Value 10 Creating a Culture for Writing and Proud of Our BusyGirl

 May 3, 2018

We are 30 days away from graduation! Here she is, our BusyGirl, and she just completed her senior project. As an active board member of the local Historical Society, Chamber of Commerce rep for the museum, assistant curator, junior community historical program developer, she just finished this ladies’ fashion display which included repairs, cataloging, display design, and information plaques! Her dad and I are so proud of her! If you don’t think homeschooling is worth it, think again. All your hard work will finally pay off. Curious to see how I crafted her education? Scroll down to the Home to Home section of this newsletter.

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Our BusyGirl completed her senior project! Her historical hat display catches your eye when you first walk into the museum!

Are you new to Here to Help Learning? If so, we’re glad you joined the HTHL Family. Get ready for some amazing writing adventures!

If you are an online member, click the GREEN “Getting Started” Button. Then read through each one of the five quick-start steps.

If you purchased HTHL’s Teacher’s Kit with DVDs, read the quick-start and the overviews of a lesson and unit.

I assure you that once you travel through your first project, HTHL’s Writing Program will become your favorite subject because it’s so easy to implement.

For more Frequently Asked Questions-Click HERE:

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 There are ten values that create a foundation for homeschool writing success. (See picture below) We create a culture for writing when we put these values into action.

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Value #10 Value the growth and development of learning to write. 

Do you remember the baby milestone books that outlined your baby’s physical, emotional, social growth patterns? As a new mom, I would absorb every page learning about when I could expect my son’s first smile, see him crawl, and celebrate his first steps. I honored each milestone my son attained with a call to grandma, and, if I wasn’t a mama in the 80’s, I would have posted the news on social media!  Learning to write is similar. There are certain milestones that you can anticipate and celebrate when it arrives. 

Growth and development writing milestones unfold in a student’s life in overlapping stages as the student grows in maturity. As parents and teachers, we know that every child develops at their own rate thanks to our Creator and our DNA that expresses our individuality.

Writing milestones begin early with recognizing writing in their surroundings and move to a written “scribble” language that has meaning to the child. Dictation is the next milestone and often the forgotten bridge to writing instruction. Spending time translating your child’s spoken words into writing communicates the value of the written word. Once they begin forming letters, words and sentences follow. As a writer, they will spend the remaining years learning the structure of paragraphs and multi-paragraph essays. Some will go on to write a thesis or a book, but the bottom line is no one stops growing as a writer.

Our next Here to Help Learning Newsletter Writing Tip series will address each growth and development milestone and what you can do to help your young writer grow up as a writer.

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Congratulations to Katie M., winner of the 2017 Writing Contest. Katie won an iPad Mini! She was super excited when she got the news!

Did you miss your chance to win in 2018?

Write Early*Write Often*Write Well Writing Contest 2018 is ON!

 Check it out: Click HERE

Here’s the best part! When you enter the writing contest, you also get published!

AND … ALL PROFITS GO TO SUPPORT Compassion International.

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When you write, kids around the world benefit! Compassion International

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“As a composition professor for the past 15 years, I love your program! The steps of the writing process, emphasis on strong words, and necessity of feedback are concepts I’ve been trying to help adults understand for years, but you have successfully made them accessible and FUN for kids. If more students learned these concepts at a younger age, college composition could go back to fine tuning rhetorical skills instead of introducing them” -Konni J.

We’ll help your first grader get from

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Do you have a plan for writing instruction?

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If you are already signed up for Here to Help Learning‘s Writing Program, you have an awesome plan in place spanning six years of instruction that includes solid writing instruction AND a beautiful collection of your child’s memories and stories written (or dictated) by your child that won’t fade away.

If you don’t have a plansign-up today! (PSA: You get 14 days FREE!)

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Curious to see how I crafted BusyGirl’s education? Here’s a glimpse of what it looked like as a sophomore (Click: HERE ). In her junior and senior year, we added and LOVE Notgrass History and Literature. Of course, she continued writing instruction with Yours Truly, Mrs. Mora, AKA BusyGirl’s mom. (Shhhh, it’s a secret….I’m in the process of publishing the new Here to Help Learning Jr. High and High School Writing Program!) And I intentially built lots of life skills into her curriculum. 

