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#Write28Days Day 2 – Homeschool Conventions

 

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Welcome to day 2 of my #Write28Days Series on Homeschooling Helps, Hints and Resources.  Today I want to give one of my favorite things that could go under all three categories.  My selection for today is Homeschooling Conventions.  These events have become one of the most valuable, anticipated and useful items for our homeschooling journey.

The first year we homeschooled we started in September with no real idea of what we were doing.  I knew becoming part of local homeschool organizations was important.  So we joined North Carolina Home Educators (NCHE).  After talking with a number of ladies who homeschooled locally in our county, we decided to attend the NCHE convention in May.  Attending for our first time, I really did not know what to expect.  However, I can say I was glad our friends provided a lot of helpful advice.  Their greatest piece of advice was to not buy on the first day.  Instead, we took detailed notes at each booth we went to and also brought back catalogs and other paperwork to review.  Then each night, my husband and I would review our finds and discuss our thoughts.

The other part that was really helpful was attending the various sessions, especially the keynote speakers.  When we first began our homeschooling journey, my husband was not necessarily overly enthusiastic about the idea.  However, hearing Christopher Klicka speak at one of the Keynote speeches provided my husband with our “why” we were homeschooling.  From that time forward, we both realized we were doing it to bring glory to God.

So if you are a homeschooling parent who has never attended a homeschool convention, take the time, effort and energy and go explore the possibilities.  You get to see and touch curriculum first hand.  You get to speak with others at the booths who are knowledgable about the various products.  Moreover, you get the opportunity to hear inspirational, knowledgable and motivating speakers talk about being in the homeschooling trenches.

Some of our family’s favorite conventions include:  NCHE, CHAP (the Pennsylvania Homeschool organization’s convention), Great Homeschool Conventions, the South Carolina convention and Teach Them Diligently.  So check out your area and find a convention to attend.

I would love to hear from you about your experience.  If you would like to read my other posts in this series, click here.

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#FiveMinuteFriday – Where?

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Today for the first time, I am joining the @FiveMinuteFriday community and blogging about “Where?”  Where is the place our family has had the most memories and how did it begin?

My “where” is Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia.  My husband took me there for our honeymoon in 1992.  That is over 26 years ago.  Where has time gone?  Through the years, our family has made many trips back to the theme park.  We have enjoyed the shows, the foods, and the rides.  Stepping into the shows always brings a smile to our faces.  On one of our most memorable trips, we enjoyed a special dining experience with some of the members of one of the shows.  It was fun watching our children participate in songs and dances with the cast members.

Going there brings back memories of the days I spent working at Carowinds on the North Carolina/South Carolina border during high school.  Truly, it was a memorable experience for me.

While we are in Williamsburg, our favorite place to stay is definitely the cabins at Fort Eustis.  Being in the military has its advantages.  One of those is being able to stay at the two-bedroom cabins with a loft, full kitchen (minus dishwasher), a screened in porch along with a deck that goes almost all the way around the cabin.  The views are spectacular as are the memories our family has made.  Thanks for stopping by.  Click here to visit other members who are writing today or to join up with your own #FiveMinuteFriday post.

I would love to hear about what your “Where?” is and why.

 

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Review of Guideposts’ “How To Tell A Great Story”

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You can find the following description of “How To Tell A Great Story” on the Guidepost website”

“Welcome to “How To Tell A Great Story”, a two-hour exclusive master class designed to teach you how to write your own story or memoir that you can share with friends, family or even have published on a website or in a local or national publication.

Master storytellers from Guideposts will teach you how to make your story compelling and entertaining, following a formula that has worked at Guideposts for over 70 years. You take the course at your own pace and you can repeat the modules as many times as you would like.

TOP FEATURES: With over two hours of video lessons, this creative writing course will teach you all the essentials to writing a great story:

  • 12 video modules (captions available) to guide you in your creative writing journey
  • Digital Workbook with a summary of main points from each module
  • Full lifetime access to the course and its materials
  • Quiz for each module, to test your knowledge
  • Certificate of completion when you finish the course
  • Instructions on how to submit your story to a publisher for publication.
  • Compatible in all web browsers
  • 30 Day Money-Back Guarantee

You can learn more and check out this course from Guideposts here.”

