January 22, 2016
If the woodpile is empty, does that mean winter is over?
Well, maybe not. I’ll check in with Mr. Groundhog next month. Hope everyone is staying safe and warm by the fire. Looks like the Mora family will be swinging our wood chopping axe for a few more months.
A BIG Thank you!!!!
Thank you! We want to thank all of you for praying for us! The Island of the Blue Dolphins Study Guide with filmed instruction is at the printer! <huge sigh> New product development and production takes an enormous amount of creativity (think-think-think!), resources ($$$$), and energy (late nights and I’m not gonna lie, a few tears!) Without your prayers, I’m sure our team would have not made it. Thank you for your faithful support and encouragement. It means a lot to us. Please keep praying! The journey has been amazing!
17 homeschool conventions! Check out HTHL’s 2016 Convention/Speaker Map and Schedule! We hope to see all of you!. Will we be driving by your neighborhood? Forrest and I would love to have coffee with you! Send us an email!
Did you know the parts of the Writing Process have real-life applications in many areas of life? Let’s explore how we can apply each step.
This week, let’s look at the third step, Webbing
Life Application: No kidding, I was voted in college,“Most likely to reorganize the Nursing Unit”. Those who know me will say,“Beth, this is not shocking news!” So it is of no surprise that the Webbing step is one of my favorite steps. I love looking for relevant patterns and grouping things together. The task of sorting through information yields clarity in my life, and it helps me to see what is really important in life and what is not. Let me show you what I mean.
For example, take the infamous junk drawer, everyone has at least one. It usually contains an eclectic amount of “stuff”. “Stuff,” that at one point had some value. Otherwise, it wouldn’t have landed inside the drawer! When I finally decide to organize it, I make decisions about what is important and what is not. I gather and group like things together. I may even put other “stuff” in with other “stuff” in another drawer. I also get rid of other “stuff” that has lost its value. Finally, the junk drawer becomes a noble drawer of purpose. Okay, that was a bit melodramatic even for me. You get the point.
Organizing takes time, thought, and energy. I will admit, although I love this step, I often forget to apply it to my life. Sometimes, I crumble under my circumstances that have an overwhelming amount of facts, figures, feelings, emotions, and variables. I neglect to sit down and sort out the “junk drawer of my life”.
Every area of my life, my relationship with God, my marriage, my parenting, my homeschool, and my business can benefit from applying the Webbing step. It provides an opportunity to prioritize what is important and to gain clarity so I can move forward. In your life, where can you apply the “Webbing” step?
Next week…we’ll look at the First Rough Draft step!
Yes, this pic is scary! I can’t imagine. Recently, an HTHL mom shared her son’s experience with me. Their family survived an EF5 tornado. Life’s tough trials affect children as well as adults. Writing can be an avenue to process difficult situations. Click over to Six Ways You Can Help Your Child Heal Through Writing to learn how she helped her son write about his experience.
Blog in the Making: January 29, 2016
In the next Home to Home blog.. Yup! It’s gonna be big! Children’s author, Brock Eastman and HTHL are teaming up to announce a writing contest for students. We’ll post the details on the 20th!
Blessings! We hope you have a wonderful week homeschooling and enjoying the Christmas Season! 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. You could win an HTHL tea/coffee mug!
Beth Mora & The Here to Help Learning Team