I wanted something more for grammar. While Daily 6-Trait is good, I felt it was more of a supplement that a full grammar curriculum. So I asked around and got a recommendation for Fix It Grammar by IEW. I decided to get it on Amazon because it was the same price as IEW website ($30) but I got free shipping. I really love this grammar book. It is set up with a lesson page that teaches about the part of speech for that week, how to mark it (like n for noun), and it has little ways of helping you memorize certain parts. After the lesson page there are 4 pages where your child will fix the mistakes and mark the parts of speech. I use the lesson page for Mondays and then the other 4 are spaced out for Tues. thru Fri.
I did read a review that said the way the child learns is by looking at the answer and there are no instructions. I actually use the teacher booklet to go through the lesson of the week with my daughter. She gets the same page in her student booklet. I have her highlight the definition of the part of speech and anything that says memorize. Then we go over the example sentences together so she can ask question if she needs, too. Since there is no work page for that day I have her write a little paragraph about any topic she likes but she has to use the part of speech being taught that week.
The teacher booklet has the same pages as the student pages but the answers are given. First, I have my daughter read the sentence, highlight the vocabulary word, and write the definition. If she doesn't know what it means I see if she has an idea of the meaning, if not she gets the dictionary and looks it up. Next, she does all the fix it parts. These include adding punctuation, capitalizing, and changing things like homophones. Then, she tackles the mark it section. I don't require her to go in any particular order of marking what part of speech each word is. Sometimes it is easy to find certain parts before others like finding the nouns before the adjectives and adjectives before pronouns. Lastly, she does the rewrite section. This part is where the child will rewrite the sentence with all the fixes they made.
By the end of the book the child has rewritten an entire story. Each level has a different story and there are 6 levels total. Every level has 30 weeks worth of learning so we go through about 1.5 levels each year. I really feel my daughter and myself have learned so much from this grammar curriculum. I did show her little videos that I watched as a kid like the conjunction junction video by School house Rock. This is definitely one curriculum that I would highly recommend. Some of the things in Fit It Grammar I never learned when I was in school. If you have used this curriculum before let me know what you think of it. Do you recommend something else? Tell us about it in the comments below.