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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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.

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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?

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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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“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.

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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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Winner of the 2017

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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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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

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2017 Anthology is in the Editing Department!

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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.

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Nominated! and Tips to Overcome Writer’s Block

December 22, 2017

We’re excited! Here to Help Learning has been nominated for the Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards!

The kind folks at Practical Homeschooling are also giving  a free Timberdoodle curriculum kit valued at up to $1,250 to one lucky voter. Voting closes on December 25. Don’t miss your chance!

If you’d like to cast your votes for the best homeschooling products – hopefully including ours – go here: http://www.home-school.com/2018-reader-awards/
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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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 How Do you Help Your Child with Writer’s Block?

Writing is the struggle between mankind and the pencil to find the percise words to communicate clearly. The effort often results in a temporary mental block to writing. Sound too dramatic? Not really! The struggle is real. 

Writer’s block will never be  eliminated from the writer’s experience. Ask any writer. The writer must learn to face it and subdue it. As a home educator, how can you help your child develop effective strategies to overcome it?

Here are some tips to overcome writer’s block:

Normalize it! Recognize it happens to EVERY writer. Help your child see it as a normal part of the writing experience. Many times, it is in the struggle of finding the right words that yields an essay worth reading.

Talk about it! Ask your child to talk about what they are going to write. Ask questions to draw out their ideas. The time your child spends talking about what they are planning on writing is one of the best kickstarter activities to writing.

Plan for it! Since it is a normal part of the writing experience, ask your child, WHEN, not IF, you experience writer’s block, what will you do? What has worked before? Have your child record their answers in their writer’s notebook. 

Discuss it! Share your experiences with writer’s block. Have your child interview others to discover what they do when they get stuck with writing. Have them record their findings in their notebook.

Follow the Writing Process! The steps of the writing process help minimize writer’s block. Have your child revisit the steps in their project. Reviewing the Make a List and Webbing step can be very helpful.

Watch Here to Help Learning’s Meet the Authors! This mini-series is found in Essay Writing, Flight 3 and contains real-life practical ways professional authors overcome writer’s roadblocks!

Writers never “outgrow” facing writer’s block. It is a disservice to tell children they can eliminate it from the writing experience. A writer can only learn to develop strategies to lessen the strain.

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“What’s a homeschool mom to do? I tried different curriculums. I tried assigning some of the more popular assignments that I used when I taught in the public school classroom. I tried allowing them to dictate their assignments to me. I tried breaking the assignments down into very small pieces, showing them how to do each one. Nothing worked well, or any positive effects didn’t last long. Here to Help Learning is a great addition to our homeschool curriculum, and it is definitely helping my children to develop an excitement about writing.”-Jennifer J. 

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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.

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Peace, hope, joy, and love are words that are often used to describe the Christmas Season. But what do these words really mean? How does the Bible define these words? The Bible Project explores the answers to these questions in four videos that give the viewer the rich definitions of these words. Our family has enjoyed watching these Bible Project videos, and I hope you do too! Click HERE

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