Inspire your family to write about moments and traditions that make the holidays special.
During the holidays, let the children have some fun with these Christmas journal prompts.
NOW that the Christmas season is here, postal workers and volunteers around the world are busy answering letters to Santa. Every year, these widespread efforts…
Christmas writing prompts let kids describe cookie-baking, write an acrostic poem, and more!
Download this free printable writing prompt about a forgotten Christmas bell!
CHRISTMAS themes make writing activities a whole lot merrier! If you’re looking for a poetry lesson with a holiday twist, then gather the kids for…
Last time, I gave you a Christmas word bank centered on the birth of Jesus and the traditional Christmas story. Now you can enjoy yet another…
Kids will love writing stories and creating their own carols with these fun Christmas writing prompts!
During Write to a Friend Month, kids will love these creative ideas that spark and encourage them to write letters by hand.
Creative gifts for book lovers and writers of all ages, including clothing, games, travel gear, and home goods.
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…
Write Christmas Stories with a Twist! What’s this? A ragged fir tree helps a stranger on a cold night? A weary homeless man discovers a wallet…
A fun and exciting variety of activities, workbooks, and picture books to teach parts of speech.
A wealth of vocabulary words to inspire kids to write stories and poems about Jesus' birth.
For a holiday twist on the traditional haiku poem, invite your children to use the familiar pattern to write a Christmas carol haiku.
The 5 Ws help children organize their thoughts before writing a paragraph on the meaning of Christmas.
Writing doesn't always have to be stories and reports. Try writing with lists as a homeschool activity!
Enjoy these tips for fostering a reading culture in your home. Love for books starts young!
It's December 20th, and I still haven't written my Christmas letter for 2010. But hope springs eternal! If you're in the same boat, you might…
This free printable includes a Christmas story word bank that's especially helpful for reluctant writers.
These holiday writing prompts invite kids to write vivid descriptions, make a party-planning list, and write a story about generosity.
Whether you play online or with pencil, paper, cubes, or tiles, puzzles and word games help build vocab and thinking skills.
The words are on everyone's lips: Where did 2012 go? I wonder that too. What a full, busy, interesting year! As I look back at…
Find writing prompts, tips for writing across the curriculum, high school writing ideas, and seasonal writing activities.
This poetry roundup has tons of resources, activities, poetry lessons, and freebies for teaching poetry.
There’s plenty you can do to help young children become writers---even before they can write independently.
Christmas cinquain poems are a fun twist on a familiar poetry pattern. Try one!
Focus on generosity of the heart through gifts of time, words, dignity, and Christian love.
The Betsy-Tacy books explore friendship, loyalty, and the joy and curiosity that come with being carefree children 100 years ago.
Narration activities are perfect when age, immaturity, or lack of skill with a pencil prevents little ones from recording their own ideas.
This article contains affiliate links for books we're confident your family will love! Today marks the beginning of Children’s Book Week (May 12-18). Since 1919, this…
Creative holiday gifts for book lovers and writers, including books and beverages, journals and jewelry, and games, gadgets, and puzzles.
Gift catalogs offer a chance to buy greatly appreciated gifts for a child or family in need.
I'm excited to welcome Mystie Winckler as a guest blogger today as we continue celebrating National Poetry Month. POETRY IS a wonderful component to add…
THIS week, May 13-19, is Children’s Book Week. It’s the perfect time to revisit old favorites, and perhaps to add a few new titles to…
Creative gift guide for the writer, grammar geek, or literary enthusiast in your life.
From wordless books to favorite novels, your kids' reading can provide a springboard to book-themed writing activities.
Help your kids write a time capsule letter that gives clues about what life was like in the 21st century.
Essay prompts for teens get them thinking about military tactics, space exploration, and cultural customs.
Kids can use this free Christmas printable writing prompt to help them compose a story about generosity.
Parents share why they love WriteShop. Their answers represent the scope of feedback we've received over the past 20 years of providing homeschool writing curriculum.
Students can write a review, create a memorable film character, plan a hero's perfect weapon, and compare a movie to the original book.
Keeping a calendar helps teens take deadlines seriously and balance multiple projects.
Celebrate this special literary month by hosting a poetry slam, making magnetic poetry, and more!
Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with favorite poetry book resources and hands-on activities!
Writing prompts about fictional characters help children use their imaginations to engage with make-believe friends who live inside favorite books.
As our family celebrates the birth of Christ, we extend our warmest holiday wishes to each of you. May this season be one of joy…
Teach your child to write meaningful thank-you notes with these simple steps and ideas.
These tips help you gain confidence teaching teens to distinguish free verse poetry from prose.
Cultivating gratitude in children and encouraging thankful hearts will teach them to be "others focused," not just at Thanksgiving, but all year long.
