May 5, 2017
Home Sweet Home
Status: Arrived safely home after nine weeks of travel and 12,000+ miles in the HTHL van. My dear husband greeted me and BusyGirl with roses, hugs, and kisses. Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement. I am so grateful Forrest will accompany me to the INCH Convention in Lansing Michigan in two weeks!
Did you enter the “Write All About It!” writing contest this month?
Can’t win if you don’t enter!
Check it out: Click HERE
The Power of Mentorship and Writing
Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.
Mentorship is vital to the success of a young writer.
Unlike math or reading where it is easy to access if the student is grasping the concepts, writing is more subjective. The English language has over 170,000 words. When these words in the hands of writers are rearranged, ideas, stories, and thoughts are communicated in unique ways. However, with these kinds of variables, the task of teaching writing is not as simple as grading a math paper or checking for reading comprehension. That’s why the fuel for excellent writing instruction comes from the power of your mentorship.
What do great mentors do?
1. Be an observer: As your student writes, observe the errors that he/she makes. You will notice there will be many aspects that your young writer is not yet proficient. That’s okay.
2. Record what you notice: Write down what you observe. Maybe he is starting every sentence with the word ‘so’, or perhaps she is constantly writing a run-on sentence. Keep a list of the writing errors.
3. Prioritize: Order your list of errors from simple to more complex.
4. Plan: Your student will not be able to focus on more than one or two areas at a time. Choose the simplest errors to correct and tackle more complex errors at a later time. Provide time during your child’s Flying Solo time for additional instruction, drill, or discussion.
5. Add Patience: Lots of patience is required to guide your student in all the skills of writing. Mentors patiently coach students with encouragement and careful skill.
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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!
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.
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Where are we going next?
May 18-20, 2017 INCH Convention Lansing Michigan
Besides the workshops that I’ve listed below, on Saturday, at 12:45 pm, I have the privilege of serving on the INCH Special Needs Discussion Panel. Bring your lunch and your questions!
- Embracing Marketing Shifts in the Homeschooling Community
- Finding Pieces to the Puzzle (Special Needs)
- Keeping Your Smart Cookie Challenged
- Frugal and Fabulous
- Educational Life Hacks for Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyspraxia
- The Science of Learning and How It Should Change What You Do on Monday
- So Smart but He Can’t Find His Shoes
Click HERE for HTHL’s homeschool convention schedule!
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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.