How to Become Your Child’s Favorite Editor

December 8, 2017

Hope you are enjoying the Christmas season and making lots of memories in your home! We found out that living in the Northwest has some wonderful Christmas perks! All Christmas trees are $25.00, as compared to California which the going price for a Christmas tree is $10/foot.

It’s the little things that brighten a day, isn’t it?

Let’s not miss any blessing great or small. Fill your home with voices of praise because our hope is in the Lord!

What does Biblical hope look like? I love the Bible Project videos and have been enjoying their advent series. Click HERE to learn about the word-hope!

“The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” Psalm 147:11

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Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

Welcome New HTHL families….

It’s has been said, knowledge is power. So I want to encourage you to power-up for an enjoyable experience by taking time to get familiar with HTHL.

I will 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.

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.

For more Frequently Asked Questions-Click HERE

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How to Become Your Child’s Favorite Editor

What is the single must-have ingredient for your child to succeed in learning how to write well?

<drum roll please!>

It’s a well-loved editor whom the writer respects. Good editors are the Yoda to Jedi writers. And the loving mom/dad/grandparent home educator has the blessed privilege of being a child’s first editor.

The title editor instills fear in many. In fact, if when you were learning to write, you had a grammar nazi as your first editor, you might have a major pushback with the title. For you writing was a terrifying experience as you remember the lashings of red ink and nebulous expectations. There was no reaching the mark in your editor’s eyes.

However, if you experienced an editor who really wanted the best for you and cheered you on through each step of the writing process, you learned to enjoy expressing yourself with the written word. You accepted input, even though it was hard to hear because you knew your editor had your back.

As home educators, we all want to be that editor, the editor who gets top-billing in the acknowledgment section of our kid’s first best-seller. How do we become that kind of editor? We follow the steps:

Step 1: Remember the goals of writing instruction for your young writer.

  • Grow in the skill of writing.
  • Learn and apply the steps of the writing process.
  • Enjoy communicating with the written word.

If we keep these goals in the front of our minds as we help our child to learn to write, we won’t get derailed.

Step 2: Correct spelling, grammar, and give input with respect towards the writer.

Wonderful editors guide writers. They point out errors in grammar and spelling while assuring the writer that what he has written is worth making sure his words are as clear as possible. Great editors ask the writer great questions and patiently listen to the answer as the writer processes and organizes his thoughts.

(If you need to brush up on your grammar: I recommend the Easy Grammar Series)

Step 3: Help the writer set one or two writing goals.

Each writing project is a stepping stone to the next writing challenge. A child learning how to write will not be able to focus on multiple goals. Help your child choose one or two writing goals and hold the young writer accountable for reviewing the writing goals before each editing session.

Step 4: Make every editing session a relaxed editing session. 

Tense editors are no fun! Don’t jump in and start correcting. Engage your young writer in how he approached each step of the writing process. Identify for your young author areas in which you have seen improvement and that you are looking forward to reading what he has written.

Step 5: Watch an editor in action.

A unique advantage of Here to Help Learning’s Writing Program is that the videos provide the home educator with excellent examples of how to embrace the role of editor. Another advantage is HTHL’s program gives detailed editor tips for every step of the writing process.

You are your child’s best editor. No one loves and cares about your child’s success more than you. Your mentorship will win an honored place in your young author’s heart and a big thank you to his beloved editor.

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If you are a new or returning HTHL Mentor/Teacher, take time to refresh yourself on the detailed steps of the writing process. See teacher’s notes in your HTHL Teacher’s Guide. (Online users: Found under the Resources Tab)

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Don’t miss out!

You can’t win if you don’t enter!

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

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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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Did you enter a story in 2016?

If the answer is yes, then congratulations, you are a published author! Click HERE to check out and order the first volume of Write Early, Write Often Write Well Anthology.

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Christmas does not always bring cheer. Conflict and the trials of life can feed our inner Scrooge. Are you facing tough situations this Christmas?

 

“My inner Scrooge reared its sinister voice. Peace on earth? Goodwill towards men? I don’t see it! To a gracious God, who listens and hears the cry of His children’s heart, I began to make my case questioning the angel’s proclamation.” read moreScrooge1

 

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Special Christmas Writing Warm-Ups Just for You!

