Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Excellence in Writing


Excellence in Writing:

Excellence In Writing is a program that teaches students from grades K-12 how to write well. "In order to succeed in every area of life, children must hone the skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively. Through the process of learning to write well, students learn how to think clearly and to express themselves eloquently and persuasively." Excellence in Writing offers two programs PAL Reading and Primary (K-2) Primary Arts of Language. The reading program uses poetry to teach phonics and whole words. Each student is introduced to letters through stories and with daily games the lessons are reinforced. PAL Reading should be used in conjunction with PAL Writing.


The Language and Reading package includes:

  • Primary Arts of Language: Reading Teacher’s Manual
  • Primary Arts of Language: Reading DVD-ROM

    • Instructional Video by Jill Pike
    • The Four Language Arts MP3 Audio by Andrew Pudewa
    • Nurturing Competent Communicators MP3 Audio by Andrew Pudewa
    • Poetry as an Integrator MP3 Audio by Anna Ingham
    • Intro to the Blended Sound Sight Program MP3 Audio by Anna Ingham
    • Primary Arts of Language: Reading Student Book (e-book)
      (Would you rather have us print out your PAL student e-books for you? Click here)

  • Primary Arts of Language: Phonetic Games
  • Primary Arts of Language: Phonetic Farm folder with Stickers

  • Primary Arts of Language is their writing program. The program introduces letters through printing practice.This program is divided into three parts: printing, copy work, and composition. For the printing section the student learns how to correctly form her letters. She will learn her letter sounds by learning how to write them. "The copy work exercises will make printing automatic in preparation for the composition lessons, which will gently teach your student to write stories and paragraphs with style."

    All About Spelling is the spelling program that Excellence in Writing uses. The spelling program teaches your child what she needs in order to know how to spell. The lessons are multisensory and mastery - based. The child will learn by using sight, sound, and touch. All About Spelling uses letter tiles, flash cards, word banks, spelling lists, dictation, and writing exercises.


    Writing package includes:

  • Primary Arts of Language: Writing Teacher’s Manual
  • Primary Arts of Language: Writing DVD-ROM

    • Includes the following:
    • Instructional Video by Jill Pike
    • Reading Comprehension MP3 Audio by Adam Andrews
    • Dictation, Narration, and Public Speaking MP3 Audio by Andrew Pudewa
    • The Four Language Arts MP3 Audio by Andrew Pudewa
    • Primary Arts of Language: Writing Student Books (e-book)
      (Would you rather have us print out your PAL student e-books for you? Click here

  • All About Spelling Basic Interactive Kit
  • All About Spelling Level 1 (Teacher’s Manual and One Student Material Packet) By Marie Rippel
  • Bonus e-audio downloads:

    • Units 1 & 2 in the K–2 Classroom MP3 Audio by Shirley George
    • Unit 3 in the K–2 Classroom MP3 Audio by Shirley George
    • Preparing the K-2 Writing Environment MP3 Audio by Richelle Palmer

      Homeschool Experience:

      Last year, my girl friend told me about IEW and how much she loved the program. At the time, I was using something else so I decided not to pursue purchasing it. When I was selected to review the product, I was so excited. I viewed the webinar and saw how the program is to be used and I loved it. The lessons began with poetry which I would read to my daughter and then we would discuss them. She would then journal about any topic she wanted to. I would then respond to her journal and we would go back and forth. After she completed the journal, we would begin Stage 1. In this stage, I had to modify the lessons since my daughter already knew her letters and sounds. She played with Mugs the dog and I would incorporate the letter sounds from the spelling book All About Spelling. Every time a new sound was learned, I would write it on a piece of paper and tape the paper to the wall. Now, we have a "Sound Wall." We would also play the Card Game. Once we were finished with sounds, she would place the letter sticker on the Phonetic Farm. Since I will be using this program with my youngest, my oldest did not place the sticker on the Phonetic Farm Folder. I would cut out the sticker, place a tape on the back, and have her stick it were it belonged.

      The writing program made writing fun. My daughter loved to journal and instead of learning how to print, she learned cursive which she really loved. We enjoyed reading Aesop poems and she learned how to summarize a story by recalling the characters and setting, problem, climax/resolution, and clincher. These topics were taught by using stories she was already familiar with such as Goldilocks, Three Bears, and Red Riding Hood. Some of the lessons also included fables written by Aesop for example, The Ant and the Grasshopper and The Ant and the Chrysalis. With these lessons not only was my daughter learning comprehension skills she was also understanding the importance of character. She also learned what a Who/Which Clause is and reviewed what nouns and verbs are. For the lesson dealing with verbs, I wrote down on a large piece of paper the word "said". My daughter was to think of stronger synonyms for the verb. With this one lesson she reviewed what synonyms are, what a verb is, and learned new  vocabulary. I then taped the piece of paper to the wall and we review the vocabulary words every so often. After our lesson, my daughter would read a book and have to summarize it by using the Story Sequence Chart.

      Illustration of  September Poem

      All About Spelling is a great program. I loved that the program reinforced the previous lesson and used multiple senses to teach my daughter sounds. My daughter is a tactile learner so using the tiles helped her to remember the sounds and also visually see how a word is spelled. The CD was very beneficial to my daughter and I. There were a few sounds I had forgotten and listening to the CD helped me to remember and be able to teach them to my daughter correctly. I also appreciated how the program taught the spelling rules. Every time my daughter had to spell a word that uses the letter C, she goes over the rule. This helps her to spell the word correctly. My daughter and I loved IEW. It is complete for its purpose and we would recommend it.
      All About Spelling


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      I have received this product free of charge for review purposes.

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