The Writing Course and IEW — 8 Comments

  1. Cynthia,
    RC suggests 1 hr. of writing a day….is that right? How do you break up the use of these two curriculums per day/per week?

    Thank you for this information!!

    • Hi Joy,
      Yes, that is correct, but mainly for the upper grades and according to ability. After copywork, you do begin with filling one page double-spaced, then both sides double-spaced and then move to an hour.

      When we used IEW, we used it in the place of the writing time allotted for RC. So, for the year we only did SICC-B using the schedule they provide. Before that we did The Writing Course. We never did them together at the same time.

      I hope that clarifies some. Let me know if you have any other questions.


  2. duh, nevermind about the question about the IEW. I just reread that this was your second year with IEW–that’s what I get for trying to speedread. But I’d still like to know about that other writing program. 😉


    Dee 🙂

  3. Hi Cynthia…It’s good to know you are liking IEW. The order is what keeps me coming back to it each time as well. Did you guys finish up SWI-B, or are you starting out with the continuation course. I’m just curious and interested in how other people use the program. 🙂

    Also, there was another program that I remember you mentioning. Did you guys get to start that one? I’m so passionate about writing programs. I can never get enough of them, for all the same reasons you posted about. I can so relate! I’m constantly second guessing myself, but in the end, I just talk to myself and say, “Dee, just write.” 😉

    • Hey Dee,
      Yes, we are liking IEW very much. We actually began with SWI-A last year. I wasn’t sure which to begin with because MaryEllen was in 6th and Donnie was in 5th. I didn’t want it to be too easy for MaryEllen and too hard for Donnie. Now that I look back, they could have done SWI-B okay. Anyway, I decided to do the continuation course B and figured if there were things that the student should have already known from SWI-B, I could do a quick catch up using the ‘Parent course’ (forgot what it was called and am to comfortable to go look for the binder lol!).

      We began The Write Thinking Series in August while the kids were going through The Writing Course. The kids didn’t like it. It required more analysis type thinking and I guess they weren’t really ready for that yet. I could have made them go through it, but I figured when we go through The Any Novel Study Guide with one of their books, they will get a taste of analysis, but in a more gentler way…hopefully.

      Anyway, I didn’t think it was worth the teeth pulling just yet. I really think it is a great supplemental course though.

      • Thanks for your reply, Cynthia! 🙂 I don’t blame you. The analysis will be better left for highschool, or if you are like me, do none at all! lol! We only talk about our books, but formal analysis just drives us insane–we have too many opinions. Good stuff, though…:)

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