December 1, 2017

Let the Christmas season begin! Our family celebrated the beginning of the season by attending our tiny town’s Christmas tree lighting. It was good wholesome small town fun. To our surprise, one of the deacon’s from our church played Santa. He really looked the part!

May this Christmas season usher in a deeper love and appreciation for our amazing God and the amazing grace He lavishes upon us.

 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His[One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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Welcome New HTHL families….

It’s has been said, knowledge is power. So I want to encourage you to power-up for an enjoyable experience by taking time to get familiar with HTHL.

I will 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.

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.

For more Frequently Asked Questions-Click HERE

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Christmas Writing Warm-Ups

Oh, the giggles of Christmas! Have they invaded your December homeschool time? Christmas is an exciting time for little hearts! Why not light up writing warm-up time with special writing warm-up pics.

Writing Warm-Ups are such a fun way for kids to practice the skill of writing without pressure! Will your kiddos like this pic?

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And there’s lots more pics! Click HERE for lots of Christmas Warm-Up pics. If you’re a member, visit the Writing Warm-Up Gallery located under the resource tab on your membership toolbar. You have access to a library of fun writing warm-up pics!

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If you are a new or returning HTHL Mentor/Teacher, take time to refresh yourself on the detailed steps of the writing process. See teacher’s notes in your HTHL Teacher’s Guide. (Online users: Found under the Resources Tab)

Write Early*Write Often*Write Well Writing Contest

Can’t win if you don’t enter!

 Check it out: Click HERE

ONLY ONE MONTH LEFT TO ENTER!!!!!!

Don’t miss out!

You can’t win if you don’t enter!

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

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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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Did you enter a story in 2016?

If the answer is yes, then congratulations, you are a published author! Click HERE to check out and order the first volume of Write Early, Write Often Write Well Anthology.

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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 does Cathy Duffy say about Here to Help Learning?

“Here to Help Learning’s Writing Program is perfect for the family or group class in need of an enthusiastic instructor. The courses are very easy-to-use and enjoyable for both students and adults. They also make it possible to teach children together if they are within a few grade levels of one another. The Christian aspects of the course—memory verses, mentions of faith and God throughout the courses, and activities that stress Christianity in action—are more thoroughly and effectively integrated than in most other Christian writing courses.”Cathy Duffy (Curriculum Review)

We’ll help your first grader get from

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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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In our home, one Christmas decoration remains on display all year long. My for-real Christmas story began in my younger years as a mom when clouds of tasks threatened ….read more

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Thanksgiving Writing Projects

November 17, 2017

I’m thankful for a lot of things this year. My grateful list is long. Although I have many blessings to be thankful for, I am also thankful for the challenging events that have helped me walk closer with the Lord and stay in His throne room of prayer longer:

My brother’s cancer.

My sister-in-love’s cancer.

My sister’s home destroyed in a fire.

Family relationships strained due to poor life choices.

Life is never perfect here on sin-damaged Earth. Our very being cries out for a restored place to live. Heaven is our real home after our work here on Earth is done.

Holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas tend to reveal the absence of the Garden of Eden paradise in our lives. What was suppose to be is not. However, we can focus on paradise displaced, or we can focus on God’s story from Genesis to Revelation that He and He alone has extended His mercy toward us through every poor choice, tragic event, and misfortune. Throughout the dawn of time, He has continually made way for redemption to occur. He has parted the raging waters and given us a dry path to walk.

What are you struggling with dear sister? What keeps your mind distracted and weighted? Why not take a moment and thank God for the troubled event? Why not be thankful for this year’s dark moments.

“Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace].  And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

Thanking God for the trials of your life is not celebrated on Hallmark cards or Pinterest boards. Perhaps it should. I think it would give our children a more realistic view of how to do life. A mom who bows her head and thanks God during trials rather than frets is a testimony that her children will remember forever.

Pictured below: Celebrating Hope and Harvest at a ladies’ retreat in southern Washington where I had had the privilege of sharing from God’s Word.

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Celebrating Hope and Harvest at a ladies’ retreat in southern Washington where I had had the privilege of sharing from God’s Word.

Welcome New HTHL families….

It’s has been said, knowledge is power. So I want to encourage you to power-up for an enjoyable experience by taking time to get familiar with HTHL.

I will 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.

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.

For more Frequently Asked Questions-Click HERE

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Thanksgiving Writing Projects

Help your child to learn how to write with a grateful heart!

