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Where Are They Now? Jemma Swift, Author of Forever Riders

  Authoring a book is an intimidating prospect. And if it’s illustrated, that introduces even more challenges. For Jemma Swift—homeschooled student, first-time-author, and sister to co-illustrator Eliza Swift—”intimidating” was not in her vocabulary. Oh,... read more

Nov 20, 2017

Jill’s Gems: Adjusting the Bar for Success, One Child at a Time

  Our forums are wonderful spots to ask questions, share successes, and receive encouragement. Recently a member wondered about how to help her child prepare his speeches for his co-op class. Her son, a... read more

Nov 15, 2017

Reading Aloud: Time Together Well Spent

  “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! by Dr. Seuss As the leaves... read more

Nov 13, 2017

Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

  Gratitude matters. “I do believe the happiest people that I meet are the ones who have that habit, that attitude of gratitude." – Andrew Pudewa With the possible exception of Thanksgiving Day, our culture is... read more

Nov 10, 2017

From the First: Famous (and not-so-famous) First Lines

  “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This quote, reportedly attributed to Will Rogers, not only applies to people, but also to literature, and perhaps more so. After all,... read more

Nov 09, 2017

One Chapter Away

# Reading Tolkien out loud while two primary-grade siblings engaged in an action-figure battle to the death was not an easy task. Competing to be heard while constant noise and motion were going on... read more

Nov 01, 2017

Where Are They Now? Nathanael Olander: Future Computer Scientist

#   Nathanael Olander grew up an “IEW kid.” His mom, Danielle Olander, is an IEW homeschool exhibitor. Together the two of them authored Rockets, Radar, & Robotics*, a technology-themed writing curriculum. The idea for... read more

Oct 30, 2017

Happy 20th Birthday, Classical Conversations! IEW and CC: Celebrating Fifteen Years of Collaboration and Camaraderie

  Today is October 18, 2017, and while Andrew Pudewa is heading to Charlotte, NC for Classical Conversations’ 20th anniversary event, I am heading to Dallas, TX to join the live video simulcast from... read more

Oct 18, 2017

Feeling Fallish—A Poem About October

  Whether you live in Fort Lauderdale or Fairbanks, fall is upon us. For some of us the leaves are turning colors. For others, the leaves never even drop. Regardless of where you reside,... read more

Oct 16, 2017

Short, Frequent Assignments

  I am presently in an unusual position. My children have reached the age where one is in high school, one is dual-enrolled in college and high school, and one is enrolled full-time in... read more

Oct 11, 2017

The Right Tool Matters

  Imagine a hammer on Jell-O®, a screwdriver for surgery, or a round peg in a square hole. The wrong tool at the wrong time can impair what we’re doing. That’s bad enough when we’re... read more

Oct 09, 2017

Starting Strong in September, Structure and Style Units 1 & 2: Part 2: Podcast Episode 108b

  As you begin this new school year, be encouraged to make a great start in public speaking and writing. Andrew reviews Units 1 and 2 of the IEW syllabus, Note Making and Outlines and... read more

Oct 06, 2017

My Battle with the Blank Page

  Writer’s block. Is this phrase as ominous for everyone else as it is for me? Like someone stuck in a cell block, I envision myself sitting in a prison cell, cold, alone, and... read more

Oct 04, 2017

Grammar Check: Affect or Effect?

  Words are funny little things. Each letter matters. Words that sound alike, called homophones (homo = same, phone = sound), have different spellings and different meanings. As such, they are easily confusable and... read more

Oct 02, 2017

Jill’s Gems: There is Value in the (Brain)storm

  As we seek to teach stylistic techniques to our students, it is easy to search for ways to streamline the process. One of these temptations is the worksheet. Filled with practice sentences and... read more

Sep 29, 2017

Jill’s Gems: There is Value in the (Brain)storm

  As we seek to teach stylistic techniques to our students, it is easy to search for ways to streamline the process. One of these temptations is the worksheet. Filled with practice sentences and... read more

Sep 29, 2017

Experience Unit 3 with People and Places in Our Community and World History-Based Writing Lessons

  September is nearly over, but before you switch from retelling stories in Unit 3 to funneling facts in Unit 4, check out these story samples pulled from two of our latest theme-based books.... read more

Sep 27, 2017

Punctuation Matters!

