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
October 21, 2019

Homeschool Writing Tips: How to Send an Email to a Teacher

Homeschool Writing Tips: How to Send an Email to a Teacher

A common writing assignment for elementary students is composing a personal letter. However, as children grow into middle school, high school, and college students, they often forget those early lessons. Some may think that they will never use them because paper letters—complete with ink and envelopes and stamps—are basically things of the past. Who even sends letters anymore? This isn’t the 1800s! It’s not even the 1900s! But the reality is, our present culture probably sends more letters …

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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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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. …

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Athena Lester
By: Athena Lester
February 28, 2018

Homeschool, Literature, and Writing: What to Do with Poor Responses

Homeschool, Literature, and Writing: What to Do with Poor Responses

“My homeschool student’s literature response is poorly written! How do I grade the response and help my student write better?” This is an issue that every educator deals with. Some people might be tempted to slap a D or an F on the assignment and move forward, but that won’t help the student in future compositions, so what can we do? Even though the concept of a “wrong answer” should not really apply to literature, written responses can …