May 3, 2018
We are 30 days away from graduation! Here she is, our BusyGirl, and she just completed her senior project. As an active board member of the local Historical Society, Chamber of Commerce rep for the museum, assistant curator, junior community historical program developer, she just finished this ladies’ fashion display which included repairs, cataloging, display design, and information plaques! Her dad and I are so proud of her! If you don’t think homeschooling is worth it, think again. All your hard work will finally pay off. Curious to see how I crafted her education? Scroll down to the Home to Home section of this newsletter.
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!
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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.
Creating a Culture For Writing:
Value #10 Value the growth and development of learning to write.
Do you remember the baby milestone books that outlined your baby’s physical, emotional, social growth patterns? As a new mom, I would absorb every page learning about when I could expect my son’s first smile, see him crawl, and celebrate his first steps. I honored each milestone my son attained with a call to grandma, and, if I wasn’t a mama in the 80’s, I would have posted the news on social media! Learning to write is similar. There are certain milestones that you can anticipate and celebrate when it arrives.
Growth and development writing milestones unfold in a student’s life in overlapping stages as the student grows in maturity. As parents and teachers, we know that every child develops at their own rate thanks to our Creator and our DNA that expresses our individuality.
Writing milestones begin early with recognizing writing in their surroundings and move to a written “scribble” language that has meaning to the child. Dictation is the next milestone and often the forgotten bridge to writing instruction. Spending time translating your child’s spoken words into writing communicates the value of the written word. Once they begin forming letters, words and sentences follow. As a writer, they will spend the remaining years learning the structure of paragraphs and multi-paragraph essays. Some will go on to write a thesis or a book, but the bottom line is no one stops growing as a writer.
Our next Here to Help Learning Newsletter Writing Tip series will address each growth and development milestone and what you can do to help your young writer grow up as a writer.
Here’s the link: Click HEREI
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.
2017 Anthology is in the Editing Department!
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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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here to there so he can go everywhere!
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Curious to see how I crafted BusyGirl’s education? Here’s a glimpse of what it looked like as a sophomore (Click: HERE ). In her junior and senior year, we added and LOVE Notgrass History and Literature. Of course, she continued writing instruction with Yours Truly, Mrs. Mora, AKA BusyGirl’s mom. (Shhhh, it’s a secret….I’m in the process of publishing the new Here to Help Learning Jr. High and High School Writing Program!) And I intentially built lots of life skills into her curriculum.
Join me at the CHOIS Convention June 1-2: Click HERE for information
- The Science of Learning
- Educational Life Hacks for students with Dyslexia, dysgraphia, or Dyspraxia
- Keeping Your Smart Cookie Challenged
- So Smart But He can’t Find His Shoes
- Finding the Pieces of the Puzzle (Special Needs)
- The Road to Homeschool Co-Op Utopia
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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.