If there is a way to make homeschooling easier, I’m all ears.
I like to write. It’s what I do.
But I’m not a writing teacher. It’s no secret that I struggle in the area of teaching writing to my kids.
I’m a blogger. It should be easy, right? I love to read. Teaching literature should be a breeze. Right?
False. I cannot think of an area where I rely more upon curriculum (besides math) than writing. I just plain suck as a writing teacher.
Don’t ask me why; I have no idea. I just can’t teach writing!
Over the years, we have used Excellence in Writing off and on. It’s this hit and miss style I’m not exactly proud of, but this is what we do. I love it– in theory. I wish I’d been taught to write the IEW way when I was a kid. I wouldn’t have copied nearly as many Encyclopedia Brittanica volumes!
But I wasn’t taught that way. And while it makes perfect sense to me, teaching it is still a struggle. I have taken my kids into this program several times over the years (the “big kids” and these younger ones.) We get as far as the fable rewrites, which I think were in Unit 2, and we fizzle out.
They did keyword outlines (KWOs) to DEATH.
And then we lost our momentum and they never really grasped the amazing IEW method. Not really, anyway.
Last year, a friend of mine listed Rockets, Radar & Robotics for sale in a local homeschool Facebook buy & sell group. It is based on things my sons are VERY interested in. I could NOT teach another lesson on Infrasound and Elephants again, that’s for sure! Or Booklice. If you don’t use IEW, just don’t ask. If you do, you know what I mean.
IEW has created some very nice, interest-based writing lessons based around their syllabus and instructional methods. I figured why not? The worst that could happen is they would hate it. So I bought it.
But they don’t hate it. And it got them writing!