August 25, 2017
It was exciting to start the week off with a celestial phenomena! Eclipse 2017 did not disappoint. In Washington, where we live, we experienced a 96.9% coverage. We were so glad we had purchased the special glasses so we could see the wonders of the universe unfold. I friend shared with me a post that I would like to share with you. I LOVE this perspective, and I hope you do too!
“There is so much excitement and anticipation around the eclipse coming up on Monday. I mean, what’s not to love! The moon blocking out the sun and darkness in the middle of the afternoon! It’s a phenomena that the whole country is anticipating (and hoping to have the right glasses to view). But could I tell you about another day that the sun was darkened and refused to shine? It was the darkest day in history 2000 years ago when the Son of Man was hanging on a cross. The scripture gives this account in Mark 15:33-34: “At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” The sun was darkened for three hours as the Father turned away from the Son. For the first time in all of eternity there was a separation of the Father and the Son. Our finite minds can’t comprehend such love for us that God would sacrifice His Son. And why would the Son willingly give His life for the sins of the whole world? It’s beyond our human comprehension. Darkness in the middle of the day. Creation mourning the killing and death of the Lord of Creation. But praise God it didn’t end there…not in darkness! The darkest day in history was turned into a glorious daylight as the Son arose on the third day! Salvation was complete.
The eclipse on Monday will be an amazing event. Amazing, but not life changing. I pray that it is a reminder of that day so long ago when love eclipsed darkness and salvation became a reality for each and every person on the planet. That is life changing, but only if you receive it. I hope you are careful on Monday as you look at the sun, but I pray that you are always careful to look AT The Son!”-Reprinted with Permission
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim. In the light of His glory and grace.”
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.
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Habits of Great Writers for Kids
Habit# 4 Make Writing Goals
Great writers make writing goals. They welcome new challenges when it comes to putting pen or pencil to paper. It’s an important habit to instill in your young author. How can you get your kiddo to ask himself these questions?
How can I write clearer?
What new words can I use?
What literary techniques can I practice?
What are other types of sentence structures?
Very few children will ask these types of questions on their own. It is our job as home educators to train our kids to think about their writing and how they can improve.
At the end of every Here to Help Learning writing project, there is an opportunity to help your child set writing goals for the next project. At the end of each project, student and teacher evaluate the completed project. There are questions on the worksheet that can help get the goal-setting conversation started.
Once you and your child complete the evaluation, talk about the goals for the next writing project. Allow your child to set his own writing goal.
Here’s what you can do to help…..
During the next writing project hold your child accountable by encouraging him.
Ask him, how do you plan to work on your writing goal today?
If you notice your child working on his goal without a reminder from you, make sure you acknowledge his efforts.
When you arrive at the next evaluation worksheet, give your child feedback regarding his goal-setting progress. Your mentorship and training are incredibly valuable to your child’s writing growth, and the habit of making writing goals will help your child grow in the skill of writing!
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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.
Why are Meaningful Writing Projects important? 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.