Curriculum Reviews When my husband and I decided to homeschool our children, I thought writing would be a cinch to teach. I still think it would be, if I had a kid who was like me when I was a child — a child who was always writing. Growing up, I wanted to write poetry, stories, novels, you name it. And I never balked at a writing assignment.
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Bug did SWI A at about 7. But- he did SWI and did great with it. I was super excited to have been given the chance to try the next level up in the Student Writing Intensive series, SWI B, with Bug to get him back into the routine of writing the IEW way as we prepare for a new school year.
Most families though will want to move at a much slower pace, and complete the program over a longer period of time. A Word Write Now is an awesome tool, especially for a hesitant writer like my boy. IEW talks about using strong words that paint pretty pictures in your head, and A Word Write Now is the child-friendly thesaurus to help them.
They are age based, more than skill based, and SWI B does cover many of the same topics as A, just at a more mature and in-depth manner. It also moves slightly quicker and covers more ground more units from the TWSS during the course. Not only will watching the seminar help you help your kids with the SWI, it will also help you figure out where to go when the SWI is over, and help you apply the same lesson format to ALL your studies.
The TWSS is broken down into 9 units which focus on different skills and types of writing: Unit 1 includes lessons on note taking and outlining. Kids are taught to identify key words and ideas from source documents, and learn to communicate information back using their own words.
Kids will use the summaries and notes to write their own content. Unit 3 introduces stylistic technique. Unit 4 includes summarizing non-fiction and how to do research, and introduces report writing. Unit 5 includes writing from pictures. This unit helps students learn to sequence events, and tie together introductions and conclusions.
Unit 6 starts library research reports. Unit 7 is where creative writing comes in. Unit 8 is essay writing. This is a standard 5 paragraph essay, with guidance on other formats, which will help students expanding their writing.
Unit 8 is intended to serve as a basis for high school and college composition. Unit 9 includes critiques and is a framework for literary analysis. The new series is very similar to the old series, but is filmed at a much higher quality, with clean audio and is very pleasant to sit through.
Andrew Pudwa is as charming and funny as every, and is still on top of his game! Fix-it Grammar Fix-it Grammar is a supplement that comes in the Delux kit that will elevate IEW from a writing program, to a much more complete language arts program.
We used the first book in the Fix-it Grammar series last year read a more detailed review of Fix-it grammar here and absolutely loved it, so continuing on to book two was an easy choice.
Fix-it Grammar is a program you complete in about 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week. It covers vocabulary, grammar and mechanics and also requires copy work so penmanship is important!
The thing I love about Fix-It grammar is that each book is a complete story in itself, so each day, your child is adding a line to the story, and when you are finished, they have a complete, interesting keepsake to show their hard work for the year.
Bug likes to add illustrations too, which makes the whole thing even more enjoyable. Who do I think IEW would work for? IEW teaches a structured, somewhat formulaic method of writing. This program is especially powerful for writing non-fiction, summaries, reports, and re-tellings.
If you have a child struggling with notetaking, or with figuring out where to start when they sit down to write, this is a fabulous program.This curriculum was suggested by many for my kiddo with Asperger tendencies and writing was such a challenge.
As I looked into it, I realized that there were parts that the public school teacher was implementing as well /5(). Our Institute for Excellence in Writing reviews have been submitted by homeschoolers for homeschoolers.
Pros and cons of Institute for Excellence in Writing, what worked and what didn't for each age and learning style, and more. [Note that IEW's revised and expanded Fix It! series provides systematic grammar instruction and review that nicely complements TWSS.] The course as presented to students consists of nine units: 1.
Note Making and Outlines, 2. Institute for Excellence in Writing reviews by homeschoolers for homeschoolers. Pros and cons of Institute for Excellence in Writing, what worked and what didn't for each age and learning style, and more. The big powerhouse behind the IEW system is the teacher seminar, Teaching Writing: Structure and Style.
For the nitty gritty details of the IEW method, check out this introductory piece on their website. However, for me the importance of the TWSS teacher training cannot be understated. IEW does offer several different courses depending on the ages and needs of your students, so you’ll want to check out the IEW Website to decide which program is best for your student.
They also have themed writing units if you don’t want to do the writing intensive curriculum like we are.