IEW Poetry- A Homeschool Review

During our morning time we have all been working on poetry memorization with Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization from Institute for Excellence in Writing. I love how it is a mastery approach to learning poetry and language and Big D loves the silly poems. For me the most important part is that it’s a curriculum from IEW which means it’s a great curriculum and one which will grow with my child.


When we first received the curriculum I was a bit overwhelmed with all of the stuff that was in a tiny box but after opening up the teacher’s manual and reading through the first couple of pages,  I was so ecstatic to add this to our morning time. The very next day we took out the audio cds and listened to the first couple of poems. We then opened up the student manual and reread the poem for the first day “Ooey Gooey” and boy is it a favorite in our house.

After that very first day, I was hooked and I knew this was a curriculum we needed to use, so I opened up the DVD entitled, Nurturing Competent Communicators and was blown away. Andrew Pudewa discusses the importance of writing skills and how we as our child’s educators can help our children communicate better. Much of our child’s language is developed through their daily interactions and adding poetry to this helps a child learn beautiful language.

Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization introduces a child to beautiful poetry. It is an easy to use program which insures that students listen to beautiful language and learn complex vocabulary. The student doesn’t even have to be at a desk to learn the poetry in the text. Parents can use the audio CDs in the car and their student can listen to the poetry on the go. It is an easy way to entertain your child and at the same time have him or her learn poetry. Along with the audio CDs the set also comes with 7 downloadable MP3s.

The set includes:

-Teacher’s Manual

-Audio CD’s for the Poems

-Downloadable MP3 Files

-Andrew Pudewa’s, Nurturing Competent Communicators

-PDF version of the Student Book (Student Text is an additional charge)

We’ve started using this during our morning time and it’s been a great way to start our homeschool day. The boys often choose poems that are funny and get us laughing. The setup of the curriculum is so easy to use, you start with the poems you’ve learned and then move on to the poem you are learning for that day. The setup is minimal and we love the pictures included in the student text. There is even a schedule for the upper levels which helps you recite the poems you’ve learned in the previous levels. IEW did a great job creating this curriculum for homeschoolers who have children at multiple levels, I use it for both Big D in K and Little D in 3 Pre-k. They love it.

If you are thinking about adding poetry to your day and are having trouble finding beautiful poems and speeches, Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization is for you. The curriculum is easy to follow, the poems are interesting and beautiful, and the audio cds are great to listen to. If you haven’t tried IEW curriculum this one will make you fall in love with such a great company.






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