Free sample lessons coming soon!
Here is your first glimpse at me and my writing curriculum with some shots from the DVD!
Free sample lessons coming soon!
I know that teaching writing strikes fear into the hearts of many homeschoolers. I also know that this is because many homeschooling teacher mamas feel that writing is so subjective. Well, while the creative aspect is indeed subjective, the actual production of the writing is not.
What I am saying is that YES, you can teach writing! There is a roadmap to follow so you will end up at the correct destination. I like to think of it as a garden. The farmer will organize his garden into neat rows and columns, just like you will do for your child.
How will you do this? With the tools from The Writing Garden. The reason that you should use these tools is because they have 17 years of teacher & student experience behind them. They have been used over and over again and have produced excellent harvests of writing.
These excellent harvests come from a full understanding and the right amount of practice with the writing process and the 6 traits of writing.
Stay tuned -- a FREE DVD sample will appear in this Blog very, very soon! :)
See you soon!
This week, Born 2 Impress has announced that they are giving away a Boogie Board tablet! It sounds like a great product!
And maybe it would get me over the iPad...?
See what you think. Please visit the website for complete rules by clicking here.
I was excited to recieve this award and thought that it would be a fun way to get to know some new bloggers. Thank you Anna from Molding Minds!
The rules of the award are:
Thank the giver.
Tell seven things about yourself.
Award fifteen bloggers with the award.
So here are 7 things about me (in no particular order):
1. My Husband and I have 3 boys - 2 human & 1 furry Great Dane.
2. My Husband and I are both teachers that teach outside the home but also use our time wisely to teach inside the home very chance we get! His specialty is Science, mine is Language Arts.
3. I am always looking for new recipes of things I can make that are healthy for my family - I'm a big fan of Sneaky Chef!
4. I dry my clothes outside on a line whenever possible. We live in Florida, the Sunshine State, so I might as well capitalize on one of its biggest resources!
5. I am currently "into" Square Foot Gardening.
6. I LOVE chocolate - dark choclate in particular. (Dove dark chocolate is the best!)
7. My family & I Love Disney. We hold annual passes and go at least twice a month.
So now here are the new award winners:
1. Modesty Matters
2. The Maxwell's Madness
3. The Carlisle Clan Conversation
4. EnJOYing Life
6. Homeschooling Disney Style
7. Home Grown Families
8. Mama to 4 Blessings
9. Born to Impress
10. A Quiet Spot
11. Home With Purpose
12. Home to 4 Kiddos
13. Growing Little Hearts
14. The Iowa Farmer's Wife
15. Sprout's Green Family
I am linking up with the Hip Homeschool Hop today!
I am a certified teacher who teaches outside the home for 10 months but inside the home for 2 months (or more!). You see I am off each summer and thoroughly enjoy being home with my boys. Being a teacher, you can imagine that they get a fully "stocked" summer education which is why I consider myself a "Hybrid Homeschooler". I think I get the best of both worlds. My children's education is closely monitored by both myself & my husband (he's a teacher too!) during the 10 months they're in school and then in the summer, I can continue to work on things that need it or add on to their learning.
Here's what I'm doing to "add on" this summer:
One thing we make sure to do is the library's summer reading program. We have fun selecting books, marking off our goals and earning the small trinkets the librarian gives out. Plus the weekly events are fun too!
Then I also carve out time for Math. My boys both LOVE Math. So I get the Saxon materials out for the next grade level and we work on it. I definitely make sure they understand but of course grades are not the focus. Instead, we make it more like a game and use their doodle boards to put problems on. One summer when my son was 4, he carried a measuring tape with him where ever we went and before we knew it, he had memorized the number of inches per foot. So one day, we were at the lake and he asked his father how deep it was. He was told "6 feet" to which he replied "oh 72 inches". We were stunned!
Now you can imagine that boys who love math, are also way into Science! This summer, I have bought a "Mythbusters" science fair book. It walks kids through the steps in conducting a successful experiment from keeping a data notebook to formulating a question and deciding upon a conclusion. I just know the boys will love this! And Scientific Explorer is having a Virtual Science Fair so maybe we'll enter!
Not to forget Social Studies! This will mostly be accomplished by a family trip to St. Augustine later this summer. I know my older son will studying Florida History this next year in school so we will be gaining background knowledge this summer. Should be lots of fun!
And last, but not least is WRITING! I am using my own curriculum here. You could say I am using my own boys as test pilots! They love it because I keep it fun and plus they get to see what we do at home make it on to the computer. To them, that's some measure of pride - like they're "big time" now. :)
Stay tuned to see what writing projects we use and how you might use them too!
Today I am linking up with Educating Layton to share my writing curriculum.
As a Mom of two boys with 17 years of certified teaching experience and a Master of Education degree, I am poised to share my education & experience with my first volume: "How to Write an Expository Essay".
As you probably already know, being able to write an essay is an essential life skill for anyone who wants to be able to present onself logically, clearly and intelligently. Plus it's a MUST for college-bound students who will write many essays over their college career.
For many people, teaching or learning how to write seems complicated and subjective. After researching and teaching writing for 17 years, I have discovered that there is a formula to the creativity. You could even say there's an intelligently simple way to learn and teach writing. I am happy to share this with you in my Writing Garden.
Right now, you can pre-order my first 170 page, 12 week volume that teaches great writing skills with a specific focus on the expository essay with all lessons on DVD (so you can watch and re-watch any/all lessons) for a savings of 40% over the retail price upon official release. This is ideal for any child in the 4th-8th grade range.
Take a look around the garden (website) and learn more! Or please feel free to e-mail me with any questions - I'm just a Mom & Teacher trying to put her ideas to work.
That is a very good question. There are two things that I personally do with my own son.
The first is to do some special things that might be a bit unexpected or out of the ordinary like build a bird feeder for Father's Day or go to a new playground, or find out about a new Science experiment (he LOVES Science).
Then the next thing to do is to have him journal about the experience with me. It goes like this:
1. I get a notebook. I write in the notebook "Tell me about _________________(the bird feeder)."
2. My son writes me back.
3. I read his response and then think of another probe question like "Why do you think this?" or "How did you come up with this idea?" I might also add some of my thoughts too.
4. My son writes me back.
5. Continue until you have ended the conversation.
The key here is to keep the questions open-ended so your child cannot give you a one or two word response. This way you have set the stage for writing several sentences based on the same idea. And now you have a "bank" of ideas to work from!
Tomorrow, I'll share some examples from my son's journal. Until then, Happy Writing!
I completely agree with those who believe in this mantra. This is (in part) how The Writing Garden came to be. I had looked at several different writing curriculums that were very thorough and by all accounts, well done, but they were waaayyyy too wordy and hard to digest.
The art of writing is actually intelligently simple if you go back to basics by using the writing process & the trait of organization. I refer to these things as the seeds from which good writing can grow. Then of course, your seeds need water & fertilizer which are the other 5 traits of writing - ideas, voice, sentence fluency, word choice & conventions.
Now what kind of crop do you wish to harvest? Does your high schooler need to write college entrance essays? Then you need to prune your seedlings accordingly. It's not enough to have good writing skills and be able to express oneself - students need to know how to express themselves in a way that represents their intelligence and ability to communicate to various audiences.
So here I present the way to do this - in a clear and straight-forward manner that is both intelligent & simple. And now, I am poised to use my own creations with my son this summer. Stay tuned as I blog about our progress.
The creator of The Writing Garden curriculum & workshops - Wife, Mom of 2 boys, 17 year certified teaching veteran with an M.Ed, supporter of homeschooling, lover of gardening, Disney & chocolate.