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Join me at the CHOIS Convention June 1-2: Click HERE for information

Beth’s Workshops:

  • The Science of Learning
  • Educational Life Hacks for students with Dyslexia, dysgraphia, or Dyspraxia
  • Keeping Your Smart Cookie Challenged
  • So Smart But He can’t Find His Shoes
  • Finding the Pieces of the Puzzle (Special Needs)
  • The Road to Homeschool Co-Op Utopia

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Blessings! We hope you have a wonderful week homeschooling!  If you need help with our writing program, send us a support ticket. If you just want to ask me a question, click ASK BETH.

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Value 7 Creating a Culture for Writing

March 16, 2018

Oh, the waiting!

My flower pot sits empty, waiting for May first, the day in our area it is deemed safe to plant. Sunrays are beginning to peek through the gray shroud that has covered the Northwest.  Since moving to the state of Washington, I realized that I haven’t thanked my Creator enough for the sun and its sweet rays that warm my soul. In hopes of warmer days and waning frost, I spent the weekend setting out my empty flower pots. I arranged and rearranged each one of them several times imagining what kind of flowers will fill each one.

I’m not patient. I guess that’s not a shocker. Most of us human-types prefer the now rather than the later. I smile and shake my head in politeness when the lady at the market says, “Oh I couldn’t possibly homeschool, I don’t have that kind of patience.” Not wanting to offend or get in trouble for homeschooling our children, I usually smile and head to my maxi-van with my groceries.

However, my inner-Beth response goes something like this:

Dear Lady at the Market,

I’m no different than you. Just like you, I need strength to flip repeatedly flash card after flash card. I need tenacity to explain how to multiply fractions for the thousandth time and perseverance to muster a smile when I need to remind my child to close the loop on the letter ‘a’ or spell the word ‘b-e-c-a-u-s-e’ for ten years straight. There are days I lose my patience. I lose heart and a gray cloud shrouds our family’s homeschooling goals.

However, my dear fellow shopper, there are days when the sun rays break through gray cloudy learning challenges, and I get to see the lights of understanding and wisdom in my children’s eyes. It’s a beautiful sight that I get to witness because the One who called me to homeschooling gives me His strength to flips flashcards day-in and day-out, and he gives me His tenacity to explain how to multiply a fraction again and again. He gives me His joy, His grace, and His patience so that I can gently correct my child who’s gaining in wisdom. To God be the glory, I get to see my child grow!

Yup! That’s what I want to say. Sometimes, if God leads, I do say exactly that.

Dear homeschool mom-As we approach the end of this school year, your patience may wane. It’s understandable. You have worked so hard all year long. However, spring is when we get to see our children sprout with understanding and wisdom. It’s when the countless hours of instruction pay off. Stay the course! Don’t give up! Lean into the endless supply of grace that our generous God dispenses at our humble bidding.

In just a few months, my flower pots will be bursting with color! Not because I’m a fantastic gardener but because there is a season for everything and a God-ordained time for things to grow. Your children are no different.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Galatians 6:9

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Are you new to Here to Help Learning? If so, we’re glad you joined the HTHL Family. Get ready for some amazing writing adventures!

If you are an online member, click the GREEN “Getting Started” Button. Then read through each one of the five quick-start steps.

If you purchased HTHL’s Teacher’s Kit with DVDs, read the quick-start and the overviews of a lesson and unit.

I assure you that once you travel through your first project, HTHL’s Writing Program will become your favorite subject because it’s so easy to implement.

For more Frequently Asked Questions-Click HERE:

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Weekly Writing Tips

Writing Tip

Creating a Culture for Writing

 There are ten values that create a foundation for homeschool writing success. (See picture below) We create a culture for writing when we put these values into action.

