Month: December 2008

Handwritten notes: Christmas gifts from the heart

Handwritten notes: Christmas gifts from the heart

One year for Mother's Day, my son Ben wrote me a long, sappy letter dripping with affection and appreciation. I'm sure he figured that if he was sentimental enough, I wouldn't notice that he didn't get me a gift. Know what? He was right! Sometimes, the best present...

Writing tip: Wise feedback makes a difference

Correct and grade wisely. An arbitrary grade based on feelings (”This feels like a B-”) won’t help your student become a better writer. Tip 4: Offer helpful and consistent feedback. Use objective checklists to help you pinpoint specific areas to improve. Value your...

Writing tip: Write often

  Much as we wish it weren’t so, kids don’t learn to write by osmosis. They need your instruction, guidance, and feedback. Tip 3: Make teaching writing a regular part of your school week. With littler ones, this may mean a daily investment of sitting together to...

Writing tip: Process vs. product

  How many times should a student rewrite a composition? Depends on who you ask. If you ask the student, she'll emphatically reply, "Once!" Not only that, she wants you to love that paper, slap a gold star on it, and pronounce it stellar. Should you suggest a...

Writing tip: Set boundaries

Teaching writing is one of the most daunting tasks homeschoolers face. But once you discover how to teach in measurable, objective ways, your confidence will soar. And guess what? When you radiate confidence, your kids pick up on it too! Over the next few days, I'll...