One’s writing, especially in this ever-increasing virtual world, gives their first impression.
As homeschooling moms, we want our kids to be able to give a good first impression.
The teacher book is great, but he can explain it better than I can.
Truthfully, I started out disliking the use of test study guides in general, but I’ve started to warm up to them.
Beyond that, in our own homeschool, we aim for passing exams that earn college credit like the AP, CLEP, and DSST. I love their linear structure, and how many of their products cover the same basic skills, but with different subjects, and varying levels of difficulty.
In Language Arts this year, we are focusing on the CLEP College Composition exam and building curriculum around that goal. It helps that Care Bear loves the checklists, and thinks Andrew Pudewa is hilarious (and weird, but adults need to be weird for kids to find them funny.) I feel IEW’s programs are a good primer for a college level exam after setting the foundation.This post contains affiliate links, which help maintain the running of this site, without costing you anything extra. Also, IEW provides a lesson plan with many of their products, so I have simply taken their plan and put dates on it that correspond with our school year. It’s pretty easy to take the included one year lesson plan and double up lessons each day to complete the entire course in one semester.On most days, and when she didn’t need to watch the instruction video, Care Bear was done with her lesson in about 30 minutes.The cyclical approach is also a benefit to students in a mixed classroom—no writer is left behind!Writing is an extremely important skill for any adult.Elegant Essay is quite different from many of the other IEW products in that it expects a teacher to give a lecture.In sha Allah (God willing), we will be starting this in the next week or two, doubling up with a friend for the lecture portion.I will be weaving this in as she goes along using a handbook I had to buy in college, much like the The Brief Mc Graw-Hill Handbook.I that Fix-It uses literature as the backbone to teach the skill of fixing grammar.While he’s doing one of the IEW Theme Based Writing Units and it does include literature in there, I felt like he needed something a little more geared towards literature discussion and analysis specifically.So we’ve added in the Janice Campbell Introduction to Literature English 1 unit (also from IEW) which so far we’re really enjoying.