Monday, January 14, 2013

New Millennium Girls Writing Bundle Review!

New Millennium Girls Writing Bundle

It's fun, faith-based, horse-filled AND will help your 3-6th grader write a character building adventure.





It's The New Millennium Girls Writing Bundle!


There are 3 components to this writing package:

First, Isabel's Secret.  A wholesome novel about the real Isabel.  Join her on solving a long-kept secret mystery.  (Read my review of this book plus some fun hands-on projects)

Isabel's Secret
Isabel's Secret


Next is Isabel's Closet.  A paper doll and craft book uniquely made to help your budding author role-play, visualize and 'flesh out' her story.

Isabel's Closet
Isabel's Closet


Finally, the backbone of the bundle.  Creative Writing Made Easy Workbook.  Each of these 12 lessons includes learning time, writing time and craft time and is used directly with Isabel's Closet.

Creative Writing Made Easy
Creative Writing Made Easy



Author Jan May has done a truly wonderful job in giving your daughter the tools necessary to create a unique tale of her very own.

Our Experience:


Upon receiving our bundle, my 9 year old daughter was DELIGHTED!!!!  She was so excited to begin.  We started off doing page after page after page.  Moving at light-speed, she tackled the brain storming activities on how to develop a character and setting.  She adored making the paper dolls PLUS designing rooms for the dolls to interact in.
Isabel's colorful riding clothes and Princess Katie's ballgown
Isabel's colorful riding clothes and Princess Katie's ballgown.

Princess Katie and her party dress.
Princess Katie and her party dress.

Going through my scrapbook papers, my daughter had so much fun picking the backgrounds for the 'rooms' in Isabel's house.   Furniture ads and magazines provided the furniture for each room.  Each 'room' and clothes are conveniently stored in a 3 ring binder with page protectors.

Isabel's Bedroom designed by my daughter.
Isabel's Bedroom designed by my daughter.

But then, it came to begin writing the actual story and we hit a brick wall.  Not worried, I set the writing portion aside and picked up the book, Isabel's Secret, to use as a read aloud.  I was thinking that hearing a story with Isabel in it would inspire her writing efforts.  After reading the story and doing some of the hands on projects, we went back to writing.

Paper horses of Isabel and Princess Katie
Paper horses of Isabel and Princess Katie

Again, we hit a brick wall.  My daughter was having problems thinking of a story in 'story format' when it felt more like a play to her.  Since there's plenty of flexibility in this curriculum, we turned it into a play.

Then the fun continued and the plot, characters and setting flowed easily.

Cover of her play, The Two Best Friends,  and Isabel's 'closet'.
Cover of her play, The Two Best Friends,  and her version of Isabel's 'closet'.


Admittedly, this is one of the longest reviews I've ever done.  You could do this curriculum in less than 12 weeks, but, why would you?  There are so many neat rabbit trails and jumping off points --- geography, drawing, design, science and on and on.  In our opinion, cutting it down or sticking to a strict schedule would take away cut down on the creative and educational opportunities!!

Disclaimer:
I received a writing bundle free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I just found this while searching online again for a writing curriculum and your review has really helped me. I hope my daughter enjoys this as much as yours did. Thanks so much.

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