Topic | Anyone use Wordsmith Apprentice?

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  • 4myboys
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    I’m still trying to figure out the whole LA thing for my 6th grader, especially.  I’ve been looking at ILL, and then I was looking at Writing Tales, then back at ILL.  I really like the look of Apologia’s Jump In!, but I was looking at it for 7th grade.  My ds was in public school until 4th, but we really didn’t do any formal writing of any kind this past year.  I wanted him to get oral narrations down.  We did Queen’s Language Lessons for the Elementary child, but were not completely satisfied.  He is a reluctant witer who has a lot of difficulty in organizing his thoughts.  I want something with solid instruction that he can do independently, ideally something that can be completed confortablly in one year.

    I know Wordsmith Apprentice is not CM, but I think in this regard the work-book style and would really appeal to him.  I think there are many elements of ILL that hed enjoy, but hed prefer the workbook but cost of that would get up there pretty quick between buying the initial down-load and printing.  I know we`d end up skipping a lot of the lessons as well, even if we extended it to 2 years. 

    Has anyone tried printing ILL from google books?  Can you do that?  It might be worth it to try it for a couple weeks…

    pslively
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    You can print from any book you download at google books.  Just download the pdf and print the pages you want.  That would be a good way to try it out.  I have done this with several books, and then purchased the ones that we found we were going to continue using.  

    If you are wanting writing instruction, I don’t think ILL does much instructing in that area.  There are several writing assignments as I recall, but not much instructing.  Although it’s sitting on my shelf, I haven’t looked at it in a while so someone can correct me if I’m wrong.  

    My oldest used Wordsmith Apprentice, but it’s been at least 8 years ago and I just don’t remember much about it.  I do remember thinking it was really good and that I would use it with the next round of kids.  As we homeschool mothers tend to do, however, I found something I liked better and so I sold the Wordsmith Apprentice a few years ago.  This is the one that is set up like you are a newspaper reporter, right?  I remember thinking it did a good job and that she was able to work independently through it.

    Bookworm
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    We tried Wordsmith Apprentice with my oldest.  It was one of the Myriad Panic Writing Curricula we tried.  (There was quite a list.)  I at first thought it sounded appealing, and we started off well enough, but ds got terribly bored, thought it was stupid, and I couldn’t see much improvement.  Once I figured written narrations out, that won hands-down and I got rid of the program and never used it with my youngers.  (Poor oldest guinea pig.) 

    4myboys
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    Thanks, ladies. 

    I don’t know why I can’t get anything to work for me on google books…

     

    pslively
    Participant

    That is funny, Bookworm.  I would have to concur with your statement about the poor oldest guinea pig.  Oh, if I could go back and do it over again!

    4myboys… what’s wrong with google books?  Do you need some help?

     

    houseofchaos
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    4myboys – what browser are you using?  I have no download button for ILL in Firefox, but I do in Explorer.

    4myboys
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    I’m not sure what my problem is — I have explorer on my laptop and firfox on my office computer and I’m not getting anywhere with either.  I can see the front cover of the book, but that’s it — nothing inside, if I click on download near the top of the screen I’m taken back to the search box.  Maybe I need updating?

     

    pslively
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    If you PM me with your email address, I’ll email you the pdf file of the book that I previously downloaded from google.

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