Lightning Lit & Composition {Review}

7/30/2014
Lightning Lit
Lightning Lit
I had never heard of Lightning Lit or Hewitt Homeschooling before this review, but I was impressed when I visited their site for the first time. In fact, I found just what I needed. I needed a literature course for my 10th grader, but I didn't need a full year course. Hewitt offers semester long courses, so I was excited to choose one!

My 10th grader is just finishing up American History so I chose:

I received the guides only and purchased the four books needed for this course for less than $20:

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • The Red Badge of Courage

  • The Call of the Wild


Lightning Lit

In addition to reading these four books, my student will also be reading selected poems from Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Paul Laurence Dunbar, as well as a short story from Bret Harte that are all included in the Lightning Lit student guide.

Geared towards grades 9-12, Lightning Lit is perfect for my 10th grader, and I plan to use it this coming school year.

How we used it:

We started by reading the Introduction.

We examined:

  • why read literature

  • how to read literature

  • why the books in this program were selected

  • how to read poetry

  • why learn how to write

  • a guide to writing called Paper Writing 101


My first impression: Wow! This looks really good!

The first week Nathan began by reading the Introduction to the Lightning Lit guide. Then he read the Introduction to Unit 1, Lesson 1 "Harriet Beecher Stowe."

Over the next several weeks he read 5 chapters at a time in Uncle Tom's Cabin and answered comprehension questions. The questions are short answer or multiple choice and vary in number. I had Nathan write his answers in a separate notebook.



I love that if a question asks a specific question, such as how a description is meant to invoke feeling, that it gives you the page number in the book to look at. For this reason, I chose the exact editions that Hewitt recommended and am glad I did.

I am grading Nathan's questions using the Teacher's Guide and discussing the questions with him.

Since it is summer, I let him follow the yearly schedule for a more relaxed pace, so he is still reading the book. When he finishes the book, he will complete a Literary Lesson on "theme" for Unit 1, Lesson 1, and write a paper.

The Literary Lesson on theme covers the elements that Stowe used to communicate her central theme about slavery:

  • characters and theme

  • evoking empathy

  • plot and theme

  • setting and theme

  • identifying theme


Each element uses examples from the book that demonstrate that element.

There are 8 Writing Exercises after the Literary Lesson on theme. They range from arguing a point to compare/contrast character's attitudes. The Writing Exercises offer plenty of ideas to dive into the meat of the book. The last one is to identify a theme in a previous book he has read and show how the author expresses it using character, plot, argument, setting, etc.

Lightning Lit

Unit 1 is rounded out by Lesson 2, a selected poem from Walt Whitman. My student will read an introduction to Walt Whitman, an introduction to the selection, Leaves of Grass, and questions to to keep in the back of his mind while he reads the poem. After he reads the poem, he will answer 8 comprehension questions about the poem. Following this is a Literary Lesson on Sound and Imagery in Poetry. This lesson covers alliteration and consonance, assonance, repetition, euphony and cacophony, and imagery. Following this, there are 7 different options for Writing Exercises. Finally, the unit ends with a lesson on Perspectives that teaches about Regionalism and Realism and a Connections lesson that teaches about Poems About Stories, People, and Places.

Unit 1 is designed to last 6 weeks on a semester schedule and 12 weeks on a full-year schedule, with some overlap into the next week when Unit 2 begins to give them some more time for revising their written work. This is the longest unit in the course.

There are 4 total units in this course:

  • Unit 2 features a short story by Bret Hart and Mark Twain's novel Huckleberry Finn with Literary Lessons on Local Color and Humor.

  • Unit 3 features selected poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar and Stephen Crane's novel, The Red Badge of Courage with Literary Lessons on Register and Description.

  • Unit 4 features selected poems by Emily Dickinson and Jack London's novel, The Call of the Wild with Literary Lessons on Figurative Language and Point of View.


The Teacher's Guide is a stapled set of papers that has all the answers for the comprehension questions as well as grading tips and a teaching schedule.

My thoughts:

I really like that Lightning Lit alternates shorter readings with full length novels. I think this will be especially helpful for my 9th grader who does not like to read when he gets to this course.

I also like that Lightning Lit offers semester long Lit courses, but that they can be lengthened if necessary. I like that the Teacher's Guide is separate from the student guide.

