Best of Homeschooling IRL: I Love Homeschooling, But I Hate Teaching Writing

Free homeschooling podcast about teaching your kids to write.This week on the Best of Homeschooling IRL:  Do you struggle with teaching writing to your homeschool kids? This is the episode for you.

As homeschool parents, some of us were not given great tools for writing in our own education, so when it comes to teaching the subject, we already feel ill-prepared. Others of us are great writers and love to write, but we have no idea how to teach our kids how to take great ideas from their head and put them into words on paper.

We are joined in the studio by Kim Kautzer who developed Write Shop writing program for homeschoolers. During our interview Kim encourages our listeners by providing the basic steps to get over the writing roadblocks you may have in your homeschool. If writing is the “big but” in your homeschool, you need to listen to this episode of HomeschoolingIRL.

EPISODE TIMELINE
:50 Fluff – Hot summers, Push Pins
6:22 Teaching Writing with Kim Kautzer, Part 1
22:00 – Teaching Writing with Kim Kautzer, Part 2
31:57 –  The show is over. iTunes Reviews. Goodbye!


SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:

Write Shop
Write Shop Facebook Group – this is a closed group you will need to join

 

Follow Fletch/Kendra:
Fletch Twitter
Kendra Twitter

Follow the Studio Dogs:
Betty the Surf Dog – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Rasta The Chocolate Lab – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website

Previous Episodes Mentioned:
None

Music clips used on this episode:
Write Myself A Letter by Frank Sinatra- buy it here on iTunes


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Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades.

An Author Teaches Her Kids to Write

An author Teaches Her Kids to Write | a WriteShop Review by Felice Gerwitz

An author Teaches Her Kids to Write | a WriteShop Review by Felice Gerwitz

History tends to repeat itself and sometimes in very good ways! When I homeschooled my young children I found they were prolific writers if it was topic that they enjoyed. For example, my kids wrote stories about finding pets and keeping them. In fact, the children in their carefully- crafted stories had the most amazing mother in the world! Why? Because she allowed them to keep each and every pet they randomly found in the yard, and she welcomed them with open arms. This was the antithesis of their “real” mom!

Now was the time to work on their nonfiction abilities.

All of my children have struggled in this regard. They enjoy making up stories, rather than researching and writing a factual account, so I came up with a purpose, a family newsletter. This was a combination of factual writing, as well as poetry and interviews. Thus, the “Cousin’s Newsletter” was born. There were cousin contributors: Katie from Texas, Marie and George from Tennessee, Kathleen from Virginia, and Christina and Neal from Florida. Four of the children were homeschoolers and two were not  so there was a nice mix of school and home types of articles. This was in the ‘90s when computers were just becoming household words and there were still lots of copying and pasting manually to get pretty borders and print out copies that were then mailed to all the family members. It was quite a project so we strove to complete two Cousin Newsletters per year.

Still fiction was a favorite and years later my daughter Christina and I went on to write three novels together.

I felt that Christina was one of those people with a story in her blood! Fast forward to the future and now Christina is homeschooling her little ones. She balked at the idea of using any writing program with her little ones, but then was presented with an opportunity to review Writeshop’s primary curriculum; here is what she had to say:

 

“I recently had the opportunity to use WriteShop Primary (Book A) written by Nancy I. Sanders with my first and second graders. I love the well-written writing program that was well organized and effectively incorporated many of the foundational writing concepts that I wanted them to become proficient in utilizing while still in their formative years. My girls especially enjoyed the layout and presentation of the activity worksheets, while I appreciated that they were learning the basics of writing in a fun and relaxed setting.

Imagination is something my children are not lacking, however, before using this program, their stories or papers often lacked structure and flow.

This book offered a brainstorming section in which they organized their thoughts and even an editing and revising section, which allowed them to analyze their own writing with my guidance. Each activity set was well presented and organized, which allowed me to easily grasp what was going to be covered each day. Overall, both my children and I enjoyed using this program and look forward to continuing with it throughout the school year.”

Catch our reluctant writers episode with Kim Kautzer, the contributor and executive editor of Writeshop Primary. You’ll enjoy hearing how to identify reluctant writers, as well as gain practical tools and tips from Kim.

Do your children have writing struggles? Or do you have great advice for us on ways you encourage your children to write? I’d love to hear from you.

I Love Homeschooling, But I Hate Teaching Writing – HIRL Episode113

Free homeschooling podcast about teaching your kids to write.Do you struggle with teaching writing to your homeschool kids? This is the episode for you.

As homeschool parents, some of us were not given great tools for writing in our own education, so when it comes to teaching the subject, we already feel ill-prepared. Others of us are great writers and love to write, but we have no idea how to teach our kids how to take great ideas from their head and put them into words on paper.

We are joined in the studio by Kim Kautzer who developed Write Shop writing program for homeschoolers. During our interview Kim encourages our listeners by providing the basic steps to get over the writing roadblocks you may have in your homeschool. If writing is the “big but” in your homeschool, you need to listen to this episode of HomeschoolingIRL.

EPISODE TIMELINE
:50 Fluff – Hot summers, Push Pins
6:22 Teaching Writing with Kim Kautzer, Part 1
22:00 – Teaching Writing with Kim Kautzer, Part 2
31:57 –  The show is over. iTunes Reviews. Goodbye!


SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:

Write Shop
Write Shop Facebook Group – this is a closed group you will need to join

 

Follow Fletch/Kendra:
Fletch Twitter
Kendra Twitter

Follow the Studio Dogs:
Betty the Surf Dog – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Rasta The Chocolate Lab – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website

Previous Episodes Mentioned:
None

Music clips used on this episode:
Write Myself A Letter by Frank Sinatra- buy it here on iTunes


SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE AN iTUNES REVIEW:

Allow the magic of the internet to deliver Homeschooling In Real Life to your tablet or smart phone. Let us show you how easy it is:

  1. Follow this link to our iTunes page.
  2. IMPORTANT STEP: Under our big red HomeschoolingIRL logo, just click on View in iTunes
  3. The iTunes program will automatically launch and take you to our podcast page.
  4. FIRST – Click SUBSCRIBE. Voila! All or our podcasts will come directly to your computer and smart phone.
  5. NEXT – Click RATINGS AND REVIEW. Remember the best reviews are 5-stars (hint hint!).
  6. Thanks for being one of our listeners! HIRLers rock!

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LISTEN TO HomeschoolingIRL?

  1. You can listen right on this page. There is an audio player below.
  2. You can listen on your iPod, Smartphone or tablet. Open the PODCAST app on your device, search podcasts for “HomeschoolingIRL” and click subscribe. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  3. Subscribe to the HomeschoolingIRL website and you will be notified when every new episode is released. Follow this link and begin your FREE SUBSCRIPTION.

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LISTEN HERE

Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below.


Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades.

Friendships, Growth, Challenge, & Accountability

 

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Felice Gerwitz shares her girlfriends! Maggie Hogan, Kim Kautzer, and Mary Jo Tate share a behind-the-scenes look at life, work, and homeschooling. Three years together in a mastermind group have taught them the value of friendship and accountability. They make a point of meeting annually to share the ups and downs of the past year: the good, the bad, and the ugly! Gain helpful tips on homeschooling through trials, running a home business, and keeping your sanity. Bring your questions — these ladies are ready to answer them!

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Felice Gerwitz is a homeschool mother of five and currently schools the youngest two. She is founder of Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network and Media Angels Publishing.

Maggie Hogan, a veteran homeschool mom, is the creative director at Bright Ideas Press, which publishes award-winning homeschool geography, history, and science curriculum.

Kim Kautzer graduated the youngest of her three children in 2003. She is author and publisher at WriteShop, homeschool writing curriculum for K-high school.

Mary Jo Tate is a professional editor and author of the new book from Apologia Press, Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms. You can find her at FlourishatHome. She is a homeschooling mom of four boys, two of whom have graduated.

Help From My Friends

The song from the Beatles runs through my mind, “I get by with a little help from my friends,” and that sums up these fabulous ladies who share a retreat with me yearly and a place in my heart. Years ago, the details are a bit muddy, Maggie Hogan approached me to ask if I’d be part of a Mastermind group of ladies. She formed a private Facebook group and added me along with Kim Kautzer and Mary Jo Tate. I knew Mary Jo having worked with her in the past (she edited one of our Creation Study Guides) and I “knew” Kim as she was an expo speaker, and I “knew” Maggie. I had used her curriculum with my own children.

But, I didn’t really know them and I can’t imagine continuing in business and homeschooling without these ladies.

These ladies have become dear to me in ways that I can never explain. They are my sounding board, nicely put me in my place (yes, I need this often), and they are very wise. I know much of it comes from prayer and a close relationship to the Lord, and some comes from experience.

We have many things in common.

  • We all love the Lord!
  • We are all homeschool moms.
  • Two have completed their homeschool-mom-journey and graduated their children.
  • Two of us are currently homeschooling.
  • Some are self-published
  • We all blog (more or less).

We are very different.

  • Two are literature buffs.
  • Two are editors.
  • Three travel often.
  • Three travel more than I ever will.
  • Two have only boys.
  • Two have a mix of boys and girls.
  • Three are self published
  • One has a book contract with another publisher.
  • Three publish other authors.
  • One is a Single Mom
  • Three are happily married.

We are different enough in the curriculum we provide not to be competition but similar enough to understand the needs of homeschool business owners. And all are homeschool moms that understand the hearts of other homeschool moms! So, it is with pleasure that I host a session with these three ladies and allow you an inside glimpse into our yearly retreat and how we’ve managed to encourage each other in our friendship, growth, challenges and accountability!

 

Listen to the full interview here VintageHomeschoolMoms.com

Tips for Reluctant Writers | WriteShop

Hope for reluctant writers | tips for reluctant writersAre you ready for REAL help to motivate your reluctant writer and fabulous tips from author and publisher, Kim Kautzer with WriteShop.com

Kim shares her five tips of why students are reluctant to write as well as real help to overcome those obstacles. This was a conversation I enjoyed having and know you’ll enjoy listening to!

Download the audio and share this link with your friends. We make it easy via social media with a click of a button.

Visit WriteShop.com to learn more about Kim’s curriculum.

Here is a handout just for you to take notes: HANDOUT

Read my review of WriteShop here.

Additional podcasts with Kim Kautzer:

From Homeschooling IRL, I Love Homeschooling but I Hate Teaching Writing

 

 

Show notes:

  • What is the definition of a reluctant writer?
  • Tips for children who are perfectionist
  • Ways to build confidence in young writers
  • Corrections and Meltdowns- what not to do.
  • Encouragement for writers

Visit Kim at:

Web: WriteShop.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WriteShop

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/writeshop/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/WriteShop/

You might also enjoy Kim’s blog posts on helping reluctant writers! Here are some of our favorites:

Why is writing so difficult to teach?

7 reasons kids should brainstorm before writing

8 kid-friendly writing warm-ups that spark creative writing

 

 

 

 

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