We were so excited to have the opportunity to review for the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW). Personally, I have heard so many wonderful things, that I jumped at the chance for my girls to try out Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization...and what a wonderful product this is!
What I Received:
- Teacher's Manual
- Leather CD Wallet
- CD 1 - Level 1: Poems
- CD 2 - Level 2: Poems
- CD 3 - Level 3: Poems
- CD 4 - Level 4: Poems
- CD 5 - Level 5: Speeches
- DVD - Nurturing Competent Communicators
- Student e-book - This e-book provides a copy of each poem for the students to use as a visual aid to help with their memorization of it.
- Seven Workshops - downloadable MP3 format
- Nurturing Competent Communicators
- Mastery Learning, Ability Development, and Individualized Education
- Ten Thousand and Then Begins Understanding
- On Listening
- On Speaking
- On Reading
- On Writing
- Student Pages - Physical Copy
About the Product:
Speaking as a girl who fell in love with poems after reading her very first nursery rhyme, I couldn't wait to dig into this product...and just to ease your mind this is not nursery rhymes! Ha ha! As your children begin to memorize poetry you will see their vocabulary grow. I have always encouraged my children to expand their word selection through a variety of methods, but I have to say ...this is probably the most fun way yet! Instead of spending hours writing out notecards with vocabulary words and their definitions, this program will build language skills and vocab at the same time!
This program makes it easy by providing everything you need to be successful. The book has ninety-six poems and speeches. There are also poems and speeches that are recorded onto CD's for which makes it much easier for both myself and my girls to memorize each poem. It also makes it super easy to take it on the go. To be honest, one of the major benefits to homeschooling was that I was able to travel with my husband more freely (as he travels often for work) and take the girls along with me. Also included in the book are memory charts, instructions, completion certificates and my all time favorite....poet biographies.
How We Used the Product:
Although we took the CD's on the go and kept them in the car to memorize while we were out and about, I did find it necessary to also have the girls spend some time each day with no outside distractions. They were able to easily incorporate some simple memorization practices into their normal daily schedule, and have positive results. They enjoyed reading and memorizing poems written by people like: William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Frost, William Blake, and many more!
My Bottom Line:
This is an amazingly wonderful program. I would recommend this to any homeschool family! Whether you get the set with the pdf Student Pages, or opt to purchase a physical copy of the Student Pages...I have no doubt that you will love it just the same!
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