Let me start this review off by saying…I absolutely love IEW. I am now absolutely 100% sure that I will be continuing to use their products. I have even bought a few more already! lol
This review is going to be hard, because I don’t know if I can keep myself from gushing all over this company, and their products. lol
This has been my absolute favorite product that I have reviewed this entire year. I really want you to know how much I have loved this product up front so that you will continue to read about this program. I don’t want what has happened to me in the past to happen to you.
See, I have heard about the Institute for Excellence in Writing before. I have even looked at their catalogs, but every time I have, I didn’t see anything all that thrilling, and thought the prices were too steep.
I had to actually use their products to see what they are all about. Now that I have actually used some of their products, I wish I had known how amazing their products really were before now. I wouldn’t have wasted all these years using other, sub par programs.
OK, now that I have you intrigued, and wondering what could be so awesome about a writing product, let me give you the details.
There are 3 main components to this program.
The students have their own notebook to keep all of their writing in.
This is a really nice quality binder that comes with pre-labeled dividers.
The parent has a packet of handouts that you can put in your own binder, or envelope, to keep track of them. These lay out for you exactly what to do each day. They are simple to understand, and you don’t have to worry if you are doing something wrong.
You can’t mess up with this program.
In the parents package are also the handouts that you will need to give your child each day.
The Student Writing Intensive Level B, which is the one I received, comes with 4 DVD’s.
The DVD’s are the heart of the program.
You simply place the DVD into your DVD player, and watch away.
Andrew Pudewa is so funny, and really keeps the kids interest. That is hard to do in a writing program.
He is a fabulous teacher. He teaches writing in such a way that you will actually remember what you have learned.
Andrew will take your child through 9 units.
1-2. Notes and Outlines
3. Story Sequence Model
4. Summarizing References
5. Writing From Pictures
6. Library Research
7. Creative Writing
8. Essay Model
9. Critique Writing
I also received a DVD called the Structure and Style Overview DVD.
This walks you, the parent, through all nine units, and how to teach them. I highly recommend this.
There is a complete teachers program that goes into more detail of how to teach the 9 units, if you are interested in that. It is called Teaching Writing: Structure and Style.
I also received what is called the Portable Wall.
I love this. It is like a folder that opens into 3 sections, forming a "wall".
It is super handy as it contains lot's of good information to have at a glance.
It lists, and describes, the 9 units, has a huge list of "-ly" Adverbs, a very large list of Synonyms for "said",
"-ly" Imposters, and much more.
I can’t recommend this program enough. It is awesome!
Be sure to check out their website for even more details about their programs.
We have tried so many different writing programs, and none of them have stuck. I am throwing them all out the window, and am only keeping this writing program.
My 13 year old daughter really likes the fact that Andrew is funny, and the he makes writing interesting.
Even my 6 year old son sits in and watches the videos sometimes.
It is really funny to see him trying to figure out “ly” words, or verbs. lol
I will use IEW’s writing programs with all of my children through all of their grades.
I hope you will try this program for yourself. I honestly don’t think you will be at all disappointed.
Remember that I too had looked at this program, and didn’t’ see the value in it. Don’t let that happen to you.
The Institute for Excellence in Writing guarantees your satisfaction. If you are not satisfied with any of their products, they will give you a full refund within 30 days.
So, go ahead and try them out, and then let me know what you think.
If you are interested in purchasing any of the Student Writing Intensive’s, they are all $99 apiece.
There are also Student Intensive Continuation Courses. These are what you would move into after completing a Student Writing Intensive.
For example, after we finish the Student Writing Intensive Level B, we would not go onto the Student Writing Intensive level C. We would go into the Student Intensive Continuation Course Level B.
It would be the same for levels A and C as well.
Here is an excerpt from the Student Intensive Continuation Course Level B. (What we will be doing next.)
I would also like to mention a couple of other products that IEW carries.
I just purchased the Primary Arts of Language Reading program.
I just received this last week, so we are not that far into it, but so far we love it!
It is a combined phonics, and sight word program. It uses a lot of file folder games for the reinforcement that our children need. I just love it.
I won’t spend a lot of time on this product since this is not my review item, but I wanted to let you know about it.
There is also an accompanying Writing Program that goes along with the Reading Program, but you can do them independently as well. I did not purchase this part, but I wanted to let you know it is here.
Another program that I am getting, but has not arrived yet, is their Phonetic Zoo.
I am extremely excited about this program as well. It is for older students, so I think it will be a great help to my daughter.
Well, I really hope you have enjoyed my review of IEW’s Student Writing Intensive, and a brief peek of a couple of their other products that I have purchased since trying out their SWI.
I hope you enjoy these products as much as I do, and that you will also share your enthusiasm with others as well.
P.S. Be sure to let me know if you decide to try any of these products!!!
Be sure to check out what my fellow Crew Mates thought of their IEW product also. Some of us had different ones!
*I have received a copy of the Student writing Intensive Level B, free, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, in return for my honest opinion.
No other compensation has been given to me.*