Over the years, our children have completed special writing projects for Thanksgiving. I have saved all of them! I love pulling their writing projects out of the Thanksgiving decoration box and reading them over and over. Writing is a great way to capture thoughts, feelings, and make lasting memories.

Our Thanksgiving gift to you?- 5X5 Writing Warm-Up Prompts

(Five Categories with Five Thanksgiving Writing Warm-Up Prompts)

Click HERE for 25 Fabulous Thanksgiving Writing Prompts!

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If you are a new or returning HTHL Mentor/Teacher, take time to refresh yourself on the detailed steps of the writing process. See teacher’s notes in your HTHL Teacher’s Guide. (Online users: Found under the Resources Tab)

Write Early*Write Often*Write Well Writing Contest

Can’t win if you don’t enter!

 Check it out: Click HERE

“My son danced all over the house, but is now seated in front of the laptop excitedly writing another story. Thank you for encouraging him!!!” Corban’s Mom

(Corban is a 2017 monthly winner)

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

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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

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Did you enter a story in 2016?

If the answer is yes, then congratulations, you are a published author! Click HERE to check out and order the first volume of Write Early, Write Often Write Well Anthology.

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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.

 Don’t miss our FAQ/Knowledge Base Board! Click: HERE

 What does Cathy Duffy say about Here to Help Learning?

“Here to Help Learning’s Writing Program is perfect for the family or group class in need of an enthusiastic instructor. The courses are very easy-to-use and enjoyable for both students and adults. They also make it possible to teach children together if they are within a few grade levels of one another. The Christian aspects of the course—memory verses, mentions of faith and God throughout the courses, and activities that stress Christianity in action—are more thoroughly and effectively integrated than in most other Christian writing courses.”Cathy Duffy (Curriculum Review)

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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It’s that time of year again….. when gravy meets rolls! Here’s my Family-Famous Best Ever Fluffy Rolls. Hope you enjoy! Click: HERE

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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.

 Beth Mora & The Here to Help Learning Team! Don’t forget to stop by our FacebookPinterestTwitter, and now, Instagram pages. We are always posting! We like you!Beth-Mora-Profile-Picture

 

Benefits of Teaching Literary Techniques-Part 1

October 20, 2017

Any task worth doing costs.

It costs us something in order to learn.

It costs us something in order to love.

It costs us something in order to be selfless.

It costs effort, tenacity, and good ol’ fashion grit, and determination.

Sometimes we lose heart.

Sometimes our spouse loses heart.

Sometimes our children lose heart.

Sometimes our friends lose heart.

We sometimes turn off the path that we know will help us reach our goals and say to ourselves,” I just can’t do it anymore.” We leave the land of courage and wallow in a puddle of pity on the side of the road.

God has commanded us to lead the faint-of-heart to a place of courage.

“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another.” 1Thessalonias 5:11

To encourage…. what’s my definition?

….I think it means to move someone with your words so that they can be “in” a place of courage!

Courage to do the hard things that God calls all of us to do.

Trust, walk, believe, work, pray, live, learn, forgive…

We can do so much with our words, with a smile, with a hug, and simply with our presence.

“You got this. God is with you.”

<smile with eye contact>

<embrace, cuddle, squeeze, hold close, hold tight>

“You are not alone.”

Daily, we each are given an opportunity and a command to encourage.

“But continually encourage one another every day, as long as it is called “Today” [and there is an opportunity], so that none of you will be hardened [into settled rebellion] by the deceitfulness of sin [its cleverness, delusive glamour, and sophistication].” Hebrew 13:3 Amplifed Bible

Today, lead your spouse to a place of courage.

Today, lead your child to a place of courage.

Today, lead your friend to a place of courage.

Today, lead a stranger to a place of courage.

We all need encouragement. Too much is at stake when we don’t give or receive it. Let’s give encouragement liberally to one another and build our families and friends in the Lord.

You might be wondering, what’s the difference between encouragement and worldly self-esteem? Click HERE

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Welcome New HTHL families….

It’s has been said, knowledge is power. So I want to encourage you to power-up for an enjoyable experience by taking time to get familiar with HTHL.

I will 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.

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.

For more Frequently Asked Questions-Click HERE

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Teaching Literary Techniques-Part 1 (Introduction)

Welcome to my three-part series on literary techniques!

