Homeschooling

Evaluating Your Student’s Writing

Though we want to encourage our younger children to enjoy writing by keeping our critique to a minimum, there comes a time when evaluating your student's writing must take priority, especially for upper level students. Though evaluating creative writing and narratives is highly subjective, by following the guidelines of what is commonly known as the… Continue reading Evaluating Your Student’s Writing

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Creative and Academic Writing

Creative and Academic writing are both important to teach in your homeschool; yet, of the two, academic writing is more necessary and useful for your child's future success. Most homeschool courses that address writing focus on stories, descriptions, and other creative genres. The lessons attempt to pull the creative spark from the students, encouraging them to experiment… Continue reading Creative and Academic Writing

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The Composition Code

Academic writing is simple, really. Almost too simple. You’ll soon be saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The Composition Code is simply a formula for academic writing. It’s not used in many other kinds of writing, though as an attorney, my husband uses the format loosely when writing legal briefs. After you read this,… Continue reading The Composition Code

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Academic Writing vs. Creative Writing

One kind of writing—academic writing—is rigid and procedural. It’s purposed purely to convey knowledge, data, and information. It’s orderly, organized, and follows a formula. It’s necessary. It can be dull. Anyone can master it. Everyone should master it. The other kind of writing—creative writing—is inspired and artistic. It entertains with word pictures, concepts, and deep… Continue reading Academic Writing vs. Creative Writing

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Teach Them to Write!

Practically every college professor complains about the dramatic decline in writing skills of college students. “If you teach them nothing else, please,” they implore, “Teach them to write!” Writing, or the pedagogy of writing, has been somewhat of a fixation of mine. You see, ever since I learned that my husband—who doesn’t have a writer’s… Continue reading Teach Them to Write!

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Journal Writing

The benefits of journaling are countless. It was truly one of the best things we implemented into our homeschooling. Not only did my children enjoy journal writing, the time they put into journaling during the elementary years laid the foundation for academic writing in the middle and high school years. However, I did not allow my… Continue reading Journal Writing

Charlotte Mason, Homeschooling

Narration

Narration is one of those treasures that, if done consistently, has potential for great reward. I believe it's foundational to a successful homeschool education, reaping benefits far into the high school years. Here are some questions one homeschool mom asked about narration: My oldest is going into first grade and is reading probably at a… Continue reading Narration

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Why Your Child Dislikes Writing

It can be rather discouraging for the homeschool mom when, after trying every method and motivation possible, a child simply refuses to write. If you're in that boat, don't despair! Many a homeschool mom has fought this battle and won, so you are not alone. There could be one of many reasons why your child… Continue reading Why Your Child Dislikes Writing