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The Role of Handwriting in Spelling You See


Have you ever wondered why handwriting is so prevalent in Spelling You See, or if it works as a handwriting program? We'll get into these questions, and more, in this blog post.

Have you ever wondered why handwriting is so prevalent in Spelling You See, or if it works as a handwriting program? We’ll get into these questions, and more, in this blog post. Spelling You See is not difficult, but it is different. This is a statement we often make about our spelling program, and it’s…
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Develop Language Skills with Nursery Rhymes


The very repetitive nature of nursery rhymes creates an atmosphere of social interaction with children that helps their language skills develop.

Let’s play a quick game. I say, “Jack and Jill went up the hill to ____.” Can you finish the rhyme? I’ll bet you can. What is it about nursery rhymes that make them so memorable, and more importantly, why would there be value for them in a 21st-century education? For generations nursery rhymes have…
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Is Poetry Worth the Time?


Writing poetry is construction. You are building something with words.

As a rule, when teaching, I never ignore the “what’s-the-point?” question, but when it comes to poetry, I have to answer with a bigger question, the question of much of education: what’s the point of art? And that question must be answered by more questions: What’s the point of building a house when you could…
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Research Says Writing is Important


Whether it’s reducing stress and boosting physical health, gaining a competitive edge in the workplace, or excelling in the classroom, it is important for our kids to learn how to write effectively.

Writing is one of those skills that is applicable nearly everywhere. Communication is at the center of all relationships, whether it’s emailing colleagues, texting family members, or writing letters to a friend. It’s not surprising then that research says writing is an important skill to develop. What may be surprising, though, is the extent to…
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Do Your Kids See You Write?


It is important for our kids to see us write. If we make it a point to write where they can see, they will learn that writing is a valuable skill and valuable use of time.

My wife, who is a real writer, unlike me, journals every day. She likes to sit at the kitchen table in the morning with a warm cup of coffee and write. Nicholas and I will often notice her writing or typing away on her laptop as we go about our daily tasks, and we’ve grown…
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Writing to Reflect


Writing to reflect is a habit that can benefit all of us and while it is often hard to get started, it’s well worth the effort. Make a conscious decision to start journaling and encourage your kids to do the same.

Some people start a diary as casually as they start golf, stamps, or a new digestive cure. Whereas to start a diary ought to be a solemn and notable act, done with a due appreciation of the difficulties thereby initiated. The very essence of a diary is truth—a diary of untruth would be pointless—and to…
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Copywork: An Old-Fashioned Tool for Today’s Learner


Is copywork just a tedious waste of time, or is it actually an important tool for learning?

In today’s fast-paced digital world, the value of writing by hand is often questioned. Copywork—physically copying a selected passage by hand—is a technique often thought to be old-fashioned but one that is now used by many modern homeschoolers. Is copywork just a tedious waste of time, or is it actually an important tool for learning?…
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Writing: What, Not Where


Most of us want our kids to have basic writing skills, yet we often place too much emphasis on what medium our kids should be proficient in.

Most of us want our kids to have basic writing skills, yet we often place too much emphasis on what medium our kids should be proficient in. We should focus more on what they are actually writing. In today’s 21st century world, ‘yours truly’ has given way to TTYL (talk to you later). Our kids…
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Make Them Write Stories


If you want your children to understand what’s true, make them write stories. As they become more skillful storytellers, they will begin to understand their world and themselves.

If you want your children to understand what’s true, make them write stories. As they become more skillful storytellers, they will begin to understand their world and themselves. Storytelling is uniquely human. Grandpa telling war tales around the fireplace while snow pelts the window takes us to Normandy without us ever setting foot there. Our…
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