How to Become Your Child’s Favorite Editor

December 8, 2017

Hope you are enjoying the Christmas season and making lots of memories in your home! We found out that living in the Northwest has some wonderful Christmas perks! All Christmas trees are $25.00, as compared to California which the going price for a Christmas tree is $10/foot.

It’s the little things that brighten a day, isn’t it?

Let’s not miss any blessing great or small. Fill your home with voices of praise because our hope is in the Lord!

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“The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” Psalm 147:11


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How to Become Your Child’s Favorite Editor

What is the single must-have ingredient for your child to succeed in learning how to write well?

<drum roll please!>

It’s a well-loved editor whom the writer respects. Good editors are the Yoda to Jedi writers. And the loving mom/dad/grandparent home educator has the blessed privilege of being a child’s first editor.

The title editor instills fear in many. In fact, if when you were learning to write, you had a grammar nazi as your first editor, you might have a major pushback with the title. For you writing was a terrifying experience as you remember the lashings of red ink and nebulous expectations. There was no reaching the mark in your editor’s eyes.

However, if you experienced an editor who really wanted the best for you and cheered you on through each step of the writing process, you learned to enjoy expressing yourself with the written word. You accepted input, even though it was hard to hear because you knew your editor had your back.

As home educators, we all want to be that editor, the editor who gets top-billing in the acknowledgment section of our kid’s first best-seller. How do we become that kind of editor? We follow the steps:

Step 1: Remember the goals of writing instruction for your young writer.

  • Grow in the skill of writing.
  • Learn and apply the steps of the writing process.
  • Enjoy communicating with the written word.

If we keep these goals in the front of our minds as we help our child to learn to write, we won’t get derailed.

Step 2: Correct spelling, grammar, and give input with respect towards the writer.

Wonderful editors guide writers. They point out errors in grammar and spelling while assuring the writer that what he has written is worth making sure his words are as clear as possible. Great editors ask the writer great questions and patiently listen to the answer as the writer processes and organizes his thoughts.

(If you need to brush up on your grammar: I recommend the Easy Grammar Series)

Step 3: Help the writer set one or two writing goals.

Each writing project is a stepping stone to the next writing challenge. A child learning how to write will not be able to focus on multiple goals. Help your child choose one or two writing goals and hold the young writer accountable for reviewing the writing goals before each editing session.

Step 4: Make every editing session a relaxed editing session. 

Tense editors are no fun! Don’t jump in and start correcting. Engage your young writer in how he approached each step of the writing process. Identify for your young author areas in which you have seen improvement and that you are looking forward to reading what he has written.

Step 5: Watch an editor in action.

A unique advantage of Here to Help Learning’s Writing Program is that the videos provide the home educator with excellent examples of how to embrace the role of editor. Another advantage is HTHL’s program gives detailed editor tips for every step of the writing process.

You are your child’s best editor. No one loves and cares about your child’s success more than you. Your mentorship will win an honored place in your young author’s heart and a big thank you to his beloved editor.


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Christmas does not always bring cheer. Conflict and the trials of life can feed our inner Scrooge. Are you facing tough situations this Christmas?


“My inner Scrooge reared its sinister voice. Peace on earth? Goodwill towards men? I don’t see it! To a gracious God, who listens and hears the cry of His children’s heart, I began to make my case questioning the angel’s proclamation.” read moreScrooge1



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