Workshops Work! A Parent’s Guide to Facilitating Writer’s Workshops for Kids thumbnail

I've been hosting a writer's workshop in our home since September. A writer's workshop is a time for writers to gather together and share their work. Sometimes workshops hold a mini lesson and give participants time to write and some, like ours, encourages writers to bring pieces they've already written to be shared during the [...]

Oak Meadow Review – Fifth Grade Complete Package thumbnail

When my daughter was 10, she was all about exploring, making things with tons of tape and cardboard, asking lots of questions, wondering many "why's" and always eager to learn new things.  Sometimes she would take her World Book encyclopedia to bed with her for hours and read about penguins, the life cycle of frogs [...]

Picture and Writing, Older Ages by Diane Hurst

Picture and Writing, Older Ages by Diane Hurst thumbnail

During the school year we concentrate on many different subjects and sometimes writing suffers a bit because we are too busy with other things.  So, now that it is summer, Miss 10 is using Picture and Writing:  Older Ages by Diane Hurst to practice writing. The concept of this writing program is so simple and effective:  [...]

7 Sisters Innovative Homeschool Helps Review thumbnail

High school allows time for our children to pursue their interests, testing them out to see if that interest is something they would like to pursue in the future either on their own or in a formal college course. I received several Seven Sisters courses as a prize and I took the opportunity to pick [...]

Language Arts Resources from Curriculum Choice Authors thumbnail

Our authors bring you all things language arts today! A selection from our personal blogs and some choice reviews from the archives. Have you browsed our Language Arts section? It's full of reviews covering: Grammar Handwriting Literature Phonics Reading Spelling Vocabulary Writing So pin and bookmark this post today to help you with your language [...]

Traditional English Sentence Style Helps Prepare Students for College-Level Composition thumbnail

  Ask a college English professor and chances are he or she will tell you that most incoming freshmen are woefully unprepared for college-level compositions. Why? Consider this commentary from Dr. Robert Einarsson, professor of English at Grant Macewan University in Edmonton, Alberta: In the past, the carefully structured sentence was the medium for encapsulating [...]

WriteShop Junior Curriculum Review

WriteShop Junior Curriculum Review thumbnail

My ten-year old-daughter loves writing and has been composing stories since preschool. Expressing yourself well in writing is an incredibly valuable skill, so I wanted to help her strengthen her natural ability. I had no idea how to approach improving her writing, what specific skills to address, and certainly didn't want to simply go after [...]

How to Write a Research Report Review

How to Write a Research Report Review thumbnail

In our homeschool, my middle school daughter was all about story writing. She loved to read and write mysteries and adventure stories. One day, while we were studying science together, we saw that her curriculum called for a research report. My daughter was not confident in her nonfiction writing skills. So we searched the shelves [...]