Inspired by female authors, this gift guide suggests 32 unique gifts for book lovers of all ages, from tots and teens to grandpa
Consider literary elements of character, setting, and conflict as they relate to works you've read.
Playing boardless Scrabble helps kids have fun as they build and develop vocabulary and spelling skills.
If you're new to WriteShop I, you'll find answers to questions and help getting started here.
Follow up your homeschool field trip with an exciting writing activity that appeals to your children.
What's the difference between plural and possessive? When is it correct to use apostrophes when writing family last names?
Playing writing games and using graphic organizers are just two ways to help kids improve weak writing skills and become better writers.
This article contains affiliate links. I’ve been writing and blogging for a while now. Yet no matter how many times I've read the rules for using…
Set kids loose to journal about favorite books, write to a pen pal, or use imaginative story starters!
Creative gift ideas (both serious and whimsical) for kids and teens who love to write.
Homeschool doubts hit every homeschool mom, but you don’t have to fight this battle alone.
Describe winter as a person! Invite kids to explore figurative language and personification with this fun writing activity.
If you've taught writing for awhile, this scene might sound familiar: Mom: Let’s replace some of those repeated words with interesting synonyms. Teen (grumbling): Why do we…
WORDPLAY and word games can reenergize kids who feel bogged down with school work. If you need a break from formal writing activities this week,…
Do you ever wonder if your writing makes a difference? As I blog about teaching writing, the thought crosses my mind from time to time:…
Full bookcases in kids' rooms, family bookstore outings, and a homemade reading tree help cultivate a love for reading.
FROM the littlest storytellers to the most reluctant writers---young or old, resistant or motivated---every child will benefit from mix-and-match writing prompts! WriteShop StoryBuilders card decks offer…
Help your children count their blessings with these Thanksgiving-inspired gratitude lists for kids.
THE Winter Olympics may be drawing to a close, but it's never too late for your kids to flex their creative writing muscles with mix-and-match…
These journal prompts focus on positive traits including self-control, generosity, and courage.
WARNING! If you're a grammar, punctuation, or spelling pundit, you might break out in hives or a cold sweat. The rest of us will just…
Free homeschool language arts printables and activities to keep kids writing when school's cancelled.
With just 11 words and 5 short lines, a cinquain poem is compact and loaded with descriptive words!
Young children will have fun making a paper plate story pocket to "publish" their story.
Who's the woman behind the blog? Sure, I blog about writing. But perhaps you're wondering if I'm a real person. I am! I hope I…
Past writing efforts don’t need to predict future failures. With a few adjustments in attitude or method, your teen can get back on track.
New school supplies and cool writing tools are perfect back-to-school incentives or holiday gifts!
Do your older children have a hard time thinking of what to give a younger sibling for a birthday or Christmas gift? Why not encourage…
Tips for children who can't finish copywork because they daydream or keep losing their place.
Learn to listen for rhyme, onomatopoeia, repeated sounds, repeated words, and figurative language.
Inspire successful learning with back to school essentials kids of all ages will love!
Being a scribe is often the answer when your child hates to physically write.
No matter what field your homeschooled teen pursues, the ability to write persuasively will be one of their greatest assets.
A homeschool creative writing center lets kids practice and reinforce writing skills in a fun, relaxed setting!
Teens who love to write will appreciate these tips to hone their craft.
5 ideas for summer writing fun, including travel journals, travel brochures, and photojournaling
"You can't teach writing." Perhaps you've heard whispers of lies such as this one. Doubts about your schedule, curriculum choices, ability to grade, or your own writing…
Encourage high schoolers to write convincing, persuasive arguments on both fun and serious topics.
If you feel like a homeschool failure, remember that the spiritual battle is already won!
Find answers to frequently-asked questions about teaching writing and composition skills to children who have special needs or learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD,…
Learn when you can (and cannot) make copies from a consumable workbook.
Can you really raise a writer? Yes! Start by looking for the things you're already doing well.
Apple writing activities include making collages, describing apples, or explaining a process!
Self-editing is hard, but here are 7 ways to make the process easier during homeschool writing lessons.
Fun writing center activities include poetry, silly sentences, and describing exercises!
Once you discover how to teach homeschool writing in measurable, objective ways, your confidence will soar.
I’m pleased to welcome Samantha Gray as a guest blogger today! Writing is a difficult task. Teaching children how to write presents an even greater measure of…
26 creative writing warm-ups, prompts, and writing ideas for children who don't know what to write about.
Learn when capitalizing titles of high-ranking government officials is warranted.
Hands-on homeschool writing center activities let kids write about rainforests, favorite books, family news, and more!