January 25, 2018
Greetings! How many of you are like me and put on the top of your New Year’s resolution list, read the Bible more? We know it’s important to read it, study it, and live it! But let’s face it, it can be a daunting read. Over the years, I’ve recommended lots of resources that have helped me tremendously. (Visit my Pinterest Board-I don’t pin anything I haven’t used and recommended.) However, the Bible Project has become a favorite. Let me put it this way, I just finished reading the book of Leviticus, the Old Testament book in the Bible with all the rituals and animal sacrifices, and with the aid of the Bible Projects videos and notes, it changed my walk with the Lord. For Christmas, I ordered their coffee table book that displays the major themes of every book of the Bible. However, The Bible Project team was slammed with orders and couldn’t deliver for Christmas. Today, I received this gorgeous book! I’m so excited to continue with my study with this wonderful book by my side helping me understand God’s BIG picture of grace, love, and truth for me and humanity.
Hope you are loving my ten-week series on how to create a culture for writing in your home. Each value you put into action will make writing as natural of a habit as breathing in and out. Keep scrolling to see value #3.
Welcome New HTHL families! We are so 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 Creativity in Writing
The piano has 88 keys, and each key represents a note. The creative composer rearranges the notes in varying order so that beautiful music envelopes the listener. The English language has over 170,000 words. In the hands of creative writers, each word like that note can be rearranged on the paper to create wonderful ideas, stories, and thoughts. Creative communication will always be in style, no matter what.
Your young peep is very creative. As our child’s writing mentor, we need to preserve his creativity.
There are hundreds of ways to communicate similar ideas. Do you know how many homeschool bloggers will write a post about why you should homeschool? A lot! I love them ALL because they each use their creativity in a different way to communicate the same ideas, and that blesses me.
Next time you present a writing warm-up or writing project, watch how each student generates different stories and ideas. As a co-op teacher, this would always amaze me! One writing prompt resulted in ten very DIVERSE different stories. I sometimes would stop the class and thank God for His wonderful gift of individuality!
Value Creativity: How can you put value #3 into action? What can we do to preserve this wonderful gift of individuality in our young writers?
- Be careful when you correct your child’s writing. Don’t miss what your young author is trying to communicate.
- Preserve their creativity by asking questions about their writing.
- Refrain from feeding your young writer with your words.
- Ask and listen to the process of how he came up with the story.
- Respond with the correct emotional responses. Did your young author want you to laugh?Then laugh. Did your young author want you her reader to feel sad? Then show sadness.
- Celebrate when new words, similies, and metaphors bring the story to life.
- Make a rule in your home-No boring reports. Every writing assignment is an opportunity to put into action creativity.
Creativity is the hallmark of writing, any kind of writing! Here to Help Learning‘s Writing Projects encourage creativity from start to finish. When a home educator who values creativity teams up with HTHL, young authors grow in the skill of writing.
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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Did you miss your chance to win in 2018?
Write Early*Write Often*Write Well Writing Contest 2018 is ON!
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Here’s the best part! When you enter the writing contest, you also get published!
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2017 Anthology is in the Editing Department!
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“Writing is hard. Teaching writing can be hard. Teaching writing to a wiggly, squiggly 9-year-old boy can be even harder. There are a few programs we love for older students, but for younger kids, the choices are more limited. Trying to find one that fits my kinesthetic learner is even harder. But we did with Here to Help Learning. The video-based lessons are great for my active boy. Mrs. Mora’s humor keeps him laughing. Her clear instructions keep him moving forward. The worksheets engage him, and the sidekick dog entertains him.”– Michelle (Blogger)
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As Christians, we know the importance of God’s Word in our life. But many times daily Bible reading becomes an item to be checked off our list, an afterthought, reserved only for times of panic.
It all changed when I opened Betty’s Bible. 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.