August 11, 2017
I love this time of year. I stand in the school supply section and breathe deeply the scent of new crayons, notebook paper, and clean pink erasers. I review my goals and think of the habits I want to instill in my homeschool routine.
BusyGirl , my last kiddo of eight kids, will begin her senior year the first week September. She is still away from home working full time at Trout Creek Bible Camp. It’s hard to believe my time as a homeschool mom is running out.
If you are a veteran homeschool mom, I know you get it.
If you are new to homeschooling, I’m excited for you. The journey is amazing and filled with some of the highest ups and lowest downs you can ever imagine, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I envy you.
But anything new feels awkward. It feels a little scratchy, and it smells like a store-bought sweater that hasn’t been washed in my favorite laundry soap. It takes time to make my new sweater my first choice for Saturday morning lounging.
The key word is time.
God gives us the precious commodity of time every time we are blessed to be able to take a breath. We should carefully budget wisely. Too much of a good thing is still too much. Guard your schedule against the tyranny of now and evaluate the perceived must-do list. Protect and honor your morning, afternoon, and evening routines with the relaxed rhythms of being together while learning together. Make ample room for wonder in science, beauty in art, and awe in history. Cook together and call it math. Snuggle closer on the couch while you travel the world through great literature and call it a field trip.
Moments make memories. Make good ones!
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.
For more Frequently Asked Questions-Click HERE
Writing Habits for Kids
Habit# 2- Reading Great Books
The habit of reading great books helps a young writer grow in the skill of writing. I am a big fan of providing three types of reading instruction that you can read about by clicking HERE.
What are other ways that you can help turn the habit of reading great books into helping a budding writer blossom?
Check out these tips:
- As part of your child’s reading assignment, ask your child to record his favorite sentence. Ask your child to explain why he liked it.
- Identify literary techniques such as smilies, metaphors, or alliterations. Ask how the technique helped to create emotion or point of view.
- Ask your child to identify words that help the reader experience the story through each of the five senses.
- Ask your child why he wanted to turn the page or why he didn’t want to turn the page.
- Allow your child to evaluate the author’s style of writing.
Reading great books provides your child with a personal experience with what great writing sounds like. That’s why great writers read lots of books, and that’s why it’s a wonderful habit to adopt early.
Write Early*Write Often*Write Well Writing Contest
Can’t win if you don’t enter!
Check it out: Click HERE
“My son danced all over the house, but is now seated in front of the laptop excitedly writing another story. Thank you for encouraging him!!!” Corban’s Mom
(Corban is a 2017 monthly winner)
Here’s the best part! When you enter the writing contest, you also get published!
AND … ALL PROFITS GO TO SUPPORT Compassion International.
Did you enter a story in 2016?
If the answer is yes, then congratulations, you are a published author! Click HERE to check out and order the first volume of Write Early, Write Often Write Well Anthology.
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“Here to Help Learning’s Writing Program is perfect for the family or group class in need of an enthusiastic instructor. The courses are very easy-to-use and enjoyable for both students and adults. They also make it possible to teach children together if they are within a few grade levels of one another. The Christian aspects of the course—memory verses, mentions of faith and God throughout the courses, and activities that stress Christianity in action—are more thoroughly and effectively integrated than in most other Christian writing courses.”–Cathy Duffy (Curriculum Review)
We’ll help your first grader get from
here to there so he can go everywhere!
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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.
The Power of a Language Arts K.I.S.S.
“Unfortunately, most educators think writing instruction is all about the repeated “scales” of spelling, grammar rules, and copying sentences. Little time is given to engaging in the joy of written expression. ” Click HERE for 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.