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Creating a Culture For Writing:

Value #7 Valuing the Joy of Writing

More often than not the writing assignment produces moans, groans, and somber tones! It’s dreaded by teachers and students alike. It’s time to wash the drudgery down the drain and take a different approach! It’s time to value the joy of writing! What can you do dear writing mentor? A lot!

  • Praise effort over natural ability.

Some children have a natural ability to write, most do not. Regardless of where your child lands, it’s important to encourage their hard work and not passivity. True accomplishment leads to gratification.

  • Please smile, laugh, and enjoy the process rather than just the final paper.

Enjoy the journey of traveling through the writing process. Refer to previous steps in the journey and celebrate how far your child has come.

  • Load your young writer up with encouragement and affirmation. You did this when they learned to talk. Repeat it while your child is learning to write.

Your words, tone, and body language communicate much to your child. Joy begets joy! Do your part!

  • Provide opportunities to publish or share their writing with others instead of allowing their writing to collect dust in the back of their notebook.

Sharing is caring! Be proud of their efforts and enable your young writer to experience the sheer pleasure of sharing their written word with others.

  • When reading great literature, stop often and marvel with glee well-crafted sentences.

Laugh, cry, and enjoy the craft of expert authors together!

Hayden, pictured below, has a very wise mom. Despite Hayden’s limitations due to autism, she employed every one of these writing tips in order to set a writing banquet of joy for her son. Hayden even completed the Write-a-Book Project with the help of Here to Help Learning’s Essay Flight 3! At his Winging Ceremony, bursting with pride, he asked me, “How many copies would you like Mrs. Mora?” His mother said Hayden that during the HTHL videos, Hayden would laugh at Mrs. Mora’s antics and Knucklehead, the Bassett Hound. She reported that the laughter helped him tackle the next writing task.

How does the joy of writing affect the progress of a young writer? Hayden’s smile answers that question.

When a parent values the joy of writing, they create a culture for writing where a child can thrive in learning how to write. 

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At the end of HTHL’s Write-a-Book Project, students receive their HTHL Writing Wings in a special winging ceremony.

 

Can you think of a friend who might need to know how to create a positive culture for writing in their home? Why don’t you invite your homeschool bestie to sign-up?

Here’s the link: Click HEREI

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Congratulations to Katie M., winner of the 2017 Writing Contest. Katie won an iPad Mini! She was super excited when she got the news!

Did you miss your chance to win in 2018?

Write Early*Write Often*Write Well Writing Contest 2018 is ON!

 Check it out: Click HERE

Here’s the best part! When you enter the writing contest, you also get published!

AND … ALL PROFITS GO TO SUPPORT Compassion International.

Write Early Write Often Write Well

When you write, kids around the world benefit! Compassion International

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2017 Anthology is in the Editing Department!

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Have questions about Here to Help Learning?

Are you new to Here to Help Learning’s Web Membership? Our team wants you to have an enjoyable web experience. Click the GREEN “Getting Started” button on the right-hand side of your membership dashboard and follow the five easy steps listed. Please make sure you have a cup of tea or coffee and ask your kids to fan you while you relax. Okay, I’ll admit, your kids probably won’t agree to that. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to hit the support tab and post a question.

You have great questions.

We have answers Click: HERE

 What do others say about Here to Help Learning? Click HERE

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“As a composition professor for the past 15 years, I love your program! The steps of the writing process, emphasis on strong words, and necessity of feedback are concepts I’ve been trying to help adults understand for years, but you have successfully made them accessible and FUN for kids. If more students learned these concepts at a younger age, college composition could go back to fine tuning rhetorical skills instead of introducing them” -Konni J.

We’ll help your first grader get from

here to there so he can go everywhere!

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Do you have a plan for writing instruction?

Here to Help Learning specializes in grades 1-6 writing instruction.

If you are already signed up for Here to Help Learning‘s Writing Program, you have an awesome plan in place spanning six years of instruction that includes solid writing instruction AND a beautiful collection of your child’s memories and stories written (or dictated) by your child that won’t fade away.

