IEW’s Fix It! Grammar Series: Grammar Made Easy

Confession time.  I’m an English major, but I HATE grammar.  Ugh.  I hate grammar.  When we started homeschooling and used a classical program the first year, Bookworm had to learn how to diagram sentences.  He hated the experience as much as I did when I was in school, and it didn’t seem to help him, either.

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Eventually, we abandoned it.  Then, we had the opportunity to review IEW’s Fix It! Grammar.  Bookworm loved the program immediately.  While I appreciated how engaging it was (yes, that’s right, a grammar program that is engaging!), I came to appreciate it even more the longer we used it.

About Fix It! Grammar

Fix It! Grammar has six books:

  • The Nose Tree
  • Robin Hood
  • Frog, Prince, or Just Deserts
  • Little Mermaid
  • Chanticleer
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Bookworm has finished The Nose Tree. 

He’s now halfway through Robin Hood.

Fix It! Grammar comes with both a teacher’s manual and a student workbook.  The teacher’s manual literally tells you everything you need to know to explain the new concept for your child.

What Makes Fix It! Grammar Different

Each Fix It! Grammar book tells a story.  Each day, there is one sentence of the story that the student uses to identify different grammatical features.  The student also finds mistakes in the sentence.  For instance, sometimes students will have to choose between to/too/two in a sentence.  This teaches students not only grammar, but also editing skills.

Bookworm’s pages are usually quite marked up when he’s done with the week.

Since the books build on one another, it’s recommended that all students new to the program start with Book 1, The Nose Tree.

Even if you’re not an English major, the teacher’s manual makes it very easy to teach this program.  Every week that introduces a new concept, the teacher’s manual will tell you what to say to explain the concept further.  In addition, for every day’s work, there are ample notes.  You’ll see what the correct answers are as well as explanations for common mistakes students make and why those are not correct answers.

If you’re looking for a different approach to grammar, I highly recommend Fix It! Grammar.  When PB & J Girl is old enough, she’ll begin Fix It! Grammar, too.

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  1. We love the IEW Fix It Grammar!

  2. This post surprised me for some reason.. just did. 🙂 But I’m glad I persevered as it was a good past about a great grammar program.

  3. It’s so nice when you find a resource you really love!

  4. I’ve never used this program, but man oh man … we hate grammar, too. We used a grammar book that I found at a garage sale written and used in the late 1800s. It was pretty easy to follow. The cool part (much cooler than grammar will ever be), was seeing the writing from the students who used it all those years ago.

  5. rebeccaannec says:

    I’ve use Fix it Grammar in the past. It is a good grammar program.

  6. I love this curriculum and I’m getting ready to buy another one at the homeschool convention in two weeks.

  7. That is funny that we posted about the same thing! It is a fun curriculum. (Deann @ As We Bloom)

  8. We worked some with the Nose Tree edition. I think it’s about time to pull it back out and get brother #2 started on it.

  9. Do I need to add any additional curriculum to this in order to make sure all of “Language Arts” is covered?

    • Melissa says:

      Yes. Fix It! Grammar is just the grammar portion of Language Arts. If you want to use IEW for Language Arts, I’d recommend one of their writing programs. What grade is your child in?

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