red sonja covered it all. it's 4 days a week. we're on week 15 of book 2 & this is what it looks like:
day 1: narration exercise (read passage from mrs. frisby & the rats of nimh). ask questions about the passage. then my child in 2 or 3 sentences needs to summarize the passage.
day 2: copywork exercise (She wished she knew where to find a bit of green lettuce, or a small egg, or a taste of cheese, or a corn muffin.)
It also gives you some instruction for reviewing the grammar of the sentence.
day 3: dictation exercise (you'll use the sentence they copied yesterday. you repeat it a few times, and your 3rd grader will need to "hold" the sentence and write it all from memory correctly. you should not feed it to them line by line).
....this is basically why i went with WWE2, as level 3 requires more & we just hadn't exposed enough dictation to my dd at that point. i think she would have been frustrated. some passages are more complex than the sample above, and other passages can require spelling help for my little girl (you aren't supposed to let them misspell words).
day 4: Narration & Dictation (read another passage from same story. ask questions. summarize. you write it down while your child narrates & she watches you... then, you dictate it it back to her without her looking, and she writes it down.)
anyway. easy. painless. simple.
we also use simply spelling and spelling plus (and their dictation resource book) for additional copywork & dictation. we also incorporate narrations in science and history.
ETA - the pdf is available at peacehill press. i like the workbook though, as it includes instructions and student pages
Edited by elizawill - 12/3/10 at 4:28pm