If you don’t have a plansign-up today! (PSA: You get 14 days FREE!)

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I have ten reasons you should attend a homeschool convention, and every reason I listed is worth the time and effort it takes to get there!  Read more….

 I’ll be speaking at TPA Homeschool Convention April 13-14, 2018 ! I can’t wait! I hope to see you there!

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Blessings! We hope you have a wonderful week homeschooling!  If you need help with our writing program, send us a support ticket. If you just want to ask me a question, click ASK BETH.

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Value 6 Creating a Culture for Writing

March 2, 2018

Have your plans ever gone amiss?

If you know me, you know I’m a planner. I get giddy as the new year approaches because I get to pick out my new planner. I get to re-organize personal and business plans. Aaaaaand I get to set new goals for the next semester of homeschooling. Please don’t judge me. If you are not the planner type, I can assure you; we can still be friends. But whether you are a planner or not, we have all experienced those moments when life happens, and the unexpected takes priority above all else.

So began 2018…..

January 1: New year, new planner, new goals… I just needed an office! For the last three months, the HTHL office had been undergoing a transformation. Delay after delay prevented its completion.

January 26: The new remodel of the HTHL office was finally complete, and we were ready to unpack.

January 27: Then the septic system backed up. Yup, raw sewage overflowed into three different living areas including the room where the HTHL boxes awaited to be unpacked. Raw sewage oozing through the crevices like an awful alien meant we had to rip out everything, including all the flooring and drywall. It took us about a week to clean-up.

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The first dump-run after the sewage incident.

February 7: We noticed the lights downstairs didn’t work as well as some of the outlets. We called an electrician and he delivered the news. We had serious electrical issues. (#oldhouseproblems) To remedy the problem, he would need to do a complete re-wiring of our old system which included that we eliminate the lower half of the drywall in all four bedrooms, the living room, and the hallway. We spent another week crashing into walls and removing drywall while our electrician fixed our electrical glitches.

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After we removed the drywall, our electrician removed a mound of trouble wire.

February 14: My dear father-in-law took ill, very ill. At that moment, nothing else mattered. For the next two weeks, we walked as a family on a path that no one chooses on their own. Thankfully, he left the hospital but not without a new diagnosis, home oxygen, and blood sugar monitoring. I’m happy to report, he is recovering nicely. We are so glad to have him home telling us his colorful stories from long ago.

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My hubby built this ramp for his dad.

 March 1: I looked at my unattended 2018 planner on my desk. My goals, dated January second, remained unchecked. New plans, new directions have emerged and are still emerging. Things that were important, turns out, and are not that important.

We, homeschool moms are full of wonderful plans and ideas. But life happens. The milk spills, the child cries, the appointment or text gets missed, the naughty child needs to be addressed or health issues loom. Thwarted plans increase our stress and morph into a sense-of-failure-downward-spiral. 

There is good news! 

God offers us another option besides panic and despair. It’s called trust. We can choose to put our hand in His and walk with Him. Our days are divinely ordered with reasons and lessons specifically designed by our creator especially for us. HE alone is the hero of our stories. The bigger picture rests in HIS planner, not our own. 

 For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

What does trust look like?….Keep scrolling to the Home to Home section at the bottom.

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Congratulations Katie M. of Louisville, Kentucky!

Winner of the 2017

Write Early, Write Often, Write Well Writing Contest!

Keep scrolling to hear how it happened!

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Are you new to Here to Help Learning? If so, we’re glad you joined the HTHL Family. Get ready for some amazing writing adventures!

If you are an online member, click the GREEN “Getting Started” Button. Then read through each one of the five quick-start steps.

If you purchased HTHL’s Teacher’s Kit with DVDs, read the quick-start and the overviews of a lesson and unit.

I assure you that once you travel through your first project, HTHL’s Writing Program will become your favorite subject because it’s so easy to implement.

For more Frequently Asked Questions-Click HERE:

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Weekly Writing Tips

Writing Tip

Creating a Culture for Writing

 There are ten values that create a foundation for homeschool writing success. (See picture below) We create a culture for writing when we put these values into action.

