Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
I am excited about today’s review because I’ve wanted to try Fix It! Grammar by Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) for quite some time! This language arts and grammar curriculum teaches students to critically analyze material and then correctly search for and fix errors. While perfecting the 5-step process your child will also understand accurate punctuation, correct grammar, and eventually be able to apply these methods to their composition and essay work.
Fix It! Grammar comes in six different levels with two for Elementary, two for Middle School, and the final two levels for High School students. Each level corresponds with a different book with the lessons and exercises reflecting that text. We chose Level 5 Frog Prince for Bear to use during his freshman year. We received a Teacher’s Manual, Student Book, and the Fix It! Grammar Cards. The card pack includes 30, full-color cards with content from the glossary and Teacher’s Manual. These cards allow key grammar concepts to be easily found to review and reference. Free downloads are also included with your purchases and can be accessed via the instructions in the Teacher’s Manual. A digital list is also provided for extra grammar activities, games, practice drills, and review.
Level 5 provides an introduction, practice, and advanced grammatical concept lessons on verb types, noun functions, jobs of specific clauses and phrases, as well as pronoun cases. Though we’ve never used this program before, Bear has consistently taken grammar and worked through each lesson without issues. The daily lessons took approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Bear and I met together weekly to discuss this along with his other syllabus assignments. During our meeting, he would check his work with the Teacher’s Manual and make any corrections. Eventually, he had minimal mistakes which I attribute to the daily repetition of finding and fixing via this curriculum.
Fix It! Grammar 5-step process
- Learn It!: learn grammar and punctuation concepts.
- Read It!: Read the daily passage and define new vocabulary words.
- Mark It!: label the passage using the provided guide.
- Fix It!: Correct the passage using new and previously learned concepts.
- Rewrite It!: Copy the corrected passage, eventually rewriting the complete story!
You can easily place your child at the correct level using the descriptions on the website. It is also suggested that children without grammar knowledge begin at Level 1. Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) has also recently updated the Fix It! Grammar curriculum. Now, instructions provide detailed editing marks and helpful hints. Scope and Sequence Charts, a weekly Vocabulary Chart, and a Table of Contents are also included. Each daily lesson indicates what needs to be marked or fixed and includes space to rewrite the passage. IEW still encourages parents to treat this curriculum as a game which helps makes the program more engaging and fun for students. I’m glad we FINALLY had the opportunity to try Fix It! Grammar by Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW). The process is quick and the effects of consistent practice make this program worthwhile.
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