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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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

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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 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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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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Weekly Writing Tips

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Habits of Great Writers for Kids

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

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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!)

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.

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Fire on July 4 and More Summer Writing

July 14, 2017

Life can change in a moment. On July 4, 2017, my sister’s condo, the home where I grew up, burned down. Her neighbor’s BBQ propane tank leaked and exploded. In seconds, she and my nephew lost everything. Thankfully, no one was injured.

It’s just “stuff”. Yes, lots of stuff was lost.

What remained?

Memories.

Lots of wonderful memories remained.

 I gazed at the charred room, where my sister, my cousin, and I lived during our high school and college years. Humid smoke and burnt carbon attempted to cloud the memories. Despite the stench, I heard the echoes of laughter from our younger selves. The laughter of three girls, caught between childhood and womanhood, filled the room while we danced in our PJs late into the night. This moment from long ago, wasn’t consumed in the flames.

When things go up in smoke, you realize what is important.

I know many of us are busy planning for next year’s homeschool year. You might be fretting about your curriculum choices or worrying if you are doing enough to serve your family. I can’t help but reflect on how easily I replace tasks, like homeschool planning, for time with the ones I love.

My children don’t remember my curriculum choices. They really don’t.

Here’s what they do remember…

They remember the book I read to them on the couch.

They remember the afternoon that we all cooked together.

They remember the field trips and hands-on projects.

They remember the time we spent playing together and talking together.

They remember the hike through the trees and around the lake.

They remember the time we spent with each other.

No one remembers page 82 of any workbook or any textbook.

Yes, we have to plan for the next homeschool year, but we need to remember to see through the smoke of our tasks and worry. What remains are the memories we make along the way.

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On July 4, my sister’s condo burned down.

Please pray for my sister. If you would like to help her, click HERE

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Summer Writing Fun

 How do you keep your child practicing and enjoying the skill of writing during the summer break? This summer, HTHL’s Writing Tip of the Week will feature 10 fun ideas to keep your child writing!

This Week’s Summer Writing Idea…HOST AN EVENT

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Hosting an event is a great way to help your child practice writing skills during the summer. It can be any type of event! The ideas are only limited by your child’s imagination.

For example:

  • Leggo Show
  • Doll Fashion Show or Little Girl Fashion Show
  • Teddy Bear Wedding
  • Weather Station
  • Carnival
  • Science Experiments
  • Cooking Show
  • Radio Talk Show

Each idea takes planning and WRITING! Here are just a few writing skills your child will pick up in the name of “fun”!

  • Writing lists and organizing details
  • Writing/drawing advertising signs
  • Writing/designing tickets
  • Writing programs
  • Writing scripts

You might want to encourage your child/children to film the event and share it with friends. Yes, your home may be a little chaotic as your living room may be turned into a wedding hall. (True story: My living room was decorated with white paper chains for a week before the actual “Teddy Bear Wedding” took place.) But it was worth the memories and the hours they spent writing and planning.

At HTHL, we think your child’s imagination is an asset NOT a liability!

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!

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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 plan, sign-up today! (PSA: You get 14 days FREE!)

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Please join us! Valley Home Educators- Modesto, California- July 27-28, 2017

Beth’s Workshops: 

  • Getting Your Ducks in a Row-The First Year of Homeschooling
  • Dream Bigger
  • Keeping Your Smart Cookie Challenged
  • Finding the Pieces to the Puzzle
  • Moving On to the Next Writing Level
  • Managing Anger and Conflict in Your Home

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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 Facebook, PinterestTwitter, and now, Instagram pages. We are always posting! We like you!Beth-Mora-Profile-Picture