September 22, 2017
Hope in the Harvest
Fall is a time of harvest. The farmer ends the year with a season of gathering and seeing the fruits of his labors sitting on a shelf, canned or stacked in a granary for winter use. The hope of rest from his labors of spring and summer will end. Soon seed planting, cultivating, picking, and preserving will be in the past. Time by the fire with a good book awaits. There is hope in the harvest.
Dear Homeschool Mama,
You are planting seeds. Take care of how you plant knowledge, the beginning of wisdom, in the freshly tilled soil of your child’s heart. Let encouragement keep the weeds of discouragement from growing and water frequently with the grace-filled words from God’s Word.
Your job is a tough one.
Deep breath my dear sister.
Our God is faithful.
We often see our selves as the weak link between the seed and the harvest. Oh, how my sin and flawed character get in the way! “How can the harvest come?” I lament.
Our hope is firmly rooted in an all-powerful God who moves mountains and my heart.
God is for you, you the planter of seeds.
He will teach you, guide you, and train you to care for the seedlings of the next generation. Listen to the whispers of His voice as you proceed through each lesson.
God delights in you. He gushes over you. He fought for you and won. Nowhere in scripture do you see him expressing joy over any other part of His creation except His tribe and His beloved bride. We don’t hear God rejoicing with “shouts of joy” over animals, amoebas, or even angels.
“The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17
There is hope in the harvest because God is with you every step of the journey.
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.
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Helping Your Child Recognize and Change Dead Words
Dead words are overused words that can make writing tiresome to read. Students can be trained to recognize them and change them. Charlotte Mason, famed educator of the 1800’s, said, “Habit rules ninety-nine percent of everything we do.” The habit of searching for “dead words” or overused words in writing can be taught to children who are even in the dictation stage of writing.
Help your child identify dead words:
Simon, a little first-grade boy with the biggest brown eyes I have ever seen, was listening as I read to our writing group his First Rough Draft. He had dictated his story to his mother, and she dutifully wrote what he said. He noted in his story that he used the word “jump” two times. He interrupted my reading and said, “Whoa, that’s a dead word!” Simon was able to identify his dead word because he was being trained to recognize and change them, even in the pre-writing and pre-reading stages. Simon’s habit will serve him well in years to come.
Help your child learn how to use a thesaurus:
My own son, who was nine-years-old at the time, was practicing his drop-in technique at our local skate park when he heard a rough-around-the-edges, twenty-something-year-old guy use the F— word over and over. At the time, my son didn’t know what the word meant, but he could identify it as an overused word. He skated up to the guy, who was twice his height, and looked him square in the eyes and said, “You need a thesaurus!”
We teach beginning dictionary skills in the first grade. Equally important, we need to teach our children how to use a thesaurus. Instead of giving your child a chart of words, as some writing programs do, expose your child to this comprehensive treasure of synonyms.
Here are some thesaurus resources to explore:
*There are many free online versions
*Most word processing programs on your computer include a thesaurus
*Most children’s encyclopedias include a thesaurus.
*There are many thesaurus reference books available.
Helpful Hint: Some parents assign their students to use different types of thesauri to familiarize the student with the many options available.
Helpful Hint: Never leave the dead word section on the First Input worksheet sheet blank. It is a skill that needs to be practiced each time the student arrives at the First Input step.
Helpful Hint: Looking up dead words is an excellent time to teach new vocabulary words. Use the sentence the student wrote and repeat it using the synonyms found in the thesaurus.
Helpful Hint: Of course! Don’t forget to play Dead Words Tell No Tales! Kids love this game! (Found in HTHL’s Paragraph Writing Level: All Flights-Lessons 6-8)
Overused words tire a reader. Help your child expand his writing with the skill of changing dead words and make it a habit that will last a lifetime.
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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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.
“As a homeschool co-op teacher who teaches many subjects, moms ask me questions about a variety of educational quandaries. And whether my student is in a science, history, or writing class, hands down, the subject that I am most frequently asked about is spelling. My theory as to why this subject ranks so high…..” click HERE.
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