Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Fix-It! Grammar Review

My daughter, Funny Bunny, is a self-professed editor.  She has a knack for finding grammatical errors in books and she enjoys correcting other people's writings. So when I heard about Fix-It! Grammar from the Institute For Excellence in Writing, I was interested in what she would think about it.

I received Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree Teacher's Manual Book 1 and Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree Student Book 1.

There are six books in the Fix It! Grammar series and each builds off the previous.

* The Nose Tree
* Robin Hood
* Frog Prince, or Just Deserts
* Little Mermaid
* Chanticleer
* Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

In each book, students hunt for and correct errors in daily passages that tell a story.  The books are for elementary through high school, and although it's recommended that all students begin with The Nose Tree: Book 1, there is a placement test on their website.

The Nose Tree is broken into 33 weekly lessons with 4 days of work each week. Each week a new topic is introduced, like Pronouns or Quotations, and discussed.  Each day has just one sentence or one part of a sentence that needs to be labeled, corrected, and re-written.  For students who are new to grammar, this is a great and simple introduction.  For those who may need more of a challenge, multiple days could be combined.  Funny Bunny was able to combine four days into one.

Students define bolded vocabulary words, identify parts of speech, make grammar, punctuation, and spelling corrections, and copy the sentences once they are correct.  When they are finished they will have a cumulative story that they have written.

Included in the Student Book are also Grammar Cards and a very helpful Grammar Glossary.

My Thoughts:  We have been working quickly through The Nose Tree as most of it is a review for Funny Bunny.  We are currently on week 14.  I decided to start with book 1 because, even though most of it is a review for her, there are some new concepts introduced toward the end of the book that I wanted her to learn.  I've been really pleased with this book and would highly recommend it to others who are looking for a solid and cumulative grammar series.

Thoughts of an 11-Year Old:  Fix-It! Grammar is a grammar book that is full of short sentences. You correct the punctuation and label words in each sentence of the story. The story I'm working on now is about how three brothers were granted magical items. It's really quite interesting, and you learn something new every week, or rather, add something to a list of things you label and/or fix. It covers things like pronouns, adjectives, verbs, and who-which clauses. I like Fix-It! Grammar!

Find Out More:  You can find out more online at IEW.  Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree Teacher's Manual Book 1 is $19 and Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree Student Book 1 is $15.  Both are spiral bound and come with an unconditional 100% refund guarantee.

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