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Teaching IEW without Tears


So we use IEW for writing and this post is mostly about the teaching of IEW to our 3rd grader. This year we combined  IEW’s SWI-A and IEW History Based writing Middle Ages because we are studying the Middle Ages in Mystery of History Volume II.

Our 3rd grader is not  getting to do a lot from the IEW Middle Ages because the book is meant for older grades but she is doing as much as possible because I like to integrate subjects whenever possible. Even in this paper she was adding additional facts that she learned in history to her paper.

What kind of IEW writer are you teaching?

Pudewa has said that ‘the biggest mistake we make when teaching writing is not giving the kids enough help.’

I know this is a mistake that I have made in the past. So I just wanted to show you a picture of the paper that I just went through with her.  First of all this is NOT an emotional child she doesn’t care if I mark all over her paper. I also have her permission to show you her paper and by the way she ended up with a great score. Which in IEW language means she did everything she was supposed to do! Her big sister on the other hand would have dissolved into tears if I marked all over her paper! So with her big sister I do the same thing but it looks more like an oral discussion and she goes back and makes her own corrections. So Before you determine your correction style think about the kind of kid you are dealing with and then proceed appropriately.  Some children can joyfully handle a lot of corrections others can only take a bit. But keep in mind even those like my Sugar that can handle a lot of correction should not be bombarded pick a few papers to really go deep into. Those that can only take a little need to slowly learn to accept correction.

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.” Proverbs 19:20

The rest of the papers shall be  less scrutinized. Crying while learning to write is not fun for the student or the teacher.

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How do you critque an IEW paper?

I use therubric that  IEW provides which at her level we check to see if her paper is double spaced, name on the paper, -ly word and that ‘which’ is underlined. I also check the spelling and make sure the sentences make sense. I write the correct spellings and I often rewrite poorly written sentences for my new writers. I do this because I figure if they could have written a better sentence they would have and I show them what I’m doing and I tell them why I’m doing it.. Additionally, I may have them try to construct a better sentence orally and write it down for them.

We talked about all these corrections. I reworded most of the sentences for her and explained why I worded sentences in certain ways. Such as informing her she was using ‘was’ when she should have used ‘were’. I explain sentence construction to her by reading her sentence aloud and her how can we fix this sentence? 

Polishing the IEW  paper

I then type it up for her and she starts making her corrections and then she usually maes corrections on the computer after that.

She will read her paper aloud several times to make sure each sentence makes sense and I will “generously”  help her rewrite it. With this child the rewriting and polishing process can be a bit laborious because she will continue to change a word here and a word there until I finally say…”enough”. The other children normally revise 2-3x on the computer and 1x when hand written.iew3rdph

The IEW Writing without Tears

Okay you are not going to believe this but we really do get writing done on a regular basis without tears. Now just for the record most of my kids do not love to just sit and write this has been a process. Now that I’ve finished this post I’m thinking maybe IEW should change their name to Writing without Tears? 

An Aspiring week in Vignette 

Every time I do An Aspiring week in Vinette I’m terrified I’m going to write vinaigrette …so there I’ve done it;s over and it wasn’t even that bad. 😀

On Thursday we had an Ophthalmology appointment with a specialist for Curl who has an underdeveloped optic nerve on one side. We were going to go to the Houston Museum of Fine Art but because we were late  to the appointment (my GPS sent us to the wrong spot <stressed out sigh>) we didn’t get done until almost noon. We had to leave Houston by 2 so that didn’t leave us enough time to go the Museum so instead we went to IKEA!!!!! It was marvelous!!!

When we got home we went quickly got dressed and headed to the Bush Library so the girls could play Christmas Music in the Rotunda. Well much to our amazement we meet President George H. W. Bush (41), Barbara Bush & their dogs!!!!!  When we first saw the president I told the girls to enjoy the moment because this was probably the closest (10 feet away from the back of his head) we would ever get to an American President, boy was I wrong!

Meeting the President at the Bush Presidential Library

The last day of the week was a co-op day. One of the purposes of our co-op is to fellowship well this Friday we canceled the pre-planned and scheduled co-op in favor of sledding in Central Texas. This is indeed a rare and not to be missed occurrence.

Bush Librrary

 

One of the distinctives of our Co-op is fellowship and a family in our co-op has a tradition of sledding, so we decided to put aside the projects and experiments and meet them at a local park for a day of sledding. We went to a local park in Central Texas where they had blown enough snow for children to sled, the night before. But sadly it was like 29*, look I’m a Californian that moved to Texas and I do not like cold weather unless skis are attached to me feet. But despite my discomfort all the  kids except for Bubba who cried because he was cold had a wonderful time! By the way we skipped our choir practice, after this event because after all of this activity we were worn out and Peyton was sick.

snow collage

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

14 thoughts on “Teaching IEW without Tears

  1. It’s so helpful for me to see how others work with IEW. I’m planning on adding it to our curriculum early next year. I’ve hesitated for awhile because I was afraid it would cause tears (for the girls) and stress (for me).
    Sledding looks like fun. We are about to get buried in snow here and its so cold we don’t really want to go outside. It’s 19 degrees. I need to move south! 🙂

  2. Yes, IEW has really helped our elementary age children to write on topic and well. At first there were tears but they were my fault, I just didn’t provide enough help. I think as long as you give ample help and listen to the bonus DVD’s in the back it should be smooth sailing. It was 29* the day we went sledding and I thought I was going to die, of course I remember playing soccer in college in -10* and being okay. I guess it’s a matter of desire and dedication. I do think we have more fun in the South…hehehe. 😀 Kyle (PS though we are too far from skiing!)

  3. Oh it looks like a fabulous week! I mean a President & Sledding! 🙂
    We struggle with writing here too! Until I stopped expecting him to write his creative writing. Instead I let him type it or speak it into a voice recognition processor, which you can find with most microsoft products. 🙂 Somehow writing this way took the pressure off of him.

    Thanks for linking up “This Week” at Great Peace Academy.

  4. How amazing getting a picture with a President!

    Thanks for sharing how you use IEW. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the courses they offer.

  5. Just stopped by for some IEW inspiration. Noticed you have a Pearson. So do I! Mine is 23 years old, but it is not a name we see often!

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