Knowing how to express thoughts with the written word is a powerful skill. For some of us writing comes more naturally than others. As homeschool parents we get the opportunity to come along side our child and find the tools that work for each unique child. We are currently using Institute for Excellence in Writing, IEW, to teach writing in our homeschool. Although there are many great tools out there, IEW has been a solid, doable, and thorough writing curriculum and a great asset for teaching writing.
Help for the Teacher
First, IEW offers videos to teach the teacher! If writing is a really scary topic for you or Mr. Pudewa’s ways seem weird and different, these videos walk you through the process. It’s like having your own personal teacher. A group of us moms set up mom’s nights and watched the videos together. This made it much more entertaining and a good excuse to get together. It also enables you to share the cost of purchasing the videos. (Or just enter to win the 6 month Premium membership and watch the videos online.)
Easy to Jump Into
IEW offers a tier of levels, so that your student can jump in by their writing level, not their age. This is helpful and doesn’t make the student feel dumb if you have to use a beginner level. They call it the Decision Tree.
I will admit he teaches differently than I was taught in school, but it makes sense and helps the student learn skills that will stick with them for a lifetime. My daughter is currently working on a 4-H speech and she started writing her outline in IEW key word outline (KWO) style. She did this on her own and was able to build her speech with this skill.
Relevant Writing Material
The writing samples given are informative and entertaining. And when your student is ready to move beyond the basic A, B, or C books, IEW offers topical writing samples. Some include Ancient History, Fables and Myths, and Geography. I love that the writing has meaning and not just random writing prompts. I am able to incorporate into our other learning.
Nuts and Bolts
So how does this work?
What does it look like?
Instead of the student having to start writing their own papers from thin air, IEW starts them by writing key word outlines of provided passages. Then they re-write the passage using their outlines. This process takes the pressure off the student and gives them confidence when they see they can write an interesting paragraph!
The skill is built upon and the student is writing KWO’s and papers of their own before too long. The students are taught to decorate their papers as well with alliteration, strong verbs and adjectives, -ly words and more!
Premium Membership Option
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Includes six months access to
- Video streaming of the entire fourteen-hour Teaching Writing: Structure and Style teacher training course with five additional hours of student demonstration lessons at four levels
- Video streaming of the talk However Imperfectly
- Audio MP3 downloads of Andrew Pudewa’s most popular conference talks
- Several digital PDF downloads
- Online Master Classes taught by Andrew Pudewa
- Access to the IEW Checklist Generator™
- A one-time use free shipping coupon
- Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization – Level 1
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