Writing Strands vs. IEW
Posted 29 May 2010 - 05:45 PM
I have WS 4, 5, and 6 (bought and traded for some), but she has no prior experience in the program. My best friend has IEW and SWI-B that she is willing to let me borrow.
Thanks for any comparisons, pros/cons, etc.!
Posted 29 May 2010 - 10:19 PM
IEW was a success for us b/c it covered so much more than creative writing and was a complete program. It does require more teacher involvement, especially if you do not purchase the Student DVDs, but if the student views the Teacher DVDs with you I think it is sufficient.
Borrowing your friend's copy will help you make an informed decision as you know your child best.
Posted 29 May 2010 - 11:07 PM
I love the way Writing Strands teaches. If I were hsing again, I would do everything I could to make WS work for my dc.
Here's a link to WS's FAQs, which might answer some of your questions (in case you haven't seen the FAQs yet).
Posted 29 May 2010 - 11:20 PM
Writing Strands is simple, incremental, effective, and inexpensive. It's open and go and it works.
Posted 30 May 2010 - 01:17 AM
In contrast, I am very impressed with IEW. We use one of the theme-based books, without any of the dvds (this is against recommendations, by the way). It is easy to use, self-explanatory, the assignments are interesting and the sequence of skill-builiding is very clear to me. The writing it teaches can be too "frilly" for my taste, so we have plenty of discussions about writing appropriately for the audience.