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Writing is one of the more challenging subjects to teach. Even more challenging is making it fun and something the children will do without complaining. Still even more challenging is getting the children to write during summer vacation!
I wanted my children to at least spend some time this summer building up their writing skills. But having them do "school" during summer break would usually bring alot of moans and groans. So, instead of having them sit down for a lesson on writing, they are daily writing in a journal.
This is a non-threatening approach that is easy to accomplish. I do not correct their journal writing, not even the spelling and they do not have to let me read it. What I do require is that they write in cursive and that they write at least 3-5 sentences everyday.
To help with the problem of what to write about, we are using a journaling ideas book called Writing Down The Days-365 Creative Journaling Ideas for Young People by Lorraine M. Dahlstrom. Each daily entry has a couple paragraphs describing an item, person or event that happened on that day in history and then leads the reader to questions for them to answer. This way they are not only getting some writing practice but are also learning some trivia and history!
Try this approach to writing with your children. Not only will they be getting important writing practice and become better writers but they will also have something to look back on later in life giving them insights to how much they have matured and changed. Who knows, it may even become a daily habit that they will continue the rest of their lives.
You can purchase Writing
Down The Days from Amazon.com
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Our Unit Studies always include studying the foods that are relevant to the particular time period and culture we are studying. Some of these cultures eat foods that are normally not found in my cupboards. Many grocery stores now carry well stocked ethnic foods sections so unless it's real unusual you probably wouldn't need to mail order it. But if you can't find it locally then try Ethnic Grocer .com.
I have found them to be an excellent unit study resource. Not only for their authentic and unusual foods from around the world that they specialize in, but also for the wonderful listing of recipes they have on their website that are all conveniently categorized! It's perfect for the busy homeschooling mom! First pick the country (there are 15 listed) that you are studying then choose the type of menu item such as appetizers, main dish, breads, desserts, ect. and this will take you to lists of recipes free for you to use! No more searching through books trying to find foods to go with your unit study on India! Just click on EthnicGrocer.com and quickly locate just what you need!
Take a break from the traditional
style of schooling
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Beyond Survival : A Guide to Abundant-Life Homeschooling
by Diana Waring
I love this book and I highly recommend it! 5 Star rating!!!
Parents who are just beginning to
homeschool will gain the confidence they
need and veteran homeschooler's will have their initial enthusiasm revived. Diane helps take the stress and worry out of homeschooling with her warm, friendly and funny personal experiences and ideas. This book should be read and re-read each summer. In fact, I better go find my copy and read it again! (click on book to order your copy today!