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

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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. 

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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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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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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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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Weekly Writing Tips

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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)

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

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.

You have great questions.

We have answers Click: HERE

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

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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. 

 

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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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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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

 

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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Weekly Writing Tips

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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

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.

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

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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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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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

 

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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Weekly Writing Tips

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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

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!)

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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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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