How Did We Use This Product?
|The Introduction Page--gives all the information you need to get everything set up.|
|These are the only two things that are needed once set up.|
|Because we have the printed version of the student book, we only needed these two sections in our binder|
Once we got everything set up, we read through the information detailing how the curriculum would work. This is printed in the teachers manual AND the student book so it's easy for them to follow along if you are reading it to them.
After reading about the way the program worked, I noticed that the directions for the rewrite included things that were going to be something new. Up until this point we hadn't been working on writing double-space, nor with an emphasis on paragraph indentation. We also had to discuss margins on paper. I was very happy to have this laid out for him to learn now.
Once we got the set-up completed, we moved on to the first lesson. Each week has a "learn it" page that explains the grammar that is going to be covered and gives examples.
It also notes things like "cut out your grammar cards for week _". The grammar cards are included in the student book at the back and are clearly labeled by week.
Little Britches kept them in an envelope--but kept misplacing the envelope. So I hole punched it and he keeps it right in his binder for quick reference.
The first step for each day is to read the sentence out loud--either you or your child. Little Britches easily did this--needing help usually just for the new vocabulary words. As we continued on, I had him read the story completed to date from his re-write. He liked this AND it help him find areas where he might have forgotten to copy a word or end mark correctly.
The vocabulary words were always bolded in the each sentence. Sometimes it was a phrase like "in due time" but it was usually a single word. The second step in the daily work is to look up the vocabulary in the dictionary and find it's proper meaning as fitting for the sentence. Dictionary work is new for us...but he quickly caught on and now enjoys it.
He copies his vocabulary into his binder. I have him start each week writing "Week _" and then each day he writes "Day _" and then the word. Then he copies the definition.
|We had to make changes and revise our format to make this more legible. We now have it with double spacing between each vocabulary word and clear separations between weeks and days.|
I was happy that I always have the vocabulary word with it's definition in my teacher manual for quick reference. Sometimes we had to restate the one from the dictionary to make it work.
Speaking of the teacher manual...it is very easy to follow. There is a guided dialogue to help you (if you need it) each day and all the information you could possibly need to teaching the lesson is right there--from the corrections on the sentences to explanations for each grammar marking. And yes, the vocabulary and it's definition. There is also advice about how to work with an advanced learner.
Once the vocabulary is recorded, Little Britches works to correct the sentence and mark the grammar. He found this very easy to do, especially as he realized it was something we had worked on previously.
Once everything has been corrected and marked, he moves to the rewrite. Our first few days of rewrite were very sloppy as he struggled to understand what was expected of him. As I mentioned above, it was new for him to focus on indentations (as they are given in the story) and the double spacing. We also hadn't really spent time learning how to write on regular notebook paper (wide-ruled). But he really worked hard and is proud of how "neat" his rewrite looks at this point.
Once we went through the first week of the program, it quickly became "old hat" and now 6 weeks in, we fly through it each day.
I did notice a typographical error in the teacher manual for week 5, but it isn't anything really major...just enough to throw me off when I first looked at it. You can see that the grammar notations are slightly off.
It's something that I would like to see fixed for subsequent printings of the book.
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It is so nice to have a great grammar curriculum that is loved and one where he is willing to do it every day. I hope that you will consider this program for your own family! I know that I will be checking out some of the other curriculum that IEW has to offer for future use!