Episode 71: The Trials and Triumphs of Teaching Writing

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Episode 71: The Trials and Triumphs of Teaching Writing
Episode 71: The Trials and Triumphs of Teaching Writing

Does the idea of teaching writing in your homeschool cause anxiety? In today’s episode of the Hey Mama! Homeschool Show, Christine Weller discusses the trials of teaching writing to children who may lack confidence when they see a blank page. And she closes with helpful tips and resources as well as a personal story of her own son’s triumph in writing. Enjoy Episode 71, “The Trials and Triumphs of Teaching Writing,” and share it with your friends. 


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“Some may resist writing due to the lack of confidence.” —Christine Weller

Connect with offers a number of writing resources and courses to help your children hone their writing skills. 

Here to Help Writing Center 

The Here to Help Writing Center is brought to you by Here to Help Learning. This is a comprehensive homeschool writing curriculum for students in elementary and middle school. Completing the series of courses from the Here to Help Writing Center leads to an elevated level of comprehension and ability to write well.

Daily Grammar 

What grammar course covers teaching and reviewing grammar skills from elementary through middle school? The answer is Daily Grammar. This course provides daily practice worksheets that teach your younger/elementary students basic grammar skills like parts of speech, capitalization, punctuation, and so on. This same course also provides weekly practice sheets for your older/middle school students to practice and perfect more advanced skills like sentence diagramming and understanding clauses.

Writing on This Day in History

What do you know about Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation? What happened to England after King Edward the Confessor died in 1066? Writing on This Day in History provides students the opportunity to find the answers to these and hundreds of other questions. Each day of the year, seventh through tenth graders choose from four to five prompts. History then comes alive as they research the topic, answer questions, and form their own opinions about what they have learned. 

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Connect with connects you with a wide variety of homeschooling resources including ones that will become new favorites to help you teach writing. 

Your child can improve their writing skills with the Wordsmith Series. The Wordsmith Series is a three-level writing skills program from Common Sense Press. This program helps students develop their writing skills and imagination and use those skills for academic and real-life tasks.

If you are seeking to teach creative writing, then the authors of Sparkling Bits of Writing from Creative Word Studio are here to help. There are two creative writing courses that will take students from writing simple sentences to complete descriptive essays. The skills are broken down into easy-to-understand lessons that remove the “blank page” obstacle and get students focused on creativity and thoughtfulness in their writing.

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New episodes of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show are released every Monday. Check back right here for show notes and links at Here’s what you can look forward to next:  

  • 6/10/24: Episode 72—“Divine Interruptions: The Best Teaching Moments” hosted by Deborah Wuehler of The Old Schoolhouse® 
  • 6/17/24: Episode 73—“Honoring Homeschooling Fathers” hosted by Stephanie Morrison of The Old Schoolhouse®
  • 6/24/24: Episode 74—“FREEDOM! It’s Why We Homeschool!” hosted by Deborah Wuehler of The Old Schoolhouse® with special guest Amy Roberts of Raising Arrows.

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