Benefits of Teaching Your Child Literary Techniques

I remember when Star Wars was first released back in the late 70’s. It was hailed as a winner because the newest, latest, and greatest special effects exploded on the cinema screen like never before!  Special effects make movies come alive and synthesize them into blockbuster hits!

Literary techniques are the special effects of writing! Literary techniques are the way a writer writes to help the reader feel and experience the story on an emotional level.

There are over one hundred literary techniques! Click HERE to view a list.

Let’s focus on the top ten!

Top Ten Literary Techniques:

  • Simile: Comparison using like or as
  • Metaphor: Comparison that does not use like or as
  • Alliteration: Words in a row that uses the same beginning sound
  • Onomatopoeia: Words that describe a sound
  • Personification: Giving a non-human object human characteristics
  • Tone: reflects the attitude of a character or author
  • Mood: reflects the emotional feeling of an author or character
  • Symbolism: Object that represents something else
  • Hyperbole: Exaggeration to make a point
  • Irony: stating the opposite to convey the actual intended meaning

Each one of these literary techniques adds spectacular special effects to any genre of writing! The ability to use these techniques separate blah writers from great writers! 

Often these techniques are saved for advanced writers, however, what I have learned over the last 20 years is young kids like learning about these techniques! In fact, you will notice your kiddo’s writing confidence increases as he learns and weaves these special effect gems into his writing.

Another benefit of learning literary techniques at a young age is your child will be able to recognize an author’s use of words when reading the classics you assign him. When a child can pick out how an author used her words to create a feeling of excitement, reading comprehension goes up! 

Special effects are super cool on the big screen and in writing! Your kids are going to love them all, and you’ll get to see a major jump in his writing ability!

Next week, join me for Part 2, Teaching Literary Techniques in the Paragraph Level. 

If you are a new or returning HTHL Mentor/Teacher, take time to refresh yourself in the detailed steps of the writing process. See teacher’s notes in your HTHL Teacher’s Guide. (Online users: Found under the Resources Tab)

Write Early*Write Often*Write Well Writing Contest

Can’t win if you don’t enter!

 Check it out: Click HERE

“My son danced all over the house, but is now seated in front of the laptop excitedly writing another story. Thank you for encouraging him!!!” Corban’s Mom

(Corban is a 2017 monthly winner)

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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

Did you enter a story in 2016?

If the answer is yes, then congratulations, you are a published author! Click HERE to check out and order the first volume of Write Early, Write Often Write Well Anthology.

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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.

 Don’t miss our FAQ/Knowledge Base Board! Click: HERE

 What does Cathy Duffy say about Here to Help Learning?

“Here to Help Learning’s Writing Program is perfect for the family or group class in need of an enthusiastic instructor. The courses are very easy-to-use and enjoyable for both students and adults. They also make it possible to teach children together if they are within a few grade levels of one another. The Christian aspects of the course—memory verses, mentions of faith and God throughout the courses, and activities that stress Christianity in action—are more thoroughly and effectively integrated than in most other Christian writing courses.”Cathy Duffy (Curriculum Review)

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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At the beginning of the school year, I always had to do a lot of review with my kiddos to wake-up sleepy summer brain cells. I call it “dusting -off the brain”. But I had to face my own sleepy neurons. As a homeschool educator, I needed to remind myself of practices and principles that have served our family well. 

For the months of August-October, I’m going share with you my top blog posts on writing. The info provides insight into the foundations of why Here to Help Learning works.  

Do you have a child who struggles with forming letters? They may have dysgraphia. 

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects handwriting and fine motor skills. Forming letters is labored and difficult for these students. Parents and teachers often wonder, how can I help? Read MOREDysgraphia.001

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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.

 Beth Mora & The Here to Help Learning Team! Don’t forget to stop by our FacebookPinterestTwitter, and now, Instagram pages. We are always posting! We like you!Beth-Mora-Profile-Picture

 

Helping Your Child Write Strong Descriptions

October 13, 2017

Why Pray?

God knows everything.

He knows my thoughts.

He knows my desires. He knows my wants.

He knows my failings. He knows my temptations and my sins.

He knows.

So why pray?

My list is long.

I want. I need.

I want my day to go smoothly.

I need to feel His peace.

I want a deeper relationship with my kids.

I need more time with my husband.

I want to make a difference in the world.

I need five minutes without an interruption.

Prayer is a confession of human weakness.

