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  1. We are looking for an IEW Level A live course that is online. We are looking for: clear communication from instructors, teacher expectations clearly outlined in writing (not orally), teacher grading, the ability to edit assignments to improve scores, to un-submit and re-submit assignments, flexibility (in case of late assignments, computer issues, illness, etc). Also seeking online courses that may offer modifications for students who have learning challenges or disabilities. We are able to find many courses that teach writing with history, etc but not many that teach SSS A, B, and/or C. We have checked the list of IEW.com certified teachers and contacted quite a few. We have used OutSchool in the past for IEW US History and advanced US History but have not found many Level A/B courses. Thank you, Kim
  2. Has anyone used IEW's "Fix It" grammar program? If so, what did you like or dislike about it? I'm intrigued, but I can't find any samples. http://iew.com/taxonomy/term/17/?f%5B0%5D=im_field_category%3A17
  3. My boy will be 11 this summer, and I need writing ideas for next year. My goal is for him to be able to take a writing prompt at the end of the year and write a well organized paragraph with topic sentence, supporting sentences, etc. He has trouble setting the pen to the paper and organizing his ideas in his head. He successfully completed WWE 1-3, and CLE 2 and 3 when he was younger. We tried Writing Tales 1, Rod and Staff English in the past, and IEW A and MCT Town this year, but those were all half done and ultimately flopped. He does better with clear instructions and practice step by step. I'm looking for opinions on BJU 5 or CLE 5, either paired with Jump In, Wordsmith Apprentice, it Spectrum Writing 5. Someone gave us Wordsmith Apprentice, but it doesn't look like it would be the best fit. I love the look of Jump In samples, but it's leveled for slightly older kids. Any thoughts on all this? The biggest thing I have learned is that if a curriculum doesn't work, have a backup ready to go.
  4. Time Left: 7 days and 17 hours

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    Students who have completed the Student Writing Intensive Level B can continue on with this enjoyable writing course on DVD. Providing one to two years of instruction, it presents new models and techniques while allowing for ample practice and reinforcement. This is for the CDs only including the teacher CD. The only other item that you will need to buy is the student book which can be found on the IEW website. I can help you find it if you need it and it is about $20. CDs are in excellent condition. 9 Instruction CDs plus 1 teacher CD in a case. $125ppd (in continental US) . Smoke Free Home.


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  5. This is for my oldest, 12yo and 7th grade. She's always been a reluctant writer - both the "putting ideas into words" and the "putting words on paper" steps have always been hard for her (and I have wondered about both stealth dyslexia and dysgraphia). We did WWE2 and half of WWE3 in 4th and 5th, which did wonders for her. Last year we started WWS1 mid-year, after doing mostly-daily written summaries on books of her choice, but the summaries/narrations - i.e. the parts that I thought had been mastered - became like pulling teeth. (She did pretty well at the outlining (easy), and at the writing from an outline (a manageable sort of hard).) So I went back to WWE3 to shore it up, but it was both too easy and too hard. She could do any given assignment easily, especially the oral narration, but doing it day in and day out was too much - after a week or so of written summaries, she started baulking and resisting. After several fits and starts, I ended up finishing out the year with daily free choice writing - either copywork (book of her choice) or whatever she wanted to write. She usually picked copywork, and it was mostly fine so long as it was her choice of book. This year I started back up with WWE3 just until I bought this year's writing program (was originally thinking LToW), and a week into it and she's easily giving an oral summary and melting down at the prospect of writing it down. Sigh. My best guess is that the combo of easy/uninteresting thinking with hard physical-act-of-writing is giving her too little to think about other than how hard (and pointless) the writing is. She's a voracious reader, and in the past year has developed an interest in creative writing. Every so often she pecks away at a story on the computer in her free time. She says she has tons of ideas, but getting them down is hard. When we watched the intro video to LToW, introducing the three canons, she said that the ideas part of writing was easy for her (invention), but the arrangement and elocution parts were hard. (I don't think she consciously thinks about it anymore, but the physical act of writing is still hard for her, too. As is spelling. We've started typing this year (Touch, Type, Read and Spell), which is also hard for her.) Anyway, I had been planning to start LToW - it's a program I really want to use, plus I think she needs something different from what we've been doing. I've been hitting her weaknesses pretty hard with writing so far, and haven't really tapped into her strengths. WWE/WWS1 gives you the ideas to work on, so you can just focus on finding the words and writing the words without having to do the work of coming up with something to say. And this was really good for her at first, when she was rather inarticulate, and she loved the stories in WWE. But now she is bursting with ideas and really wants to write what she's interested in. (Or she says she does, but given the choice she does straight copywork of a favorite book. That gives maximum interest with minimum thinking.) In any case, ideas seem to be her strong point. But I've been worried that she really doesn't have a strong enough foundation in basic writing skills to get the most of out of LToW. Her intuitive sentence structure is good and varied, and her instinctive paragraphing is good, but we've done no formal study of either (and my various grammar program failures have now ruined grammar for her, which makes me really sad, because I love grammar; we've going to have to get it through Latin). We've done no editing (minus correcting copywork), because just getting the words on the page is so darn hard that the prospect of finding weaknesses and making improvements is demoralizing - she cries at the thought. (It's also hormone central here - she cries all the time, at the slightest frustration, whenever anything gets the slightest bit hard. But writing is a long-standing kind of hard.) But I ran across a discussion of IEW and SWI, and I'm wondering if SWI-B might not be the ticket (and do LToW next year). Thoughts?
