Take a Break with Purpose!
I don't know about you but when summer comes I am ready for a break. BUT you may not want your kids sitting in front of electronics all the time or forget what they've learned throughout the school year.
Try a summer writing adventure that uses hands on activities like role playing being a spy during the Revolutionary War or pretending to be a soldier then writing about the adventure in a relaxed manner. Take the kids to a reenactment for a visual to stimulate ideas for stories!
Or an ocean adventure by becoming ocean animals and creating an under-the-sea community like the movie Finding Nemo. Write about the Shark Brigade that saves Shell City from the Electric Eels or perhaps the crab cup-cake baker who wants to win the Barnacle Bake-off.
The Old Schoolhouse says, "I used
this book with my nine-year-old daughter, Mercie. She has always loved to write
stories, but her stories lack organization and structure. She eagerly began with
“Ocean Adventures”, and as the cover says, she really dove in! I look forward to using more of these books!"
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Teaching kids recycling responsibility doesn't have to be hard. Try a making a fun hands on craft to get their creativity flowing to Up-cycle.
I don't know about you but busy moms and teachers sometimes use drive up conveniences! I find myself at Starbucks or McDonald's way too much. But I decided to save those straws and do a project with my friend's children!
Shoe box lid
Scrap Booking Paper
Measure and cut the paper to fit inside the shoe box lid. Glue it down.
Cut the straws into 2-3 inch pieces.
Glue two straw pieces in the middle on the top like photo. This will be the start place for the marble.
Make pathways for the marble to travel by placing more straws as a puzzle. Make some of them a dead end.
Drop the marble in the top and rotate the lid trying to get the marble to the goal at the bottom.
This teaches kids to be creative thinkers about turning recyable waste into something usable.
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Even 9 of Cathy Duffy's Top Picks!
Writing Made Easy | by Meredith Henning
Do you have a busy adventurer in
Is it hard to get him (or her) to
sit still for writing lessons?
Here’s a fun new bundle that will
surely entice your most busy and wiggly learner to enjoy the writing process.
you love to go to the zoo?
We love to visit the Zoo and just
recently paid a visit to the zoo in our new city, Phoenix, AZ. What a great
tie-in to this delightful new writing program.
The Zany Zoo Adventures writing guide is packed with
information about how to create a whole Zoo City, it has been quite an
adventure so far. Right from the beginning, the author
walks the student through each step of the writing process in a fun-filled,
Having taught creative writing for
the past 15 years, the author claims that even the most reluctant writer can
succeed given the right tools for a creative writing adventure.
Creativity is stressed over the
drudgery of grammar, and giving praise all throughout the writing process will
propel your student into the writing pool with enthusiasm, and not to mention
There are twelve easy lessons with a
handout or worksheet to accompany each lesson. The lessons build upon each
other for a great final result.
the Table of Contents:
- Lesson One-Create a Character
- My Zoo Animal Report
- Lesson Two-Create a Setting
- Lesson Three-Create a Plot
- Lesson Four-The Golden Rule: Show Don’t Tell
- Lesson Five-Write the Beginning
- Lesson Six-Dialogue
- Lesson Seven-Write the Middle
- Lesson Eight-Stage Directions
- Lesson Nine-Write the End
- Lesson Ten-Spice Up Your Story
- Lesson Eleven-Edit Your Story
- Lesson Twelve-Put It all Together
Zany Zoo Adventures leads the young writer
through a fun series of exercises to gently learn the writing process with this
very familiar topic of zoo animals.
first step of course is to choose your zoo character.
Gabriel picked the Orange Lion
Tamarin (Monkey) as there was one at the Phoenix Zoo and he was so excited to
learn more about him.
Filling out the Zoo Animal Report in
Lesson One is a perfect entre into writing about their character/animal.
The remaining lessons work carefully
through each step of the writing process. We are currently working through
Lesson six and creating the Dialogue of the story.
We can’t wait to work through the
rest of the steps to find out what will happen with Gabriel’s Orange Lion
of the Creative Writing Made Easy Program
- Easy to Use
- Written for the Teacher/Homeschool Mom
- Simple explanations for how to conduct lessons
- Each lesson builds on the previous lesson for
continuity and comprehension of the writing process
As the parent/teacher, I appreciate
all the great teacher notes included in each of the Adventurer series.
The teacher’s attitude is a crucial
element in the beginning writing process and so suggestions are given to be
super encouraging all along the way — but also to “stay out of the way” of your
writer so the creative process can take off for them.
Excellent suggestions for new or
seasoned homeschool teachers!
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Author Jan May is giving away her
Creative Writing Made Easy Series to one (1) Curriculum Choice reader!
Fun hands-on language activities. This series is focused on the reluctant
writers and great for boys. Three new books include: Spies of the Revolutionary
War, Ocean Adventures in Writing and Zany Zoo Adventures in Writing. Play
balloon bomb, Word Frisbee, Match Game. Do a an easy marble or dot painting of
your character, make a secret code and battle drum. Be a spy and write about
This contest is open to residents of
the continental USA for the physical copies of the books. Digital ebooks are
available to an international winner.
new adventures in writing await you and your young writers?
Thursday March 30 - April 4
Creative Writing Made Easy
Writing Curriculum for Boys
Parents are Saying:
to find a writing curriculum that will capture a boy's imagination and motivate him to write. This curriculum did just that. My son
loved this curriculum! It was interesting, engaging, and easy to follow--a must
for a busy home schooling mom. I only wish there were more options like this
for boys. Of course, it was a big hit with my daughter too. I highly recommend
it." Effie Hill, Author and Home Educator
Even the Reluctant Writer will Dive into the Writing Pool!
