Tracy Posted August 22, 2012 Share Posted August 22, 2012 We used WWE1 last year, and it very much lined up with our needs. Dd was 6yo at that point, and she could not do a narration (for fear that she would be wrong). She also had very poor writing stamina, so the copywork was very good for strengthening her hand. She now writes and colors quite a bit compared to a year ago, and she is very comfortable with the narrations. We started WWE2 this week. The summary was hard for her, but I think that this is a reasonable goal to work on for the year. I thought that the dictations would help her with her working memory weakness, but after doing the first one, I am just not sure that this goal is being accomplished. Half of the words in the sentence were at a higher spelling level than she is at (according to my SWR materials), and she just placed a year ahead (3rd grade). Dd7 does not like to ask for help with spelling. She feels like she should be able to spell these words. I showed her my manual where it says that the teacher should spell words for the student. I also showed her that the words she didn't know were all in higher lists. I asked her if she would be okay with asking me to spell the words, and all I got was a reluctant, "Maybe." I am okay with occasionally spelling a word, but I am feeling uncomfortable with a program that creates a situation where half of the words the child writes are unfamiliar. Consequently, she either has to be okay with spelling the word wrong, or she has to stop thinking about the sentence each time she needs to ask how to spell the word. I tend to think that it is not a good practice to encourage a child to be okay with spelling a word wrong just for the sake of strenghening memory. And in our SWR program, we are supposed to not only discourage incorrect spelling but try to stop it before it is written incorrectly (as writing it can cement the wrong spelling in the mind, something I agree with). If she has to stop to ask the spelling of half of the words, this seems to be contrary to the goal of working on keeping things in one's mind long enough to get it on paper. If she then forgets what she is supposed to write, I can't blame it on her memory, but only on the fact that she is not spelling 2-3 years ahead of her age. Now I am really unsure of what to do. I was really on board with the WWE philosophy. And I liked having something that someone else had prepared. I am no stranger to creating my own, but I don't know if I have a really good grasp on what I should be expecting in terms of writing at this age. Any thoughts? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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