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I've been asked for a recommendation from a new immigrant family at our church for a program or programs, or web resources, for writing and math for their kids.

The kids are in school but the father finds what they are doing wholly inadequate. His interest seems to be very practical, he wants them to know how to arite a letter, and essay, and so on. And math that has some directions for teaching - he is an accountant and is comfortable with math but he would like some support for explanations.  All of this needs to happen after school. The kids are in grade 4 and 8.

I've recommended some math resources, though any other good ones are welcome.  I am not so sure about writing, most things I have used are a whole LA program and a bit much for their needs.  If anyone has any thoughts, I'd love to hear them. Free or inexpensive is best though I might be able to track down used things if necessary.

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If the 8th grader is fairly organized and self sufficient, then Wordsmith Craftsman would be good. It has lessons on business writing and different essay types. I think it would also work well for after schooling. And Wordsmith Apprentice is fun for 4th grade.

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It seems to me that there is a fork in the road for what the father wants for his kiddos...and I get it.  Part of it is business writing and part of it is scholastic writing.  Both matter.  s

I am a good writer, and I don't know why.  Go figure.  But I have learned a lot about the specifics of business writing (which I think everyone should learn) through studying it, and even with a master's degree, I am learning a LOT by going through WTM's Writing With Skill--so much that I never knew about writing for students/scholars, even though I taught writing at the high school and college level!!!  I am really happy to be learning from this curriculum at my (advanced) age.  I'd not hesitate to recommend this curriculum.  And that sort of surprises me.

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Thanks ladies.

I had thought of WWS, what I wonder is whether it might be too much for what he wants.  But I think I will suggest it as a possibility.  I'm thinking I may use it myself next year and I might even just order it now so he can have a look.

Momto6 I am not familiar with Wordsmith so I will have a look at that too so I can give him some more information.

I have been given a copy of the Rod and Staff grade four program which I won't need this year, so I may offer that for the younger child, whatever other advantages and disadvantages there are, free counts for a lot!

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Not free but Jump In! 2nd edition would be excellent for the older child. 

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