Last week Skeeterbug finished Level 2 of Writing With Ease. This is a four-day a week program. One day of narration, two days of dictation, then on the last day narration and dictation is combined when the student takes one of his sentences from his own narration and it is dictated to him. Copywork is dropped part way through this level, which I think is a bit too early so we still practice some copywork here and there. I’d actually hoped to finish this level a little faster, but in the end it took us one school year to complete. It’s funny to look back at my post from when he finished the last level, I was worried that we were behind. Now I am quite happy to have the level overlap into the following school year.
I had also been thinking of using PAL but in the end put it aside to concentrate on the narration/dictation in WWE. Moving forward we will begin Level 3, but I am also adding IEW’s Bible Heroes. From what I understand this is aimed at second grade, with options for beefing it up for up to grade five. I’ve looked at their third grade program and fear it could be too much this year when we will already be doing Level 3 of WWE. I don’t want to drop WWE as I don’t want to lose ground on Skeeterbug’s narration/dictation skills. He does not love writing and I don’t want to overwhelm him. So I’m using Bible Heroes as a gentle introduction to IEW. It has a very different feel to it, I am hoping it will be a good complement to WWE. I have not yet decided if we will alternate weeks or days or how we will schedule it, we will figure that out after we’ve tried it a couple of different ways to see what works for us.
My tentative plan moving forward is to do All Things Fun & Fascinating from IEW next year, possibly alongside WWE Level 4, then maybe a year of their regular program before moving to Writing With Skill. (Right now there is only one level of WWS, more will be released before we get there.) Those are my tentative plans. We may fall in love with IEW and stay there, or we may come back to just WWE/WWS. Whatever works best for Skeeterbug.
And for anyone interested, the above book did not come spiral bound. It’s actually quite a thick book since it comes with the instructor’s portion and the student pages all bound into one book. I had it separated and the teacher portion bound. The student pages I’ve kept loose-leaf for copying, they can be copied for use within your own family. If I choose to sell the book (not anytime soon, I’ve got three more kids to go through it!) then the buyer can download a pdf of just the student pages from the Peace Hill Press website. For Level 3 I’ll probably get the pdf version of the entire book and just read the instructor’s portion from the iPad and print the student pages as needed.
Linking to my Curriculum 2013 page since this explains what we are doing the rest of the year. 🙂