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7 Tips for Helping Struggling Writers

  Grace and I have long used a journal during our homeschool time. When she was much younger, she wrote just one sentence and dictated the rest to me. That worked pretty well. All along, I have helped her to sound out her words and reminded her to put finger spaces between the words and add the capital letters and periods. She’s in second grade now, and I think she should be taking on more of the responsibility for the writing (spelling, format, and punctuation), and that is causing a lot of friction between the two of us. In fact, … Read more

What is Rainbow Writing and How Does It Help Emerging Writers?

rainbow writing and emerging writers

When we first started homeschooling, I saw rainbow writing all over the place, and I couldn’t figure it out. Back then, Grace resisted all writing practice, and I didn’t really investigate. Now that Grace enjoys tolerates writing practice, and she adores rainbows, I gave it another chance. A lot of people use the term rainbow writing in a lot of different ways. Here’s how we do it: Handwriting Practice I’ve written before about how she first taught herself to write and then had to relearn how to form the numbers and letters correctly. Once in a while, I still have her practice forming the … Read more