Teaching Reading — Donna Reish
Donna’s master’s work is in reading specialist, but she learned how to teach reading by “doing the stuff.” Donna Reish helps build confidence in the home schooling mom to teach her children to read, including developing pre-reading skills naturally in preschoolers, what readiness to learn to read is and what it is not; the basics of reading instruction; phonics vs. whole language; how to build comprehension skills; choosing readers; and more.
Teaching Language Arts — Donna Reish
Donna Reish shares what she has found to be the ideal order for language arts instruction in the home school, In this workshop, Donna takes language arts instruction year by year from preschool through twelfth grades-area by area (listening, comprehension, reading, grammar, speech, writing, literature, and more). She details the important connection between grammar and composition; the value of a directed writing approach; and many, many practical teaching tips for language arts based on her fifteen years of experience of writing fifty language arts and composition books for two home school suppliers – and her thirty years of homeschooling (beginning with her younger sister).
Teaching Writing – Donna Reish or Joshua Reish
Donna Reish explains how to teach composition, including applying grammar to composition; the importance and how to’s of outlining; various composition types; writing meaningful reports and essays; using age-appropriate source material; various outlining techniques; teaching writing with a directed writing approach, and more, based on her fifteen years of experience of writing over fifty language arts and composition books for two home school suppliers/publishers.
The Timed Essay/the Five Paragraph Essay (for SAT and other quick writing preparation) – Donna Reish or Joshua Reish
Donna Reish teaches parents (or teens) how to write a strong SAT or other timed essay including how to practice at home; what the graders are looking for; the importance of organization; time management techniques; building a background of knowledge; and more. Parents have told Reishes many times that this one workshop was worth the price of their entire convention! You will feel equipped to dig in to timed essay teaching!
Writing the Research Paper — Donna Reish or Joshua Reish
Donna Reish teaches parents how to teach the MLA format of research papers, from research to outlining to gathering information on note cards and then on to final product. This session (including its detailed handout) takes the guesswork out of research paper writing for junior high and high school students. This session really gives moms the tools they need to teach research writing!
How to Teach Study Skills and Comprehension — Donna Reish or Joshua Reish
Donna Reish explains how to teach your students to learn including how to encourage and build comprehension; how to teach mnemonics and other retention techniques; choosing books; the importance of questions and verbal interchange in building comprehension; teaching children to think via discussions; building a background of experience; thinking to write and writing to think; and more.
Editing and Usage Essentials — Donna Reish or Joshua Reish
Donna Reish teaches home school moms how to edit their students’ writings and help their students learn to edit and revise themselves including content editing and usage editing, as well as using checklists to revise and improve writing. The handout and checklist provided in this workshop are great helps to homeschool moms. (An additional available workshop is the “editing table” in which Donna instructs parents in a hands-on workshop in editing and revising their students’ papers.)
Teaching Creative Writing – Donna Reish or Joshua Reish
Donna Reish teaches home schooling parents how to teach creative writing–with handouts and lots of application, Donna will take parents through the creative essay, using quotations, writing short stories (with scene development, goals, obstacles, and resolution), and much more. This session uses the directed writing approach in teaching—and gives parents essential tools for going home and teaching creative writing immediately…with confidence.
From Words to Sentences and More – Donna Reish or Joshua Reish
Donna Reish (or Joshua) teaches home schooling parents how to teach the fundamentals of sentence writing, vocabulary building, and punctuation. Taking the “complex” out of those “complex-compound” sentence structures we learned in school many years ago, Donna (or Joshua) teaches the structure of a sentence, sentence combining, sentence openers, and much more in an extremely easy-to-understand way. If sentence structure perplexes you, you will have many “aha” moments in this hands-on session!