I wish that Lesson 1 would have introduced theme and then challenged my student to first discover what the theme of the book is before giving it away. The theme in Uncle Tom's Cabin is obvious, so it would have been a good first practice for him to analyze the theme.

The writing lessons are all excellent and offer a range of topics to write about. I like that there are a variety of topics to choose from.

While Lightning Lit offers plenty of quality writing topics pertaining to the reading material, it does not walk them step by step through the process, but rather refers them back to the writing guide in the Introduction called Paper Writing 101. Normally this would bother me, but I am using this more for a literature course than a composition course, as I have a writing program that does walk my students through the writing process step by step.

I'm really happy with the books selected. They are not modern classics that I am used to in our literature choices, but rather they are original classics. They are books that are important to American Literature and provide strong examples of good writing and a range of styles and subject matter.

Overall, I'm very happy to be adding Lightning Lit to our curriculum line up this coming school year!

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7/25/2014








focusing on simplifying my homeschool

spending time and energy on what's really important

staying home more days then I go out

doing less

saying no to say yes

knowing my limits

balancing exciting times with down time ~ makes special times more special

hearing the hum of the fan

loving our countertop oven for baking in the summer

baking oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with Bo

feeling assured

enjoying summer, watching the kids play in the sprinkler, and family hikes

drinking iced tea {decaf}

taking the kids to swimming twice a week

thankful that Luke is taking the kids to soccer camp and track & field

preparing for a new school year

working on curriculum choices

excited to share our row of Yellow Ball and My Blue Boat and anxious to row another book

needing to rethink how I blog after my site reached it's resource limit and went down

thinking about keeping my focus

missing my boys who are at NW Camp in Rockaway Beach, Oregon

wishing I was there, but happy to be home.

Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms {Review}

7/22/2014
Flourish Book Review

Dear friends, I have a special book review for you today called Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms. It is published by Apologia Educational Ministries, sells for $15, and it is just for moms. It is a wonderfully refreshing book that is meant to encourage you to flourish and find balance in your home and homeschool.

Each chapter offers stories, quotes, encouragement, challenges, and practical advice for homeschool moms.


 

Chapter 1


An Invitation to Flourish, starts off with the challenges that homeschool moms face, what it means to flourish, and offers strategies that Mary Jo Tate has developed to move towards a more balanced life.  She begins by telling her personal story of her own need for balance and what she has learned along the way. She lets you know right off that there is no one right way to do most of what she suggests, but that we can apply them to fit our own life. At the end of each chapter, she invites you to apply what you have learned, answer some honest questions, and take action. I filled out a Pre-Book Self Evaluation that helped me identify the challenges I currently face. One of my biggest personal challenges is finding the energy to do all that I want to do. And one thing currently missing in my life that I'd like to make time for is working on my memory keeping. My biggest business challenge (blog related) is social media. Answering the questions was good for self-evaluation. Throughout the book, I referred to my blog and my homeschool as a business, but whether you are a homeschooler/blogger or a small business owner working from home, you can apply her business tips to your situation.

Chapter 2


Change Your Mind to Change Your Time, answers the question "How do you do it all?" The chapter is divided into subtitles like "Stop Struggling with Juggling" and "Balance Is Not a Myth," and ends with questions to prompt you to take action. The one I highlighted was "What is your ideal? What is your reality? How will you begin to find peace in the space between ideal and reality?" The ideal is what you would be doing if you could do anything, and the reality is your every day life. I loved that I was encouraged to find balance between the two.

Chapter 3


The Freedom Tool Box, is all about F.R.E.E.D.O.M, an acronym for:

  • Focus

  • Reflect

  • Educate

  • Eliminate

  • Discipline

  • Organize

  • Multitask


Several key ideas stood out to me: prioritize, quiet time to reflect, delegate, self-discipline, organize my time, tasks, and thoughts, and multitask effectively. I especially appreciated Mary Jo Tate's view on multitasking effectively - it changed the way I multitask.

Chapter 4


Where Did My Time Go?, is all about learning to protect and prioritize your time.  In this chapter I was challenged to take action by keeping a time log and document every 30 minutes of my day for a week. When I assessed my time log, I saw right away that I was wasting time looking for things and that if I was more organized I would save valuable time. But, what I appreciated the most was doing a reality check. Some tasks were simply a reality to accept. These tasks take time and no matter how efficient I try to become, they still take time. I appreciated knowing that this was something that I could simply accept! I also liked her tip on looking for opportunities and her tip to think in terms of a routine, not a schedule. She explains why in this chapter. And finally, I loved her perspective on making decisions about how you use your time.
"Ask yourself, What am I saying no to when I say yes to this choice?"

