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Habits of Great Writers for Kids

August 18, 2017

Never say never! Isn’t that one of life’s rules? We all have perceived lines that we tell ourselves we won’t cross. I hear it all the time, “I will never_____________, ” You can fill in the blank.

As a homeschool mom, I had set my personal stopping point at mummifying a chicken. (It was an odd stopping point because I am a fan of dissections.) Other homeschool moms had step-by-step embalmed a chicken in the name of learning. I just didn’t feel the need to add this to my educational plan.

But when my dear daughters ask with hope in their hearts to wrap poultry for a proper burial, what’s a homeschool mom to do but acquire a new skill.

It’s all about skills…. new skills.

Collecting new skills mean you’re growing. It means you’re living life.

I can’t say my attitude has always been stellar when faced with opportunities to learn a new skill. In fact, I am ashamed at times at my response to learning new things. As many of you know, we recently moved to the state of Washington. We purchased a real fixer-upper. I have had to learn the fine art of scraping, taping and texturing walls. Never did I ever want to learn this skill.

However, I forget these important truths…..

But now, O LORD, Thou art our Father,
We are the clay, and Thou our potter;
And all of us are the work of Thy hand. Isaiah 64:8

On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? Romans 9: 20

What new skills are you learning dear homeschool mom? How is God molding you? Do you feel the gentle pressing of your Master’s fingers as He molds you? He is answering your prayer. We say often, “Make me like you Lord!” Let Him do his most excellent work in you and through you as you educate your children in the ways of the Lord.


New skill for Beth: Scrape, tape, and texture!

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Habit# 3 Observe the World Around Them

Rule number one when writing: Write what you KNOW. Not what you have heard about but what you have experienced.

Your young writer is growing up and experiencing God’s beautiful world on a daily basis. How can you help your budding author observe the world around him? How can you foster this habit?

Here’s how to take an ordinary event and help your child increase his observation skills for writing.

1. Bring attention to what is happening in the world.

Ask your child, “Did you see_________?”

2. Bring attention to how his five senses are reacting.

Tell me what you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel?

3. Bring attention to past experiences.

What part of this experience have you experienced before?

4. Bring attention to new experiences.

What part of this experience is new for you?

5. Bring attention to possible future writing topics.

What part of this experience would make a good story?

Help your young one notice the world around him. This habit of observation will help make him a great writer!

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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.  

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