Writing

Unjournaling

As the weather gets nicer and it seems to get dark later, all my son wants to do is play. It’s hard to keep him motivated, especially for his least favorite topic- writing. I found the solution in the unexpectedly fun and effective jewel of a book Unjournaling, by Dawn DiPrince and Cheryl Miller Thurston.   This book turns writing exercises from humdrum to

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Six Traits of Writing

If you are homeschooling an elementary grade or older child, the six traits of writing are a must to add to your Literature or Writing curriculum. It’s an easy to follow model to ensure that your child’s writing is gaining strength in the right areas. We are going over each slowly and one at time, building one upon the other. This writing model was

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Can You Cursive? Writing Lessons for Students

There was a lively discussion in a homeschooling yahoo list recently on wether cursive should still be taught as part of the curriculum. I read with interest because I have been debating the issue myself, especially as my 10 year old is entering a more active writing stage. Cursive writing has fallen to the wayside in society and in public schools. Schools have little

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Writing Practice like the Old Days

When we first began homeschooling, I daydreamed of the endless hours my son would spend writing his thoughts, ideas etc in a journal as I had so fervently as a child. The truth, unfortunately, is that my son could really have cared less about writing. He was adamant that he would avoid it all costs. I was lucky to come across an elderly woman

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Creative Handwriting

It seems as though when my children were smaller, I was a lot more creative with their lessons. I would make up my own unit studies and find the books to go with them. I would create crafts to go along with the subjects, as well as board games made from poster board and cardstock. We also went on lots of field trips to

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Written by Children

We recently started reading the second installment of Eragon. A boy, a quest, a dragon, swords, fighting, courage etc. It is, so far, a great ride we are both enjoying tremendously.  As we do with most of our favorite books, I encourage that we do some research on the author, to learn about her or his vision, and find out what other books the

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Book Reports

The love of reading is alive and well in our house.  If we have a free moment, you will find us reading.  It used to be you’d find us together reading in a heap.  Now that my son is nine, he retreats to his special places to enjoy his books. To gather his comprehension, I always ask him to provide a summary after he

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Poetry-Haiku

Though I have been reading classical poetry to my son since he was a baby, this has slowly faded. Poetry is imperative reading. It’s a way for children to explore language and make connections between words and emotion. Poetry discussions can help a child develop critical thinking skills- deciphering text and intent can be a mysterious journey. It is how poetry can help the

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The WriteShop Blog

This year at our homeschool co-op, I’m teaching a class in creative writing using the WriteShop first year program. The curriculum is very well laid out; I have really enjoyed using the program with the co-op students and can’t wait to teach it to my own daughter next year. While I thought I had all WriteShop offered when I purchased the Instructor’s Manual, Student

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‘Tis the Season — To Journal!

Many homeschooling methods, such as Charlotte Mason, recommend including nature journaling as a daily or weekly exercise for students. One of the best parts of nature journaling, however, is that it’s an activity for any age, from the very young to adults. Nature journaling involves recording in a notebook what you see, hear, feel, and experience when out in the natural world. It can

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