Rory’s Story Cubes – Review

Rory’s Story Cubes – Review thumbnail

This week at our Writer's Workshop, I pulled out our Story Cubes as one of our writing explorations. Only this time, we were story telling rather than actually writing. Have you seen Rory's Story Cubes? They are an easy way to incorporate language skills into your homeschool. You get nine cubes with images on them [...]

WriteShop Curriculum Review

WriteShop Review

Being able to communicate effectively in writing is one of our priority homeschool goals. My 6th grade daughter loves the creative aspect of writing, but not the organization and editing. She writes copiously: multi-chapter stories, lengthy narrations, frequent letters to friends. Her stories and letters are written in her free time, so we don't edit [...]

Writing With Skill Review

My eldest son, now 12, has been desperate for me to teach him to write for a while. I’m very passionate about writing because it hits pretty close to home for me. But truthfully I’ve never been huge on non-fiction writing. It’s not that I can’t do it or that I don’t like doing it, [...]

Essay Rock Star: The Expository Essay – REVIEW

Essay Rock Star: The Expository Essay REVIEW

This post contains affiliate links. Writing essays has never been my children’s favorite school activity. They love to talk and share ideas, but trying to get those ideas down on paper has been a bit of a challenge. Since we are wrapping up our middle school studies and looking forward to high school level work [...]

Cover Story Writing Curriculum for Middle School — a quick peek and giveaway! thumbnail

{I received this product for free and was compensated for my time to review it.} I would venture to think most homeschool parents are often on the lookout for quality curriculum.  Am I right? We spend hours pouring through catalogs, reading reviews online, maybe attending conferences, and definitely chatting with friends about the ULTIMATE question: [...]

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:  [...]