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: http://www.home-school.com/2018-reader-awards/
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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.

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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

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT TO ENTER!!!!!!

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.

Write Early Write Often Write Well

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.

You have great questions.

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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

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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 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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Thanksgiving Writing Projects

November 17, 2017

I’m thankful for a lot of things this year. My grateful list is long. Although I have many blessings to be thankful for, I am also thankful for the challenging events that have helped me walk closer with the Lord and stay in His throne room of prayer longer:

My brother’s cancer.

My sister-in-love’s cancer.

My sister’s home destroyed in a fire.

Family relationships strained due to poor life choices.

Life is never perfect here on sin-damaged Earth. Our very being cries out for a restored place to live. Heaven is our real home after our work here on Earth is done.

Holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas tend to reveal the absence of the Garden of Eden paradise in our lives. What was suppose to be is not. However, we can focus on paradise displaced, or we can focus on God’s story from Genesis to Revelation that He and He alone has extended His mercy toward us through every poor choice, tragic event, and misfortune. Throughout the dawn of time, He has continually made way for redemption to occur. He has parted the raging waters and given us a dry path to walk.

What are you struggling with dear sister? What keeps your mind distracted and weighted? Why not take a moment and thank God for the troubled event? Why not be thankful for this year’s dark moments.

“Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace].  And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

Thanking God for the trials of your life is not celebrated on Hallmark cards or Pinterest boards. Perhaps it should. I think it would give our children a more realistic view of how to do life. A mom who bows her head and thanks God during trials rather than frets is a testimony that her children will remember forever.

Pictured below: Celebrating Hope and Harvest at a ladies’ retreat in southern Washington where I had had the privilege of sharing from God’s Word.

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Celebrating Hope and Harvest at a ladies’ retreat in southern Washington where I had had the privilege of sharing from God’s Word.

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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Weekly Writing Tips

Writing Tip

Thanksgiving Writing Projects

Help your child to learn how to write with a grateful heart!

Over the years, our children have completed special writing projects for Thanksgiving. I have saved all of them! I love pulling their writing projects out of the Thanksgiving decoration box and reading them over and over. Writing is a great way to capture thoughts, feelings, and make lasting memories.

Our Thanksgiving gift to you?- 5X5 Writing Warm-Up Prompts

(Five Categories with Five Thanksgiving Writing Warm-Up Prompts)

Click HERE for 25 Fabulous Thanksgiving Writing Prompts!

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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

“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!

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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

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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)

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 plansign-up today! (PSA: You get 14 days FREE!)

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It’s that time of year again….. when gravy meets rolls! Here’s my Family-Famous Best Ever Fluffy Rolls. Hope you enjoy! Click: HERE

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Visit Here to Help Learning’s store! Check out our NEW product, Island of the Blue Dolphins Filmed Study Guide

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 FacebookPinterestTwitter, and now, Instagram pages. We are always posting! We like you!Beth-Mora-Profile-Picture