One of my favorite homeschool companies is Institute for Excellence in Writing. I love their products! They are a well known company and a favorite in the homeschool community. My family was blessed have to opportunity to review Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization.
When we received Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization we received: 1 Spiral Bound Teacher’s Manual, the Student Book in an E-Book format, 7 downloadable audio MP3s, and 6 cd’s in a beautiful case. The kit comes in a sturdy box that can be used to store the Teacher’s Manual and CDs. IEW also graciously included a copy of the spiral bound student book. The spiral bound student book is not included in this set and is available for an additional cost.
Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization is for Grades K-12 and consists of 5 levels. In Levels 1 through 4, your students will memorize poems from various authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, William Shakespeare, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, and more. In Level 5, your students will memorize excerpts of famous speeches. Regardless of grade level everyone begins in Level 1 and works through the program at their own pace. Students will move on after memorizing the current poem or speech. As part of the program they will continue reciting the poems and that they have learned. Once Level 1 is completed the student will move on to Level 2 and will work on learning the 20 poems in Level 2, like they did in Level 1. The Level 1 poems will continue to be recited but on an every other poem every other day schedule. Then when they move on to Level 3, Level 2 will go to the every other poem every other day schedule and Level 1 poems will be recited a little less. Using this schedule through Levels 4 your student should be able to recite all 80 poems for life. Once they are done with the first four levels they are ready to move on to memorizing the speeches in Level 5.
The teacher’s manual explains why poetry memorization is important, talks about mastery learning, how the program is set up, and how to teach it. The teacher’s manual is 200 pages and contains all poems from each of the five levels. It is set up similar to the student book and there are notes in the margins for the teacher. There are optional lesson enhancements, author biography, and the bibliography in the back of the teacher’s manual. The directions to download the student e-book are at the beginning of the teacher’s manual and may be reprinted as many times as needed for your immediately family only. At the beginning of every level there is a list that you mark off when you have memorized the poem or speech and a box to help keep track of the days that you have recited the poems and speeches that you have memorized. There is a certificate of completion for every level.
In the CD case there are six cd’s. The first 5 are the poems from each of the levels read by Andrew Pudewa and the sixth is a bonus DVD of Andrew’s Nurturing Competent Communicators workshop. Having the poems on CD is an added benefit. We can listen to them in our house as well as in the car. There are also 7 Audio MP3s that can be downloaded from IEW’s website (The directions are in the Teacher’s Manual).
The MP3s are:
- Nurturing Competent Communicators
- Mastery Learning, Ability Development, and Individualized Education
- Ten Thousand Ties and Then Begins Understanding
If you haven’t heard Andrew Pudewa speak I highly encourage you to attend one of his workshops or listen to IEW’s podcasts. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of his workshops and podcasts.
The girls and I are learning the poems together. I am having fun memorizing the poems right along with them! Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization will continue to be part of our homeschool day. My girls favorite poem is ‘Ooey Gooey’ by an unknown author. They are usually in stitches by the end of this poem every time they recite it. Even the two year old and four year old will say bits and pieces of ‘Ooey Gooey’ and laugh right along with their sisters. My mom took a video of the three girls reciting ‘Ooey Gooey’ while they were waiting for me to run an errand.
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