Five Ways to Help Your Child Create a Writer’s Notebook

September 4, 2015

 Forrest and Beth's WeddingHappy dance! This week, Forrest and I celebrate 18 years of marriage. I’m not sure where the time has gone, but I am grateful for my husband who keeps making my dreams come true! We’re leaving Friday for our anniversary weekend getaway! Still in love and very excited to see what God has in store for us!

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Hope you enjoyed your Labor Day Weekend! Our weekend involved kayaking at the lake with some good friends.

Are your children loving the warm-up pics?

Have you found HTHL’s Warm-up Pic Gallery yet? You can find it on the toolbar under resources.

WW009 Your HTHL Membership gives you access to our expanding Writing Warm-Up Gallery! Also, if your child has an idea for a writing warm-up pic graphic, let us know. Our team can usually make it happen! And we’ll give your creative kid full credit!

Channel Islands HTHL copy.019The HTHL Team spent the week creating the intro and opening graphics. At the end of the week, we pushed our seats back to look at the final layout of graphics with all the elements in place. HTHL’s CEN (Chief Executive Nerd) said, “Wow, I wish I had this kind of big picture growing up. I just might have enjoyed literature!”

Speaking of literature….I have a question!

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 We are asking for your input! What would you like more of  or less of in the HTHL Literature Program? Please send me a quick message!


Weekly Writing Tips

Notebook_writingCreating a Writer’s Notebook

What’s the difference between a  Writer’s Notebook and a Writing Workbook?

It’s the difference between passive and active learning. Filling in the blanks of a workbook is a passive learning experience. Creating a writer’s notebook puts your student in the driver’s seat of their learning.

HTHL’s workbook isn’t really a workbook. The tear out pages are designed to assist the student in creating a writer’s notebook. Great writers always keep a notebook handy to record writing style preferences and writing ideas. Here are five ways you can help your child personalize their writer’s notebook.

Try this! Five ways you can help!

In the note section of their writing notebook….

1. Make a list of favorite books and record a few words about the style of the author.

2. Record favorite sentences and encourage them to explain what it is they like about it.

3. Document interesting imagery such as, “Rainbow ideas have a way disappearing if not recorded.” or “Her eyes sparkled like gold glitter”.

4. Keep a list of story ideas, writing topics, or ideas for characters.

5. Help your child start early noticing 1-4. If the child is too young to write, talk about it and take dictation.

Don’t underestimate your enthusiasm! Encourage your child with a smile every time they make an entry in their notebook. The habit of keeping a writer’s notebook will help your child become an active learner and an effective writer!

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Planning Your Nervouse Breakdown.003  With all your planning and organizing for your homeschool, have you scheduled your “Nervous Breakdown Day”? Do you have a plan for, not “if it happens”, but “when it will happen”? Being an organized chick, I plan mine….in detail. My DIY plan has helped me through the years.


First Rough Draft: Blog in the Making

Screen viewing is at an all time high. According to a survey, in just five years, media use has increased from 6 ½ to nearly 7 ½ hours a day in children between the ages of 8 and 18. This is having a serious impact on education and family dynamics. I am all for technology, but how much is too much? It can’t wait to share with you the latest findings. Second Rough Draft: How do we as home educators balance all the great educational online “opportunities”? 

Blessings! We hope you have a wonderful week homeschooling!

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