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Better Than Imagined
on November 2, 2009
I bought this because my son missed something in public school when it came to writing. I have since taken up homeschooling.
This book, as long as it is NOT labeled "Homeschool", is very good. The version, at this level, labeled "Homeschool" comes up short by about 20 pages.
Writing Strands Level 2, requires adult participation; levels 3 & 4 require very little, if any.
This book is easy to read, easy to follow and in some parts funny. It is designed for children 6-7 years old and is meant to last an entire school year. However, since my son is 10 and so far behind, some lessons were modified to be more age appropriate and we did more than one lesson at a time.
As articulate as my son is, 3 months ago he was hard pressed to write simple 4 word sentences, and had no concept of a paragraph. Using just this book he is now writing 6-8 word descriptive sentences with 5-8 sentences per paragraph. However, I must admit it is with applied effort, and continued coaxing. He'd rather chat than write.
He is now into the Writing Strands Level 3 book, and I am extremely impressed. Writing has become easier for him, and much more pleasant for me to read.
If you are a homeschooling parent, or would like to give your public school child a leg up, I highly recommend any of the Writing Strands books. Just double check the version you order.
Do NOT order the versions labeled homeschool anywhere in the title. Although these books were designed for homeshooling, the versions with Homeschool in the title are revised versions and have been watered down.