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    Has anyone used Pattern-Based Writing? My son is 7th grade, dyslexic and hates to write. He kind of liked IEW when a friend was teaching it, but I find it confusing. He really liked Right-Start Math which is very formulaic, (and my normal learning daughter would have HATED!)

    Anyone else use this program with a kid who has lots to say verbally, but a hard time getting down, and/or dyslexic? How did it work for you?


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    No one replied. I got it anyhow. $ the amount that I have spent on writing already....not horrible.

    We are a few lessons in. I have read all of the teacher manual and most of the student.

    And I like it. I REALLY like it. I FINALLY feel like I know what is needed to teach writing! I wish I had gotten this for my older son who had issues with writing! There REALLY is a pattern, that can get the kids started on writing paragraphs. There is lots of practice with the patterns, and we can even practice them in the car, have fun relating them to Calvin and Hobbes or other things we like.

    Is this for every kid? Maybe every 3rd grade kid, which is who the author initially developed this for. Older kids? Probably mostly those kids who don't "get" other programs. Like my older son who had so much to say he didn't know where to start. My dyslexic son is much the same way. Now, my, she probably would have hated if I tried to have her do this in 7th grade like I am having her brother do. She didn't need it, she naturally saw and knew how to write well.

    This probably also is not the end all of writing programs. My son will no doubt still need help and work with writing when he is done. But it is a GREAT start for him. After this, other programs should make more sense to him. This one really does spell it out, in a very concrete manner...which is what he needed. And what I needed as his teacher.

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