Helping Your Child Write Strong Descriptions

October 13, 2017

Why Pray?

God knows everything.

He knows my thoughts.

He knows my desires. He knows my wants.

He knows my failings. He knows my temptations and my sins.

He knows.

So why pray?

My list is long.

I want. I need.

I want my day to go smoothly.

I need to feel His peace.

I want a deeper relationship with my kids.

I need more time with my husband.

I want to make a difference in the world.

I need five minutes without an interruption.

Prayer is a confession of human weakness.

  Prayer says like no other, I need you, God. I can’t do it without you.

And I can’t.

This “I can’t” place is where I find my wayward heart,

wandering through the tasks of my day.

Prayer centers me and brings me to an “I need your help” place.

Bow your head often throughout the day dear homeschool mom. Fold your hands.

And let God lift you through humble prayer like a young eaglet learning to fly.

 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145: 18

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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.

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Helping Your Child Write Strong Descriptions

“Whenever you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have in front of you – a tree, a house, a field or whatever. Merely think, here is a little squeeze of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, until it gives your own naïve impression of the scene in front of you.” – Claude Monet

An artist paints with color. A writer paints with words. Words are carefully chosen by the author and beautifully placed to fill the reader’s mind with a picture.

How can you, as an educator, coach your child to write strong descriptions? Try this exercise:

1. Choose a noun, person, place or thing. Imagine it or better yet, especially for young writers, get a picture of it. Better yet, allow the child to handle it.

2. Observe the details with your child. Identify the five senses of the noun, f possible.

3. Add a simile or metaphor. In other words, compare it to something else.

4. Ask your child to choose a few words from their list to create sentences

Example: 

1. Noun: Apple Study the picture. Or better yet, get a real apple.

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2. Explore the senses:

  • Sight: red, rosy, speckled with yellow dots, shiny
  • Sound: crunchy, snappy
  • Taste: juicy, tart
  • Smell: sweet, sour, spicey
  • Touch: smooth, hard

3. Compare it:

  • It’s like autumn.
  • It’s like a hand-picked snack.
  • It’s like sweet candy

4. Make sentences: Remember your child doesn’t have to use all the words.

I crunched a rosy apple with yellow speckles. It tasted like sweet autumn candy.

Another writing exercise that taught our children the use of carefully chosen description words was a game I learned when I was small. The teacher chooses similar objects, let’s say as an example, rocks. Each child gets one rock and the kiddo is instructed to describe it in detail. The teacher or other students have to guess, based on the description, which rock is which.

You can also play Here to Help Learning‘s Game, Make a Noun Do Anything! It’s a silly game, but kids love it! As they play, kids get to see how words change the picture in the reader’s mind. You can find the game in all the Paragraph Levels in lesson 12.

These exercises and games can help teach your child that strong descriptions help their readers see the picture they are painting with words!

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

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Can’t win if you don’t enter!

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“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)

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

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.

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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.

 Don’t miss our FAQ/Knowledge Base Board! Click: HERE

 What does Cathy Duffy say about Here to Help Learning?

“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)

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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 months of August-October, 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.  

Do you have a child who struggles with forming letters? They may have dysgraphia. 

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects handwriting and fine motor skills. Forming letters is labored and difficult for these students. Parents and teachers often wonder, how can I help? Read MOREDysgraphia.001

 

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Fire on July 4 and More Summer Writing

July 14, 2017

Life can change in a moment. On July 4, 2017, my sister’s condo, the home where I grew up, burned down. Her neighbor’s BBQ propane tank leaked and exploded. In seconds, she and my nephew lost everything. Thankfully, no one was injured.

It’s just “stuff”. Yes, lots of stuff was lost.

What remained?

Memories.

Lots of wonderful memories remained.

 I gazed at the charred room, where my sister, my cousin, and I lived during our high school and college years. Humid smoke and burnt carbon attempted to cloud the memories. Despite the stench, I heard the echoes of laughter from our younger selves. The laughter of three girls, caught between childhood and womanhood, filled the room while we danced in our PJs late into the night. This moment from long ago, wasn’t consumed in the flames.

When things go up in smoke, you realize what is important.

I know many of us are busy planning for next year’s homeschool year. You might be fretting about your curriculum choices or worrying if you are doing enough to serve your family. I can’t help but reflect on how easily I replace tasks, like homeschool planning, for time with the ones I love.

My children don’t remember my curriculum choices. They really don’t.

Here’s what they do remember…

They remember the book I read to them on the couch.

They remember the afternoon that we all cooked together.

They remember the field trips and hands-on projects.

They remember the time we spent playing together and talking together.

They remember the hike through the trees and around the lake.

They remember the time we spent with each other.

No one remembers page 82 of any workbook or any textbook.

Yes, we have to plan for the next homeschool year, but we need to remember to see through the smoke of our tasks and worry. What remains are the memories we make along the way.

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On July 4, my sister’s condo burned down.

Please pray for my sister. If you would like to help her, click HERE

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Summer Writing Fun

 How do you keep your child practicing and enjoying the skill of writing during the summer break? This summer, HTHL’s Writing Tip of the Week will feature 10 fun ideas to keep your child writing!

This Week’s Summer Writing Idea…HOST AN EVENT

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Hosting an event is a great way to help your child practice writing skills during the summer. It can be any type of event! The ideas are only limited by your child’s imagination.

For example:

  • Leggo Show
  • Doll Fashion Show or Little Girl Fashion Show
  • Teddy Bear Wedding
  • Weather Station
  • Carnival
  • Science Experiments
  • Cooking Show
  • Radio Talk Show

Each idea takes planning and WRITING! Here are just a few writing skills your child will pick up in the name of “fun”!

  • Writing lists and organizing details
  • Writing/drawing advertising signs
  • Writing/designing tickets
  • Writing programs
  • Writing scripts

You might want to encourage your child/children to film the event and share it with friends. Yes, your home may be a little chaotic as your living room may be turned into a wedding hall. (True story: My living room was decorated with white paper chains for a week before the actual “Teddy Bear Wedding” took place.) But it was worth the memories and the hours they spent writing and planning.

At HTHL, we think your child’s imagination is an asset NOT a liability!

Write Early*Write Often*Write Well Writing Contest

Can’t win if you don’t enter!

 Check it out: Click HERE

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“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.

Write Early Write Often Write Well

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

Write Early Write Often Write Well

Write Early Write Often Write Well

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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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.

 Don’t miss our FAQ/Knowledge Base Board! Click: HERE

 What does Cathy Duffy say about Here to Help Learning?

“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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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 plan, sign-up today! (PSA: You get 14 days FREE!)

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Beth’s Workshops: 

  • Getting Your Ducks in a Row-The First Year of Homeschooling
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  • Finding the Pieces to the Puzzle
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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.

 Beth Mora & The Here to Help Learning Team! Don’t forget to stop by our Facebook, PinterestTwitter, and now, Instagram pages. We are always posting! We like you!Beth-Mora-Profile-Picture