Wednesday, April 20, 2011

8th Grade Writing

Creative Writing...that's a hard one. Well, at least for my homeschooled children. They seem to balk at anything that I require them to write in complete sentences. Lately, I have decided that it really has a lot to do with practice. Writing is not something easy, we can have all the tools, have a nice inspirational place to write, and still have writers block. No...I think writing gets easier...and better...with practice.

My children seem to do perfectly fine diagramming sentences, analyzing parts of speech, spelling words and vocabulary but when asked to write me a paragraph describing what they did during Christmas holiday...oh my goodness! You would have thought I offered to cut off their toes.

Yet, after pushing my children to get into it, to get writing last week they seemed to get better as they wrote. That is when the epiphany hit me, writing is easier as you do it. So, the only solution to my children's problem of writing-a-phobia... JUST DO IT!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

8th grade Spelling Instruction

Spelling and vocabulary instruction is one of those subjects that every student can benefit from no matter what their age. Many parents often think that once their child has gotten past the crucial elementary years, that vocabulary instruction is no longer vital. This is a huge mistake!

No matter what age a student is, they still need vocabulary instruction. This is a subject that we will always need help with - no matter what the age. Even adults can benefit from vocabulary instruction.

With the super teacher resources that are available for homeschoolers, spelling and vocabulary instruction should never be a challenging subject to teach. You can use an online spelling resource to enable your 8th grader to maximize his review and drill of the vocabulary needed for his grade. Vocabulary and spelling instruction are the keys to enabling your child to creatively write successfully