By the time your child hits middle school, you will be glad to find an easy-to-use creative writing program aimed at independent learning. Jump In’s illustrated workbook, lots of white space, large font, and short incremental daily assignments camouflage the workhorse that it is.
Jump In will teach your child to write persuasive papers, expository essays, descriptions, narration, and poetry.
The necessary parent/teacher guide includes how to evaluate an assignment, how to help your child proofread, and daily writing prompts designed to appeal to this age group. There are additional lessons in paragraph writing, specific student checklists for each essay assignment, and specialized grading grids to make grading the essays even easier.
Jump In’s highly engaging, the light-hearted tone takes the tears out of creative writing.
Note: To build persuasive writing skills, Jump In encourages your child to write about any controversial topic of their choosing. Two suggested topics, among many others, are abortion and homosexual marriages. We feel that this will be age-appropriate in most families and that Jump In, written from a Christian perspective, will not be offensive to you. However, if you have never discussed these subjects with your child, you will want to be aware of their inclusion in Jump In.
Completing every activity in Jump In would amount to 198 lessons, too much for the average student to finish in a school year.
We suggest that students complete every unit except for "A Newspaper Article," "A Book Report," and "A Book Response."
This leaves enough assignments for students to complete one per day over a standard 180-day school year. Additional scheduling options are suggested in the Jump In Teacher's Guide.