  Prayer says like no other, I need you, God. I can’t do it without you.

And I can’t.

This “I can’t” place is where I find my wayward heart,

wandering through the tasks of my day.

Prayer centers me and brings me to an “I need your help” place.

Bow your head often throughout the day dear homeschool mom. Fold your hands.

And let God lift you through humble prayer like a young eaglet learning to fly.

 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145: 18

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Welcome New HTHL families….

It’s has been said, knowledge is power. So I want to encourage you to power-up for an enjoyable experience by taking time to get familiar with HTHL.

I will 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.

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.

For more Frequently Asked Questions-Click HERE

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Helping Your Child Write Strong Descriptions

“Whenever you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have in front of you – a tree, a house, a field or whatever. Merely think, here is a little squeeze of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, until it gives your own naïve impression of the scene in front of you.” – Claude Monet

An artist paints with color. A writer paints with words. Words are carefully chosen by the author and beautifully placed to fill the reader’s mind with a picture.

How can you, as an educator, coach your child to write strong descriptions? Try this exercise:

1. Choose a noun, person, place or thing. Imagine it or better yet, especially for young writers, get a picture of it. Better yet, allow the child to handle it.

2. Observe the details with your child. Identify the five senses of the noun, f possible.

3. Add a simile or metaphor. In other words, compare it to something else.

4. Ask your child to choose a few words from their list to create sentences

Example: 

1. Noun: Apple Study the picture. Or better yet, get a real apple.

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2. Explore the senses:

  • Sight: red, rosy, speckled with yellow dots, shiny
  • Sound: crunchy, snappy
  • Taste: juicy, tart
  • Smell: sweet, sour, spicey
  • Touch: smooth, hard

3. Compare it:

  • It’s like autumn.
  • It’s like a hand-picked snack.
  • It’s like sweet candy

4. Make sentences: Remember your child doesn’t have to use all the words.

I crunched a rosy apple with yellow speckles. It tasted like sweet autumn candy.

Another writing exercise that taught our children the use of carefully chosen description words was a game I learned when I was small. The teacher chooses similar objects, let’s say as an example, rocks. Each child gets one rock and the kiddo is instructed to describe it in detail. The teacher or other students have to guess, based on the description, which rock is which.

You can also play Here to Help Learning‘s Game, Make a Noun Do Anything! It’s a silly game, but kids love it! As they play, kids get to see how words change the picture in the reader’s mind. You can find the game in all the Paragraph Levels in lesson 12.

These exercises and games can help teach your child that strong descriptions help their readers see the picture they are painting with words!

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If you are a new or returning HTHL Mentor/Teacher, take time to refresh yourself in the detailed steps of the writing process. See teacher’s notes in your HTHL Teacher’s Guide. (Online users: Found under the Resources Tab)

Write Early*Write Often*Write Well Writing Contest

Can’t win if you don’t enter!

 Check it out: Click HERE

“My son danced all over the house, but is now seated in front of the laptop excitedly writing another story. Thank you for encouraging him!!!” Corban’s Mom

(Corban is a 2017 monthly winner)

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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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Did you enter a story in 2016?

If the answer is yes, then congratulations, you are a published author! Click HERE to check out and order the first volume of Write Early, Write Often Write Well Anthology.

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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.

 Don’t miss our FAQ/Knowledge Base Board! Click: HERE

 What does Cathy Duffy say about Here to Help Learning?

“Here to Help Learning’s Writing Program is perfect for the family or group class in need of an enthusiastic instructor. The courses are very easy-to-use and enjoyable for both students and adults. They also make it possible to teach children together if they are within a few grade levels of one another. The Christian aspects of the course—memory verses, mentions of faith and God throughout the courses, and activities that stress Christianity in action—are more thoroughly and effectively integrated than in most other Christian writing courses.”Cathy Duffy (Curriculum Review)

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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At the beginning of the school year, I always had to do a lot of review with my kiddos to wake-up sleepy summer brain cells. I call it “dusting -off the brain”. But I had to face my own sleepy neurons. As a homeschool educator, I needed to remind myself of practices and principles that have served our family well. 

For the months of August-October, I’m going share with you my top blog posts on writing. The info provides insight into the foundations of why Here to Help Learning works.  

Do you have a child who struggles with forming letters? They may have dysgraphia. 

