Archive for the ‘Writing Tips’ Category

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 […]

Nearly every writer can tell you that writing a summary is the bane of their existence.  How to possibly contain all the necessary information, without giving away too much, in one paragraph?  Even with taking several writing courses and being a published author, summaries plague me!  However, I’ve recently learned one nifty technique that is […]

Q: How can I start teaching my child about how to edit their own writing assignments? As a student begins learning the all-important skill of self-editing when writing, it’s often helpful for them to have a “checklist.” Here are some items to add to that checklist so they’ll know which areas to give extra attention to […]

Are you running? Did you run? She ran. Did you? Past, present and future tenses can be tricky, but Time4Writing can help! You already know that a verb can show action or a state of being. But, did you know that verbs are the heart of a sentence? Every sentence must have one, and finding […]