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
April 12, 2019

How Can I Help My Reluctant Writer? : 7 Tips for the Homeschool Parent

How Can I Help My Reluctant Writer? : 7 Tips for the Homeschool Parent

When you ask your student to compose a writing assignment, does your student: A.   groan as loud and long as their lungs allow B.   slump in their chair, slide off to the floor, and lie there face down like a slug C.   pick up a pencil and start eating it while vacantly staring at anything except the paper in front of them D.   pick up a pencil—then pick up another pencil and start practicing for their …

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Hope Tolbert
By: Hope Tolbert
March 7, 2019

When to Correct Someone’s Writing and When to Hold Back

When to Correct Someone’s Writing and When to Hold Back

Last week, I posted a picture to Instagram. Immediately after I clicked “Share,” my phone started buzzing in my hands. “Hey, Hope! It’s Jenna!” “Oh, hey! What’s up?” “Well, I’m actually at lunch with some friends, so I can’t really talk, but you made a spelling error in the caption under that picture you just posted. It’s super cute and everything, but you spelled a word wrong.” “Oh… Thank you?” “Yeah, absolutely! Well I’m with people, so I …