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About the Instructors:

Edward Grinnan is Editor-in-Chief of Guideposts magazine and Vice President and Editorial Director of Guideposts publications, which include the magazines All Creatures, Mysterious Ways, Angels on Earth, and PLUS. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. He is the author of the books The Promise of Hope: How True Stories of Hope and Inspiration Saved My Life, and Always By My Side: Life Lessons from Millie and All the Dogs I’ve Loved.

Rick Hamlin is executive editor of Guideposts magazine. He has published three novels and has written several books on prayer, most recently Ten Prayers You Can’t Live Without and Pray for Me. He and his wife, Carol, live in New York City and are the parents of two grown boys.

Amy Wong is executive editor of the magazines Guideposts and All Creatures. She wishes she could write as fast as she talks.

Colleen Hughes is Editor-in-Chief of Angels on Earth magazine and Senior Contributing Editor for Guideposts annual Joys of Christmas publication.

 Jim Hinch is a senior editor at Guideposts magazine. He is a longtime contributor to Daily Guideposts and he and wife, Kate, live in New York City with their two children, Frances and Benjamin.

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Here are what some individuals who took the course themselves had to say that can be found on the Reviews page:

Guideposts Academy 5 Stars

By Patricia Parish 

July 8th, 2018

This course an incredible opportunity for me. No university could have done better. So much for so little money. I thank you all so very much. Will be sending something to you all regularly even if all I get is rejections! So grateful for the helpful information, I am tearing up as I write this. Patricia (Pat) Parish, Blessings to the teachers and all your personnel.

Rating: 5 of 5

Quick Course that is Very Helpful

By Barbara Litchfield

April 30th, 2018

Thus course is excellent!  The short recorded sessions with Edward, Rick, Colleen, Jim, and Amy, were full of helpful information for writers in any genre.  The workbook download helped me with note taking and reinforced the learning.  I also am grateful that I can retake the course whenever I need a refresher.  It is definitely worth $24.99.

Rating: 5 of 5

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MY REVIEW:

For many years I have enjoyed reading the Guideposts magazines.  In the last couple of years, I started dreaming about writing and more specifically – writing devotionals.  So when the opportunity to review this product came up, I was thrilled.

I found the instructors to be informative and interesting. The course includes 12 videos that I found the length of was manageable.  A downloadable workbook is provided for taking notes.  In some ways, I wish the workbook also included slides of the major bullets displayed on the screen.  Quizzes are provided at the end of each lesson, which is why I believe having the major points printed out would have made things easier.
For each quiz, I had the opportunity to take them multiple times.  Of course, being a teacher, my goal was to get 100% each time.  I found this extremely doable.  I would have loved for guided exercises or writing suggestions to have been provided at the end of each lesson.
However all in all, I have to say I was really pleased with this course and learned a lot from it.  So check it out for yourself.  Click on the graphic below to learn more and to purchase the course for yourself.
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Review of Persuasive Writing and Classic Rhetoric: Practicing Habits of Great Writers from Silverdale Press LLC

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Making sure that my high school students learn to write well requires me to choose curriculum that teaches students how to write well and Silverdale Press LLC does that with their Persuasive Writing & Classical Rhetoric: Practicing the Habits of Great Writers program.  I felt this program would be a good fit for our 17-year-old son.  The program is designed for students ages 14-18 years old.  We received the downloadable program, which inlcuded:

  • Lesson Book (235 pages)
  • Workbook (consumable, 202 pages)
  • Reader (111 pages)
  • Answer Key (68 pages)

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Silverdale Press LLC is based in Winchester, Virginia.  The company was founded by Joshua and Jill Hummer who parent four young children and are advocates for homeschooling.  Their goal is to help homeschooling parents educate their children with excellence as well as confidence.

