Nominated! and Tips to Overcome Writer’s Block

December 22, 2017

We’re excited! Here to Help Learning has been nominated for the Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards!

The kind folks at Practical Homeschooling are also giving  a free Timberdoodle curriculum kit valued at up to $1,250 to one lucky voter. Voting closes on December 25. Don’t miss your chance!

If you’d like to cast your votes for the best homeschooling products – hopefully including ours – go here:

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

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 How Do you Help Your Child with Writer’s Block?

Writing is the struggle between mankind and the pencil to find the percise words to communicate clearly. The effort often results in a temporary mental block to writing. Sound too dramatic? Not really! The struggle is real. 

Writer’s block will never be  eliminated from the writer’s experience. Ask any writer. The writer must learn to face it and subdue it. As a home educator, how can you help your child develop effective strategies to overcome it?

Here are some tips to overcome writer’s block:

Normalize it! Recognize it happens to EVERY writer. Help your child see it as a normal part of the writing experience. Many times, it is in the struggle of finding the right words that yields an essay worth reading.

Talk about it! Ask your child to talk about what they are going to write. Ask questions to draw out their ideas. The time your child spends talking about what they are planning on writing is one of the best kickstarter activities to writing.

Plan for it! Since it is a normal part of the writing experience, ask your child, WHEN, not IF, you experience writer’s block, what will you do? What has worked before? Have your child record their answers in their writer’s notebook. 

Discuss it! Share your experiences with writer’s block. Have your child interview others to discover what they do when they get stuck with writing. Have them record their findings in their notebook.

Follow the Writing Process! The steps of the writing process help minimize writer’s block. Have your child revisit the steps in their project. Reviewing the Make a List and Webbing step can be very helpful.

Watch Here to Help Learning’s Meet the Authors! This mini-series is found in Essay Writing, Flight 3 and contains real-life practical ways professional authors overcome writer’s roadblocks!

Writers never “outgrow” facing writer’s block. It is a disservice to tell children they can eliminate it from the writing experience. A writer can only learn to develop strategies to lessen the strain.


If you are a new or returning HTHL Mentor/Teacher, take time to refresh yourself on the detailed steps of the writing process. See teacher’s notes in your HTHL Teacher’s Guide. (Online users: Found under the Resources Tab)

Write Early*Write Often*Write Well Writing Contest

Can’t win if you don’t enter!

 Check it out: Click HERE


Don’t miss out!

You can’t win if you don’t enter!

Here’s the best part! When you enter the writing contest, you also get published!

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AND … ALL PROFITS GO TO SUPPORT Compassion International.

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When you write, kids around the world benefit! Compassion International

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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.


Have questions about Here to Help Learning?

Are you new to Here to Help Learning’s Web Membership? Our team wants you to have an enjoyable web experience. Click the GREEN “Getting Started” button on the right-hand side of your membership dashboard and follow the five easy steps listed. Please make sure you have a cup of tea or coffee and ask your kids to fan you while you relax. Okay, I’ll admit, your kids probably won’t agree to that. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to hit the support tab and post a question.

You have great questions.

We have answers Click: HERE

 What do others say about Here to Help Learning? Click HERE

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“What’s a homeschool mom to do? I tried different curriculums. I tried assigning some of the more popular assignments that I used when I taught in the public school classroom. I tried allowing them to dictate their assignments to me. I tried breaking the assignments down into very small pieces, showing them how to do each one. Nothing worked well, or any positive effects didn’t last long. Here to Help Learning is a great addition to our homeschool curriculum, and it is definitely helping my children to develop an excitement about writing.”-Jennifer J. 

We’ll help your first grader get from

here to there so he can go everywhere!


Do you have a plan for writing instruction?

Here to Help Learning specializes in grades 1-6 writing instruction.

If you are already signed up for Here to Help Learning‘s Writing Program, you have an awesome plan in place spanning six years of instruction that includes solid writing instruction AND a beautiful collection of your child’s memories and stories written (or dictated) by your child that won’t fade away.

If you don’t have a plansign-up today! (PSA: You get 14 days FREE!)

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Peace, hope, joy, and love are words that are often used to describe the Christmas Season. But what do these words really mean? How does the Bible define these words? The Bible Project explores the answers to these questions in four videos that give the viewer the rich definitions of these words. Our family has enjoyed watching these Bible Project videos, and I hope you do too! 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.

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