Helping Children Improve their Writing with Andrew Pudewa


Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. He is a father of 7 and he travels around the world teaching about teaching, writing, English, spelling and music. He and his wife homeschooled their children when they were young.

Studied in Japan with Dr. Suzuki. As a child, learned the Suzuki method for violin. Decided to study in Japan and learn to be a violin teacher. Lived there for 3 years and after his studies, taught violin and brain development. Later started a preschool that focused on music. Came to writing through artistic and musical approach.

Similarities between writing and music. They are both skills. Mortimer Adler says that in education there are 3 categories: knowledge, applied knowledge or concepts, and skills. Skills are things that end in “ing.” Writing and playing an instrument are similar in that way. In the method of acquisition