And many other practical helps. This was one of my favorite chapters.

Chapter 5


In Aim High Setting Goals I took home an important point on writing things down - it forces me to be intentional, but it was this quote from a mom that Mary Jo Tate shares on page 59:
"A big key to success for me in that the more I write down, the less I have in my brain."

This hit home with me because I store as much as I can in my brain and with all that information in my brain that I am afraid to forget, I have a hard time resting my brain.

It also encouraged me to get in the habit of setting goals.

Chapter 6


What Do I Do Next? Seven Essential Planning Tools was my least favorite chapter. It was all just very overwhelming to me, but I appreciated her point to be flexible and open to God's leading each day and to remember
"The mind of a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps." Proverbs 16:9

I ask Father to order my day each day and I do what I feel most compelled to do, but towards the end of the chapter, I started appreciating what she had to say when I read the following about the Running To-Do List on page 82:
"This is simply an all-purpose, temporary holding place for unloading your bran so it won't have to spin its wheels reminding you."

Can I really give my brain a rest?

Chapter 7


We Interrupt This Program is literally about just that ~ how to deal with interruptions! Not just in how we physically deal with them, but emotionally as well.

Chapter 8


 It's Time for an Attitude Adjustment hit home when Mary Jo Tate talks about perfectionism:
"Perfectionism is the mother of procrastination. I've noticed that the more complicated a task is, the liklier I am to put it off until I have more time to deal with it thoroughly."

Yep, that's me. I love that Mary Jo Tate admits that this is an area that she herself is still working on. In fact, she is real throughout the book about her continual journey to find balance.

Chapter 9


Oxygen Masks and Monkey Bread Days, is all about taking care of yourself. Some of these I fall short on, so they are good reminders. This is also where I am encouraged to add that something missing from my life that I mentioned above and make time for it.

Chapter 10


Training Your Children, is about four things to teach our children to have a more balanced life for the whole family. I especially appreciated the affirmation that I am most valuable to my family as a wife and mom, and not the housekeeper!

Chapter 11


Making Memories, spoke right to my heart! More encouragement to work on what's missing in my life, and to keep building family traditions. Wonderful!

Chapter 12


Managing Your Home ~ ah yes, chores and the daily duties of running a house is one of our biggest family challenges. I do feel better when I have had a productive day, but they don't happen everyday. I am often lacking in motivation, but I put the book down to go work on the house and I am again reminded to find peace in the space between the ideal and reality.

Chapter 13


All of Life is Learning, is all about homeschooling from why to how. I especially liked the topic Systemize for Success. I really need a more systematic approach to our days and a system for accountability.

Chapter 14


Solo Act: Flourishing as a Single Mom spoke to my heart as I've been there. This chapter not only offers encouragement and ideas for single moms, but also how married moms can support and encourage single moms.

Chapter 15


Home Business is devoted to all aspects of home business from whether or not a home business would be a good fit for your family, what kind of business would be good for you, to how to manage your home business.

Chapter 16


Moving Ahead encourages you to apply what you have learned and do a post-book progress check (found in the appendix).

 

I took away lots of little gems from Flourish.


 

One of my favorite gems that I took away from this book is to think in terms of 15 minute time blocks - what can I get done in this little amount of time? I've had many 15 minute time blocks that I was able to make good productive use of my time with and accomplish much. It's really fun to think of how much I can get done in just 15 minutes, and it's not too stressful of a time commitment.

I also feel encouraged to try things that I'm not good at and to get out of my comfort zone.

Was there anything I did not like? 

The personal stories were wonderful, but often I found myself wading through the stories to get to the good stuff - the practical stuff! How does this apply to me?! What can I do about it? I wanted to know.

Final Thoughts

The overall feeling I get from Flourish is one of relief. My children, especially my older boys, do a lot of work around the house. I often feel guilty that they are responsible for so much and that the older kids are helping the younger kids so much. I often feel inadequate that I can't do it all, but thanks to Flourish, I don't do it all, I "redefine it all," and I'm okay with that!

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Preschool with Bo {Little Hands Update}

7/18/2014

A few of you are anxious for an update on Little Hands to Heaven with Bo, so I thought I should let you know that we are reading the books and keeping it very simple!