Great Books Adding Fun and Creativity to your Homeschool
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Just for Boys!
Try Something New Next Year! A writing book that BOYS will actually WANT to use!
love this curriculum created for writing about battles!
It contains 12 easy self-guided
lessons covering the basics of creative writing: character, setting, dialogue
and plot development.
Each lesson has a handout to practice the new concept,
writing story time and either a battle craft or activity.
Activities include: Putting together a back yard
obstacle course, making a clay diorama of the battlefield, host a Nerf gun war, draw
maps and illustrate the story.
Literary tools to enhance writing are
incorporated like: Onomatopoeia, show don’t tell, similes and comic relief. This course can be used in approximately one 60 minute
lesson or two 30 minute lessons per week.
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"This Curriculum literally rocked
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Perfect Gift for the Girl who
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Creative Writing Made Easy Workbook- Each of
the 12 easy lessons teaches the basics of creative writing in character,
setting, plot, and dialogue development. Students are guided step by step
in writing an adventure where both the student and her
characters grow in faith towards God.
Isabel's Closet Paper Doll and Craft book - Create
your character for the story, then as a paper doll, make her closet and design
her clothes. Roll play the adventures as you go!
Isabel's Secret - wholesome chapter
book about the real Isabel who lives on Angel Ridge Horse Ranch and the
mysteries she solves with her best friend, Holly, and horse, Starlight.
Isabel Fun Fair Fiasco- Isabel is back in
book two with another exciting adventure of faith! When Isabel visits Jason
Twofeathers on the Native American Reservation, she is shocked by the poor
living conditions. How she and Holly respond leads to a delightful journey as
they cook up a Burger Bash for Cash to help out.
"It Nurtured my Daughter's Faith in Christ."
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Contest of Courage
-Eleven-year-old Callie Fleming collects sharks teeth and rescued a baby seal-her bedroom looks more like a science museum!
When her military father becomes silent to her emails she finds her whole world
crashing down on her. What will a wild bear encounter and butterfly DNA mush
teach her about trust? Join Callie and the Twins of Mischief on this exciting
journey of faith!
Literature Study Guide
Callie’s Contest of Courage
74 page guide is filled with fun activities,
vocabulary building skills, discussion questions and a literature awareness
section. Make Nana’s banana cream pie, make a butterfly box, send care packages
to troops overseas. Girls won’t be able to put it down! “These are positive, adventurous books for my kids with characters who
possess a strong and growing faith.”
Lapbook-Colorful Digital Download -Learn about bears, life cycle of butterflies and squirrels.
Write your family Bible verse and learn about George Washington.
I love adding creative activities into the first several weeks of school. It helps us get back into the swing of things and keeps home education positive. I always include a hands-on fun snack that we make together and an outing to a fun location like the zoo or local park with friends. To help you celebrate, we are giving away a Language Bundle filled with novels, writing books with paper dolls and a literature guide overflowing with fun activities.
Build a Green House of Faith in Your Homeschool
It was during the first few years of homeschooling when I met an extraordinary young lady. She was creative. She was mature. She was vivacious and responsible. And she was only 14!
As with most of us married with children, I didn’t go out often (something I would heartily change if I did it all over again!). But when I did, I wanted to leave my children in a wholesome and safe environment. I had already experienced the downside of leaving my children with girls who came highly recommended from a nearby Christian school. Upon coming home I discovered one had been on the phone with her boyfriend the entire night and that the other had played Barbie dolls with my eight-year-old daughter. I’m not opposed to Barbie dolls but wasn’t happy to hear that Barbie and Ken needed to take a shower that night– together!
Thankfully this new found girl was different. She had light in her eyes, a glow on her face, a purity of heart and a desire to love God above all else. I had to know. I had to ask her mother, "How did you instilled this into her daughter’s life?" Her answer? “Three or four times a week we listen to on-fire, faith-filled preaching videos with our entire homeschool family. We don’t wait for Sundays, we want to hear it all week long!” The living Word of God streaming forth, coupled with this young woman’s faith, created a hot house for growing Christ-like character. I knew right then and there I wanted to emulate the same strength in my children. She reminded me once more that it wasn’t about math or language or ACT scores. It was about Jesus. It was about how my children would affect the world and their generation for the glory of God. And that has made all the difference!
Teaching Kids to Have
a Quiet Time Brings Refreshing!
Teaching children to have a daily quiet time yields so many benefits! This summer build some solace into your day where everyone reaps rewards. (This can be great practice for your school in the fall!)Allow children to rest for an hour a day in their rooms or a special nook (regardless of age!) Using it for Bible reading, reflection or quiet play teaches them to slow down and builds into them a habit our Savior had of retreating from the noise and crowds of the day. It's in this time we hear His voice of guidance, creativity or affirmation.
It's a daily discipline that yields the same for busy moms. Restrain from doing the laundry or answering emails! Let the Lord whisper to your heart the answers you've been asking. It's not only good for your spirit but for your blood pressure too!
A rested homeschool mom is a better homeschool mom. After all it's in Him we live and move and have our being. All success in this life flows from Him. Help your children learn how to cultivate it with quiet time! You'll be glad you did!
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