Write with the Best - Vol. 1

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I just wanted to send a quick email.  I ordered your WWTB Volume 1 several years ago. At the time I bought it, it didn't seem to work very well with us (or rather, I didn't think it was enough). I set it aside and used a more pricey curriculum that took a lot more time. I used that for 6 months and then switched again to a different curriculum. Nothing seemed to work. One day I was cleaning out my school room and came across your program again. One thing I always liked about it was that it was short and sweet and kept the attention of my children. Somehow I just thought they needed more, but "more" meant sitting for long periods watching a guy ramble on about writing models and adjectives. That just wasn't working for us at all! 

I must also tell you I have a reluctant writer, so during this time I had attended conferences and searched websites trying to find something for her that would work. She also has Aspergers, ADD, and a learning disability. She is 2 grade levels behind in most subjects and I've learned to be ok with this--to let her learn at her own pace. So over the past year or so, I've paid attention to how she learns best. I didn't push writing when she was feeling overwhelmed by it. So when I came across my previous purchased curriculum, I decided to give it another go. It was short. It had good models for writing. And best of all, I didn't have to bang my head against a wall to prep for it. Now 2 of my girls are almost finished with it (grades 6 and 9). And both of them really love it. My oldest has begun to write stories about her favorite comic book characters. When I saw her doing this, it brought me near to tears! She never once showed an interest in writing--in her entire life but now she's writing 100 page stories about her comic book characters. They aren't always grammatically correct and she still is needing lots of instruction and practice, but it's awesome to see her try. Writing seems to come easier for her younger sister, but that doesn't really bother her. She tries and tries and sometimes she just surprises me. And she's learned to try something new and actually love it. Awesome!

Last week she finished up a poem about her dog and I just couldn't believe it. This from a girl who didn't get rhyming at all. Even my 7 year old can pick up rhyming words, but for some reason this was not something my oldest could grasp. But after working with her in your program, she's getting it for the first time. 

I decided to order the second volume because my oldest told me we needed to. She loves it that much. I asked her if she wanted to use something else..."no way!" she likes this and doesn't want to change. I also ordered a bunch of other scratch and dent materials from you to try out your other curriculum. I will definitely be using this program and the others with all 3 of my children and then passing it on to my nieces and nephews who also are being homeschooled. Thank you so much for looking out for the special needs kids! I will recommend this program over and over...great job!

Michelle B. MN

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I am a homeschooling mom of three in California. I wanted to express to you my complete satisfaction with your Write with the Best writing program, which I purchased just this year. Itís hard to find a program that is just right for your homeschool without having to change things around--but this is perfect for us, and perhaps it might be helpful to you if I told you why:
1.)  It is not intimidating. It is not a huge volume with lessons for every day of the year and so many extras that your head spins. For me, those big curriculums are impossible to travel with through the changing tides of the school year. They donít work into any other program but themselves, and I usually end up completing a fourth to a half of those types of programs.
2.)  It is simple. It is clear, concise, and beautifully laid out. It is not complex or confusing, which can stuff down someone's creativity in an instant. 
3.)  It is not too hard, and the lessons are not too lengthy. In fact, I was surprised that each lesson was so short--it gives us time to work on word selection and imagery. We get to take our time!
4.)  It is quite a realistic plan, and the results are there. You can do one unit at a time, and then go to something else if you wish. This year I will be trading off with US Geography and itís working out excellently. Thank you again for your product, I know I will use the other volume as well.

I have attached a sample of one of my daughter's assignments from Volume One, Description of an Object. It became more of a description of an event, but I was still pleased with the outcome.

Sincerely, Marsha B. (from Northern California)

Description of an Object writing sample

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I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful product. My oldest child is a "reluctant writer". We've tried several different programs over the years with minimal results.
 
Write With The Best has definitely been my find of the year! The clear, well organized units have helped my son tremendously. He's learned a great deal about the writing process and can now approach an assignment with more confidence.
 
I'm looking forward to receiving Write With The Best - Volume 2 for him and plan on using your program with all my children.
 
Thank you,
Renee
A Homeschooling Mom in Georgia

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"May I ask if you have an anticipated release date [for volume 2]? Volume 1 is tremendous, and we are hoping to continue with your program."   L. C.   Connecticut

I just started using your Write with the Best curriculum, and it is wonderful. It has helped my 9th grader see how important words are and how to, after many years and many programs, create a good paragraph. When do you expect to have Volume II available?   L. N.   Pennsylvania 

I have Write with the Best & LOVE it!!! Can't wait to start using it
with my children. Is Volume 2 available yet?   C. E.   Washington

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(Mrs. Dixon has taught writing classes to local homeschoolers for many years. Although the parental endorsements below are about these classes, please keep this fact in mind: As stated in the introduction to Write with the Best, the same techniques that Mrs. Dixon has successfully used in her writing classes are also found throughout its pages.)

I highly recommend Jill Dixon's class. Two of my children have participated in her class with very positive results. Her curriculum makes creative writing enjoyable, not another task to complete. One of my children who was a student of Mrs. Dixon's for two years entered a private high school this year. The excellent preparation in creative writing that he received through this class was a great benefit to him. Without hesitation, I highly recommend this course.   G. T. 

C_ _ _  is a special needs student. He is dyslexic and has dysgraphia. Jill Dixon's class has been a turning point in C_ _ _'s learning process. He enjoys learning now because of Jill's creative approach to teaching. Most importantly, C_ _ _  is beginning to master writing. He has learned how to organize and arrange his thoughts and to make use of written language rules such as capitalization, punctuation, grammar, spelling, and sentence structure. He no longer dreads writing assignments. In fact, he now enjoys sharing his work with us.   C. C.

(The following note, attached to an assessment finding, is from a mom whose child had poor writing skills prior to taking Mrs. Dixon's class. After attending her class for remedial work, the student entered the public school system. Later, the student was tested by that system in order to determine qualification for graduation. Below the note are some of the conclusions about the student's skill taken from the Georgia High School Graduation Test for Writing.)

Dear Jill, 
Kudos to you! Is this the same kid we knew a few years ago?
I nearly fell over, not knowing whether to laugh or cry. 
Thanks for all your work and encouragement.
                                      Love,   D. W.

Content and Organization: The paper contained a clear controlling idea established and developed through generally relevant supporting ideas. Supporting ideas were generally presented in a logical order with enough support for the writer's position to be considered complete.
Style: The paper established a sense of the writer's individuality. Word choice was engaging and precise, conveying an awareness of the dictionary meaning of words. Sentence structure was varied. The tone was appropriate for the topic and purpose and sustained through most of the paper. The paper demonstrated a clear awareness of the intended audience.
Conventions of Written Language: The paper demonstrated a full, consistent command of usage and mechanics. The paper demonstrated the writer's ability to use a variety of the conventions appropriate for written Standard American English.
Sentence Formation: The paper contained consistently clear, complete sentences with correct end punctuation. The various elements within the sentences were joined correctly, and the ideas within sentences were connected properly. Competence in both subordination and coordination of ideas was demonstrated through a variety of strategies.

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