does wonderful with their grammar, but their writing exercises don't click with her. I was looking at Writing Tales, and I have some questions. I've tried to do a search of the boards, but every thread with the word "writing" pops up:lol:. Feel free to give me links if you have a favorite thread :D. In the meantime, here are my random thoughts/questions: 1. She is a GREAT creative writer, she writes stories and journals all the time on her own. However, I find she needs help with structure and form (organization). Would WT be good for that? 2. She has never mastered narration or summarizing. She has no trouble with comprehension, it's knowing what should be put on paper, and condensing it into a couple of paragraphs without plagiarizing. She can't seem to put it in her own words. Would WT help her with that? 3. Rod and staff introduced outlining as a step to writing a paper. She had no problems making the outline, but she couldn't make the leap to writing from the outline. Will WT address that better than Rod and Staff? I guess I'll close by saying, I'm not the problem :lol:. This is my very right-brained, ecclectic dd. Every time we enter a new phase or level of school, I have to learn how to speak her language all over again. My youngest is narrating ala WTM, no problem! I made some mistakes this year with my expectations of my oldest (what else is new?), and I've backed off on writing for now. I was thinking about doing WWE with her over the summer (level 4), and starting WT level 2 in the fall. In the meantime, I have her writing letters and I help her with her summaries for her History notebook. She dictates, I write, she copies. It feels like a step back, but otherwise, a simple summary would take us 2-3 days of re-writes.:bored: Thanks for your help! Dorinda
  13. My 9yo DD (4th grade) is working through WT2. She actually really likes the program. After WT1 I thought I'd switch it up and do some creative writing with Igniting Your Writing but she begged to go back to WT so we did. She does fine with almost every... except writing revisions. She puts up a stubborn fuss like I've never seen. She's a great kid - usually does her work without problems and is quite independent. She just hates to do the final draft. I mean big time. I've let her do one draft many times so long as she adds in her details at that time. But after reading several articles on the importance of revisions, I have tried hard to have her do it. But the fuss... I don't have any interest in having a battle of wills each week. Especially when I don't know that I care much about all these drafts to begin with. My question is - at age 9, is it really necessary to do this? Rewriting another author's work week after week would be hard for me to do, let alone doing it basically twice. I get that the creative aspect is adding in your own details but I'm starting to wonder... I'm not knocking the program - I think it's solid and the grammar and outlining are excellent. Just wondering specifically about the writing. On the other hand, she whined and complained just as much with the Igniting Your Writing written assignments so maybe it is just her? or the age?? Any other users have this problem? Solutions? Suggestions??? Desperate for ideas here!!
  14. I finally figured out how to use Lulu! I have received approval from Amy Hastings Olsen to share this file that I created. I wanted something very linear to look at to determine the daily recommended schedule for Writing Tales 2. No copyrighted information is included. Enjoy! E-Book, Writing Tales 2 Week-at-a-glance planning pages (ID #8319125): http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/writing-tales-2-week-at-a-glance-planning-pages/8319125 I am working on a 4-day a week schedule, too. If there is interest in that, I'd be glad to share that as well. Let me know.
  15. I'm looking at WT1 for my 3rd grader next year. I looked at the on-line sample, but I can't tell from those pages. Does it cover grammar well enough for 3rd grade or should I look else where? I have the TM for FLL as well and I don't think it will be a good match for my ds next year. It looks way too in-debt for him. I can really see him getting frustrated and hating it. Eeek! I'm having troubles deciding, lol. I'm also looking at LLTL but haven't looked at it as much as the two others. My dh was laid-off and we certainly don't have the extra $$ to be "trying" things, you know? Thank you so much!
  16. Please let me know what you think. I would use this for co-op as well as for my own.Thanks!
  17. Any writing programs to recommend? We've tried WWE and Writing Strands and they just aren't holding the interest of teacher and student (for different reasons). Writing comes very naturally and easily to me (I was a journalist) and the aforementioned two programs are driving (or drove) me nuts. WWE was too slow and tedious for a third-grade boy, no matter how I adjusted it. Writing Strands is a bit better, but I end up teaching the entire week's lesson in one lesson without meaning to because those lessons are broken down into pretty simpsy steps. I could make up my own curriculum, but like I mentioned, it's an inherent skill that I only really thought about and honed in college ... and I prefer some help in outlining what my son needs to know as a youngster in order to be a good writer. I have some ideas, but would really prefer some pre-existing curriculum. Suggestions??? Thanks in advance!