He enjoys playing with cars on the masking tape letters.


He loves the hide-and-seek.



He mostly loves being read to!

I made a play center for him with all of his favorite learning toys (that I kept up so they would be special).


And he is not only playing, but learning to put things away! :)

Every now and then I offer him a craft to go along with a Bible story, but I mostly keep it simple. Here Bo and Elli are making a Fiery Furnace craft - a fun idea from my friend Lisa ~ see her super cute Fiery Furnace Craft for directions and links!




If you want more inspiration, please check out my Bible Crafts Pinterest board!

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In other news, it pretty much rained all of June and July feels a lot like June should be, but we are enjoying the sunshine and cool summer weather. Bo is loving it, especially.

I also started Before Five in a Row again and I can't keep up with Bo. He asks me daily to do "more stool." All I heard this week and last is "more My Blue Boat." Before that it was "more Yellow Ball." :)

Just so you know, I've been on a quest to simplify my homeschool, and I needed to simplify my blogging to do that. I have to post once a week to be on the Crew, but I will be back to regular blogging in August. :)

Hope you are having a wonderful summer! Enjoy it! August is right around the corner! Eeep! I'm getting excited for a fresh new school year and will have lots to share!

Fizzy Sand Dough {12 Months of Sensory Dough}

7/11/2014


While reading all about beaches for our "row" of The Yellow Ball, I decided it would be fun to try to tie in this month's sensory dough with our book!

Fizzy Sand Play is really so simple and easy, but brought much delight to my little one. 



It was the BEST of sand play and water play combined to make fizzy sand play!


 

Here's what I did:

I mixed play sand (right out of the sand box) with baking soda. I used about 4 cups of sand, 4 cups of baking soda, and a little water to moisten it, and my kids couldn't tell it wasn't just sand - which made it all the more special when I set Bo up with a bucket of  "Fizzy Sand Dough," a gallon of vinegar and some water containers.

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The best part? Besides that it kept my little busy for quite a long time, is that that the "fizzy sand dough" kept on fizzing every time he added more vinegar, until he used up the whole gallon of vinegar.


This post is a part of the Best of the Best Sensory Doughs: 12 Months of Sensory Dough!  On the 12th of each month, we will share a different sensory dough.

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WriteShop Junior Level E {Review}

7/10/2014


WriteShop is not just about your child putting pencil to paper. It teaches students how to write using a variety of pre-writing activities and games, graphic organizers, and kid-friendly methods so that writing is easy and fun - even for reluctant writers.

I'm excited to share my review of WriteShop Junior: Book E Set, but even more excited to add it to our curriculum line up this coming school year.

Components and cost of the program:

  • Book E Teacher's Guide: Spiral-bound ($45.95) or e-book version (digital PDF) ($35.50) ~ The Teacher's Guide walks you through step by step how to implement the program and teach 10 writing lessons, each over the course of 2 or 3 weeks.



  • Activity Pack: Print version (1 per child) ($45.95) or e-book version (1 per family) (35.50) ~ The Activity Pack contains both the Student Worksheets (87 activity pages used in the lessons) and the Level 2 Fold-N-Go Grammar Pack (10 grammar and writing guides each with a different skill).



  • Optional Time-Saver Pack: Print version ($14.94) or e-book version ($6.50) ~ The Time-Saver Pack is exactly that - a time saver! Everything in it is included in the Activity Pack, but offered in this set for ease of use.



  • Optional Junior Writer's Notebook 1: Available only in digital PDF format ($3.50) ~ This is a set of 12 planning and writing printables. We have been using the Reading Log from the Junior Writer's notebook.


I received a combination of physical and digital products. I received a physical Spiral bound Teacher's Guide, the Optional Time-Saver printed pack, a digital Activity Pack, and  a digital Optional Junior Writer's Notebook. I was real happy with this combination, though if I were spending the money, I would be tempted to only get the required materials to save money.

When I read the Book E Sample on Writing an Adventure Story, I thought that Malachi would really enjoy this level. He is ready for more formal writing instruction and he is already writing his own adventure stories.

In Book E, he will learn how to write:

  • Fables

  • Humor

  • Adventure

  • Science Fiction

  • Mystery

  • Poetry/Shape Poems

  • Personal Narrative

  • Descriptive Narrative

  • Book Report/Responding to Literature

  • Expository Writing: Nonfiction Report


How to get started:

The Teacher's Guide walks you step by step how to get ready. I spent the first week printing, locating materials and supplies, assembling the Fold-N-Go Grammar folders, setting up a writing center, and setting up a "Said It, Read It, Edit" bag.