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Creating a Culture For Writing:

Value #6 Humility in Giving and Receiving Instruction

It’s a fact; a writer must receive input in order to grow. Humbly receiving input is a skill all writers must master. Your young writer is not exempt. How can you help your child gain this skill? It starts with YOU.

Best-selling authors have a team of professional editors. Your child has you. Be humble in your position as editor.

  • Model for your child how to give input.

Make sure the tone of your voice and your body language is pleasant and reassuring.

  • Model for your child how to receive input.

We want our children to welcome ideas and critiques. As parents, we need to demonstrate through our actions exactly how to do it.

  • Compliment your child when they have taken instruction or input well.

Positive reinforcement accomplishes more than a negative remark.

  • Be patient while your child learns the art of writing.

Your child will not write perfect papers. No one does. No one stops growing as a writer. There will always be more to learn!

  • Teach and practice the Rules of Respect. 

Make Eye Contact: Give your full attention to your child.

Smile: Let your child know that input is a pleasant experience.

Pleases and Thank Yous: Be gracious in your speech.

Ask Great Questions: If you don’t understand a concept that your child has written, ask your child to help you understand by saying it another way.

Find Knowledge Nuggets: Knowledge nuggets are the new things one learns in a given experience. Acknowledge the new things you learned from reading your child’s writing.

  • Use P.I.P. (Praise-Input-Praise)

This little formula helps to provide a framework for humility. First, acknowledge the things you like about his writing, offer input on areas of improvement, and then close with recognizing your child’s positive writing style or area of improvement.

It’s our job as parents to humbly model this skill for our child/children day-in and day-out. Then and only then, we can hold our dear children to the benchmarks of this skill.

When a parent values humility in giving and receiving input, they create a culture for writing where a child can thrive in learning how to write. 

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Can you think of a friend who might need to know how to create a positive culture for writing in their home? Why don’t you invite your homeschool bestie to sign-up?

Here’s the link: Click HEREI

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Congratulations to Katie M., winner of the 2017 Writing Contest. Katie won an iPad Mini! She was super excited when she got the news!

Did you miss your chance to win in 2018?

Write Early*Write Often*Write Well Writing Contest 2018 is ON!

 Check it out: Click HERE

Here’s the best part! When you enter the writing contest, you also get published!

AND … ALL PROFITS GO TO SUPPORT Compassion International.

Write Early Write Often Write Well

When you write, kids around the world benefit! Compassion International

Write Early Write Often Write Well

Write Early Write Often Write Well

2017 Anthology is in the Editing Department!

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Have questions about Here to Help Learning?

Are you new to Here to Help Learning’s Web Membership? Our team wants you to have an enjoyable web experience. Click the GREEN “Getting Started” button on the right-hand side of your membership dashboard and follow the five easy steps listed. Please make sure you have a cup of tea or coffee and ask your kids to fan you while you relax. Okay, I’ll admit, your kids probably won’t agree to that. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to hit the support tab and post a question.

You have great questions.

We have answers Click: HERE

 What do others say about Here to Help Learning? Click HERE

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“My daughter loves, loves, loves your writing program! She has improved so much this year with her writing skills. She was especially enthralled with the poetry section and disappointed when it ended. However, now she writes poetry on her own using her new skills.I am looking forward to using your program again next year.”

-Lynette A.

We’ll help your first grader get from

here to there so he can go everywhere!

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Do you have a plan for writing instruction?

Here to Help Learning specializes in grades 1-6 writing instruction.

If you are already signed up for Here to Help Learning‘s Writing Program, you have an awesome plan in place spanning six years of instruction that includes solid writing instruction AND a beautiful collection of your child’s memories and stories written (or dictated) by your child that won’t fade away.

If you don’t have a plansign-up today! (PSA: You get 14 days FREE!)

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Blessings! We hope you have a wonderful week homeschooling!  If you need help with our writing program, send us a support ticket. If you just want to ask me a question, click ASK BETH.

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