Honing a Healthy Home


As a homeschooling mom with four kids, I’m always searching for curriculum options that will work well for all of my children. When two different families recommended IEW to me for writing, I took notice. Fortunately, we live near Cincinnati, which is one of the Great Homeschool Convention locations. Perusing the exhibitor hall, I was able to compare the IEW materials to those of several other companies. My husband and I also attended one of Andrew Pudewa’s talks at the convention that year. So began our adventure with IEW, one that has lasted from elementary school all the way to high school.

We’ll never regret choosing IEW. Andrew Pudewa may never know the influence he has had on our homeschool. Having listened to most if not all of his talks, I seriously consider each of his recommendations. When he spoke about using pens rather than pencils, we switched to pens. Granted, ours have erasers. In less than an hour, he convinced me that my kids could master dozens of poems, and with IEW’s poetry program they have. Much to my children’s chagrin, we’re working to learn Latin because Mr. Pudewa champions it as well. Clearly, Andrew Pudewa and the resources he provides through IEW play a significant role in our homeschool.

From writing to grammar to poetry, my favorite IEW resources are listed below. I also highly recommend the many talks that Andrew Pudewa has given over the years. If you ever have the chance to meet him in person, take it.












 However Imperfectly
 Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination
 Nurturing Competent Communicators
 The Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing
 Ten Thousand Times and Then Begins Understanding
 Teaching Boys & Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day


  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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