When I was in junior high, I enjoyed reading stories, writing to pen-pals, keeping a journal, and creating poetry. Fast forward a few years and now I blog about these passions: reading and writing. But now my “pen-pals” are my blog readers with whom I share book reviews, writing tips, insights on the process of writing historical fiction, and an occasional poem or two. Please leave a comment and join this conversation on literacy.
The title of this homeschool conference says it all. Don't all educators-- both home and public-- wish that their students would "love to learn?"
The student and adult participants who came to my two workshops last Saturday demonstrated this desire. I was pleased that several attendees learned how to use muscle words (click on this link and select "download now" for the handout) at my first session, "Jazz Up Your Writing," and then applied these skills when they wrote descriptive paragraphs in the second session, "Learn from the Masters." Time was short but participants wrote FAST and imaginative characters and sensory settings bloomed as a result of quick collaboration.
When I wasn't teaching, I spoke with parents about Maupin House books,
If you are a home educator in need of testing materials, I would encourage you to check out their resources.
Carolyn Justice, tester
One of their books is AConcise Guide for Homeschool Families Planning For High School, which Carolyn wrote.
By the end of the day young entrepreneurs had set up space next to us and demonstrated innovative uses of duct tape. With colorful and designed tape they made and sold wallets purses, tiaras, and flip-flops. Now, here are two creative kids showing their love for learning--on the spot!