IEW Primary Arts of Language
Andrew Pudewa (Institute for Excellence in Writing) says there are four language arts: listening (being read to), speaking (memorization and recitation), reading (phonics and practice), and writing (copywork). Usually only reading and writing get much attention while listening and speaking supposedly just "come along." Mr. Pudewa and IEW think differently, and in Primary Arts of Language (PAL) they have provided us with a fully integrated language arts program that provides for the focused development of all four skills.
PAL - Reading is based on Anna Ingham's Blended Sound and Sight System developed while teaching 40 students in a one-room school in rural Canada. Blending solid phonics with elements of the sight method, PAL produces fluent, oral readers. Two audio lectures and one video presentation by Mrs. Ingham are included on the accompanying DVD-ROM and are a must-hear; must-see.
The PAL Reading program can be used independently or combined with the PAL Writing program when the child is ready for handwriting.
The PAL - Writing program is an introduction to and preparation for the IEW writing methodology. At this level the beginning focus is on handwriting, spelling, and sentence construction skills but continues through paragraph construction and one-to-three paragraph compositions.