Rhymes for sale! A rhyming poetry game for kids

A fun game to help kids learn rhyme patterns and build rhyming poems

FROM read-aloud books to television jingles to crazy tongue twisters, rhyming words can instruct or entertain kids of all ages. Let your kids try this rhyming poetry game, and see how much they learn while they’re busy playing with words!

In this game, children become beggar poets who earn their living by creating clever word pairs and short rhyming poems. If one of your youngsters has a hard time finding words, don’t wait until he’s frustrated—let him think for a few minutes, then help him choose from a word list in a rhyming dictionary.


You need currency for this game, so pick something you have plenty of on hand. You could use:

  • Pennies and nickels
  • Monopoly money
  • Bright buttons, beads, dried beans, or even paperclips!

Now, prepare a list of words your children must rhyme—at least four words for each child. Take age into consideration when writing your word list:

  • One-syllable words for kindergarteners and first graders (see, cry, bug, light)
  • Two-syllable words for second and third graders (raccoon, singing, couches, cuddle)
  • Three-syllable words for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders (lemonade, telescope, underground, evergreen)

A Penny, Please: Rhyming Words

The game begins with a lively conversation. Feel free to catch up on washing dishes or folding laundry while you recite your pairt:

Children: Rhymes for sale! Rhymes for sale!

Mom: Little beggars, what do you want today?

Children: We’re selling rhymes! Haven’t you heard? Do you need a rhyme for your favorite word?

Mom: Let me see…. I do need a rhyme for “bug.”

Children: Rug! Snug! Plug! Pug!

Mom: Thank you, that’s just what I needed today. Here are pennies for everyone.

A Dollar Earned: Rhyming Poems

Now, ask each child to write a short rhyming poem with the word pairs they just created. Suggest one of these simple rhyme patterns:



I open my eyes and suddenly see (A)

A creature staring back at me. (A)

Six tiny legs make others cry (B)

But I am brave–my eyes are dry. (B)

Before I catch this tiny bug, (C)

It starts to run across the rug. (C)

Then I flip on the amber light (D)

And, oh! That gives my bug a fright! (D)



I dreamed I was a silly raccoon (A)

In moonlit branches singing. (B)

I laughed at lightning, thunder, monsoon, (A)

And in the trees kept swinging. (B)

My raccoon house had comfy couches (C)

Where little raccoons could cuddle. (D)

Our blankets were in sturdy pouches, (C)

Until I dropped them in a puddle. (D)



I bought a pint of lemonade– (A)

Just before the big parade– (A)

And hid it underground. (B)

You looked into your telescope (C)

And watched for deals on cantaloupe (C)

But fruit was nowhere to be found. (B)

We climbed a sturdy evergreen (D)

And shared the milk from my canteen (D)

With chocolate to go around. (B)

A Poet’s Reward

When a child completes his rhyming poem, pay a “dollar” in return. It doesn’t matter if the poems are silly or fanciful. The goal of this poetry game is to teach a love for words and a better grasp of syllables and meter.

Finally, your beggar poets have earned their day’s wages. Let them buy lunch, snacks, or desserts from your kitchen. And, while they’re busy munching away, encourage them to think of words for Mom to rhyme tomorrow!

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Daniella Dautrich is a WriteShop alumna and a graduate of Hillsdale College. She and her husband fill their home with books on writing, literature, and computer science. Daniella also blogs at www.waterlilywriter.com.

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We love dogs! Canine writing prompts

From German shepherds to poodles, chihuahuas to beagles, kids will love these dog writing prompts!

FROM the deck of the Mayflower to the White House lawn, dogs have rightfully earned their titles as “man’s best friend.” Encourage your kids to try their hand at these fun writing prompts for dog lovers!

1. I Will Always Find You

Search and rescue (SAR) dogs work alongside their handlers to track missing humans. With their acute sense of smell, SAR dogs can work in most kinds of weather and environments, whether day or night. Write a story about a search and rescue German Shepherd who is called to action after a large earthquake hits Los Angeles.

2. Child’s Play

You are a friendly chihuahua who just met the poodle who lives next door. The two of you quickly discover how much you have in common, including a history of embarrassing Halloween costumes. Describe the fairy costume your family made you wear this October, and explain how you really feel about playing dress-up.

