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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fix It! Grammar from Institute for Excellence in Writing

Do you have a child who is struggling in language arts with grammar and writing? I do, and that's why I was so excited to be chosen to participate in a TOS review of Fix It! Grammar from the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW)!

I chose to review The Nose Tree (Book 1) and received the following items to use in my homeschool for this review:

Fix It! Grammar Review
Cost: $19


Cost: $15

Both the teacher's manual and the student book are soft covered and are spiral-bound. There is a list included in the teacher's manual of items that you will need for your student such as a dictionary so that your student can look up the vocabulary word each day.

Geared for students in the third grade and up, Fix It! Grammar teaches grammar in "bite-size" pieces. Then students are given the opportunity to take that newly attained knowledge and apply it to their daily passage as they look for and correct errors in sentences that build up into paragraphs to form well-written passages that tell a story. This, to me, is a genius way to teach grammar and writing!

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Fix It! Grammar Review


Here's How We Use Fix It! Grammar

We use Fix It! Grammar four days a week in our homeschool. Each day, I read the lesson introduction and demonstrate on our whiteboard the grammar concept that was introduced in our lesson. My son will then look up the vocabulary word in the dictionary and give me the definition which I write as well on the whiteboard. We then move into "fixing" our sentence for the day. This includes finding the nouns, articles, applying the correct punctuation at then end of the sentence, etc. - whatever grammar concept we've studied - and my son "fixing" the sentence with these markings.

Once we have "fixed" the sentence, my son then copies the sentence into his writing notebook. He is getting very good at looking up his vocabulary words in the dictionary and marking his "fixes" in his student book.


My Opinion of Fix It! Grammar

My son still doesn't necessarily "love" grammar and writing, BUT he will do Fix It! Grammar without fussing and complaining. I think it's because Fix It! Grammar takes an easy approach to both of these subjects. The "bite-size" pieces - as I like to refer to it - does not overwhelm my son and the repetition helps to cement grammar concepts for him.

The daily structure that is provided and repeated each day gives my son a feeling of confidence because he knows exactly what he will be doing each day for grammar and writing. It's been a wonderful addition to our homeschool! I've been looking for something to use for grammar and writing for my son that would not bore him or overwhelm him - I've found it with Fix It! Grammar from the Institute for Excellence in Writing! If you're looking for a complete grammar program, you'll definitely want to give this one a try! Take a look at their webinar to learn more about Fix It! Grammar. They also have a placement test you can use to determine which of the 5 Fix It! Grammar books to begin using with your child.

To read more TOS Reviews of the other books included in Fix It! Grammar, please click on the image below.

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1 comment:

  1. This is really a great post. The book is looking very good. My grammar is a little bit weak and i just want to improve my writing. I think it will be helpful for me. Thanks for sharing us.
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