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How To Cure Kids’ Boredom In 30+ Ways This Summer

How To Cure Kids’ Boredom In 30+ Ways This Summer

May 23, 2020 It’s that time of year again. Summer Break, woo hoo… This time the rules are a little different because it seems like we’ve already been on “vacation” for the last 9 weeks.  That is without pools, the heat, bbqs, and the like.…

Is It Possible For Our Kids To Return To Normalcy?

Is It Possible For Our Kids To Return To Normalcy?

May 22, 2020 As we wrap up the end of the school year, I feel as if there is lack of closure. My kids didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to their teachers. Many activities that took place to close out the year like…

What I Learned About My Own Writing From Proofreading My 6th Grader’s Project

What I Learned About My Own Writing From Proofreading My 6th Grader’s Project

May 20, 2020

When it comes to homework and projects, I usually let my kids take the reign on their work. With distance learning during the pandemic, I’ve been a little more hands on but they are still mostly on their own.

My daughter finished a career project the other day and asked me to look it over. The first thing I asked her is if I could really proofread it or if she wanted me to glance over it.

The first go through, I wasn’t allowed to voice my opinion then once she was completely done, I got the green light to edit.

What I found is that since I’ve been writing daily for the last year, either in a journal or blogging, my writing has improved 100 fold. The little nuances of grammar and words flow so much smoother. While I didn’t want to rewrite her project for her, I did give suggestions that were age appropriate.

Also, having read almost 100 books this year gives me insight into how writers put words together forming a sentence. It’s not about the words but how they evoke feeling for the readers. For my daughter, she was finishing an assignment and it wasn’t a passion project. Sure, she wanted to put her best effort forward but this wasn’t a subject she dying to express to a general audience.

When all was said and done, I made my suggestions know and allowed her to take it or leave it. I put it all on the table for her in a diplomatic way so we didn’t fight. Quick reminders were given  to scratch out most of the “thats” thrown in for good measure and removing all “I thinks…”. If over time, I leave my mark on her to produce a well written essay, then my job here is done.

At her age, I wish there was someone who could have helped me see how my writing can influence others. Otherwise, maybe I would have enjoyed English class a little bit more in high school instead of just showing up everyday to pass.

What have you learned from “teaching” your kids at home?

 

 

Why My Daily Writing Habit Has Become Difficult During Lockdown

Why My Daily Writing Habit Has Become Difficult During Lockdown

May 12, 2020 Wake up. Usually with the dog anywhere between 4:30-5:30am. Try to fall back asleep. If unsuccessful, journal and meditate. Get the kids breakfast. Take shower. Prepare for day. 9am – start school with the kids. We follow the same schedule each weekday.…

This One Thing Has Made “Staying At Home” Fly By

This One Thing Has Made “Staying At Home” Fly By

May 3, 2020 Some days it feels like the 4728482nd day of March but most of the time I can’t believe how fast we are moving through this Stay At Home order. It seems that Fridays come sooner and sooner each week. The kids finish…