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects handwriting and fine motor skills. Forming letters is labored and difficult for these students. Parents and teachers often wonder, how can I help? Read MOREDysgraphia.001

 

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Habits of Great Writers for Kids Number 6

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Celebrate with us! This week, Forrest and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary! Through all the good times and even our lowest times, I love my man. My mom was right love grows if feed it with more love. Do you like a good love story? Click HERE for ours!

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Welcome New HTHL families….

It’s has been said, knowledge is power. So I want to encourage you to power-up for an enjoyable experience by taking time to get familiar with HTHL.

I will 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.

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.

For more Frequently Asked Questions-Click HERE

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Habits of Great Writers for Kids

Habit# 6 Use their Imagination

I find it interesting that many writer’s workshops for adults include a section on how to use your imagination. It’s not unusual for adults to see a drop in the ability to think creatively. As a kiddo, I use to chuckle at my grandmother who would often bemoan her lack of creativity. She would shake her head and say, “I have no imagination.”I don’t laugh anymore at her plight. My advancing age is weakening my imagination as well. As a writer, I must spend time praying and getting into my “writing zone” before I start pounding computer keys.

In contrast, our children do not have any problems coming up with stories, especially while they are playing with Legos, dolls, or stuffed animals. Children possess a unique asset to imagine.

However many times, as educators, we unknowingly squelch a child’s imagination. Then we wonder why our child doesn’t want to write. It’s because we have built a wall of limitations.

Let’s face it. We, adults, are usually the problem.

How can we encourage our child to use his imagination in a Godly way? Consider these helpful tips.

  • Allow him to play with action figures while writing.
  • Use funny pics or videos to inspire writing
  • Allow him to make up words and use. (As long as he defines the words for his readers.)
  • Encourage him to use his real-life experiences in his story.
  • Don’t limit imagination to just pictures. Encourage your young writer to engage all the senses.
  • Rewrite a familiar story using different characters or setting.

When a child uses his imagination in writing the temperature on the enjoyment thermometer goes up!

In Here to Help Learning‘s Writing Program, we encourage your young writer to use his imagination often. That’s because we know when a child is excited about what he is writing, it provides a great stage to learn about how to write.

“A child’s imagination is an asset and not a liability.”

Mrs. Mora

Write Early*Write Often*Write Well Writing Contest

Can’t win if you don’t enter!

 Check it out: Click HERE

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“My son danced all over the house, but is now seated in front of the laptop excitedly writing another story. Thank you for encouraging him!!!” Corban’s Mom

(Corban is a 2017 monthly winner)

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

Did you enter a story in 2016?

If the answer is yes, then congratulations, you are a published author! Click HERE to check out and order the first volume of Write Early, Write Often Write Well Anthology.

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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.

 Don’t miss our FAQ/Knowledge Base Board! Click: HERE

 What does Cathy Duffy say about Here to Help Learning?

“Here to Help Learning’s Writing Program is perfect for the family or group class in need of an enthusiastic instructor. The courses are very easy-to-use and enjoyable for both students and adults. They also make it possible to teach children together if they are within a few grade levels of one another. The Christian aspects of the course—memory verses, mentions of faith and God throughout the courses, and activities that stress Christianity in action—are more thoroughly and effectively integrated than in most other Christian writing courses.”Cathy Duffy (Curriculum Review)

We’ll help your first grader get from

here to there so he can go everywhere!

HTHL ADS.001

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!)

Home to Home Blog

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At the beginning of the school year, I always had to do a lot of review with my kiddos to wake-up sleepy summer brain cells. I call it “dusting -off the brain”. But I had to face my own sleepy neurons. As a homeschool educator, I needed to remind myself of practices and principles that have served our family well. 

For the month of August-September, I’m going share with you my top blog posts on writing. The info provides insight into the foundations of why Here to Help Learning works.  

Correcting a child’s paper can raise some questions for both the veteran and novice home educator…..How do I grade my child’s writing? How do I know they are progressing in their writing skills? What is considered “normal” for their grade?…....   Read more

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Visit Here to Help Learning’s store! Check out our NEW product, Island of the Blue Dolphins Filmed Study Guide

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.

 Beth Mora & The Here to Help Learning Team! Don’t forget to stop by our FacebookPinterestTwitter, and now, Instagram pages. We are always posting! We like you!Beth-Mora-Profile-Picture