Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree
Years ago at our local Homeschool Conference, I had the chance to hear Andrew Pudewa from Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) speak. He instantly won me over, as he had worked along side Glenn Doman at the IAHP. When I saw The Homeschool Review Crew had teamed up with Fix It! Grammar, a product from the IEW, I started to look into the program.
My First Thoughts
This was not the first time I had heard about Fix It! Grammar. I knew my good friend and her son were using Fix It! Grammar, so I called her to find out if she thought we should apply. As a former teacher, turned homeschool mom, I highly respect her opinion. She had nothing to say but good things. So we signed up and selected Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree [Teacher’s Manual Book 1]and Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree [Student Book 1],
We choice the first book in the series, as each book builds on itself. If your student is missing a few skills from Book 1 and tries to do Book 2 first, they may get frustrated. They could be missing the foundation needed to complete Book 2.
Last Minute Student Swap
I intended on using this program with my almost 14 year old son. However when my almost 13 year old step daughter saw the books sitting on the table, she really wanted to do it.
The purchase of these books entitles its owners to a free download of the Fix It! Student eBook. I could allow her to do the program, and still print out copies for my other two children when I am ready to work through it with them. (Note: These downloads are only to be used with your immediate family or classroom)
Since my oldest son is a reluctant writer, he would likely need more help and individual focus. I want to start this program fresh with him this summer, when there is no deadlines or pressure to create a blog perfect experience. My stepdaughter, who is a natural writer could tell me her honest opinion and compare it to grammar instruction she has received in the past.
How Does the Program Work?
Fix It! Grammar, is a 33 week program, if done 4 days a week. It only requires a 15 minute a day commitment. If you are using this program with an older student, lessons can be doubled up and completed at a quicker pace.
Each week your student is presented with a new concept in the “Learn It”section of the lesson.
Then each day your student is given an assignment in the “FIX IT”section of the lesson. They work through a new sentence of the story.
It is their job to solve the puzzle:
- by correcting the mistakes,
- marking the passages with abbreviations for the new concepts they have learned,
- defining the vocabulary words,
- then the student will write the corrected sentence neatly into a notebook.
At the end of the 33 weeks, the notebook will contain the whole story from beginning to end. Your student will have corrected an entire story!
What Is the Benefit in Teaching Grammar This Way?
The IEW claims students learn better when things are being taught in context. By working thought and correcting a story, they are learning where all these rules applied in real life. The repetition helps ensure mastery, and editing skills transfer into better writing skills.
What Did We Think of the Program?
One area in my school career I feel I did not get enough instruction in was grammar. As a homeschool mom, I’m learning right along side my kids. I don’t want my child to have to look up what a noun or verb is, or when to use there/their or they’re when their kids ask for help with homework.
My step daughter, who is already a strong writer, quickly started having ah-ha moments as she worked through the first few weeks of the program. If I had let her, she would have blown through several weeks of the program in one sitting.
Perfect for Independent Learners!
My step daughter is very self motivated and prefers to learn independently. The student book provided her with plenty of clear detailed instructions. Only once or twice did she have to ask to help clarify a new concept.
I think for reluctant writers, like my oldest son, the short lessons will keep them from getting discouraged. With only one sentence a day to work on, it will not be overwhelming. I can really see how only 15 mins a day with Fix It! Grammar accomplishes more, then pages of worksheets focusing on only one grammar skill.
Our Future Plans for Fix It! Grammar…
My stepdaughter Chloe will continue to work through the student book over the next few months. Come this summer, we will be downloading and printing out two more copies of the Student book. One will be used with my eldest son Wesley, to help prepare him for high school in the fall. The other copy will be put away for us to pull out in a few years to use with Zakari when the time comes.
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