As the parent of two sons who hae already graduated along with our 17-year old son, we also have a 15-year-old daughter.  However, we decided to just use this program with our son at this time.  I know at some point in the future I will use this program with our daughter.

The program is designed to be completed in four days a week for 36-weeks.  So it is a full-year program.  Our son does not particularly care for writing so I was not sure how he was going to feel about doing this program.  But he seemed to do alright with the assignments.

The course begins by discussing what persuasive writing and rhetoric along with providing a profile of rhetoric for Patrick Henry.  Each weekly lesson includes reading material found in the Lesson Plan book and the reader along with pages in the workbook.  The course also covers habits of great writers, invention, subject, sources, taking notes through statements of facts, an introduction to style, punctuation and even what real writers do and more.  Pictured below are the table of contents.

I loved the fact that our son could basically work independently.  Every assignment is clearly laid out in the Lesson Plan book, so it did not require a lot of preparation or time on my part.  With the answer key, our son was able to check most of the work by himself.  However, I did try to discuss what he was reading and working on with him. Here are some pictures of the lesson plan book.  The parent can play as much or as little of a role in this course as they want.  However, I feel it is important for parents to at least monitor their student’s progress.  At the beginning of each lesson learning objectives are laid out along with important terms and a schedule.  I like how each week includes a writing assignment.

 

The reader includes readings on people such as Patrick Henry, John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchhill, Sarah Josepha Hale, Benjamin Franklin, Eleanor Roosevel and more.  Each weekly lesson focuses on one of these important people.  The length of the reading assignments varies.  I will say so far our son seemed to think the reading assignments were appropriate in length.

For each day of every lesson, the student will be using the student workbook to answer questions, define terms or complete writing assignments.  I love this daily interaction with what the student is learning.  Obviously the length of time needed to complete the workbook pages varies.  Defining terms or answering questions takes less time than actually writing.  We also appreciated the variety of tasks each day.  Here is a sample of a completed workbook page.

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I have to say our family has enjoyed using  Silverdale Press LLC ‘s Persuasive Writing & Classical Rhetoric: Practicing the Habits of Great Writers program.  So check it out for yourself.  If you would like to read reviews from other members of the Home School Review Crew for this program or their White House Holidays Unit Studies, designed for ages 5-18, click here or on the graphic below.

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31 Days – Day 2

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This is the second post in my 31 Days of Scriptures Series. My husband is an ordained Primitive Baptist preacher and was ordained almost 25 years ago.  So through the years, I have heard him preach on many different passages from the Bible.  So a lot of those verses have come to be favorites of mine.

Here is the image for today’s verse.

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Posted in Blogging A to Z Challenge, Homeschooling, writing

Blogging A to Z Challenge – “L” is for….

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I am back with another entry in my blogging a to z series.  The letter for this post is “L”, which stands for Love, Learning, and Listening.

I love having my children around during the day.  I love the freedom and flexibility that comes with homeschooling.  We can spend time on things that actually interest the children in addition to the required subjects.  I want my children to love learning (even if they do not love every single subject.

Second, “L” is for learning.  I want my children to become engrossed with learning.  I want them to seek to gain knowledge and find things that interest them.  We can use methods of teaching and researching that interests them and involves them in the learning process.

Third, “L” is for listening.  I want our children to become active listeners.  So we use things like audiobooks to help them focus their ears on what they are hearing.  Also, I want them to recognize the importance of listening as well as being able to talk in a coherent manner.

So what does “L” bring to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

Posted in Blogging A to Z Challenge, Ultimate Blog Challenge, writing

Almost April

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Well, it is hard to believe it is almost April 1st.  April is the month for Camp Nanowrimo, Blogging A to Z challenge and another round of the Ultimate Blog challenge.  I plan on participating in all of these, so expect quite a few posts over the next few weeks.

I may try to incorporate some of these into our homeschool plans as well, especially the Blogging A to Z challenge.  I will probably call it “Writing A to Z Challenge” for my children, however.  I look forward to sharing how this goes over the next few weeks.

So what is going on in your world?  I would love to hear from you.

#bloggingatoz.