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Teaching Literary Devices

I love teaching literary devices, and all my children (including the English shy Thomas) have loved learning about them. I don't use any worksheets, just teaching them as they come up in the children's homeschool. My older children were much more avid readers than my younger two and therefore picked up writing styles quickly and…

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How to Teach Homeschool Writing: Narration

Narration is another useful tool to have in your home school writing tool box.  I have already talked about copywork as a first step in teaching your child to write, and narration can be used in conjunction with this. What is Narration? Narration is the telling back of something the child knows.  It is the…

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How to Teach Homeschool Writing: Copywork

Copywork: Introduction In our homeschool, writing starts as soon as the child shows an interest.  Aside from the usual doodles, we also encourage the child to create their own copywork.  Copywork is such a useful tool for encouraging natural and reluctant writers.  Flexible and simple to use, it can be utilised from the moment a…

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C13’s Chapter 1 of her Book: If Only I’d Known….

This year, as part of her delight learning, C is writing a short six chapter book using Here to Help Learning excellent curriculum.  She is learning editing and re-editing, as well as following something through to its conclusion.  She has worked consistently hard on this book since the beginning of the year, and I am very…

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Review of Here to Help Learning

Teaching my children to write clearly and intelligently is my Achille's heel.  Most of the time I feel inadequate for the job, and yet writing well is arguably one of the most important skills I can give them.  Enter Here to Help Learning, a home school parent's dream come true.  Just a few short weeks…

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Who are you? And what have you done with my son?

We are all currently in different stages of a cold.  Not a bad cold by any means, but one which has slowed us all down somewhat.  This morning I dragged myself out of bed with no small amount of difficulty.  I was tired from lack of sleep due to an irritating cough.  I didn't want…

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Informal Letter: Crusades Writing Activity

When I wrote about the writing activities I had set the children, a few of you expressed an interest in seeing some of the results.  As I have already posted some of T11's work and C10's work, I thought I would post L10's writing this time.  This particular assignment was to write an informal letter to…

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Writing Assignments this Term

Source This year I am wanting to teach a new writing skill to the children - that of being able to write persuasively.  Given the amount of nagging the children would naturally do if we allowed them (we don't) you'd think they'd be experts! I designed four writing assignments attached to the crusades: To write a…

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Snowflake, The Least of Them All. An Essay by C10

C10 belongs to various wildlife organisations.  One of them, the RSPCA, was running a writing competition.  Unbeknown to Gary or I, a few months ago she began writing a story to enter into the competition.  A few weeks ago she asked whether I would look over it and help her edit it.  I really didn't…

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Using Picture Books to Study Great Literature

There are affiliate links throughout this post, which our family earn a little bit of money if you click through using my website.  Thank you so much for supporting us in this way Studying Great Literature has to be one of my most favourite times in home school (along with artist study, A&P, any kind of…

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T11’s battle and victory over writing

This week I was so proud of T11 that I almost cried.  He wrote his first completely independent 5 paragraph essay using this tool .  I asked T11 if he would mind me relating some of his story with regards to his difficulty with writing, and if I could share his essay.  T11 would be my most…

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Helping the Children Edit their Own Writing

Last year my goal for the children was to learn to write a great paragraph.  Thing was I didn't want to keep repeating myself each day reminding them of everything I expected to see in this great paragraph.  We had used IEW briefly, and whilst I did love it, I'm naff at following any curriculum. …

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