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How to Love Your Kids’ Writing

Posted by Michelle Osborn on


It can be frustrating as all get-out to edit a paper that’s riddled with errors.

So how can we put a positive spin on editing and grading when we’re feeling peevish?

Here are three heartfelt tips for how to love your kids’ writing, especially when you’d rather wad it into a ball and toss it across the room..... continue reading

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Your Reluctent Writer

Posted by Michelle Osborn on

In January 2008, in faraway Nottingham, England, my then-23-year-old son Ben turned in a 63-page dissertation. In so doing, he capped off a year of grad school and became a candidate for a master’s degree in philosophical theology.

Why do I share this? Because…

  • Your eighth grader can’t spell his way out of a paper bag.
  • Your sixth grader keeps wadding up his paper in frustration and hurling it across the room.
  • Your kitchen table has become a battleground.
  • This very morning, you asked yourself why you even bother homeschooling.
  • Most days you just can’t believe your child will actually grow up, mature into a productive adult, and find his place in the world..... continue reading

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An Entire Year of Homeschool Curriculum for under $140

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The retail value is $125, which doesn't sound like much for a whole year, but when you rent curriculum you are able to get so much more!

For example:

For your elementary to middle school students, you can rent an Apologia science bundle or  a Christian Kids Explore..., a Mystery of History Book, Vol 1 or  Vol. 2, three Life of Fred Elementary or Intermediate series books and a Primary WriteShop set for under or..... continue reading

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Homeschool writing—overcome the obstacles and accomplish your shoulds.

Posted by Michelle Osborn on

We've heard all the obstacles. And we know they are real! 

  • I'm a math and science person. Writing doesn't come easily to me. So we skip it.
  • My kids hate writing. It's like pulling teeth! I avoid the battle altogether.
  • I have no idea how to grade my children's writing. So I don't.
  • We do a little creative writing and report writing here and there. I know it's not enough, but I don't really know how to teach writing in a comprehensive way.
  • I have great plans, but they never seem to come to fruition. I'm not good at spontaneously adding writing to our other lessons like history and science.

We've heard all of your guilt-filled shoulds:

  • I know I should teach more writing. My kids are now in middle school, and they still can't write a decent essay!
  • We should spend more time on writing. I just don't know where to start. I get overwhelmed.

Now, here's the solution: continue reading

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WriteShop: The writing foundation your children need

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WriteShop: Teaching writing has never been easier!

Finding a writing program that is not that is excellent for the student and teacher AND is not out of this world pricey is hard. Your search is over!

It is our homeschool's absolute favorite! I give WriteShop the credit for helping my first three children (all different learning styles and abilities) write outstanding papers in college. WriteShop gave them the foundation they needed.... continue reading

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