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Grammar Worth Singing About

Guest post by We apologize in advance for any nostalgic earworms that occur after browsing this post. However, when we as parents think of grammar learning, we can’t help but hearken back to Saturday morning cartoons and those adorable Schoolhouse Rock ditties. Let’s face it. Our knowledge of grammar rules is shored up by what we learned from tunes like Conjunction […]

Writing Help for the Uncooperative Student

Guest post from Tell me if either of these scenarios seems familiar. It’s only an hour into your homeschool day. No sooner do you pull out your lesson plans for paragraph writing and your student’s notebook than your normally happy, eager child turns grumpy; uncooperative even? Or, you have set a summer goal for […]

Does Your Writer Need Remediation?

Guest post from From first grade to twelfth grade, writing is a daily part of a student’s school life. That doesn’t mean, though, that all students are effectual writers. According to the 2011 results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), only 24% of eighth-graders are at, or above, the proficient level in […]

We all need to step back and take stock now and then. January is the perfect month to evaluate whether or not your homeschool writing plan is working. This should start, above all, by sitting down with your students and having a conversation about their writing. How do they feel about the curriculum you’ve been […]

Writing progress is sequential. That’s a simple way of saying that successful writers build their skills by mastering one writing proficiency at a time and building on a previous foundation. If writing instruction “jumps around” too much, gaps in your student’s knowledge can widen. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a formula that you […]

Special Thanks to Time4Writing for sharing this article with us! Q: How can I help my hyperactive child sit still long enough to finish a writing assignment? Breaking assignments into chunks The first thing you can do is break the assignment up into sections to be completed over the course of a few days. You can […]

Special thanks to Time4Writing for sharing this post! The closing (or concluding) sentence in a paragraph is what ties everything together for the reader. Sometimes the closing sentences ties up a topic. Sometimes it transitions to the next topic. It is one of the most important elements of paragraph writing. Time4Writing can teach you how […]

Special thanks to Time4Writing for sharing this post. Since Mom laid out her summary writing assignment this morning,  Barb has fed the pets, called her grandmother, grabbed two different snacks from the kitchen, complained that her hand hurts, gotten into an argument with her older brother, and spent fifteen minutes trying to find the “right […]

Right about now, most homeschooling families have kicked off their new homeschool year. That means that they probably all have at least one thing in common: feeling overwhelmed! If you’re among the stressed moms and dads who are looking at your cluttered lesson plans, calendar, and house wondering where you can regain some freedom and […]

Q: As a homeschool parent, what should I be looking for to make sure my child is writing a good essay? Writing rubrics are guidelines that allow teachers and students to be on the same page when it comes to writing an essay. Rubrics give reference points as to what should be included in the […]