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Reading: Time Well Spent

  We have so little time to spend. The hustle and bustle of teaching a multiplicity of subjects to students takes long hours to accomplish. If educators were asked what their goals were for... read more

Feb 09, 2018

The Polishing Process

             Oh, the thrill of receiving back my Young Authors of Illinois submission with a gold foil sticker embossed with a large star and the word Winner! My masterpiece... read more

Feb 05, 2018

Beating Burnout: Podcast Episode 125

  Burnout. It’s something that virtually all educators, traditional or homeschool, have felt from time to time. As a home educator, I know I certainly have felt it. For me it typically rears its ugly... read more

Jan 31, 2018

Reflections on Growing Up with IEW

  Working in IEW’s customer service department, I receive many calls from customers, especially new customers who are concerned that IEW seems too simple. They worry the expectations are not high enough. Often the... read more

Jan 30, 2018

Jill’s Gems: The Art of Invention: Breaking It Down into Meaningful Steps

  Enjoy Jill’s concrete response to a parent’s recent request in our forums for help regarding the art of invention. Inventive writing is difficult because it begins with a blank page—what to write? This is... read more

Jan 26, 2018

Considering Aristotle and the Art of Rhetoric: Podcast Episode 124

  For Episode 123 Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker waded a little deeper into the topic of advanced thinking skills. Now in Episode 124 they continue the conversation and go even deeper, exploring Aristotle... read more

Jan 24, 2018

2017: A Personal Recap

  Did you know that, according to Statistic Brain, of all the people who firmly resolve to make some serious changes in their life starting precisely at 00:00:00 on January 1, less than ten... read more

Jan 22, 2018

Showing Style: Fun with Vivid Verbs!

  Are you finding it a bit challenging to get back into the swing of things after the winter pause? Do you have a classroom of listless children you are struggling to re-engage? One... read more

Jan 19, 2018

Deep Thoughts About Thinking: Podcast Episode 123

  In August of 2015, IEW officially launched its fledgling podcast—The Arts of Language.The initial topics Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker focused on comprised the foundation of IEW’s approach to education. Episode 8, “The... read more

Jan 18, 2018

Writing Rewarded: A Conversation with Nataly and Breesa Pierce

  Meet Nataly and Breesa Pierce, IEW students ages 8 and 11. Each of them competed in her first writing contest this past summer. Nataly won first place, and Breesa took third in separate... read more

Jan 15, 2018

Charting Your Vision for Success

  2017 is over and done, and 2018 has arrived. Each year, people make grandiose resolutions for how they’ll change their lives. But many allow their resolve to shrivel, their tenacity to wither, and... read more

Jan 11, 2018

A Podcast with Heidi St. John: Episode 122

  Now that the relaxing Christmas break is over, are you finding yourself suddenly thrust back in the business of life and already feeling overwhelmed and exhausted? You are not alone! Check out this... read more

Jan 10, 2018

Structure and Style—The Canvas and the Paint

by Ryan Weins   Hello there! I’m new here—to IEW, and especially to blogging. So here’s to the first one! When I was hired, Julie told me, “You can play the ‘new guy card’ for... read more

Jan 08, 2018

How IEW Changed My Life...No, Really

  Each day throughout the week I am privileged to interact and correspond with parents and students who are either just starting their IEW journey or continuing through it in the hope that their... read more

Dec 20, 2017

The Gift of Teaching

  “In addition to using the right teaching method and having patience while children mature, we must also have the right attitude in coaching our students.” – Andrew Pudewa   As the Christmas season settles itself... read more

Dec 12, 2017

Unit 5: Writing from a Christmas Picture

# #   The month of December is a hectic one. You may barely be through the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, and then suddenly you find yourself in the midst of Christmas decorating, baking, and socializing. Rather... read more

Dec 11, 2017

How to Give Yourself the Gift of Time this Christmas

  Enjoy this guest blog post written by Pamela Barnhill of Your Morning Basket. I can be somewhat of a Christmas Grinch. A few years ago when my children were 7, 5, and 3, my husband... read more

