How do you teach your child grammar? What about a child who despises everything to do with writing? You could let them become an editor of a story like the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) lets them do in their Fix It! Grammar Books. Moe Man and I had the chance to use Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree [Book 1], both the Teacher’s Manual and the print copy of the Student Book.
What Is It?
IEW’s Fix It! Grammar is a simple way to work with your child on grammar daily for only about 10-15 minutes. The Fix It! Grammar program is a full grammar program for 3rd grade and up. We started with book one after taking this placement test.
The Teacher’s Manual is a lovely spiral bound book. Included in this book are the weekly lessons, with the answers, explanations of those answers, scope and sequence for the year and the grammar glossary. Also, at the beginning of the teacher’s manual is the way to download your student book for FREE along with two e-audios for your enjoyment. Yes, I said you get to download your student’s book for FREE and they even give you permission to download it as many times as you need to for your immediate family’s use. All of that for just $19.00!
Now if you want the actual printed Student Book, IEW has that too. For $15 you are able to get this in the same spiral bound style as the teacher manual. You get the daily lessons separated by weeks, the grammar glossary and the grammar cards to help your student remember what they have already learned.
Besides the teacher manual and the student book, the only other recommended/needed items are a notebook for vocabulary words and the re-writing of the passage and an envelope for storing your grammar cards.
How Did We Use It?
Every day, for 4 days a week, we would sit down and work on these lessons. Day 1 would include me spending more time with Moe Man than any other day as we went over the new rules for the week. I would make sure he understood what we talked about, confirm he remembered the information from previous weeks, and make sure that he had his grammar cards cut out and ready to go. We would go over the daily vocabulary words, with Moe Man using his new dictionary skills to look them up and find the correct definition for the word within the sentence.
Once I made sure he had it, Moe Man was excited to work on his grammar…yes, I said excited! On days 2-4, he would take his time and go over the passage, do the markings that he knows at that point and have me check it. After making sure that he had it marked correctly, he would proceed to re-write it in his notebook. At the end of every week, he would than read the story up to the point where he was. I would take this a step farther than suggested, and I would ask him to guess what would be happening next. This is my kid who doesn’t want anything to do with writing or analyzing his writing. But this is the kid who loves to read…and to become the editor of a story…well let’s just say this is different from most other grammar lessons!
What Is Our Opinion?
I can tell you, after using this program for some time now, I really love it! There is very little prep each day. The word simple is the only word I can use to truly describe this! Moe Man always asks to do this first in the day. He is understanding the simple layout, the repetition of daily use helps him remember and since it only takes 15 minutes he can’t complain about the time it takes! In fact, this kid who doesn’t want anything to do with writing, this kid who fights me when I try to work with him on grammar, this kid has asked me if we could please continue using this program after the review is over! He even went so far as to ask if there were more so that he could do a different book next year for grammar! If this kid is asking me this, than you should be able to guess that I have a good opinion about this grammar program!
We love this, and the fact that the kids are working on a full story through the whole year makes them want to keep going so they can finish it. We did book 1, there are 6 books total and each book is a different story. That makes for 6 years of grammar. Moe Man won’t be able to finish all of them…unless he really wants to, but I am hoping that Ray Ray, Little Miss and the new baby will all be able to start these right away and finish all 6! IEW has made a wonderful grammar program that is easy to use, but effective at teaching your child what they need to know in a fun way!
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