  6. My oldest daughter is currently using WWS2 and my youngest daughter uses WWS1; it's going great. I love SWB's style and really get it. My middle child, a son, is dyslexic and we did not even get through all of the WWE books. He could barely write a sentence when we started IEW. He can now summarize a paragraph. My problem is I really, really don't like IEW! I can't deny that it's working for him, perhaps not in the way I'd like, but at least he's writing something (and we're both not crying about it)! So the question: does IEW ever teach a true outline form. When he teaches them to outline it's just numbered like so: 1. 2. 3. etc. Does IEW continue on like this forever or will it change as we progress? Do we ever learn how to outline with main and supporting points? If so, when? Which level? I need some hope that this curriculum gets better! Rachel
  7. I'm trying to decide whether to do one lesson weekly or double up. The material says it can be done either way, but I'd love to hear your experiences and thoughts on doing it in 15 vs. 30 weeks, what you based the decision on and whether it worked out for your kiddos.
  8. I am looking into supplementing writing with my 5th grade dd with some 6-trait material. I would love to hear of others' experiences and opinions of Ruth Culham or Evan Moor materials. How does it compare to IEW?
  9. Hi All, We are fairly new to homeschooling and wanted to know if someone can tell me the difference between the IEW writing program and the Analytical Grammar Beyond the book report program. We have finished the Analytical Grammar Jr books (both) and are now starting the Analytical Grammar work books. Can someone please chime in and tell me what they recommend for writing? I am working with kids that were yanked out of public school at 4th & 5th grade in November 2016. They have both excelled with AG and are now doing 6th grade reading and writing. Thanking you all, Nini
  10. I'm specifically interested in hearing about your children's experiences with these instructors: Beatty, Cardinale, Osborne and/or Murphy. My rising 8th grade ds may be taking SWI B online next year but I don't know where to begin as far as selecting an instructor. Several time slots would work so it well may come down to instructor reviews. Thanks in advance! : )
  11. If anyone has any experience with either of these, I'd love some input! DS1 (nearly 10) is in the middle of Barton level 5 and DS2 (age 8) is in Barton level 4 (during which we repeat/stick with each lesson until he "gets it"....this level is just so stinkin' difficult!) I have had them do copywork, but have not addressed "writing" (as in, composition) thus far (or at least, not "formally"!) Now, though, I am debating between IEW (institute for excellence in writing http://iew.com/ ) and Here to Help Learning (http://heretohelplearning.com/). I have researched IEW alot and know it is a great program with many people who love it. I saw Here to Help Learning at our recent local Homeschool Convention/Conference and it looks promising - and entertaining (a big bonus for my boys). For what it's worth, I went to the convention expecting that I would leave there with the IEW products I had planned to purchase there....but, then saw the Here to Help Learning booth. Talked to the person there (the husband/owner) and watched some of the video stuff. Then, I wasn't sure which one might be a better fit for us!?! (grrrrr.....sometimes too many choices just makes homeschooling life more difficult ;) )
  12. Help! I have two kids, a rising 4th grader and a rising 1st grader. The 4th grader is the harder one to hs. She reads pretty well, about a sixth grade level, but has some speech and grammatical errors, slow to process, and EF problems. She's slow to write and has a hard time organizing her ideas. I'm strongly considering the following two programs together, but worried it's too much. IEW- She has problems summarizing succinctly. I think this will help quite a bit and the sequence of routines should help. I don't think it's enough grammar though so I'm considering ordering MCT. I know they say it is written for gifted students. She has some 2E learning differences, but grammar is not one of her talents. She's artistic though so I think the illustrations and the story book format will appeal to her and help her remember the grammar. I could just buy grammar island and practice island, but they both love doing poetry tea so I could see using Music of the Hemispheres too. Are both of these something I can conceivably use together or will it take me forever to get through both of them throughout the year? FWIW, for reading, we loosely follow a reading through history sequence and we use Singapore for math. TIA
