15 Ways to Make Writing Fun!
Homeschool, Language Arts, Teaching, Writing

15 Ways to Make Writing Fun!

For a lot of us, writing instruction is…well, not very fun. It often goes something like this: Turn to the next assignment in the workbook or teacher’s manual and read the basic instructions. Set a blank sheet of paper in front of your child. Watch your child stare blankly at the paper. Give up and… Continue reading 15 Ways to Make Writing Fun!

How to teach kids with writing challenges, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, processing disorders, physical issues, and developmental readiness at A Helping Hand Homeshool.
Homeschool, Language Arts, Teaching, Writing

Teaching Kids with Writing Difficulties

Yesterday, I wrote about ways to help students who find it difficult to write. Many of these kids just plain don’t know what to write or how to structure it, so I wrote about ways to help them learn these skills. Some kids have bigger difficulties when it comes to writing, though. Today’s post is… Continue reading Teaching Kids with Writing Difficulties

How to teach kids with writing challenges, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, processing disorders, physical issues, and developmental readiness at A Helping Hand Homeshool.
Homeschool, Language Arts, Teaching, Writing

Teaching a Reluctant Writer

One of the questions I commonly get is, “My child hates writing. What can I do?" A lot of kids are reluctant writers! There are a few different answers to that question, and they depend on the reason your child hates to write. *Affiliate links may be present on this page. Purchasing items through these… Continue reading Teaching a Reluctant Writer

Homeschool, Language Arts, Teaching, Writing

Teaching Writing in Your Homeschool

Recently, I asked a question on my Facebook page: “If you could pay someone to teach any subject for you, what would it be?” The most popular answer? Writing. (Not surprisingly, the second most popular answer was math, but that will have to wait for another series!). Why Teach Writing? Writing is a skill that… Continue reading Teaching Writing in Your Homeschool

Arts, History, Homeschool, Teaching

Artist Study and Free Activities: Michelangelo

When my son was little, he would often get frustrated because his artwork didn’t look like that of the masters we studied. He figured that if his work couldn’t measure up to theirs, then what was the point of doing it? Eventually, he got past this, but I can remember telling him: “That’s ok. Michelangelo couldn’t do that when he was little, either. You’re doing great!”

Arts, History, Homeschool, Teaching

Artist Study and Free Activities: Jan van Eyck

Growing up, I was always frustrated with my art classes…I could never get my pieces to look like my teacher said they “should.” Sometime around junior high, I somehow decided that I’m just not good at art and stopped taking classes. It wasn’t until I started homeschooling my son that I found out just how much fun art studies can be! One of the best ways to really get a feel for art and its place in history, in culture, is to study the artist behind the works. Today’s artist is one of my favorites, Jan van Eyck!

Eclectic Homeschooling, Homeschool, Teaching

7 Reasons to Teach the Arts (+ Upcoming Freebies!)

Every year, we pore over catalogs. We walk through convention halls, attend workshops, and read reviews. We carefully plan out our kids’ subjects, making sure that they have the necessary skills. We make sure to get in the necessities, and then we add in the extras…but within a few weeks, some of those “extras” start to fall away. We realize that there just isn’t enough time or patience in a day to get it all in. Something’s got to go. Unfortunately, the arts tend to be first on the chopping block. Unless you’ve got a naturally artistic child, subjects that foster and understanding and appreciation of art just don’t make it into the schedule. There are ways to fix that, though! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be offering fun and easy ways to work the arts into your day. And each week will bring brand-new freebies!

Homeschool, Life Skills, Parenting, Teaching

How Do You Handle Life Skills?

Confession time: I love curriculum. I love to research it, read through it, plan it, and expand upon it. It really doesn’t even matter what subject. It’s just fun. My motto? “You can never have too many books, only too few bookshelves.” But watching my son grow up, I’ve slowly noticed that something is lacking from many curriculum options: actual, practical life skills.

Eclectic Homeschooling, High School, Homeschool, Science, Teaching

Homeschooling High School: The Non-Traditional Guide to Teaching Science

I like science and I think it’s incredibly interesting, but I’ve never been what you’d call “good” at the technical side of it. I completely understand why things happen as they do, but I can’t really explain them in “science-y” terms. For example, I passed 10th grade chemistry (barely) because my teacher realized, in May, that I still had no idea how the equation applied to the experiment. I could practically write a story about why something worked, but I couldn’t write a simple lab report. He realized I hadn’t been handing in my reports all year because I had no clue how to do them, so he took pity. I kid you not. Enter my gifted, non-stop, completely out-of-the-box child who took (and passed) high school biology at age 11. He followed it up with college biology at 15. I knew I was in over my head!

High School, History, Homeschool, New to Homeschooling, Teaching

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching High School History

When I was in high school, I really didn’t like history. For me, it was one step above algebra (and I am so not a math person). It was all about names and places and random dates of things that didn’t really matter. And for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why we were subjected to having to sit through it. (My 9th grade history teacher actually fell asleep during his own class once, so apparently I wasn’t alone in that.) I thought history was dry, boring, and – even worse – useless. Boy, was I wrong!