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    Hello, I have a daughter who is an 8th grader this year. She has struggled in grammar and punctuation. She wants to strengthen this skill. I'm not sure which Brave Writer grammar program to use. Are any of you familiar with them? I was looking at Arrow or A pouch of boomerangs. I wasn't sure if Arrow would be too young for her. But, she wants to revisit the earlier lessons like learning all bout nouns, verbs, etc. Any help would be so appreciated. Thanks, Siri Shakti

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    Welcome! Bravewriter is a great language arts program, but its not one full of worksheets or a way to dissect sentences for finding parts of speech. I believe BW states in its philosophy that the formal grammar part comes best when learning a foreign language. Dont get me wrong, I totally love the BW philosophy over kill and drill worksheets, but its not for niggly dissecting of sentences.

    I would suggest letting her pick a couple packs of Madlibs, and if shes not solid on parts of speech by the end of that, look at something else. (You can have a Madlib a couple times a week in addition to Bravewriter stuff.)

    Critical Thinking Company makes a Sentence Diagramming workbook, perhaps that would give her the formal grammar she is looking for?
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    Arrow would be too young for her. I personally like BW for Lit and have used the Arrow and Boomerangs for years now, but I don't like the grammar approach. It's erratic and I consider it bonus reinforcement to a more formal approach. I second Critical Thinking Company for a cheap, quick to move through workbook.
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    I second (or third?) the workbooks from Critical Thinking Company. Also, Khan Academy has lessons on grammar and punctuation.
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