I have always used CM narration/copy work techniques for our language arts. This year, though, I thought I'd try Writing with Ease, because I'd read good things about it and I thought it would make my life easier somehow. I'm now 6 or so weeks into it with each of my children and I have very mixed feelings about it. I have to stop my ds9 from telling me so much, because it is definitely a summary program, not a CM narration program. He is used to telling me EVERYTHING he can think of about the books he reads. He loves narrating. I do see the value in being able to pick out important information and being able to make several really good sentences to sum it up instead of going on forever. My ds11 has formulated some great sentences because he HAD to keep it to a few sentences and had to fit what he wanted to say into a limited amount of space. However, I don't like the way it seems to stifle their own thoughts and perceptions and what they find important or interesting about their reading. I'm wondering if I should ditch them and go back to my original CM narration style, or whether there is enough value in learning to summarize this way to make it worth our time. I am torn and I don't know what to do, so I would love your opinions on this.