Activity Pack printed and ready to go in a binder and the Teacher's Guide:



Junior Writer's Notebook printed and ready to go:



Fold-N-Go Grammar folders printed and assembled:



Time Saver Pack printed for me and ready to go:



Our Writing Center:


Contains writing materials and supplies - items my student may need to plan, write, edit, and publish his writing.


Said It, Read It, Edit Bag - everything my student needs to edit his writing.



Then I spent time familiarizing myself with how WriteShop works. The Teacher's Guide is very interactive and informative. It guides you through how to use the guide, what the lesson objectives are, how to help your student not only succeed but to enjoy the process, and also how to enjoy the process as a teacher!

The Teacher's Guide not only guides, it answers my questions and encourages.

What if I feel overwhelmed? I am given the freedom to tweak, modify or even skip activities that overwhelm me. Knowing this gives me courage to try, with permission to move on if something isn't working. But so far, everything is working!

How much help should I give my student? It's in the guide. I really was able to relax and be encouraged, but was also challenged to create a learning environment that would help my child succeed.

This is all in the Introduction which also explains the components of the program. After the Introduction, we dive right into the lessons, but am referred back to page numbers in the Introduction to remind me how the process works. This was very helpful!

After getting ready and familiarizing myself with the program, we were ready to begin lessons.

Overview of the Writing Process:

  • Pre-Writing

  • Model and Teach

  • Skill Builder

  • Brainstorming

  • Writing Project

  • Editing and Revising

  • Parent Editing

  • Publishing the Project


What's unique about WriteShop is that many steps in the process are done orally with the parent writing if needed.

Our experience: 

We followed the suggested 3 week per lesson schedule, so we completed Lessons 1 and 2: Writing a Fable and Writing with Humor for this review. It was a nice, easy pace to follow. I didn't feel stressed or pressured and that made our writing time more enjoyable.

Writing a Fable

The objective of the lesson was for my child to learn to write a fable, develop a unique voice by giving characters strong character traits, and learn the parts of a sentence.

Activity Set 1:1 We started our lesson by reading and completing some of the activities on sentences in the Fold-N-Go Grammar Folder. We spread these activities out over 3 days. Malachi also started recording books he read in the Reading Log.

Activity Set 1:2 Pre-Writing: Today, we did a pre-writing activity to become familiar with fables. We reviewed the Fables Character Chart in the Student Worksheet Pack. Then we played a game called the Great Fable Race.


We rolled a dice to assemble pieces of a fable. The first person to collect all the parts of the fable won and we read the completed fable together.


Malachi likes competitive games, so he enjoyed this. But, if your child is not competitive, there is a tip to simply take turns and build the fable together. I loved this!

We also did a Model and Teach activity this day. I read aloud a fable called The Wind and the Sun and dialogued with my child using the suggested script. I really like that WriteShop is gently scripted and that it offers possible answers while I am guiding and prompting my child through the elements of a fable.

Activity Set 1:3 Skill Builder ~ First, I love that I am sent back to page 23 of the Introduction to be reminded of what the purpose of the Skill Builder is. Those reminders are helpful while I am learning the program. The purpose of the Skill Builder is to teach a new writing skill. Today, we are learning how to Choose-a-Voice. We analyzed traits of characters in fables and how we can develop voice by giving each character unique personality traits and a unique way of talking and acting.

Malachi did a Journal Writing activity in which he chose an animal that might make an interesting character for a fable.

Activity Set 1:4 Brainstorming ~ We generated ideas and ingredients he will need to include in his fable.

Activity Sets 1:5 The Writing Project ~ Malachi wrote the "sloppy copy" of his fable (his rough draft). He loved calling it his sloppy copy, because he knew it didn't have to be perfect.

In Activity Set 1:6, he edited and revised his copy.

I guided Malachi to use his "Said It, Read It, Edit Bag" to self-edit his own work. I invited him to choose a highlighter from the bag so he could do a "Job Well Done" search. He looked over the fable and highlighted a difficult word he spelled correctly. Then highlighted a sentence he wrote correctly by starting it with a capital letter and ending with the correct punctuation. I loved how positive and encouraging this is! Then he applied the grammar he learned by choosing one sentence and highlighting the subject and predicate in two different colors.

