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Kathleen5 Stars Out Of 5August 26, 2008KathleenIn Writing With Ease, Susan Wise Bauer explains how speaking and writing differ and how to help your child develop the skills needed to move successfully from the former to the latter. This is not just a writing pedagogy designed to take your child from learning how to speak clearly to being able to write clearly, though. The most valuable thing about Writing With Ease is that it teaches the teacher why narration, copy work, and dictation are so vital in building the foundation of lucid, coherent writing. Mrs. Bauer not only tells you what to do, she explains why you are to do it. The book lays out a detailed four-year plan to take your student from learning how to speak in complete sentences to writing short summaries and taking 25-30-word dictations, all the while teaching basic grammar. Also included is an appendix on troubleshooting problems such as "My child cries when he writes. What do I do?" and "My seventh grader can't write at all, and I don't know where to start," as well as appendices with frequently asked questions and additional resources. To reduce preparation time and streamline the application of the principles in this book, I highly recommend using the accompanying student workbooks (Level One is available at this time).