  Many of us have seen the meme, Let’s eat Grandma! It’s a powerful reminder how a tiny little punctuation mark, the comma, imparts so much significance to a sentence. A serene little comma... read more

Sep 24, 2017

A Poem in Honor of Fall

  Fall is here! The days of summer, with its hot sun, refreshing dips in the pool, and long days of languid rest, are done. With fall comes school activities, cooler temperatures, and a... read more

Sep 22, 2017

A Brief Tour through the IEW Writing Units

  When you teach writing with IEW®, you are constructing a solid writing foundation for your students. IEW’s writing structure is based upon nine units or structural models. But what are those models? A... read more

Sep 20, 2017

Where Are They Now? Carly Torres: Confident in College

  IEW® writing method works in a variety of environments. Many students encounter it in their homeschools. Others, though, learn to write using IEW materials in different settings. Carly Torres first experienced IEW at... read more

Sep 18, 2017

Where Are They Now? Jemma Swift, Author of Forever Riders

  Authoring a book is an intimidating prospect. And if it’s illustrated, that introduces even more challenges. For Jemma Swift—homeschooled student, first-time-author,... read more

Jill’s Gems: Adjusting the Bar for Success, One Child at a Time

  Our forums are wonderful spots to ask questions, share successes, and receive encouragement. Recently a member wondered about how to help... read more

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Reading Aloud: Time Together Well Spent

  “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”... read more

Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

  Gratitude matters. “I do believe the happiest people that I meet are the ones who have that habit, that attitude of gratitude."... read more

From the First: Famous (and not-so-famous) First Lines

  “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This quote, reportedly attributed to Will Rogers, not only applies... read more

One Chapter Away

# Reading Tolkien out loud while two primary-grade siblings engaged in an action-figure battle to the death was not an easy task.... read more

Where Are They Now? Nathanael Olander: Future Computer Scientist

#   Nathanael Olander grew up an “IEW kid.” His mom, Danielle Olander, is an IEW homeschool exhibitor. Together the two of them... read more

Happy 20th Birthday, Classical Conversations! IEW and CC: Celebrating Fifteen Years of Collaboration and Camaraderie

  Today is October 18, 2017, and while Andrew Pudewa is heading to Charlotte, NC for Classical Conversations’ 20th anniversary event, I... read more

Feeling Fallish—A Poem About October

  Whether you live in Fort Lauderdale or Fairbanks, fall is upon us. For some of us the leaves are turning colors.... read more

Short, Frequent Assignments

  I am presently in an unusual position. My children have reached the age where one is in high school, one is... read more

The Right Tool Matters

  Imagine a hammer on Jell-O®, a screwdriver for surgery, or a round peg in a square hole. The wrong tool at the... read more

Starting Strong in September, Structure and Style Units 1 & 2: Part 2: Podcast Episode 108b

  As you begin this new school year, be encouraged to make a great start in public speaking and writing. Andrew reviews... read more

My Battle with the Blank Page

  Writer’s block. Is this phrase as ominous for everyone else as it is for me? Like someone stuck in a cell... read more

Grammar Check: Affect or Effect?

  Words are funny little things. Each letter matters. Words that sound alike, called homophones (homo = same, phone = sound), have... read more

Jill’s Gems: There is Value in the (Brain)storm

  As we seek to teach stylistic techniques to our students, it is easy to search for ways to streamline the process.... read more

Jill’s Gems: There is Value in the (Brain)storm

  As we seek to teach stylistic techniques to our students, it is easy to search for ways to streamline the process.... read more

Experience Unit 3 with People and Places in Our Community and World History-Based Writing Lessons

  September is nearly over, but before you switch from retelling stories in Unit 3 to funneling facts in Unit 4, check... read more

Punctuation Matters!

  Many of us have seen the meme, Let’s eat Grandma! It’s a powerful reminder how a tiny little punctuation mark, the... read more

A Poem in Honor of Fall

  Fall is here! The days of summer, with its hot sun, refreshing dips in the pool, and long days of languid... read more

A Brief Tour through the IEW Writing Units

  When you teach writing with IEW®, you are constructing a solid writing foundation for your students. IEW’s writing structure is based... read more

Where Are They Now? Carly Torres: Confident in College

  IEW® writing method works in a variety of environments. Many students encounter it in their homeschools. Others, though, learn to write... read more

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