Dec 09, 2017

How to Simplify the Season

Enjoy this special blog post by guest blogger Kristi Clover, creator of the Simply Joyful podcast.   Christmas time is one of my favorite times of the year. There is just something about all the... read more

Nov 29, 2017

Settling into the Season

  Our CSM team at IEW was recently challenged to start contributing to the blog by each of us writing a post. It sounded simple enough at the time, but when it came around... read more

Nov 27, 2017

November Poetry: “Gathering Leaves”

  The cooling temperatures and crisp fall breezes have done their work in most of the United States. The leaves have fallen. Branches are bare or nearly there, and now is the time to... read more

Nov 24, 2017

Experience Unit 5: The First Thanksgiving

  Unit 5 marks the midway point of IEW’s nine writing units. Rather than asking students to create key word outlines from written text, Unit 5 instead has students ask themselves questions based on... read more

Nov 22, 2017

Reading: Time Well Spent

  We have so little time to spend. The hustle and bustle of teaching a multiplicity of subjects to students takes long... read more

The Polishing Process

             Oh, the thrill of receiving back my Young Authors of Illinois submission with a gold foil... read more

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Beating Burnout: Podcast Episode 125

  Burnout. It’s something that virtually all educators, traditional or homeschool, have felt from time to time. As a home educator, I know... read more

Reflections on Growing Up with IEW

  Working in IEW’s customer service department, I receive many calls from customers, especially new customers who are concerned that IEW seems... read more

Jill’s Gems: The Art of Invention: Breaking It Down into Meaningful Steps

  Enjoy Jill’s concrete response to a parent’s recent request in our forums for help regarding the art of invention. Inventive writing is... read more

Considering Aristotle and the Art of Rhetoric: Podcast Episode 124

  For Episode 123 Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker waded a little deeper into the topic of advanced thinking skills. Now in... read more

2017: A Personal Recap

  Did you know that, according to Statistic Brain, of all the people who firmly resolve to make some serious changes in... read more

Showing Style: Fun with Vivid Verbs!

  Are you finding it a bit challenging to get back into the swing of things after the winter pause? Do you... read more

Deep Thoughts About Thinking: Podcast Episode 123

  In August of 2015, IEW officially launched its fledgling podcast—The Arts of Language.The initial topics Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker focused... read more

Writing Rewarded: A Conversation with Nataly and Breesa Pierce

  Meet Nataly and Breesa Pierce, IEW students ages 8 and 11. Each of them competed in her first writing contest this... read more

Charting Your Vision for Success

  2017 is over and done, and 2018 has arrived. Each year, people make grandiose resolutions for how they’ll change their lives.... read more

A Podcast with Heidi St. John: Episode 122

  Now that the relaxing Christmas break is over, are you finding yourself suddenly thrust back in the business of life and... read more

Structure and Style—The Canvas and the Paint

by Ryan Weins   Hello there! I’m new here—to IEW, and especially to blogging. So here’s to the first one! When I was... read more

How IEW Changed My Life...No, Really

  Each day throughout the week I am privileged to interact and correspond with parents and students who are either just starting... read more

The Gift of Teaching

  “In addition to using the right teaching method and having patience while children mature, we must also have the right attitude... read more

Unit 5: Writing from a Christmas Picture

# #   The month of December is a hectic one. You may barely be through the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, and then suddenly you... read more

How to Give Yourself the Gift of Time this Christmas

  Enjoy this guest blog post written by Pamela Barnhill of Your Morning Basket. I can be somewhat of a Christmas Grinch. A few... read more

How to Simplify the Season

Enjoy this special blog post by guest blogger Kristi Clover, creator of the Simply Joyful podcast.   Christmas time is one of my... read more

Settling into the Season

  Our CSM team at IEW was recently challenged to start contributing to the blog by each of us writing a post.... read more

November Poetry: “Gathering Leaves”

  The cooling temperatures and crisp fall breezes have done their work in most of the United States. The leaves have fallen.... read more

Experience Unit 5: The First Thanksgiving

  Unit 5 marks the midway point of IEW’s nine writing units. Rather than asking students to create key word outlines from... read more

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