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)

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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)

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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.

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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)

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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. 

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Habits of Great Writers for Kids Number 6

September 8, 2017

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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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

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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 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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 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

 

Habits of Great Writers for Kids Number 5

September 1, 2017

Happy Labor Day weekend!

“Homeschoolers aren’t afraid of hard work!” said Mrs. Mora

It’s one of my favorite catch phrases that I use throughout Here to Help Learning‘s Writing Program. That’s because meaningful work is a gift from God, but let’s face it. Hard work is just that; it is hard work! This week, Here to Help Learning celebrates all those who labor and serve others, especially you, the home educator, who tirelessly works to provide your children with a rich learning environment. Your kids might not say thank you, but we at Here to Help Learning will…

Thank you for educating and training your children! You rock!

“Train up a child in the way he should go;
    even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22:6

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Galatians 6:9

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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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Habit# 5 Ask for Input

Great writers ask for input on their writing. The benefits of training your child to ask for feedback on their writing are easy to see.

Benefit #1 You become a better writer faster. Want to become a better writer? Get consistent feedback.

Benefit # 2 Having an “I am always growing” attitude produces more ideas and points of view. A growth mindset helps a writer to expand his writing style and helps him to learn to communicate clearer.

Benefit # 3 Relational learning increases learning. The power of a mentor rockets a young writer to writing greatness. Don’t strive for independent learning but interdependent learning.

Asking for input is one of the hardest habits to instill. How can you help your child learn the habit of asking for input? Here are some ways to help:

Normalize it: Make it a normal part of the writing process. After your student completes a step in the writing process, assign your child to get input. In the Here to Help Learning Writing Program, this is done for you. There are places to pause the film and exchange input within your group or between the home educator and child.

Dramatize it: When your child presents a problem, have him ask for input. Have him use the phrase, may I have input on what I wrote?

Celebrate it: Offer positive feedback when your asks for input independently.

Asking for directions helps you get where you need to go! When it comes to writing, asking for input helps your young writer become a great writer.

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.  

How do you create a safe place for a young writer to learn the skill of writing? Two key foundations are required. 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