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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Athena Lester
By: Athena Lester
September 23, 2019

5 Homeschool Tips for Writing When You Have Nothing to Say

5 Homeschool Tips for Writing When You Have Nothing to Say

I can’t be the only one who has approached a writing assignment and felt like I had absolutely nothing to say about the topic, right? One time, for a college course, the final exam was an in-class essay answering the simple prompt, What did you learn in this course? My answer? “Nothing.” The course had truly been a bad experience with sub-par instruction from the teacher, and I had been able to skate through all the assignments without …

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Athena Lester
By: Athena Lester
August 16, 2019

The Essentials in Writing Scoring Service: What You and Your Homeschool Student Need to Know (Pt 2)

The Essentials in Writing Scoring Service: What You and Your Homeschool Student Need to Know (Pt 2)

The 2019-2020 Scoring Service has officially begun, and submission slots are open! In this service, we assist homeschool families with grading the writing of their middle school and high school students. If you are a new customer or are considering using the service for your homeschool student, you may be curious about what the Scoring Service is like. While a previous blog post (this one) discussed common technical concerns about the Scoring Service, this post will focus on …

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Athena Lester
By: Athena Lester
May 14, 2018

How Should a Homeschool Student Approach Academic Writing and Personal Topics?

How Should a Homeschool Student Approach Academic Writing and Personal Topics?

Isn’t it wonderful when you can write an essay focusing on something you actually care about? Let’s face it—not everyone is thoroughly invested in preparing a persuasive essay for living in the country or the city, or comparing and contrasting heat and cold. Sometimes, however, you are given the opportunity to write about something that personally applies to your life, and it’s thrilling! At the same time, this can be a tricky issue to handle in academic circles. …