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Spelling Lesson: Independence Day

Spelling Lesson: Independence Day

The capitalization of this holiday isn’t the grammar/writing issue. It’s the spelling!

Of course, like any other holiday, both words are capitalized:

Independence Day

Or if written with the informal name: July 4th.

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Very Short Story Lesson (Live Video Training!)

Very Short Story Lesson (Live Video Training!)

I love teaching every type of writing to every age of student! There isn’t a writing lesson that I have written in fifty thousand pages and one hundred books that I don’t look forward to teaching! (There are some grammar ones—direct and indirect objects! And some spelling ones—creating plurals! But not writing!)

 

My books are so directed and step-by-step that they are truly incredibly fun to teach from.

When you first saw the title of this, maybe you were a little freaked out about the idea of teaching story writing. I know that I used to be before Joshua (my son) taught me how to teach it incrementally, step-by-step with mapping and lists that help students lay out their characters, plot, obstacles, solutions, and more. He is a master teacher and has helped me learn how to teach things that I formerly did not feel comfortable teaching.

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Three A’s of an A+ Father

Three A's of an A+ Father

Three A’s…..Three Simple Words. But they make all the difference in the world to parenting in general, and fathering specifically.

 

This late Father’s Day message that my husband and I wrote many years ago is not to discourage single moms—but to help Dads who are in the home to realize the important task they have before them in parenting.

 

The statistics of children without fathers playing active roles in their lives are gloom ones. According to “The Father Connection,” by Josh McDowell:

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Punctuation Puzzle: Commas and Periods in Quotes

Punctuation Puzzle: Commas and Periods in Quotes

 

Okay…here is another Punctuation Puzzle for you to solve! Try to figure out where punctuation marks should go–before you look below at the answers/explanations!  🙂

 

I read the magazine article titled “Baby Games” and I read an encyclopedia essay called “Baby Showers”

 

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Simple Summer Reading Practice Tips

Simple Summer Reading Tips

 

Summer is here and the livin’ is easy. Or something like that.

 

And there’s a lot of truth to it. My husband and I were just talking last night about how one of our favorite things is going to concerts and movies (mostly with our kids!) in the summer because it feels so easy. Sitting in my lawn chair at an outdoor concert just listening to old 50’s and 60’s tunes (some of our favorite swing music!) just makes me feel relaxed. Like I don’t have anything to do, so just sit there. (I have a LOT of trouble sitting….unless I’m doing!)

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5 Words Your Kids Need to Hear You Say Over & Over

5 Words Your Kids Need to Hear You Say Over and Over 

 

 

Affirmation. Words of encouragement. Words of praise. Words of confirmation. Words of affection. Words of pride. Words of belonging. These all describe that one word–affirmation.

I recently read an article about a study of hundreds of college athletes that lasted over three decades. In this article,  “What Makes a Nightmare Sports Parent and What Makes a Great One.” these college athletes described two things that are poignant for parents of all children, including non-athletes.

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2017-2018 Cottage Class Schedule and Forms (Including Some Live Video Writing Classes!!)

2017 Character Ink Cottage Classes

We are happy to announce our class line up for the next school year at three of our four locations/days! (The fourth day/location is Joshua teaching at a co-op in Churubusco, Indiana.)

 

Please get your forms in by July 1st as we decide which classes to add or subtract based on enrollment at that time. If you are registering after July first, please call to see if there are still slots available (260.433.4465).

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