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Rachael5 Stars Out Of 5Outstanding all in one Language ArtsMay 22, 2018RachaelQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I used this with my daughter when she was in 6th grade. I was so bummed at the start of this past school year (2017/2018) that the second volume wasn't out yet, so we had to choose a different curriculum for this year. We really loved this curriculum. I found it quite challenging for a 6th grader, and am quite shocked that they recommend it for starting at 4th-8th grade, especially considering it's really a student-led course. I like that's it's student-led though as I feel that really helps children learn to become more independent and was really written easily enough for them to understand and follow along without needing too much guidance from me. One reviewer mentioned that the book has you jumping all over the place and while that is true to some extent (mainly just for marking their rubrics) there are many other curriculum that does the same. IEW, for example, has multiple resources that have to be referred to. While I do feel this curriculum is a little light on grammar, I found adding in Easy Grammar helped with that and I liked that this still incorporated it so my student could see how what they learned in EG correlated with actual writing. By the end of the year, my student's writing had DRAMATICALLY improved! Overall, she thoroughly enjoyed this curriculum and I'm contemplating continuing with it for her next year even though she's entering 8th grade. My son is entering 6th grade and I'm so glad they also came up with a separate student book, so now I can get just that for him and still use my original book for him to take the course too. Smart on their part, as that was really my only original complaint with the curriculum!
I also loved the Reader's in Residence. This was a really complete Literature component and the two together gelled really well and made for a great combined curriculum. I hope more people give this curriculum a shot. I loved the Rubrics as they give the teacher the confidence and the knowledge on how to grade writing, which for some can be the most difficult part of it. The book is truly engaging with the color and the layout for the student. The flow of it is natural and doesn't feel so boring like other curriculum that focus too much on the breakdown of sentence structure and not enough on the big picture. The "big picture" approach allows students to get why they sentence structure is important without even realizing it.
Valerie1 Stars Out Of 5Not a good fit!January 6, 2018ValerieQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1I would recommend being able to review this curriculum in it's entirely before purchasing it. The actual writing assignments were not a good fit for my 4th and 7th grader. Both of my boys are adopted and the family tree assignment was a big challenge. I really wanted to like this curriculum, because it combined grammar and writing, but finally decided I need to find a different writing program to finish out the year. I am bummed.
DawnMarylandAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A One-Stop-Shop Writing Course!September 27, 2017DawnMarylandAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This writing course was just what I was hoping for. I love that the course is written to the student and requirers very little parent planning. The 4 day/week schedule outlined in the course is very managable for our homeschool. My student always knows what is expected of her on any given day. The activities are explained well, and the workbook is beautiful. The course includes grammar and addresses spelling, but actually teaches them in meaningful ways related to their writing. Others complained about the thickness of the book, but my child enjoys having all her "writing stuff" in one easy to find book. She is very excited to have friends and family read her stories. (this is something she never liked doing before) We hope the publisher continues the series!!!
JF5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent for my hard to please studentJuly 6, 2017JFQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I purchased this book for my 10 year old, who has a very short attention span. The assignments were interesting and engaging for her and she really dove into several of the assignments. We have had some very good discussions prompted by various assignments throughout the book. I like the way it's organized and the myriad of topics it introduces.
Lindsey Jane3 Stars Out Of 5Not Well OrganizedMay 10, 2017Lindsey JaneQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2The way this book is organized is very confusing and difficult for kids to have any independence with. You have to jump all over the place in the book. The modules and the grading matrix are far too complex. I really like the actual content and assignments, but they over complicated the process in this book. I'm also finding it difficult to keep everything well organized, since you would think all work would be written in, but that isn't the case. Some assignments require students to cut out parts of the workbook. When the kids need to revise what they have written, they have to write it on separate paper. I loved it in the beginning but it became a big, confusing mess by the end of the year.