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Homeschooling moms should be commended for their dedication to the education of their children and the involvement in their children's lives. Whether you are new to homeschooling or have been homeschooling for a few years, each step brings up more questions about how to homeschool. What do I do now? How do I handle this? I want the best for my children, but what is the best way to teach them? The Write Foundation has compiled some insightful answers to some common questions about how to homeschool. Some answers come from personal experience while some are from other experienced homeschool families and other trusted homeschool resources. Read on to find answers to some of YOUR common questions.

Selecting Homeschool Curriculum

Evaluating Homeschool Writing Curriculums 
Top 5 Reasons Students Hate to Write
Why Most Writing Curriculum Fail

Writing Preparation

Is My Child Ready to Write 
Teaching Spelling

Writing Development

Developing Writing Skills 
How to Teach Essay Writing
Teaching Essay Writing
Teaching a Writing System

High School and Beyond

College Preparation for Homeschooled Students 
High School Transcript for the Homeschooler
How to Calculate GPA for your Homeschooler
Should my Homeschooled Child get a GED or Diploma
Graduating Homeschooling

Homeschool Co-ops

TWF in a Co-op Setting 
How to Start Homeschool Classes

Homeschool How To

Reasons for Homeschooling
Recommended Teaching Resources

 

 

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    Graduating Homeschooling

    For many homeschoolers the GED® is NOT THE MEASURE of the education they have received, BUT IT IS THE TICKET they need to the gain entrance to universities and colleges, particularly here in South Africa. It is fast becoming very popular as an alternative school leaving certificate. Homeschooling is comparatively new in our country and homeschoolers are still fighting to earn the reputation at universities that Americans have already achieved.

    Is My Child Ready for Formal Writing?

    Will your homeschoolers ever be able to write a paragraph that does not ramble? Will they ever be able to write with structure and style? When do you begin to teach formal writing? When are your homeschool students ready to learn how to logically organize their abstract thoughts to write paragraphs? When are they ready to learn how to write essays and skillfully communicate? Creating Sentences

    Teaching Spelling

    Writing and spelling go hand in hand. Help your student be a better writer by helping them be a better speller. Students need to learn about phonics, root words, prefixes, suffixes, and homonyms before and while becoming a confident fluent writer. If they struggle to spell words correctly, they will struggle to write. 

    Evaluating Homeschool Writing Curriculums

    I wanted a writing curriculum with lesson plans already together where all I had to do was quickly review the next writing lesson, and then I was ready to teach. Preparing to teach a writing class in a homeschool co-op, I sat surrounded by writing curriculums I had collected through my years teaching Language Arts in public school and homeschooling.

    How to Teach Essay Writing

    Don't just throw your homeschooled-student into formal essay crafting. Focus on sentence structure and basic  paragraph composition before moving to more complicated formal essay composition.  Are you a competent essay writer? Even if you know how to write an essay, chances are you are dreading the coming years of teaching homeschool writing.

    Why Most Writing Curriculums Fail (and How to Make Sure your Homeschooler Doesn't!)

    The writing curriculum doesn’t start with the basics. If you try to teach essay writing without a foundation of writing structure and the writing process, the results of your labor will be frustrating and fruitless.

    Top Five Reasons Students Hate to Write (and How You can Help!)

    Many students, including homeschoolers, have an aversion to sentence writing, creative writing, journaling, paragraph writing, essay writing, formal writing, informal writing, and basically any kind of writing. Students need step-by-step writing instruction beginning with sentence composition, followed by paragraph composition, and finally college level essay.

    College Preparation for Homeschooled Students

    Fitting your unique child into a standardized world. More than 500,000 teens are home educated across the U.S. today. Many homeschooled students will apply to colleges and universities. Some colleges have special requirements for homeschooled students. Contact colleges where your student may be interested in applying.

    Developing Writing Skills

    What do you do when your child fights you when you try to teach them how to write? Why do students struggle writing essays? Is there a way to teach paragraph and essay writing that is not so overwhelming for students and teachers? Will your students ever master high school and college level essay writing? Many children shut down and refuse to work.

    Teaching a Writing System to your Homeschooler

    Why do so many students hate to write? Why do many homeschool moms fear teaching writing? Why can’t you just give your students a topic and say “just write the way you talk” or “write what you feel”? Creative writing can be fun, so why does formal writing cause panic?

    High School Transcript for the Homeschooler

    Telling a parent of a homeschooled teen that they need to prepare a high school transcript can be equivalent to yelling ‘fire!’ in a movie theater – panic ensues. While a high school transcript may be a necessity, it is not impossible, and can be quite easy if you keep good records as your child progresses.

    How to Calculate GPA for your Homeschooler

    As homeschooled teens progress through the high school years, many homeschooling parents ask questions about grade point averages. How valid are grade point averages for homeschoolers? How are these crazy numbers calculated? How do I figure out what my homeschooler’s grade point average (GPA) is? What is the difference between yearly GPAs and cumulative GPAs?

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