Week 1: The Secret to Breakthroughs in Writing (all ages)
July 14, 7 PM EDT
Programs, curriculum, homeschool gurus—they all miss it. Yet it’s so simple! Find out what professional writers know about writing instruction that educators often miss. You’ll walk away from this seminar knowing exactly what to do to change the dynamic around writing in your family…for good. In fact, you can turn your writing program around in one step, once you know what it is and follow through. The good news is: anyone can apply this principle to writing (you don’t have to be an expert writer yourself). By the end of the session, you’ll have an 8-week writing plan to use right away—no purchase necessary! End the hand-wringing and tears for good.
Week 2: Partnership Writing: The Missing Link in Writing Instruction (all ages)
July 21, 7 PM EDT
Your child struggles to get words on the page, yet you feel guilty about offering help. Is it cheating to do the handwriting for him? When your child revises a draft, is it okay for you, the parent, to make suggestions or contribute sentences and ideas? Partnering with your child in writing means to model, support, and guide the writing process by supplying the appropriate amount of help to the evident level of need. Julie shares concrete steps you can take to partner with your child from kindergarten all the way through high school. Partnering with your child protects your relationship while growing the writer. Partnership Writing is the most overlooked stage of development in writing. Learn to be the partner your child needs and deserves.
Week 3: Don’t Let High School Writing Scare You (8th-12th grades)
July 28, 7 PM EDT
If you and I had dinner together, I could teach you the essay format on the back of a napkin! What’s missing in most writing programs for high school is teaching insight generation. This session will focus on how to grow your teen’s rhetorical imagination so that your student has something of worth to put in all those essays. Julie will share tools and strategies for expanding your teen’s world through research, risky thinking, and writing. We’ll also look at the unique and delicate dynamics of parenting teens while teaching them at the same time.