After taking 3 years of IEW, including SICC C, but not the High School Intensive, my daughter passed the English Composition CLEP when she was not quite 15. She hadn't practiced the timed essays, but had was well prepared by what she did study.
Writing was always the most difficult part of our homeschoolling. Always tears of frustration from my kids aged 12, 10 and 7. I am so glad one of my friends introduced me to IEW. We are now using the Student Intensive DVDs and there are no more tears. My kids will now happily take notes, write a rough draft, polish it with my help and make their final copy.
We also use Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization.
Back in 2001, my kids were in 7th, 5th, and 2nd grades. I wanted to teach them how to write well, but every writing curriculum I looked at or tried seemed to just tell students what to write without teaching them how. Most started with the dreaded blank page and no instruction on how to fill it up. Needless to say, we were all getting frustrated!
Finally, I found out about IEW and decided to give it a try. I am a big picture person, so I sat and watched the entire TWSS in the evenings throughout a couple of weeks. The more I watched, the more excited I became! I couldn’t wait to get started! I finally had the tools I needed to teach my children how to write!
We started, and units 1 and 2 were incredibly successful! My two older kids took off with it and were writing several paragraphs a week, enjoying the challenge of coming up with the stylistic techniques.I loved how IEW did not separate writing from other subjects, but rather was a tool to help them learn. We found that writing about what we were learning helped us master the material much more effectively.
The kids were building impressive writing notebooks bursting full of structural model sheets, style words and examples, key word outlines, and final copies of their compositions. All the tools they needed to write well were in those notebooks. It was great to be able to assign an essay and know that they knew exactly what steps to take to write one. It was also such a joy to go back and read their compositions and see how far they had progressed!
Eventually we started using other IEW materials. The kids always looked forward to Andrew teaching them through dvds, and we also especially enjoyed using the history theme based writing lessons and Windows to the World. I have never seen an easier way to learn how to write a literary analysis essay. I would have never been able to teach my kids how to do this well without the Windows course!
Our two older kids are now in college and have been able to easily write all their papers and get excellent grades. They are both so thankful for all they have learned and for having the tools to write any type of paper.
I always say that IEW is, by far, the best homeschool money I have ever spent! Earlier this year I became an accredited registered IEW instructor, am now teaching IEW co-op classes, and plan to become certified soon. It is so rewarding to see how well my students are progressing and how excited they are to find out that they really can learn to write well!
Homeschool Parent / Registered Instructor