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Paper Bag Vacation Journal

Submitted by kim on Sun, 07/21/2013 - 14:55 in Homeschooling, Writing

I grew up as a year around resident in Lakeside, Ohio. It is one of the few existing Chautauqua in the United States and the unique setting definetly shaped who I am today.  Reflections of experiencing Lakeside, both as a summer and winter resident in my childhood and as a returning vacationer, has filled many journals.

I-Search Papers: The Writing Project With Potential, Part 1

Submitted by kim on Mon, 03/18/2013 - 08:59 in Homeschooling, Writing

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on teaching writing. Life is full. Caring for my home and family, homeschooling our two sons still at home, my graduate classes, and process of becoming foster-adoptive parents has me very busy.  But I wanted to take a moment and share about some amazing work that has been going on in our writing community.

Our group has been working on I-Search papers since Christmas. I-Search papers are slightly different than typical research papers. They are usually written in first person and the format allows the student to describe the process of the research as a story.

Quick and Easy Way to Organize Report Writing

Submitted by kim on Tue, 02/26/2013 - 11:20 in Homeschooling, Writing

One of the parents in our Write Next To Me Writing Community shared an organizational idea for the reports we're working on.  My son tweaked the idea creating a great tool to keep all his notecards and papers in order.

I was so impressed! Every teacher and parent needs to see this amamzingly simple idea that requires NO trips to the craft or office supply store!

He started with a file folder.

It's Monday? Write Again! #8

Submitted by kim on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:25 in Homeschooling, Writing

I am doing a case study this month of a young man who is a published author.  I've spent time watching his writing process and discussing his drafts and finished pieces of writing. Yes, I've spent hours sitting next to him just watching him write! You can learn amazing things about writing by watching people write and reading case studies of individual writer's processes to get words on paper.

It's Monday? Write Again! #7

Submitted by kim on Mon, 10/29/2012 - 01:08 in Homeschooling, Writing

Hello Monday!

Are you excited to write with your children this week?

I thought we'd stick with the topic of revision. Remember revision is not editing for spelling and grammar usage. Revision goes deeper and gets at the ideas presented in the writing. Enjoy the printable I created after reading Teacher Adolescent Writers by Kelly Gallagher.

Printable Star Strategy



It's Monday? Write Again! #6

Submitted by kim on Tue, 10/23/2012 - 18:48 in Homeschooling, Writing

When you revise a piece of writing, think of yourself as a photographer.  Sometimes a photographer takes a photo using a wide-angle lens, getting the whole picture.  Sometimes he or she takes a photo close up, zooming in on just one part. 

Writers use both approaches when they revise. They focus on the big ideas of the whole paper, and they work with individual sentences and words.

The Wide Angle

It's Monday? Write Again! #5

Submitted by kim on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 17:07 in Homeschooling, Writing

If you are keeping a writer's notebook, consider taking this week to record the small details you notice around you.

One way to encourage this practice is take writing class outdoors.  Find a quiet place to sit. Observe the world around you for a few minutes. List what you see.

It's Monday? Write Again! #4

Submitted by kim on Sun, 10/07/2012 - 23:06 in Homeschooling, Writing

Monday again?  Another week to write with our children.

It's Monday? Write Again! #3

Submitted by kim on Mon, 10/01/2012 - 21:53 in Homeschooling, Writing

Are you trying to use a writer's notebook in your homeschool this year?

It's Monday? Write Again! #2

Submitted by kim on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 20:05 in Homeschooling, Writing

BREAKING NEWS!  The 2011 Nation's Report Card on Writing was released last week!  Check it out here.

Why should homeschool parents teaching writing be interested in this report?