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2017-2018 Character Ink Cottage Class Offerings!

Want to Know More About Character Ink Cottage Classes

 

Alright, Fort Wayne area peeps! We are ready for you!

 

If you are not a FW area peep, don’t close your computer ‘coz we are going Live on the Internet!

 

Yep, we are still having all of our classes in our four locations (our three, plus Joshua’s Columbia City/Churubusco co-op gig). But in addition to those, we will be rolling out our new Live Internet classes for three sections in the fall. (Do you want to be our guinea pigs???? 🙂 )

 

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Punctuation Puzzle: George Washington Carver—Compound Sentences!

Punctuation Puzzle: George Washington Carver—Compound Sentences!

I’m bringing back the Punctuation Puzzle! Many readers said they enjoyed these puzzles….so I will be bringing you one each week. (I love them too!)

For your Character Ink Cottage Class kids and others with upper level students, do these with them! They will be so good for their grammar and usage skill development!

 

Here’s the Puzzle:

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Readability Levels and Formulas for Homeschooling Parents

Readability and Readers

 

An Introduction to Readability Levels

I began homeschooling over thirty years ago when Ray and I taught my younger sister (who was in eighth grade at the time) in our home. During my first several years of homeschooling, I used early readers when my children were first learning to read, but I did not care for “readers” for older children. I always felt that abridged or excerpted stories were inferior—and that children should read whole books.

 

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Beauty and the Beast Preposition Practice (New Digital Product!)

Beauty and the Beast Preposition Practice [with preview video!]

I am so excited about my new preposition book! (Yes, I get super excited about grammar!)

And I’m doubly excited that you (our subscribers!) get to see it and use it first—for FREE! (Subscribe here to get it for free for a limited time!)

The best way to introduce you to this fun, effective book is to leave you with the store description! So here you go…..

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Love-Hate Relationships With Homeschooling Schedules

The Block Scheduling Solution

When homeschooling moms hear the word “schedule,” they either cringe or celebrate. It seems that there is a division of camps when it comes to scheduling. While those who “celebrate” the schedule might be guilty of micro-managing their children and maybe even putting undue pressure on them, those who ‘cringe” when confronted with the idea of scheduling might suffer from a lack of productivity due to their disdain for schedules.

 

I have found that you do not have to have a love-hate relationship with schedules, but rather you have to figure out which type of homeschooler you are—one who loves schedules and wants to follow one to the letter or one who doesn’t care for them and would do better with a looser type of schedule that still provides some sense of structure.

 

If you love schedules, then you will probably do better with a moment-by-moment, or at least hour-by-hour one to guide your day.

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The Single Pronoun Trick: Key to Unlocking Subjective and Objective Pronouns

The Single Pronoun Trick: Key to Unlocking Subjective and Objective Pronouns

“Susie and me are coming at ten.” How many times do we tell our kids (or students) that it should be Susie and I?

 

It sounds simple. Even the rule seems simple: Use I in the subjective position (when used as the sentence’s subject). Use me in the objective position (when used as an object—give it to me).

 

But pronoun use is way more complex than the correcting of our kids when they use me as one of the subjects.

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10 Tips for Opening and Closing Paragraphs (Video Included!)

10 Tips for Opening and Closing Paragraphs (with a video!)

I love teaching Opening and Closing Paragraphs! By this time, my students have their amazing essays or reports written—and they are ready to show them off by writing poignant openings that draw readers in and closings that leave the reader satisfied.

 

Many of my students are very serious and conscientious about their Opening and Closing Paragraphs (as seen in the video below!), and they make me super proud of their efforts!

 

There are many ways to open and/or close an essay or report. Here are some general tips about opening paragraphs and closing paragraphs that writers of longer essays and reports (four paragraphs or more) should consider:

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