Then we read the proofreading marks together and used them on his rough draft. I helped him by placing the proofreading mark by the beginning of the line as a clue and having him search for the mistake. Then we followed a checklist to determine if he used correct grammar and formatting, read the fable together to make sure it has all the necessary elements of a fable, and then I did a final "Parent Editing" check.

Activity Set 1:7 Publishing the Project ~

Malachi wanted to type his final copy (which I called his "fancy copy," since he loved "sloppy copy" so much), and then he created a stamp to decorate his page. I had already planned to do a printmaking lesson with him for art, so we tied this lesson in with the lesson in the guide.


What if the Final Copy Has New Mistakes?

It's okay! The Teacher's Guide says not to worry about these mistakes or even point them out. Learning to write is a process that takes time. Thank you, WriteShop! I have perfectionist tendencies so this really helped me relax! Instead of being critical of my son's final work, I was able to be proud with him over what he accomplished.

I thought Malachi's fable was short, but had all the elements of a fable and even a surprise ending.
                                                The Cat and the Mouse

The mouse is boasting to the cat that he's much faster and can swiftly maneuver.

Mouse says in a squeaky voice, "You'll never catch me!" and starts running through the tall grass.  But, cat is sly and quick. And cat starts the chase.

Mouse says, "I'm so fast and know lots of tunnels to hide in."

A hole! Chomp! Out slithers a snake.

Moral of the story: Don't be boastful.

Haha! I wasn't expecting the mouse to get caught by a snake, and thought it was a clever surprise ending to his fable.



A Note About Age Range of Level E:

Level E is geared towards:

  • 4th graders writing at or above grade level

  • 5th graders with limited writing experience, or writing at or above grade level

  • 6th graders with no prior writing experience, or limited writing experience

  • 7th or 8th graders with no prior writing experience


Malachi is at the beginning end of the age range for Level E. He is entering the 4th grade, but I'm honestly not sure if he is writing at grade level. I chose this level because of how much he loves to write. After the first lesson, I wondered if I should have chosen level D because he fit into all 4 categories for that level. I think he would do just fine with Level E, but I may back up and do Level D first to give him more experience.

Lesson 2 ~ Writing with Humor

In this lesson, we:

  • rewrote a familiar story adding silly words and touches of humor

  • learned how to write dialogue

  • made our writing stronger by avoiding commonly used words

  • identified the four kinds of sentences


For Model and Teach we are rewriting Goldilocks and the Three Bears into Goldilocks and the Three Monkeys and learning about dialogue.

 


To learn how to describe something without using commonly associated words, we played a game called "Watch Out!" (much like the game of Taboo).



For a Journal Prompt, Malachi rewrote Little Miss Muffet to practice writing with humor.


He chose to use the story we started earlier in the week for his final Writing with Humor story: Goldilocks and the Three Monkeys, so we brainstormed and wrote an outline for his story.

His final story was written in a little book that comes in the Student Activity Book.


I really like that if I need to slow down, I can take Smaller Steps, or if I want to take our learning to new heights, I can do the Flying Higher activities with my child. These are options to slow down or accelerate learning to suit your child.

Final Thoughts:

I really like WriteShop and think it will make a great addition to our homeschool. It is a progressive writing program that feels very organized and structured. Because it is scripted with prompts, the lessons flow smoothly and I feel confident teaching my child. This is a program that you do teach - the lessons are written to you, the parent. While, I do love to be able to give my students as much independent work as possible, every now and then a program comes along that is worth taking the time to teach myself, and WriteShop is worth it. It is not only very easy to teach once you get started, but it is enjoyable to teach, and I enjoyed the quality time spent with my child.

It was also enjoyable for my child. The activities are fun and varied, and Malachi didn't mind them once we got started. There were a few times that I had a hard time motivating him to want to do a lesson, but after it rained here for almost a month, the sunshine was hard to compete with. On that particular day, we played "Watch Out!" and he enjoyed it. It was fun, only took 15 minutes, and he learned a valuable skill. Then he was free to go play, and it wasn't so bad after all. He told me he likes the program, but wants to wait until school starts in the fall to do more. As much as I love WriteShop, I agree. I'm ready for a summer break too. But, I can take a break rest assured that I have a great program to look forward to this fall, and we already have a head start!

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