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    Teaching Spelling

    Writing and spelling go hand in hand. Help your student be a better writer by helping them be a better speller. Students need to learn about phonics, root words, prefixes, suffixes, and homonyms before and while becoming a confident fluent writer. If they struggle to spell words correctly, they will struggle to write. 

    Evaluating Homeschool Writing Curriculums

    I wanted a writing curriculum with lesson plans already together where all I had to do was quickly review the next writing lesson, and then I was ready to teach. Preparing to teach a writing class in a homeschool co-op, I sat surrounded by writing curriculums I had collected through my years teaching Language Arts in public school and homeschooling.

    How to Teach Essay Writing

    Don't just throw your homeschooled-student into formal essay crafting. Focus on sentence structure and basic  paragraph composition before moving to more complicated formal essay composition.  Are you a competent essay writer? Even if you know how to write an essay, chances are you are dreading the coming years of teaching homeschool writing.

    Why Most Writing Curriculums Fail (and How to Make Sure your Homeschooler Doesn't!)

    The writing curriculum doesn’t start with the basics. If you try to teach essay writing without a foundation of writing structure and the writing process, the results of your labor will be frustrating and fruitless.

    Top Five Reasons Students Hate to Write (and How You can Help!)

    Many students, including homeschoolers, have an aversion to sentence writing, creative writing, journaling, paragraph writing, essay writing, formal writing, informal writing, and basically any kind of writing. Students need step-by-step writing instruction beginning with sentence composition, followed by paragraph composition, and finally college level essay.

    Developing Writing Skills

    What do you do when your child fights you when you try to teach them how to write? Why do students struggle writing essays? Is there a way to teach paragraph and essay writing that is not so overwhelming for students and teachers? Will your students ever master high school and college level essay writing? Many children shut down and refuse to work.

    Teaching a Writing System to your Homeschooler

    Why do so many students hate to write? Why do many homeschool moms fear teaching writing? Why can’t you just give your students a topic and say “just write the way you talk” or “write what you feel”? Creative writing can be fun, so why does formal writing cause panic?

    Teaching Essay Writing

    Are you overwhelmed with the idea of teaching formal essay writing? Even when using some highly rated homeschool writing curriculum, many homeschooling moms are overwhelmed when they attempt to teach formal writing that prepares students for high school writing and college level writing.

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