  13. So my 4th grade daughter is not in love with writing. We started in 2nd grade with WWE and went through WWE3 with lots of tears and fighting before we gave that up. This year we've tried a multitude of things: 6-Traits from Evan-Moore, online class through charter school, and finally hit on a gem, IEW Student Writing Intensive (SID-A). This has been working better than anything else we've used so far, but we're not very far into it yet to make a long term decision. However, I'm having to buy my curriculum for next year within the next month or two before I have much of IEW under my belt. As much as I like IEW, the DVDs are a little annoying to both my daughter and me. We don't like being told something we can read much faster. BUT, it's working and I don't want to mess up a good thing. On the other hand, I like that WWS is written to the student and seems to follow similar methods to IEW, and it leaves behind the narration/dictation that caused such tears in the past. BUT I've also heard it's quite difficult. So what I'm wondering is if should we continue on with with IEW and get the SICC-A and continue to put up with the DVDs? Or should we move over to WWS1? I don't want to leave gaps in her learning, so I'm honestly willing to do both, SICC-A followed by WWS1, if that is a better sequence. Does anyone have any wonderful pearls of wisdom for me on this one? Anyone used both and can give me some perspective? Thanks for any help you can give!! Amanda
  14. I'm looking for a writing curriculum for next year. We are currently working through R&S English 2, which teaches grammar. Next year we'll use R&S 3, but from what I've seen the writing portion is pretty dry. We tried FLL but that was too much mommy talking for my boys and I'm afraid that's what WWE 3 may become. (I began to sound like the teacher in Charlie Brown, "Wha, whaa, wha, whaa.") Is it possible to use any of the theme based books without having viewed TWSS? I've written a master's thesis, so I have writing skills, but I need some structure teaching them. I'm more of a science and math, logical brain type, so I need some balance with finding appropriate selection of "fun" reading for kids. I've looked at many of the samples and I'm torn between WWE 3, IEW theme based (especially the geography based, All Things Fun and Fascinating, etc.) or maybe W&R Fables. Purchasing TWSS is out of our budget, and I don't think any of our co-op members use it. Please post your suggestions/experience. THANKS!
  15. I bought an old copy on eBay (2000-2001) and it is missing pages 17-24. Does anyone have the program and could maybe email me those pages? I'm so sad because I really love what I've gone over so far. I can send pictures to whoever to prove that I have the program if you are worried about copyright issues. Thank you!
  16. I have just about everything figured out for next year, however, I'm still questioning whether I need a formal writing program or not. My kiddos will be 7th, 4th, and 1st grade. We will be using Amy Paks Time Traveler's cd's with everybody, Primary or Intermediate Language Lessons (4th grader), and Queens Language Lessons for the Secondary Child (7th grader). I'm wondering if there is enough writing between these programs, or should I add in IEW? I don't want to overload my kiddos, but writing is the one subject I always question myself on...am I teaching them enough? I would really appreciate any advice/thoughts you have for me! Thanks so much!!
  17. My soon-to-be 10 year old son is on the downhill side of "fourth" grade. I'm looking to start more formal, organize LA with him. He is beginning to make progress in AAS with works and dictation, but other than that, he has had little formal grammar or writing. Lots of narration practice, though. Is there a placement guide for CAP W&R or do all start with Book 1? I'm concerned Fables will be too boring for him. Does anyone have other recommendations for a bright kid who reads well, but dislikes school and is easily bored?
  18. I am really confused and don't know what to do. I am thinking of dropping our all in one language arts program and only go with IEW. Been looking at comments and reviews for over a year now, jsut haven't taken the plunge yet. I have to start by saying I do have the complete Fix It Grammar updated program and love that. Also have Phonetic Zoo have not used it yet. Also have another spelling program. My thoughts are this on options: - SWI B later add in Teaching the classics - TWSS then the Themed books and later adding Teaching the classics Money are tight but I am willing to make the investment where it is really needed. With that being said, must I get the TWSS? Can I not just do the SWI level b and move on? I am a little scared on the spending as we still need to pay excessive shipping and taxes to get it here. English is not our home language just as a note. (but most of our subjects we do in English) We are from SA. Kids are both Gr6. Any recommendations. I am a little scared to be honest, what if my kids hate the lessons? How long does it take a day? Does it come with some sort of schedule? Thanks
  19. Hello IEW users :) I am planning my school year/schedule and the IEW materials will take a few weeks to arrive. I am starting with SWI A - with my 4th grader. If I go with double pace - I had a quick look at sample schedule pages and it looks like it may make more sense to do this: For week 1 - combine days 1, 2 & 3 as one lesson and then 4 & 5 as the next lesson. Week 2 combine days 1 & 2 & then next lesson 3, 4, and 5 etc Does this sound right? If so, how long would each lesson, if I do combining, take? Thank you!
