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Institute for Excellence in Writing (Resource Set) Review

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I love reviewing for Institute for Excellence in Writing or IEW for short. They have such fantastic products. This time I got to review three different products: Teaching with Games Set, Timeline of Classics, and A Word Write Now.

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What did we receive

We received three physical products to review in the mail: Teaching with Games Set; which is a wire-bound book plus it came with a 3 CD set, Timeline of Classics; which is a wire-bound book, and the A Word Write Now; which is also a wire-bound book. 

How did we use it and what did we think

Teaching with Games Set

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This one was very fun! This book and CD set is full of games, the CD set has the parents learning how to play each game, and then the wire-bound book has the directions, game  boards, and game pieces to cut out and use. On the CD set there are different games:

CD #1

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[li]”No-Prep Games[/li]
[li]Matching Card Games[/li]
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CD #2

[list style=”style6″]
[li]Question Games[/li]
[li]Math Facts Games[/li]
[li]”Make As You Teach” Games[/li]
[/list]

CD #3

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[li]PDF e-book “Teaching With Games”[/li]
[li]Bonus Material[/li]
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The PDF e-book is the wire-bound book that I received with it. So I received a physical copy and then there's a printable e-book one on the 3rd CD incase you might need more game board pieces. 

This book and CD set was prefect for our game nights, not only does it have all subjects including Bible, it also involves learning not just playing. 

Timeline of Classics

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This book was really useful and handy when both boys are studying anything in History. This book contains each of the major eras in History:

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[li]Ancients[/li]
[li]The Middle Ages[/li]
[li]Renaissance and Reformation[/li]
[li]The Modern World[/li]
[/list]

How is it useful you're asking, well this book is so useful, in each section it lists the description or time period and what happened during that time, then it lists either books, movies, or articles about what happened, then it lists the author, and then if that wasn't enough it lists the grade level like E for elementary, M for middle school, and then H for high school. 

For example:

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[col4]Description: 1607- Virginia[/col4]
[col4]Title: Pocahontas[/col4]
[col4]Author:   Edgar and Parin D'Aulaire[/col4]
[col4_last]Level: E[/col4_last]
[/col_wrapper]

See isn't that very handy and useful?

So we used this whenever the boys are studying an era and need to know more information about it, plus if we can watch a movie about that topic, they have an alternative to learning besides reading a book. 

A Word Write Now

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 This one was for me I have to admit. Writing a blog or anything really, you need to know new words so you're not using the same ones over and over again which can get pretty boring sometimes. Enter “A Word Write Now”. This book gives me:

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[li]Noun Characters[/li]
[li]Adjectives[/li]
[li]Verbs[/li]
[li]Nouns[/li]
[/list]

Take the word “Compassion”, you can find other words for it like big-hearted (Adjective), bountifully (Adverb), hearten (Verb), and Good Samaritan (Noun Character). Plus it has the Definition of the main word, “Thoughts on” the word, and even Excerpts from Classical Literature. There's also lines on the sidebar of the book for when you think of more words to add. I really liked this one a lot. every time I'm writing something and want to use a unique word I just pull out my handy Thesaurus and I'm good to go! 

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