Among homeschoolers, the Institute for Excellence in writing is one of the top-dogs in writing curricula. Most of us have heard of this program and may even have a little bit of healthy fear when it comes to using it, which I will go into more detail about throughout this review! I was very excited to be able to try it out by reviewing the Teaching Writing: Structure and Style as well as the Student Writing Intensive A.
I have struggled, as my girls have gotten older, with HOW to teach writing, thus that healthy fear I mentioned earlier. I think any and all writing curricula scared me int he past! ha! But, this program gave us very concrete steps to take that had my girls moving in the right direction and get them writing! I love that the DVD sessions are actual classroom sessions of Mr. Pudewa teaching an actual class of students. I think this really helped my girls to watch, pay attention and learn. I even caught them raising their hands a time or two, feeling like they were right there in class with Mr. Pudewa as their teacher. 🙂
My favorite part of this program is the actual DVD lessons and the student pages to go with it, which is the Student Writing Intensive. There are 3 levels of this program and we received level A, which is geared for grades 3-5. I will say that in our home, working through this program at grade 3 would have been a huge stretch, if not impossible, especially for my son. But, the girls are finishing grades 4 and 5 and this seems to fit perfectly with where they are at with writing. Having Mr. Pudewa in our home teaching my girls was just fabulous. It meant I did not have to really do the teaching myself! I did watch along with them and I did help them get going on their assignments, but I loved having a teacher there doing the actual teaching. Along with these DVD lessons, you also receive a binder that includes student handouts and daily lesson suggestions/plans for the teacher.