In Our Write Minds: 2010 in review

by | Jan 3, 2011 | Uncategorized

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: Do I offer anything of substance to weary homeschooling moms of reluctant writers? Do my tips and ideas bring encouragement and fresh insight? Am I making a difference at all?

This morning, I learned about Musings of a Housewife Jo-Lynne’s 2010 Blog Recap Carnival and decided to take up the challenge. As I copied and pasted the first line from each post, I came away confident that my words do matter, and In Our Write Minds does have an impact within my little sphere of influence.

So . . . on this first Monday of 2011, let’s recap the first blog post of each month during 2010 (or the second post, if the first one was a contest or promotion). I’m hoping you’ll find a nugget of encouragement along the way.



Sometimes, your teen’s opposition to writing has nothing at all to do with laziness, procrastination, perfectionism, or confidence—and everything to do with relevance.


No matter the curriculum, whether math, penmanship, or writing, picking the best starting level for your child can challenge the most seasoned homeschooler—especially when said child doesn’t exactly fit a grade-specific mold.


Every single day, almost without fail, the poetry lessons draw more folks to this blog than any other article (with the two most frequently accessed posts being Writing a Diamante Poem and Cinquain Poetry). 


Concreteness transports us into a story like nothing else.


I love the deliciousness of certain words—the way something as ordinary as chocolate can take on an entire new personality when dressed up with adjectives like warm, rich, thick, gooey, chilled, creamy, or frothy.


“Summertime … and the livin’ is easy.”


The 4th of July is right around the corner, and if you’re looking for some writing activities to occupy your children in preparation for celebrating Independence Day, this jam-packed, colorful, patriotic word list is sure to inspire some great stories.


When assigning writing to your children, you don’t always have to reinvent the wheel with a brand-new lesson.


In generaral, I hope his concrete work is better than his spelling.


I hear it all the time: We’re having self-editing issues.


Do your older children have a hard time thinking of what to give a younger sibling for a birthday or Christmas gift?


Your on? Wow. I’m struck dumb every time I see a sign or ad like this.



  1. Kim

    Thank you, Janet. I find that those ten stumbling blocks cover most writing woes students face.

  2. Janet

    I clicked on the January post above and discovered the “Stumbling Blocks to Writing” series of articles. Excellent, thought-provoking points and suggestions!


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