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Christine A Howard

Improve Your Child’s Writing With Institute for Excellence in Writing (Review)

Disclaimer:  I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. 

One of the most important skills that students need to be successful is good written communication. With today’s world being heavily online, being able to write effectively is ever so important. If your family is like our family, you probably have someone in your house that struggles with writing. We were so excited to get the opportunity to review Structure and Style® for Students Year 1 Level B from Institute for Excellence in Writing® (IEW). Here is what we found…

A Little Bit About Institute for Excellence in Writing®

Institute for Excellence in Writing® began in the 1930’s by Anna Ingham when she saw created a program to teach all students effectively and other began to fall in love with her teaching method. Today, students are introduced to Andrew Pudewa, who uses humor and understanding to teach this method.

The Review Crew families have spent the last several weeks looking at teh following products from IEW. This review will focus just the Structure and Style for students Year 1 Level B.

  • Structure and Style® for Students Year 1 Level A  is designed for those in grades 3-5.
  • Structure and Style® for Students Year 1 Level B is designed for those in grades 6-8.
  • Structure and Style® for Students Year 1 Level C  is designed for those in high school.

A Little Bit About Structure and Style® for Students Year 1 Level B

Structure and Styel for Students Year 1 Level B is designed to help teach students how to effectively structure writing. It can be difficult to take all of the information we find when doing research and condense it into something that makes sense. IEW shows students how to take just the key points and words from what they read.

How We Used The Product

During the summer, our family does not stop doing school. Instead, we do a couple of hours in the “basics” and add fun, educational activities, projects and outings to our day that we would not have time for during the school year. This summer my son Structure and Style® for Students Year 1 Level B for his language arts program. He is able to go through this program independently as he is a senior this year.

Each day, he would access the Structure and Style For Students binder to see what the work would be for that day. Typically he watched a video and particpated as if he were a student in Andrew Pudewa’s class. During the video, Mr. Pudewa reads a passage and helps the students pick out key words from the reading. He then helps the students create an outline based upon these key words. From there, students write a summary of the week’s passage.

My son wasn’t able to write his passage by the end of each week. Typically it takes him a couple of weeks. The great thing to note, is that he is able to write the summaries, where in the past he would not have been able to write them.

 Improve Your Child's Writing With Institute for Excellence in Writing

Our Thoughts…

Zach (age 18)

“It teaches you techniques you can use when you are writing to make it easier. Before IEW, my papers were disorganized, and now they are more organized.”

Chris (Mom)

“My son has tried many different writing programs over the years, and none of them have made much of a difference. However, IEW has made a tremendous difference. His writing is taking on a structure that makes sense. Before, his writing would be all over the place with lots of thoughts happening all in one sentence. Now, I can clearly see paragraphs that keep the same topic. It’s great!”

Review Crew Thoughts…

You don’t have to take our word for it though. Other Review Crew families have also been working hard to bring you a great review. I highly recommend that you check out all of the Review Crew reviews.

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