  18. For those with more experience than me, I have a question. I am looking for a writing program, book, whatever that meets what I want. I want something that focuses on writing good sentences. I don't want personal narratives or paragraph writing. I want something that focuses on sentence construction etc. I have some resources that I can piece together what I want but I'm just wondering if anyone knows of anything else. Thanks.
  19. I think it's time for me to change directions in some areas. I have a 9 yr old that I'm calling a 3rd grader who doesn't seem to retain (lazy kid) the easiest of grammar rules. When I ask him what X Y Z is he'll say a "person, place, thing, or idea"...then he giggles. Anyway, I've been using Learning Language Arts Through Literature yellow (3rd grade) and I'm a little over half way done with it. I'm thinking about stopping because it's getting into more free writing...like write about this experience, etc.That stuff blows him away. I've heard SWB's cd on writing and it makes total sense to me because I have kids that the writing just doesn't come naturally to. So, now I'm thinking about dropping LLATL (even though it's a great program, just maybe not for us) and going to GWG level 1/2 (which he's already worked in some) and WWE. I had started him with WWE level 2, but then I dropped GWG and WWE to do the LLATL. Clear as mud? So, I'm considering finishing GWG level 1/2 then into level 3 plus WWE level 2...or even level 1 because he struggles with the narration in the level 2. Or, I could try Writing Tales which I think includes grammar and writing? Does writing tales teach with the same theory that WWE has...using dictation/narration without those open ended writing assignments? HELP! I'm in a rut in the language arts area and I just need some program to teach my son grammar and writing. Thanks to all, Alison in KY
  20. Hello Everyone, I started Writing Tales with my 8 year old daughter. She is an excellent reader and has no problems telling you stories with creativity, but when it comes to writing it down she HATES it. I bought Writing Tales to help her with having a base to write about and then go add her touches. So, here is my problem. She did okay with writing the story over but shortened hers because she thought the throwing of the pebbles went on too long and she got the point. Here is her story (first week) A crow came to a pitcher. It had a tiny bit of water in it. He threw a rock into the pitcher. He threw a another rock into the pitcher. He threw another rock into the pitcher. The water came to him. He was happy at last because he was not thirsty anymore. I didn't push it the first week but told her she left some key points out. We talked about it and then put the paper up. This week is where she gets to put in her touches. Oh My Goodness, she decided to rewrite the WHOLE story. She did leave in the fact that the animal she chose(horse) was thirsty and had to make the water rise in order to get it. I talked to her about added touches but not making a completely new story. I am at a lost for what to do. Here is her story: A long time ago there was a horse in the desert. He came to an old town. All the troughs were empty. So thirsty, said Rocky. So Rocky was his name. A bucket cheered him up. He tossed six rocks in the bucket. So happy, he said. He got a lot of water. In fact, he drank all of the water in town and everybody there said, Come on. He was so happy that he did an Irish Jig. The End. Hmmmm, In my opinion she missed what the lesson was supposed to be about by rewriting a story and not "adding" touches. We did talk about this and I tired to take her story and add the things she left out. Took the talking parts out and the extra people. How do I handle this for the next lesson. She already became so upset today and I really want this to be a wonderful experience. Help, Amy:bigear:
  21. We are planning to start up next week, and I plan on having my ds8 do Writing Tales 1, but am wondering if it would be too much of a stretch to do it over 3rd and 4th grade rather than just third. I think mainly its the rewrites of stories that have me worried as he is a reluctant writer.
  22. Do you think this program is clear enough, with easy instructions if you don't know anything about writing (as a parent)? Also, is it suitable for a reluctant writer? I'm thinking about WT1. Thanks, Alison
  23. I've used A Reason for Spelling since dd#1 and absolutely love it. My plan is to use Writing Tales w/my 9yos (never used it before, hope this is a program that works for us) and noticed it includes spelling. For those who have used it, did you also use a separate spelling program or was WT all you used? I've read through as many threads on WT as my weary curriculum-researching eyes will allow. If anyone has any advice for me as to whether I should use this with my 9yos (somewhat reluctant writer) I would appreciate it.
  24. 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!
  25. Why? And 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 at some point (I was thinking WT first). TIA!
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