IEW’s Primary Arts of Language Reviews

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This article is in collaboration with Institute for Excellence in Writing.

Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) is a well-known and well-respected name in the world of homeschooling.  Though many naturally think of their resources for older students, IEW also offers Primary Arts of Language (PAL) for the youngest readers and writers in the family.  The Homeschool Review Crew recently reviewed this program geared for kindergarten through second grade, covering reading, writing, and spelling.

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PAL Reading Program

It is broken down into two separate programs: Primary Arts of Reading and Primary Arts of Writing, but should be done concurrently.  There is an informational recorded webinar online that can answer many frequently asked questions and offer an overview of how PAL works. Watch this video of Andrew Pudewa as he introduces the Primary programs from IEW:

Primary Arts of Reading thoroughly covers the concepts of beginning reading with a blended approach to phonics and whole words introduced by Anna Ingham in her Blended Sound-Sight System of Learning.  Using poetry and phonetic games and farm-themed stickers, children learn the foundations for good reading skills. You receive the following components:

  • Instructional Video by Jill Pike
  • The Four Language Arts MP3 Audio by Andrew Pudewa
  • Nurturing Competent Communicators MP3 Audio by Andrew Pudewa
  • Poetry as an Integrator MP3 Audio by Anna Ingham
  • Intro to the Blended Sound Sight Program MP3 Audio by Anna Ingham
  • Primary Arts of Language: Reading Student Book (e-book)
Phonetic Farm


Primary Arts of Writing covers spelling, printing, copywork, and composition and includes these items:

  • Instructional Video by Jill Pike
  • Reading Comprehension MP3 Audio by Adam Andrews
  • Dictation, Narration, and Public Speaking MP3 Audio by Andrew Pudewa
  • The Four Language Arts MP3 Audio by Andrew Pudewa
  • Primary Arts of Language: Writing Student Books (e-book)
  • All About Spelling Basic Interactive Kit
  • All About Spelling Level 1 (Teacher’s Manual and One Student Material Packet) By Marie Rippel
  • Bonus e-audio downloads:
  • Units 1 & 2 in the K–2 Classroom MP3 Audio by Shirley George
  • Unit 3 in the K–2 Classroom MP3 Audio by Shirley George
  • Preparing the K-2 Writing Environment MP3 Audio by Richelle Palmer
PAL Writing Program

All components may be purchased separately for both programs, but the complete packages are the most economical.

Crew members used Primary Arts of Language over the course of several weeks, so be sure to read the reviews for more in-depth information on this comprehensive program.

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A big thank you to Sara of Embracing Destiny for writing this introductory article.

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