3. That’s a Strange Dog, Charlie Brown

Poor Charlie Brown wants to train his dog to play fetch, but once again Snoopy won’t cooperate. Describe the steps Charlie Brown must take to convince Snoopy to play, and insert as many onomatopoeic (sound) words as possible.

4. King of the Hill

Who says a night in the dog house is cold and lonely? You’ve designed plans for a luxury dog house, so write a persuasive paragraph to convince your parents that Fido deserves a posh, two-story pad. (If you want to take the opposite side, write a letter to the editor about why people should stop spoiling their pets.)

5. Puppy Love

Raising puppies for profit is no small task when you consider the time and energy involved (not to mention possible damage to your home and yard). Prepare a list of six questions for someone who specializes in raising and selling Black Labrador Retrievers. You want to know if this could be a successful and fulfilling business for you.

Be sure to check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays!

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What’s in my bag? Intro to writing a descriptive narrative

Play this fun game to introduce children to writing a descriptive narrative using 5 paragraphs.

WHEN TEACHING a new writing skill or genre such as writing a descriptive narrative, it often helps to play a game to introduce the concept. I love these prewriting games because kids learn important writing skills through play. At the same time, there’s no pressure to write everything down.

To introduce a 5-paragraph descriptive narrative, try this entertaining prewriting activity.

Gather Your Supplies

1. Tell your children to pretend they’re going to spend the night at a cousin’s, grandparent’s, or best friend’s house. Ask each child to gather three favorite things to take along, and put them in their own tote bag or backpack. For now, they should keep the items a secret.

2. While they’re collecting their treasures, gather three of your own favorite things you might pack for a trip. Place your items in a tote bag, too. Remember: Don’t show each other your objects until you do this activity together.

Play the Game

You will go first. As you take your turn, you’ll be explaining the format of a 5-paragraph descriptive narrative.

1. First, tell your kids that your tote bag contains three favorite things you might bring along on an imaginary trip. But don’t take them out yet! For now, just name your three items. This represents the opening paragraph, or introduction, of the 5-paragraph narrative.

2. Next, open your tote and take out one item. Give its name and describe three details about it, such as what it looks like, what it is used for, or why you like it. This represents the first paragraph in the body.

3. Now take out the second item. Name and describe it with three details. This represents the second paragraph in the body.

4. Repeat with the third item, which represents the third paragraph in the body.

5. Return all three items to your tote bag and close it. Finish your turn by explaining why you would choose those items to take on an imaginary trip. This represents the last paragraph, or closing.

Now it’s your children’s turn. One at a time, have them:

  • Name the three items inside their backpack.
  • Pull out and show one item, tell its name, and describe three details about it.
  • Repeat with the second and third items.
  • Return all three items to their tote and explain why they would choose to take them on an imaginary trip.

Application: Write a Descriptive Narrative

If you want to take this activity further, invite your children to write a descriptive narrative about their imaginary trip. Though the “What’s in My Bag?” game may also be played with younger children, the writing project itself is more suited to 4th grade and up.

Remind students how a 5-paragraph composition is structured:

  • The first paragraph will be the Introduction. In this paragraph, your student will introduce the three objects.
  • The next three paragraphs will be the Body. They will describe one object in each paragraph by telling three details about it.
  • The last paragraph will be the Closing. This is where students will wrap up the descriptive narrative and explain why they would take these three objects on their trip.

Even if your kids aren’t quite ready for 5-paragraph writing, I’m sure your whole family will have fun playing the game!

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WriteShop Junior Book EThe “What’s in My Bag” game is one of the many pre-writing exercises found in WriteShop Junior Book E (coming early 2014). All WriteShop levels include fun games to teach new concepts!

Take a look at WriteShop Primary for early-elementary ages, WriteShop Junior for upper elementary, and WriteShop I for 6th – 10th grade. You’ll love the writing games and brainstorming worksheets that equip and inspire successful writers.

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Printable Writing Prompt for November

Leaving the only home you have ever known and arriving in a new land is sure to be overwhelming! As a passenger on the Mayflower, what do you miss from home? What do you hope your new life holds?

