Essential Conversations

This blog is devoted to all aspects of writing, literature, and teaching. We are excited to partner with you on your homeschool journey and provide you with helpful and quality content in our blog posts.

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Jeremiah Barker
By: Jeremiah Barker
January 17, 2018

Good Writing Takes Time

When I write, most of the time I’m staring down the blank page, which is what I did before writing this blog post. But before getting frustrated, I remembered this is what writers spend most of their time doing: waiting. This isn’t always the case, but it is often the case for many writers. If you’re feeling overwhelmed when writing, this doesn’t mean you’re a bad writer. Good writing takes time. When I’m scoring submissions for Essentials in …

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Matthew Stephens
By: Matthew Stephens
January 9, 2018

Improving the Homeschool Writing Experience

Parent:  “What do I do? My son and I get into a fight every time he submits something for his 9th grade writing class.” Me:  “Why?” Parent: “Well, he makes so many capitalization and punctuation errors. And that’s the first thing I see, so when he shows me his paper, I immediately see all the errors and start telling him that he’s too old to be making such elementary errors!” Teaching writing in a homeschool setting can be …

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Athena Lester
By: Athena Lester
January 3, 2018

What’s the Right Answer? Homeschool Writing and Literature

2 + 2 = 4. Always. The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Correct. The scientific binomial name for a llama is Lama glama. Amusing, but also factual. Subjects like math, history, and science have right and wrong answers. 2 + 2 never equals 7, and the Declaration of Independence was not signed in 1864. These answers are easily checked and marked as right or wrong on activities and tests.

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Essential in Writing
By: Essential in Writing
January 2, 2018

Welcome to Our New Blog

Welcome to our new blog! We are very excited to launch a new addition to our website that we believe will be beneficial for students, teachers, and home school parents. This blog will be devoted to all aspects of writing, literature, and teaching. We are excited to partner with you on your homeschool journey and provide you with helpful and quality content in our blog posts.