Writing with Ease – writing for young students

Writing with EaseAbout 3 weeks ago my dd began her grammar program (First Language Lessons) and things have gone quite well thus far.  We are about halfway through that program since we have been compacting and skipping lessons where needed (you can read about that in my blog post on FLL) and I thought that we would start the writing program that I had picked out for her.

Writing with Ease (WWE), authored by Susan Wise Bauer, is a gentle introduction for young students.  The first year consists of copywork and narration exercises and begins with short selections while gradually increasing the length and difficulty over a period of 36 weeks.  The book that I have linked to contains all of the criteria and instructions needed for 4 years of writing assignments.  However, there are workbooks available if you wish the program to be more open and go, and do not like the idea of finding sources for your writing program.

So, I had to decide whether I wanted to take selections from our own readings or if I wanted to buy the workbooks and have everything laid out for me.  I opted for the first choice for a few reasons:

  1. It would be cheaper for me to do the legwork rather than buy the workbook.
  2. I wanted to use selections from books that we were reading or had already read.
  3. I felt that some of the stories in the sample pages were a little old for my dd who is younger than the average first grader.  For example, several of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books are included, and while thay are wonderful books, I don’t think that my dd will be interested in them yet.

For our first week, I choose The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter as our story.  It was actually quite simple to pick copywork and narration selections using the criteria outlined in the WWE book.  I believe that it took less than 20 minutes to re-read the story and type up the relevant passages for our work (click here to download the passages that we used).

I have also decided to follow the schedule that is laid out in the book: copywork is completed on days 1 and 3 (Monday and Wednesday) and narration exercises are done on days 2 and 4 (Tuesday and Thursday for us).

I will let you know in a few weeks how this new program is working for us.

What do you use for a writing program?  I would love to hear what you have found that works well.


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