Recently, I was given the opportunity to use and review Writing and Rhetoric by Classical Academic Press for HipHomeschoolMoms.com. Below is part of that review – to read the full review, access a coupon code, and enter a give-away, CLICK HERE.
Writing has been one of the most challenging subjects for me to implement into our homeschool. I find this a bit funny, considering I love to write and have been an avid writer since I was very young.
For this reason (and because it just looked so great!), I was thrilled to review Writing & Rhetoric Book 1 and Book 2 from Classical Academic Press.
Using Writing & Rhetoric with a student who loves writing:
I used Writing & Rhetoric Book 1: Fable with my daughter. She is nine years old and takes quite easily to writing. She enjoys reading and narration and coming up with interesting and creative ideas for stories. She also enjoys constructing stories using her language skills. She’s a pretty easy going girl when it comes to writing instruction. (She’s essentially the perfect student who happily does anything I ask!) Because we implement much of Charlotte Mason’s philosophies into our home, we hadn’t done much formal writing instruction beyond daily dictation and simple written narrations (a few sentences) before this year.
Using Writing & Rhetoric with a reluctant writer:
I used Writing & Rhetoric Book 2: Narrative 1 with my son. He is eleven years old and is a very reluctant writer. He’s the type of guy who counts every letter during his copywork assignments and cringes at the thought of coming up with creative writing ideas or really ANY writing ideas. He is wonderfully creative in many ways apart from writing (think constructing the Taj Mahal out of Legos from scratch…) but when it comes to the written word, he really does not enjoy the process.
It is interesting to have two children who are so very different in their thoughts about writing try the very same program. The results were just as interesting! (Psst! They both really enjoyed this program!)
A little bit about the structure of Writing Rhetoric:
Writing & Rhetoric is a Classical writing program. It starts with Book 1 (grades 3/4) and goes all the way to Book 12 (grades 8/9), with such titles as Fable, Chreia & Proverb, Comparison, Impersonation & Description, Thesis, Attack/Defend a Law.
It is a step-by-step, open and go program that walks you and your child through the process of writing well and understanding the many factors of the written word. Each lesson has many steps that are all slightly different and focus on unique skills related to understanding writing and the writing process, including grammar and vocabulary (and even some Latin roots!).