I am sorry that there haven’t been any new posts on the blog, but I am writing a new book on how to teach writing and I am about three fourths of the way through. I hope to have it ready by fall, so suffice it to say, it is consuming me. I am also setting up my 2010 schedule of home school conferences and workshops. It looks like I am going to have a pretty busy season from April through the first of September. If you are interested in where I will be this year, including a great cruise the end of July that you could go on, check out my schedule on the home page.
I have had wonderful feedback from the parents and teachers that I met and talked to in 2009. They are making good use of our products because they are student directed and find their students and children like being independent learners and writers.
A good writing assignment for students as we head into spring is to ask your students or children to go back over some of the papers that they have written throughout the year or even from previous years, and pick one to totally rewrite. It doesn’t matter which one they pick, let them decide. The objective is that they write. Encourage them to improve on every aspect of the paper including adding new and interesting details to the content and correcting any format and convention errors. Almost always it is surprising how much better the new paper will be.
It was nice meeting and talking to so many interesting parents during the 2009 home school conferences. I enjoyed doing all of the workshops and presentations and hope that those of you that attended were able to take home ideas and information that will help make the 2009/2010 year a good one.
Next I am off on a home school group cruise to the Caribbean, School at Sea. It is from the 6th to the 13th of September, and I am really looking forward to it. I am going to do several presentations and a hands on writing workshop, and then spend the rest of the cruise working on the book I am currently writing, on how to teach writing. Maybe I will see some of you on the cruise. Check out my schedule on the home page to link to the cruise, if you are interested.
I have been remiss in keeping up with my blog because of traveling throughout April and May. I did, however, visit with the many home school parents that came to my workshops and stopped by my booth at the conferences I attended in Cincinnati, Alaska, and Texas. The main topic of our discussions was the application of writing and language arts into their children’s curriculum in a meaningful and enjoyable way. I kept hearing “My child hates to write, so what do I to motivate him or her?” We all know how difficult language arts and writing are to teach, and what works for some may not work for others, so I hope that the answers I provided at the conferences have helped. If you have questions about teaching and motivating your reluctant writer, leave a comment here.