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
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
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
When you were a child, did you ever decide to try to run away and have an adventure? Did you dream of making it on your own, hitting it big, or living off the land? Those of us who tried it were generally back by the time we got hungry, but there always remains just that little bit of “what if?” What would that adventure be like? My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics) fulfills that urge, and more. This classic story has it all: beautiful writing, a main character you can grow to love, an engaging plot, and tons of learning opportunities!
I had heard of the movie, Cheaper by the Dozen, and seen the recent version with Steve Martin. We laughed like crazy. I had heard that there was an older movie, but had never seen it. But somehow – no idea how – I had no idea that it was actually a book until my son was assigned to read it for a co op class. And oh, my word, is it good. It’s so good, in fact, that we ended up putting a halt to some of our lesson plans and designing a unit around this book just for fun. There is so much good stuff to dig into!
There are very few subjects I love as much as literature…foreign languages is on that list. Ever since I was tiny, I have been the first one in line when it comes to learning anything about other languages. I love how different ideas fit into the structure of the language, how other cultures express everything from movement to concept. When I found out that I could major in linguistics – in learning and teaching foreign languages – I was ecstatic. In my classes, I learned to go beyond the regular classroom methods, to learn languages that did not yet have a written form and reduce them to writing. I also studied to teach these languages to people who had no concept of formal learning, so many of my methods are a bit untraditional. To me, it’s just plain fascinating. The thing is, I know I’m probably in the minority.
I’m not going to try to hide it; I love literature. I am a regular at our local library and bookstores, and I’m usually the one leaving with a huge armful of books. And my at-home library? Well, let’s be honest. You can never have too many books…only too few bookshelves. And I know I’m not alone. Homeschool families tend to have a lot of books! Not just the books that are required in the lesson plan…but books. Tons of them. On every subject, at every level, everywhere. Many of us have the same goal: to teach our children to love to read and learn.
The area I live in has many, many homeschool families, as well as a lot of great support groups and co ops. For the past several years, I have had the pleasure of teaching subjects like foreign languages, literature, writing, and worldview to all ages of students. Add that to the fact that my gifted kiddo goes through curriculum like it’s candy, and it’s safe to say that I’ve either tried or reviewed just about everything out there. And I’ve put my favorites all in one place, just for you. That way, you don’t have to dig through all the options to try to figure out what might work!
Each Friday, I will highlight a different curriculum option I have used or come across. This week, in keeping with my current high school theme, I have the pleasure of reviewing the new High School Guide to Creative Chronicling from 7Sisters. And I do mean pleasure! If you’re not familiar with 7Sisters, I highly recommend checking them out. This company is a collaboration between six veteran homeschool moms, and their products are the result of years of teaching both their own children and co op classes. Each of their ebook products displays a balanced approach to teaching – as they say, “no busywork and no overkill.” As a parent and teacher, I’ve got to say I like that approach!
Today's the big day! Writer's in Residence, Volume 2: Journeyman is available from Apologia, and for a limited time, it's on sale! This program is available both as a bundled set (student book and answer key) and as a separate student book.