Monday, January 17, 2011

Editor - In - Chief from Timberdoodle

I received 2, Editor-in-Chief, books from Timberdoodle. These books are published by Critical Thinking Press.  Both workbooks contain 33 lessons. The student reads a passage, then has to find all the errors. (Answers are in the back of the book.)  There is also an "Editing Checklist" and helpful notes for the teacher. There are detailed explanations in the answer key. The book also includes a fabulous "Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation." The Guide is wonderful! It has plenty of examples and descriptions on things like "Adjectives, Adverbs, Conjunctions, Clauses, and much more." It is like a dictionary and teaching tool all in one.

Description from Publisher:

"Editor in Chief improves your child's grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and attention to detail using a standards-based thinking approach rather than drill and practice. This effective method teaches students to carefully analyze and edit stories that contain errors in writing mechanics and story details.

The stories involve mixed-skills practice, starting with easier errors and becoming more challenging as students become adept at the editing process."

Editor-in- Chief B1  for grades 6 - 8 ($16.99)

I worked on this with John (13).  He found several  mistakes (spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.).  Then I helped him find the rest. We checked the answers in the back. The next day, he worked on another lesson. He really enjoyed pretending he was an actual editor who had to proofread and correct someone else's work!

Editor-in- Chief C1 for grades 9 - 12 ($18.99):

Amy (16) used this workbook. She found it challenging. We did a couple of lessons together so she could get the hang of things. Soon she was analyzing and finding mistakes like a professional!


My Overall Impression:

The books are an excellent tool for teaching writing skills. I believe children learn the most during the editing process because mistakes become very clear. Students will get in the habit of reviewing their own work before handing in final papers. They will take their editing skills and use them to become better writers.

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mommyx12 said...

We love Editor in Chief. I've used them for several years and our children have learned a lot from them. We are using them this year too.

Taryn said...

We ordered the Spectrum Test Prep Workbooks every year from Timberdoodle. They also have the Amish and Mennonite(Christian Light Publications) readers. We liked the Easy Grammar workbooks(we only ordered the teachers'-$22.75). Our favorite homeschool catalogs are Abeka, Christian Liberty Press(math,etc.) and Timberdoodle.

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