Just like in WWE 1, the WWE 3 workbook consists of scripted lessons followed by removable student pages. For this level, I am not removing the student pages like I am doing for Level 1. I bought the student pages PDF from Peace Hill Press and I print them as needed. This way I can preserve the whole book for Rose and save a little money. You could also preserve the book by having your student do their writing in a separate notebook, but I find the pre-made pages convenient.
Okay, so here is how the program is set up!
Day 1 is a narration day. The student is assigned a one or two page passage to read. James reads the assignment, then I ask him for a summary. Questions and/or prompts are provided and I almost always use these to help him collect his thoughts and pick out the important bits. Several example narrations are included to give you an idea of what to expect for a narration. I find these very helpful to get him going in the right direction and I often read the first few words of the example if he doesn't know how to start. The examples also give me a solid idea of what the passage is about, without actually reading it myself.
Day 2 is a dictation day. Dictation is not my child's favorite subject! But I feel the dictations in this book are very age appropriate and not overly challenging, unlike the longer dictations in Level 4. Background information is given to read to the child first. For example, on the day the child will take dictation from Humphrey's Bear, there is a very short summary of the book, and the scene is set for what went on just before the dictation sentences. Then we get on to the dictation! I read the sentence(s) three times, pausing slightly at commas and longer at periods. This can be a bit tricky and sometimes I have to read it a couple of extra times to get it just right. If there is unusual punctuation or spelling I let him look the sentences over first. Then I repeat the sentences or prompt him with single words as needed. I have yet to sit down and have him get it all on the first try, he usually needs another reading. You are asked to watch the child as they write, which is so important. I admit I get bored watching him slowly write out each word and so will often take the opportunity to empty the dishwasher, help someone else, switch the laundry over, etc.. I am nearly always sorry when I do this, because I often come back to find a mistake. It is far better to catch mistakes right away than it is to have to erase and rewrite at the end. After the dictation there is sometimes a short assignment, such as circling the prepositions in the sentences.
Day 3 is a narration and dictation day. Just like in day 1, the child reads a passage and you help him summarize it, recording his summary for him. Then you choose one or two of his sentences to dictate to him.
Day 4 is a dictation day again.
And then you move on to the next week! Right now, this is all that James does for writing, though I have been considering having him do a summary each week in history or science. I did not take pictures of any of the pages for this level, but they are not very different from Level 1, so just click here if you want to get an idea of what a completed student page looks like.