  20. If you had to choose between these two programs (IEW Primary Arts of Language Reading/writing (or) Peacehill Press OPGTR/FLL1/WWE1) what would YOU choose and why? I'm having a hard time deciding between the two. I need a program that will allow me to jump in and start my ds where he needs to be and both of these programs seem like a good fit for that. The program we currently have is too difficult to place him where he needs to be because it jumps around and has no scope or sequence in the teacher guide for me to follow. In order for it to work, we'd have to go backwards to move forwards. What are the pros and cons of these programs? For those whom have used the programs from early on, how is it going for you and your student?
  21. My children attend an enrichment program where they use IEW. My 4th grade son's assignment this week includes quotation marks. I am confused about the rule that states: Begin a new paragraph when the speaker changes. The examples where they begin a new paragraph follow this format: "Blah blah blah," the dog said. I understand that in this case you would start a new paragraph. My son's paragraph is written this way: Then so and so said, "Blah blah blah." An old cow replied, "Blah and blah." Is he supposed to start a new paragraph for each of those sentences? Doing so doesn't make sense to me but I will fully admit that I am not well versed in these types of nuances in writing. SJ
  22. Just wondering if anyone was planning on going to this convention. Pudewa, Kern, Sandi Queen, and Dr. Joan Cotter will all be there along with local speakers including Zan Tyler, Lori Hatcher and a talk by Dr. MIck Zais on school choice followed by a Q&A session. http://www.midlandshomeschoolconvention.com/
  23. We are using IEW for the first time this year. While we definitely see the benefits and the program has been fun for the non writer in my house, we are also a little frustrated by the restrictions. At times, my 5th grader is working so hard at adding dress ups or avoiding banned words that her sentences become awkward. So, while it has made our writing time more enjoyable, I feel like it is having a negative effect on learning to write smooth, fluid sentences. If you have used the program and have a solution or thought about this problem, I would love any feedback. I don't want to be too quick to abandon the program, but I also want to be encouraging the formation of fluid sentences. Please feel to share and positive or negative thoughts about the situation. I really need some help thinking through whether this can continue to work for our family. I should also add that since we are taking online IEW classes (which we really love), we really don't have the option to leave out any of the banned words/dress ups. While my kiddo LOVES her IEW class and I am thrilled with how it has gone, I'm not so thrilled with the fact that she is less concerned about fluid sentences and more interested in getting all the points by adding in her dress ups/banned words. : ( The online class has been wonderful--great teacher, good accountability, easy to institute, and no complaints from a grumbly 5th grader! Our only problem is the awkward sentence formation. Thanks for any advice!
  24. I need some advice as to how to do writing with my newly 9 year old DS. He has ADHD and dyspraxia which I realize challenge him in doing writing work (double whammy- attention to his thoughts long enough to finish writing the words and the muscle tone/control of handwriting). We've done WWE 1 and 2, IEW through writing a paragraph, and now BJU English. The WWE just got so repetitive (for both of us), he had total freak-outs with IEW when we reached the time and intensity of combining multiple paragraphs for storytelling so our most recent effort was BJU English. I thought that would be a gentler product because of the back and forth between writing and grammar. Awesome, we don't have to do writing everyday. Today was our first day in a writing lesson of actually moving thoughts to paper and it wasn't pretty. It was 5 sentences! His paragraph draft probably totaled no more than 20 words as he made them as simple as he possibly could. Example, in explaining how to play "Hide and Seek," he wrote...."Then, the seeker seeks." We've already started typing in hopes that maybe it's the actual hand on pencil on paper that's causing the frustration. I just feel so tired of the ongoing battle. He HAS to do writing, right? At third grade, I really don't think this is too much to ask but I trust the collective wisdom of the group. Any suggestions?
  25. After HOURS and DAYS of reading posts and studying samples, I've decided I am definitely going to go through all the R&S English levels. However, I am thinking I will not do the writing. I want to alternate Writing Strands and Institute for Excellence for Writing. I haven't had time to thoroughly look over the full scope and sequence of these programs yet, but I was wondering if there are any writing genres NOT covered in one of these programs that would be in the R&S writing. Pam
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