I spent over a year with my oldest two trying to make it 3/4 of the way through SWI B. We took breaks and I gave them other assignments in there. I ended up sending it back and then just finishing out last year giving them reports, essays, narrations etc.
This year my oldest is doing EIW and my 12 year old is doing GATB. Im really not happy with either program for us and know I won't continue with them next year.
I asked both of them what has helped them the most in our homeschooling years and what they've like the least. Both of them said "Mr Pudewa" is at the top of the list for what has actually helped them with their writing. (Wordsmith Apprentice was their least favorite in case you're curious)
So I'm wondering if I should give it another shot next year. You know....because I'm a crazy person.
If you've struggled making IEW in the past but stuck with it and made it work, can you tell me about it? If you think I'm just nuts, I'm open to hearing that too. This year had a very rocky start for us. I've changed so much of what we started with.