Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) has been working to help all children improve their writing skills. They are also dedicated to offering support in those other areas that make writing easier such as spelling and now grammar as well. Their material covers all areas from those just beginning through high school. Many of their materials can be used for a span of ages to make it easy to adapt for use with the whole family. There website is full of helpful information that helps you make the best choices for your family. You can also go to IEW’s You Tube page for even more helpful information. All of their materials are also parent-teacher friendly that makes it easy to teach as well.
Fix It! Grammar
This time we are reviewing IEW’s new Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree (Book 1). I used the Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree (Teacher’s Manual Book 1) and my 10th grader used the Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree (Student Book 1). The teacher’s manual comes with the a downloadable version of the student book or the book can be purchased printed and ready to go. Both the teacher manual and student book come bound with plastic spiral with makes it very easy to open and turn make for easy use yet it is sturdy. The teacher’s manual for Fix It! Grammar includes an introduction to explain how the program works and helps you get started with teaching your student. The process takes about 15 minutes a day. Week 1 comes with detail lesson instruction. Each day will show the corrected version of the students assignment and also includes extra notes including advanced information. In subsequent weeks continue with a similar format with a page that helps you teach the new concept for the week. Each day continues to show you the corrected assignment and notes including the definition for the daily vocabulary word.
The student work book can be downloaded with the purchase of the teacher’s manual. But if you purchase the each week includes the Learn It page information and the direction for the week. It also has a page with the work that needs to be corrected. Also, the top of each weeks assignment page includes a reminder of the information that they should be looking for to mark or correct. The book also includes card stock pages with review cards that can be cut out and used by the student to help them when doing their work each day. Finally, there is the Fix It! Grammar Glossary that contains will include the definition of all the needed grammar terms and rules used. It is set up to be used 4 days a week.
We used the Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree with is Book 1 in the Fix It! series. Each book in the series increases in difficulty and pacing. There is a placement test available to help you decide the best place to start out. In The Nose Tree Book 1 each day includes one sentence to be marked and corrected with the new concept for the week and any previous concepts taught. Each day also includes one word in bold print that they student must look up and define. After, they have gone over their work with their teacher they then copy the sentence for the day on to paper. Each day they add to what they have already written. By the end of the year they will have written a full story. In The Nose Tree there is usually only one new concept each week and their are a few weeks of just review.
Using Fix It! Grammar – The Nose Tree
Joshua used the program Monday through Thursday completing one assignment each day. When I got home from work I would go over his markings and then he would copy his sentences for the day. It was always quick and each to complete. Joshua is also doing IEW’s Student Writing Intensive Level C along with Fix It! Grammar for his English credit. I choose to start with Book 1 in the series for a couple of reasons including the fact that since we were both new to the program it seemed like a good place to start. Also, this was a different way of learning grammar. I wanted to keep it from being overwhelming so we would have immediate success. Having now used the program for six weeks I think I really made the best choice for my son. He has completed his work each day without any pushing from me.
I think that one of the best part of this program is that it doesn’t take a lot of time but it packs a whole lot of learning into those short lessons. I love how each week builds on the week before so the student is gaining new information but is still reviewing and gaining full mastery of all the concepts. I found that using it along with Student Writing Intensive was a perfect fit and they worked well together. Also, because the assignments for SWI are usually more time-consuming having something to is quick to complete makes it easier to make sure it all gets done each day.
I thought it was funny when I ask my son for his opinion on Fix It! Grammar his answer was almost exactly what I said. He said it was quick, simple, and easy yet he felt like he was learning a lot.
Facts, Just the Facts
Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree (Teacher’s Manual Book 1) sales for $19.00
Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree (Student Book 1) sales for $15.00
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