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Creative Writing: The Main Goal of All Language Arts Instruction

This is, perhaps, the main goal of all Language Arts instruction—the ability to put original thoughts down on paper or creative writing. But even here, different writing programs have opposite ideas about what makes for good writing. Some programs emphasize simplicity and clarity. Other programs emphasize flowery, dressed up … Continue reading

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When to Begin Teaching Language Arts in Your Homeschool

As you think about teaching Language Arts, you might feel intimidated. There are so many things to share, and your own education might have left you a little uncertain of your ability to teach Language Arts adequately. But here’s all … Continue reading

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Four Myths About Teaching Writing in Your Homeschool

How do we teach our kids to write well without killing their joy in the process? Beware these four myths about teaching writing that can frustrate our kids and keep them from loving to write. Myth #1: Good readers make good … Continue reading

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Help: I'm Scared to Teach Math and Writing!

Two subjects in particular can strike fear in a homeschool parent's heart: math and writing. You know they're crucial for your child's academic success. But you may doubt your ability to teach them well. Perhaps you struggled yourself in these … Continue reading

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How to Improve: Inspiration, Imitation, Implementation

I was showing off. There's no way to sugarcoat it. Thankfully, she seemed interested and genuinely impressed with my poetry. Awake. Bright cheery day enters from the gate, And so the shadows of the night all but dissipate. Then again, … Continue reading

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The purpose of Sonlight Language Arts

When I was in the ninth grade, my Language Arts program consisted of studying grammar for an entire year. I can diagram sentences with the best of them. But is that Language Arts? What about worksheets? Do they teach Language … Continue reading

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The Privileged Position of Less Formal Learning

Milton Gaither's recent post THROUGH THE LENS OF HOME-EDUCATED CHILDREN: Insights from Children About What Motivates Them to Learn reminded me of two benefits I had as a homeschooled kid. First, my education was something I participated in; I was … Continue reading

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