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I know this is a pretty new program, but does anyone know if this would be suitable for a 3rd grade girl that can't get enough of writing? She loves writing plays, books, songs, poems, etc....she is very motivated. I know it says 4th grade and up and I don't want to use something that is too mature for her, but she definitely loves and is pretty good at writing! My other option is IEW SWI-A.

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I haven't used it yet, but do have it here. We'll start with it this fall with my 4th/7th grader.  I totally think an eager 3rd grader could successfully use it.  It is very engaging and speaks directly to the student presenting writing in a fun, interactive way.  Also, if it seems to be a little too mature for your 3rd grader, you could use it over a year or two taking at your own speed.

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To the OP, what did you end up choosing to use?

 

I'm also curious if others have used Writers In Residence and can give more info on that?

 

Thanks! ;)

We ended up using W&R and she is occasionally doing classes with a local author. She also reads lots of biographies and does reports on them. (Her desire to do this)

We may look at Writers in Residence again for next year, but likely she will begin classes with this author weekly along with a small group of other students. And we will probably keep going with W&R. She seems to really enjoy it.

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To the OP, what did you end up choosing to use? 

 

I'm also curious if others have used Writers In Residence and can give more info on that?

 

Thanks! ;)

 

My 5th grader is using it this year and I don't really care for it. It's not bad enough for us to switch midyear, but I cannot wait to go back to a more classical approach. (She previously used WWE and W+R)

 

I feel like it jumps around a lot and while it is mostly independent, the requirements from the parent pop up at random and varying intervals. It wanted "artifacts" (photos/letters/etc) from older generations in the family for one assignment - not everyone can access that kind of thing easily or at all. And the scoring sheets drive me absolutely crazy. 

 

It's not a terrible program, but I don't think it is worth the high cost.

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Thank you both for sharing further thoughts on Writers In Residence. I've been kicking it around for next year, and just can't seem to decide for sure. Like 'Kesmom' wisely mentioned, I want to be mindful that what I'm getting is worth the cost. ;)

 

Thank you! :)

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I feel like it jumps around a lot and while it is mostly independent, the requirements from the parent pop up at random and varying intervals. It wanted "artifacts" (photos/letters/etc) from older generations in the family for one assignment - not everyone can access that kind of thing easily or at all. And the scoring sheets drive me absolutely crazy. 

 

It's not a terrible program, but I don't think it is worth the high cost.

 

I've been considering this program for one of my sons who will be in 5th grade next year.  He currently uses and is successful with IEW Intensive A, however he doesn't love it.  It's probably because he's a more natural writer and its formulaic nature is a bit much.  He's interested in Writers in Residence and liked the look of the sample I showed him.  However, your comment is exactly one of the things I've been concerned about.  I worry it will jump around a lot.  I know "jumpiness" can keep interest levels up, but I wonder how effective it is for retaining information for the long haul?  Have you seen any issues with retention of the material learned?

 

What is it about the scoring sheets you do not like?    

 

With all of that said, my younger son (will be in 4th next year) really enjoys IEW and has progressed very well with it.  I think it's because he isn't a natural writer and the formulaic approach takes some of the pressure off.  He does not want to switch to Writers in Residence. 

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