Writing is my biggest anxiety when it comes to homeschooling. This week I decided to face my anxiety and work on overcoming the fear. The result: I feel a little better about being able to help them learn to communicate effectively through writing.
I started Expository Writing by Scholastic with the girls these week. The lesson we completed this week focused on adding details to our writing. Using examples of invitations and phone messages, the girls were able to understand the need for including more information for their readers. Instead of just writing, “I like horses. They are nice”.” in her writing, Gabby wrote a 4 sentence paragraph. She included details about the type of horse. I was happy to see a difference in her writing after a 10 minute lesson.
The lesson inspired both girls to write more on their own. This week I became the audience for several readings of paragraphs, stories and poetry. Bella especially composed poems about fall, leaves, being the youngest and her beloved otters.
It’s fun to watch them blossom as young writers.
The Boy started a new writing class this week using Jensen’s Format Writing. Each week he will complete exercises as assigned. On Saturdays we will email his work to a teacher. The best part, I don’t have to score it!
This week, we worked on learning continuity in sentences. For example: John gave his mom a rose. The assignment required writing a second sentence using a set of instructions, such as: Repeat the subject. Result: John loved his mom.
The instructions were somewhat unclear to my son at first, but after a little bit of discussion, he finally grasped the concept. Phew!
Since we have been working on a family issue AND I had a Pampered Chef party this week, we did not follow a schedule this week. Instead we allowed the majority of day to be unschooled after grammar, writing, reading and math. Gabby decided to make a flute out of straws for her American Doll, Julie.
Gabby is in a production of “Bugsy Malone” through Village Home. She is one of Fat Sam’s Glam Girls. So on Wednesday we hosted the girls for an extra practice. It made me smile to see my daughter in her element. She really enjoys acting and this role includes dancing, a new thing for her.
After our significant issue with wanting to return to public school this summer, Gabby has developed some friendships with other homeschool girls. She now realizes that returning would put a hamper on her dreams…so she’s seeing the benefit of homeschooling for herself. She’s owning her own education and experiences. I am very happy for her.
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My major accomplishment this week was this adorable invitation I created for my sister’s upcoming baby shower. Now the planning can begin!
Happy Friday everyone!!