Half A Hundred Acre Wood

Hello, fellow sojourner! Early in our homeschool journey, I could not fathom how I would ever teach composition to our boys. The simple act of holding a pencil and moving it across a page seemed to strike within them a sense of unprecedented dread. In the midst of such circumstances, we simply resorted to copywork techniques that involved the random writing of favorite monster truck names and Thomas the Tank Engine characters.

As our oldest son entered fourth grade, I recognized the need to extend the skill of writing to include sentences and even paragraphs, but I had no idea where to start. After all, if writing a few words had posed such a threat, how would our children ever be able to handle written narrations or … essays? This thought seemed to strike within me a sense of unprecedented dread. Fortunately around the same time, I was introduced to IEW, which not only equipped me to teach writing, but also helped me to find grace for myself and our boys in the midst of it. So ... we wanted to provide you with this simple list of our favorite products from IEW, and the resources that have equipped me to teach our children to write—and write well!













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  1. IEW.com/free-spelling – Learn how to spell with an auditory, mastery approach that works! This link gives free access to the talk Spelling and the Brain, the first lesson of The Phonetic Zoo Spelling course (Levels A, B, and C), and The Phonetic Zoo Teacher’s Notes e-book PDF.
  2. IEW.com/free-pal – Teach language arts to primary grade children (grades K–2) using the Blended Sight and Sound method. Get a free sample of Printing with Letter Stories to try on your own!
  3. IEW.com/theme-based – Find out more about IEW's theme-based writing books.
  4. IEW.com/magalog – View or download a digital copy of IEW's magazine catalog.
  5. IEW.com/podcast – Listen to IEW's weekly podcast, The Arts of Language.
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