Learning the art of communication doesn’t have to be a struggle. If you’re still searching for the language arts program that your child can excel in, scroll down to see the companies featured in this month's Spotlight. Some focus on writing, others on teaching grammar, and all will improve reading comprehension and vocabulary. Your child will be guided through a thoughtfully designed program that will help them communicate and think with confidence and competence.
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Teaching writing can be easier than you think! For more than twenty-five years, IEW® has offered an effective method that encourages and inspires students to write and molds them into competent and confident communicators and thinkers.

Want to give it a try? Download three free weeks of language arts lessons that include the following: 

IEW products are enjoyable, effective, and easy-to-use— guaranteed. Do you have questions or need help figuring out where to begin? Give us a call (800.856.5815), send us an email (info@IEW.com), or chat with us online at IEW.com.

Download your free materials at IEW.com/free-lessons.
Easy Grammar Systems
If you think grammar is boring, you haven’t used the award-winning Easy Grammar, Daily GRAMS, or Easy Grammar Ultimate Series by Dr. Wanda Phillips.

Easy Grammar texts use the prepositional approach, which deletes prepositional phrases to help students find subject, verb, agreement, etc. Dr. Phillips says, “I love to diagram; however, I always had 25%-30% of my students who were confused by that procedure. In that I had 100% success using the prepositional approach, I soon gave up diagramming.” She adds that even students who formerly struggled had success with the prepositional approach. 

To increase mastery of the concepts, we highly recommend adding Daily GRAMS to your Easy Grammar lesson. This daily, 10-minute exercise reviews the concepts of grammar as well as capitalization and punctuation. As an added bonus, a sentence combining component is included which improves the students’ quality of writing.

High school students love the simplicity of the Easy Grammar Ultimate Series. This high school series provides students with 180 teaching lessons designed cyclically for mastery. Concepts are introduced, reviewed, and applied in 10-minute lessons, allowing focus on literature and writing.

New quick, fun, and informative Easy Grammar and Daily GRAMS videos can be found at www.easygrammar.com. The videos provide answers to many questions that parents may have. All of our texts are money-back guaranteed. 
Getty-Dubay Italic

The Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting Series for K-6 

Handwriting that’s easy to teach, fun to learn, and natural to write. Includes seven grade-level workbooks, an instruction manual, and support materials for learning print and cursive. Start at any level.  

We love our Getty-Dubay handwriting books. I used them when I was homeschooled and will use nothing else for my kids!
 — Rebecca G.

The Handwriting Success App

A full handwriting curriculum at the touch of a button. The Getty-Dubay Italic curriculum is now available as seven ebooks that you can write in with your tablet and stylus. Try it free at the App Store or Google Play. 

This app is going to be a huge incentive for my kids to work on their handwriting. — Robin D. 

Downloadable Computer Fonts 

The official Getty-Dubay Fonts are seventy-two font styles that allow you to make your own handwriting worksheets in seconds, with join-as-you-type ease.

A 'game changer' for my 12-year-old son. — Dianne D. 

Free online resources. Videos, Worksheet Creator, PDFs, and more.

A logical choice. Students learn one set of letters for print and join them for cursive, which saves you time. 

A proven method. Getty-Dubay has been a homeschool favorite for over 40 years.

Use code GDTOS15 for 15% off books, materials and fonts.
Real Reading Company

Reading and Spelling Pure & Simple takes students from being nonreaders to being confident, full-fledged readers in 90 lessons.


The lessons in Reading and Spelling Pure & Simple are carefully engineered to ensure success, both for the student and the instructor. A teaching background or in-depth knowledge and understanding of phonics is not a prerequisite for the person conducting the lessons. If the teacher, aide, tutor, or parent can read, he or she can use this book to teach someone else to read.

Each lesson comes with one page of easy-to-follow instructions. The method is the same for all 90 lessons, providing a predictable routine with which everyone will be comfortable.
If your goal is to create an authentic, self-assured reader and you are looking for a program to equip you in every way, this book is for you. No frills, complicated lessons, or lengthy explanations . . . just a solid, ingenious reading program that works . . . pure and simple!

Order online today at https://www.realreading.com/!

Note: The lessons in Reading and Spelling Pure & Simple teach the letter and sound patterns of the English language. Students learn to associate alphabet letters and letter combinations with their assigned sounds. Concepts are explained in terms of “patterns” rather than “rules”—a less intimidating approach for most students. Spelling and word comprehension are emphasized throughout the curriculum. These lessons have been successfully used in Tier 2 (Response to Intervention) programs.
The Write Foundation
If you’ve tried to teach your struggling student how to write and have failed, it may not be your fault. It may be your curriculum.
Does your child struggle to easily write?

√ Are you tired of hearing “But, what do I write?”

√ Are you looking for a writing curriculum that presents writing where your student can grasp it?

√ Does your student strain to learn how to write paragraphs and college level essays easily and well?

√ Do you dream of writing curriculum where your students learn how to make their creative ideas shine?

“Thank you for such prompt service and a great product. My 12 and 14 y/o girls enjoyed writing with your level 1 curriculum! I didn't know it was possible! Thanks again!” Rose M.

“My boys wanted me to thank you for developing such a great writing program. They are currently in 5th and 8th grade, both working with Level 2. They finally understand that details enhance their writing and bring it up to the next level. This is the first time they "ask" to do writing, which we generally get to first thing in the morning.” Ana A.

The Write Foundation provides lessons that enable you to teach your students how to become proficient writers.

Need to determine the right level for your student?

Find free samples and a free online placement test with free evaluations at www.thewritefoundation.org

The Write Foundation is your answer to empowering your students to write.
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