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Old 12-21-2011, 08:17 AM
 
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Not just handwriting but..

Grammar, punctuation, organization of ideas, etc.

If so, what workbooks or writing programs do you use? What types of writing "assignments" do you give to them?

I do a little book club type reading with my kids and thought it might be good to have them write a short paper (book report or essay) about each book that we've read together. I'd like to put their writings in a binder as a keepsake for them.

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Old 12-21-2011, 09:28 AM
 
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Well, my sons only in 1st grade, so this is generally part of our routine anyway. Recently he had a surgery (tonsiles and adenoids removed) and we helped him write a journal about the experience. He organized his thoughts first, then drew pictures of his ideas and then wrote about what the picture showed.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:14 AM
 
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People still write???? I vaguely remember this activity =X.
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:18 PM
 
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Not just handwriting but..

Grammar, punctuation, organization of ideas, etc.

If so, what workbooks or writing programs do you use? What types of writing "assignments" do you give to them?

I do a little book club type reading with my kids and thought it might be good to have them write a short paper (book report or essay) about each book that we've read together. I'd like to put their writings in a binder as a keepsake for them.
Good for you! (Especially saving their writings in a binder. I love that idea.)

There will always be a need in this world for people who can put ideas into words and write a coherent sentence. (Despite the flippant attitude of those who seem to believe it is a dying art and txtng wll b gd enf.)

Reports are always going to need to be written. Technical manuals will be needed. There are a thousand and one places this skill is needed. (Never mind being creative and giving the world great literature.)

I just wanted to applaud you for realizing there is a need for this today. Good job. NO. Great job!
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:34 PM
 
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Well, my sons only in 1st grade, so this is generally part of our routine anyway. Recently he had a surgery (tonsiles and adenoids removed) and we helped him write a journal about the experience. He organized his thoughts first, then drew pictures of his ideas and then wrote about what the picture showed.
I had them do Summer journals when they were younger. They wrote and drew a picture about their day.

It's a good way to keep their skills up over school breaks.
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:38 PM
 
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I homeschool and we are using "blowing away the state writing assessment"

It's not too complicated, while giving great tips and ideas.

Also using "giggles in the middle" for grammar by the same author
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Old 12-21-2011, 03:06 PM
 
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Good for you! (Especially saving their writings in a binder. I love that idea.)

There will always be a need in this world for people who can put ideas into words and write a coherent sentence. (Despite the flippant attitude of those who seem to believe it is a dying art and txtng wll b gd enf.)

Reports are always going to need to be written. Technical manuals will be needed. There are a thousand and one places this skill is needed. (Never mind being creative and giving the world great literature.)

I just wanted to applaud you for realizing there is a need for this today. Good job. NO. Great job!
Technical manuals, legal briefs, business contracts and proposals, analytical reports, textbooks, etc.

Yes, there is a need for decent writing skills. Txtg will only get you so far - LOL.
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Old 12-21-2011, 03:12 PM
 
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I homeschool and we are using "blowing away the state writing assessment"

It's not too complicated, while giving great tips and ideas.

Also using "giggles in the middle" for grammar by the same author
Thanks for the suggestions!

I'm wondering if there is a good source for book report templates.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:33 PM
 
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I'm a newspaper reporter so I enjoy reading and editing my daughters' essays and school assignments for grammar and spelling errors. I'll also help them brainstorm about topics and research methods.

This weekend my 12-year-old had to create a Power Point presentation about the reasons behind the westward expansion that took place in the U.S. during the last half of the 19th century. She researched and wrote it on her own and I looked at it and suggested she add some commas, break up some paragraphs, change a word here and there, etc. I didn't make any suggestions as far as graphics or music since those things are a reflection of her personal taste and creativity.

All kids are different, but mine definitely are more excited about working on their writing skills when they have an assignment that will be be graded and possibly shared with their class.
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:02 PM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions!

I'm wondering if there is a good source for book report templates.
Go to amazon and search book reports and graphic organizers
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