Homeschooling Visalia California 2018-05-26T05:54:22+00:00

Homeschooling Visalia, CA

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If you are one of the many of Americans looking for alternatives to the liberal Visalia public schools system you are at the right website! Great Homeschool Conventions is a trusted source of Homeschooling in Visalia, California. We offer nationally recognized Homeschool Curriculum, Programs, Textbooks, Materials, Lesson Plans, Resources, and some of the best events you will ever attend! If you’re looking for information in order to start homeschooling, GreatHomeschoolConventions.Com will come see you. If you currently live in Visalia, California or are moving to the area and are interested in homeschooling, you may have a lot questions about how homeschooling works in Visalia, CA.

The number one question we get asked is What homeschool laws does California have? Believe it or not California allows homeschooling. However, given the amount of regulation we can say that California is not a home school friendly state. With that said parents who seek the best education environment for their children are now choosing homeschooling more often than the state of California would like. Several California-based publications have acused GreatHomeschoolConventions.Com of pushing the home school agenda, as with all liberal fake news, we are not saying that home schooling is a better option but if this the direction you are leaning towards we want to make certain you have the best information available.

Find Homeschooling Programs in Visalia, CA

Finding accredited homeschooling curriculum, programs, textbooks, materials, lesson plans, and resources in Visalia, CA is not as easy as one may think. Possibly that is why GreatHomeschoolConventions.Com events are such a hit. At the California Homeschool Convention you’ll be able to commingle from renowned experts like Dr. Kathy Koch, Daniel HuertaColleen Kessler, and Joelle Hodge as well as top vendors of homeschool curriculum, programs, textbooks, and lesson plans. When it’s all said and done our focus is that your kids get the most complete education possible. Americans have more choices than their counterparts in South America and in Europe. These choices are public school, private school, and home school. But, given the current ranking of the US education system many moms and dads are looking for alternative solutions. For the majority of stay-at-home parents private school is out of their reach making homeschool the only choice. For more information on how we can help you get started with home school for your kids, please stop by out our blog.

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Strengthen Your Child’s Writing Abilities (Part 2)

If your children struggle to write, you need a two-pronged approach. You need to strengthen their areas of weakness, that is, to remediate.

You also need to work around their specific areas of weakness so they can get their words out and improve their other communications skills. That means you accommodate their area of weakness. Later in this series, we’ll look at a few way to accommodate disabilities so they can learn to think and write clearly, in spite of them.

But today, let’s look at overcoming writing difficulties in three areas: handwriting, composing sentences, and constructing paragraphs and essays.

Handwriting

If writing causes your child pain or is hard to read, here are some ways to help:

  • Handwriting without Tears teaches printing. They now also have an edition for teens and adults.
  • For teaching cursive, try Loops and Other Groups by Mary Benbow, or Cursive Writing, a curriculum by Diana Hanbury King. She has separate editions for left-handed and right-handed students.
  • Apps for iPads and other tablets such as Letter School and iWriteWords teach correct users to form letters correctly, which can relieve wrist and hand pain. New apps are released daily, so search the app store for handwriting teaching tools. Other apps such as those from Dexteria can help improve fine-motor coordination.
  • Visit a pediatric occupational therapist for help and suggestions. Some children and teens may struggle enough that an occupational therapist can justify to your insurance company the purchase of an iPad as an assistive communication device and therapy tool.

Composing Sentences

Constructing good sentences begins with understanding the grammar. Teach grammar and give your kids an edge, and you’ll also fight gobbledy-gook and bureaucratese.

Kids with learning challenges will need grammar to be taught explicitly and clearly. There are many great grammar programs, such as Winston Grammar and or the handbook Writers Inc.

Here is some specialized help:

  • William Van Cleave’s Writing Matters. I know nothing else that breaks down the process of constructing sentences and paragraphs so well. William has written many other great products, including the Grammar Concept cards and Words at Work games I’ve sold at conferences, and many other useful study tools.
  • William’s mentor, Diana Hanbury King, has written several smaller useful workbooks, all published by EPS Books, now a division of SchoolSpecialty.com. To learn more about her workbooks, teacher’s guide, and sample pages, look at the program overview, or take a look at the first two books of the series (A and 1), book 2, and book 3.

Composing Paragraphs and Essays

Along with the excellent books by William Van Cleave and Diana Hanbury King, there are many good writing curricula, including Institute for Excellence in Writing and Frode Jensen’s Format Writing. (Don’t get the first edition of Jensen’s; it has no examples.)

The best tip I learned from William Van Cleave and also from the teachers at the Landmark School is to break down the writing process. Not every project needs to be completed.

If writing a five-paragraph essay seems to your child like climbing Mt. Everest, don’t tackle a whole mountain. Focus on a few skills. Spend a week or two or so just learning how to outline. Let them choose the topic, however zany or boring to you. If you have a child who obsesses about reptiles, vacuum cleaners, or a favorite team, let them outline on different aspects of that obsession. Perhaps another week or two you focus on just writing topic sentences for each paragraph.

The Landmark School in Massachusetts serves students with learning disabilities. I once had the privilege of hearing three of their staff give a workshop on how to teach writing at the Learning Disabilities Association Conference in Chicago.

They published a helpful article on Process Writing. Their book, From Talking to Writing, by Terrill M. Jennings and Charles W. Haynes, helps “students at any grade level find topics, retrieve words, formulate sentences, and sequence their ideas” with companion workbooks. Read more here.

Narrative flow or discourse is not always taught. Does your child know the following concepts?

  • The first time you mention an object or event, you use the indefinite article: “a” or “an.” The rest of the story, you use the definite article, “the”: “I saw a dog. The dog was brown,” rather than “I saw the dog. A dog was brown.”
  • Repetitive structure is dull. An essay of only SVO sentences is boring. Your reader is getting sleepy. Your eyes glaze over. This sentence is an example.
  • In her Writing Skills series, Diana Hanbury King gives  a sentence and has students rewrite it many ways.

Thankfully, there are many tools that can help remediate our children’s difficulty with writing. Please share your favorites in the comments below.

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