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My son and I are very happy with your writing and essay courses. As a homeschool mom who dreaded his resistance to do his “writing” for school each day, it is a relief to see him want to write and actually enjoy it. I am learning so much too…makes me wonder if I couldn’t write a book one day….I have forever admired authors for their talents.
Thanks again for what you have given us.
We are looking forward to the videos. Thanks a bunch!
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I have not really taught my children how to THINK about writing, but rather tried to teach them how to DO writing. But scripture teaches us the opposite. It is the heart and mind that come first and then the actions follow. So, that is what I have loved so far about your course! You have changed my thinking and that of my children as well.
Mom of a 9-year-old (He’s now on full scholarship at The University of Texas)
I discovered shortly after starting to homeschool that I couldn’t do 5th grade A Beka grammar. Yet, somehow I’ve managed to get a post-graduate degree and communicate effectively. We scaled down from that level, but still get bogged down in all those mechanics. I have found your seminar both enjoyable and refreshing. I look forward to going through the rest of it myself, and using it with my kids. Thank you.
Your suggestions are awe-inspiring to a novice (me!) writer. Cooper (my son) has been writing a novel ever since. He just finished it today – love how he’s taken off with his creative side!
Thank you for your writing curriculum. My 12 year old daughter has begun to write without fear for the first time in her life. We are only on lesson 4 and she is applying what she has learned in all areas. Letters,
drawing illustrations, email…
Thanks so much! My almost 10 yr old daughter started yesterday and it went great. My 11 yr old son is in an IEW writing class right now. He has one more class meeting and then I’m going to start him on this, as well. I actually used that with him this morning as we were working on his final draft. I said, “Does this sound better? (what he wrote) or does this sound better? (my suggestion)?”
He said my suggestion did so we changed it. I’m excited about this!
– Mindy M.
From a homeschooling forum:
This is just what I needed to hear to prompt me to
purchase TWC. I say this because like you, I felt a
bit overwhelmed by IEW, though I couldn’t put my
finger on why. I also have a 13 year old son who is a
reluctant writer and needs careful prompting
(though when he does write, he’s good at it!).
Probably why I’ve waited so long, seeing as he seems
to dread it and I didn’t want to make matters worse
by choosing a bulky, mom-intensive program.
You have resolved this confusion for me… and I
can confidently purchase this program which I have
been looking at on and off for quite some time.
How good to hear someone confidently and with such
clarity explain their reason for purchasing this
I was also thinking of Bravewriter, but it also appears
to be mom-intensive! Daily emails for reminders,
and on and on… When you said this TWC program is
much like the RC philosophy of being a self-learning
approach, that was all I needed to hear.
Taken from a homeschooling forum:
The Writing Course – Basic consists of 5 CDs; four contain the 21 lessons and the 5th contains the worksheets for printing,a transcript of the lessons,and charts. Lybrand is a Robinson Curriculum Dad so his process is developed to fit with the Robinson method and much of that philosophy is obvious in his presentations. Each lesson consists of listening to the CD, filling in the worksheet which serves as a bare-bones outline of the talk, and doing an assignment. He talks about secrets to writing which he states really are not secrets at
all. These ideas are simple but freeing for students who struggle with writing. He covers grammar and punctuation very briefly—just enough to eliminate the fear and get the student writing.
Some ideas covered:
Clears out the objections to writing and replaces them with simple truth. Takes the perfectionism out of the writing process. Frees the poor speller to note words he isn’t sure of rather than stopping the flow of thought because of spelling difficulty. Opens the door to the mind that just can’t think of anything to write. Gives tips on style– personal style and how to make your writing interesting. Provides the key to eliminating the “taking it personally” mentality about
feedback and correction.
Mr. Lybrand’s voice is pleasant and his presentations are interesting. We found the lessons to be simple and helpful. The topic ideas were fun and usually relatable for the children (ages 11, 14, 16). The program is not consumable. You print as many worksheets as you need and repeat the lessons as often as necessary. Suitable for ages 9 or 10 and older.
The Essay Course consists of 4 CDs, 17 lessons. This course is best suited for ages 12+ (my opinion). No print-outs except a template, just talks to listen to and assignments (essay ideas) to provide practice. He discusses various templates for essays and how to use them and mentions methods to use on, and practice for, the SAT writing section.
My opinion of these courses:
I found the ideas presented very helpful. I like his presentation style, very conversational. This course did help 2 of my children adjust their thinking about writing. It does closely follow the Robinson philosophy while still providing help and clarifying the writing thought process…
I hope this has been helpful.
Grow in Grace,
Two of my boys, 14 and 12, are very reluctant writers. They really prefer copy work because it is “safe”…
Mr. Lybrand’s way of talking them through the lessons is very reassuring and he makes it sound so easy. My boy’s listened to what he said and then did it. They started writing! I was impressed.
Since enrolling in Mr. Lybrand’s class, she has submitted stories to nationally-distributed magazines with the hopes of being published (for fun!). She is also involved with other children from Mr. Lybrand’s class in writing a weekly newspaper and distributing it around the neighborhood (for fun!) Most recently, while driving all day in the car, I asked my daughter what she was doing, and she replied “I’m writing another story” (for fun!)
– Gary Gould, Petroleum Engineer
The Writing Course covers everything that I have learned about writing, on my own, and more – and will teach it to my children in an organized and exciting fashion – which I couldn’t seem to do.
“This approach eliminates writer’s block”
– Carrie Minor
English Major, Texas A&M
One principle (from The Writing Course) I used with my 4th graders this past school year helped them tremendously in their writing, and made it easier for them to figure out how to punctuate their sentences.
– Jennifer Thompson * Public School Teacher, San Antonio, Texas
“My son did so well with the first course that I got carried away with getting the essay one with out reading your announcement. Thank you for the reimbursement.”
– Best regards, David S[Said after purchasing the Writing Course early on, one of our customers purchased The Essay Course without reading the fact that it was a special bonus with his first course]
The course is great. I’m using it for myself as a prep for college.Thanks for all that you have done putting this together -Robert DeMint
I recommend Fred Lybrand’s course at http://www.advanced-writing-resources.com. If you have students who refuse to (or at least begrudgingly) participate in a writer workshops, Lybrand’s course will be a help. It focuses on getting rid of reluctance and fear in writers, and frees them up to share their work and to grow. It’s about learning by writing, and is a great resource regarding not only how to teach kids to write, but how to relax them about the whole thing, to break down insecurities and other reservations and let them naturally write and share. Good luck!
Dr. Fred Ray Lybrand
25624 Lewis Ranch Rd.
New Braunfels, TX 78132
P.S. It is surprising to me how many scams about writing courses are out there, but not about homeschooling writing. I believe all the writing courses for homeschooling reluctant writers really can offer you something useful. However, I still think we alone offer your money back if you are unhappy. This is the best way, once we reviewed our Writing Course and goals, to not scam you at all. You really have nothing to lose and a great future of appreciative kids to gain.
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