What would it be like to journey across the ocean on the Mayflower? Free Printable Writing Prompt for November

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Be sure to check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays!

You Can’t Teach Writing: Screwtape Letter for the Homeschool Mom

Why read the latest "Screwtape Letter for the Homeschool Mom"? Because we have an enemy who likes to remind us of our fears and failures.

By Daniella Dautrich

PERHAPS you’ve heard whispers of lies such as this one: “You can’t teach writing.” Doubts about your schedule, curriculum, ability to grade, or your own writing background might tempt you to believe these problems are the measure of your homeschooling abilities. This loss of perspective can quickly take a homeschool mom captive.

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis If “the truth will set you free” (John 8:32), remember that your adversary will stop at nothing to blind you from the truth. In his classic The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis imaginatively portrays this epic battle.

I hope you find encouragement in this Screwtape Letter for today’s homeschool mom, adapted from the fifth, sixth, and seventh letters in Lewis’s book.

My dear Wormwood, 

Your last letter gives me much cause for disappointment, except where you mention the patient’s frustrations with teaching writing. This brings to mind all sorts of possibilities. In this unbalanced era of homeschooling, intense feelings about curriculum and extreme self-consciousness (or self-righteousness!) about writing abilities have often produced desirable results.

If She Lacks the Time…

If your patient is the type who loves writing, but has “no time to teach writing,” you will find your task quite amusing. Build the most unrealistic expectations in her head about the perfect writing lesson. Let her believe that her child’s peers in conventional schools spend hours each day on brilliant essay compositions. Prey on her dreams of perfectionism, and you will paralyze her greatest talents.

Let her believe that she will never have enough time, so she dare not even try. Do not let it occur to her that vocabulary skills can be taught in the kitchen while she fixes dinner, or that sentence building can become a game in the family car. Keep her in this state of ignorance, and you may enjoy the hilarious spectacle of a mother who loves writing, yet whose children hate words!

If She Lacks the Patience…

If you are going to tell me that your patient won’t teach writing because she “lacks the patience,” I know very well what state of mind you’re in. You take credit for an emotional crisis in the middle of a school day, do you? You have tasted the intoxicating anguish and bewilderment of a human soul. But remember, Wormwood, that duty comes before pleasure.

Do not allow your temporary excitement to distract you from the real business of undermining her faith. This tired mother has doubtless heard the Enemy’s adage that “patience is a virtue.” By no means let this saying—or any other Proverb or Beatitude—enter her mind.

You must guard against the attitude which treats homeschooling as a means for obedience to the Enemy. Never let your patient suspect that unpleasant writing lessons with her reluctant little ones might actually please Him. You want her to feel like a lamb at the slaughter—never like a willing servant offering up her time and talents.

If She Can’t Write…

If, on the other hand, your patient suffers from an actual oversight in her own early education and believes that she “cannot write,” your strategy will somewhat differ.

We want her to remain in the maximum uncertainty and confusion about how to teach writing and how to grade it. Fear and self-deprecation must immobilize her. Let her belittle herself.

Let her thoughts overflow with contradictory pictures of online tutorials and workbook exercises, long handwritten essays and oral narrations, letter grades and point systems. Lead her to think she should do it all, and that each one must find room in her daily homeschooling routine.

Most importantly, watch for any signs that your patient is willing to bear her daily cross. It doesn’t matter if this burden is relearning grammar late at night, or preparing from a teacher’s manual early each morning. If she overcomes her distaste or insecurity about these things for the sake of her child, we will lose valuable ground.

That is why you must always encourage a shadowy, overwhelming terror of something they call “teaching writing.” This vague notion will make her lose sight of any small, achievable goals in her own education or that of her children.

If She Prefers Math and Science…

In the final case, your patient may simply excel in math and science. By her Enemy-bestowed nature, she craves that which is measurable and quantifiable. She hesitates about writing because she perceives the subject is too fluid to teach and too subjective to grade. Prey upon this! Remind her often that teaching and evaluating writing rely too much upon guesswork

She may say she “hates writing,” but the results of such a melodramatic hatred are often most disappointing. Redirect the abstract malice in her soul toward proficient writers in her own social circle. The Enemy desires your patient to appreciate the talents of other homeschool moms. Whenever possible, He wants her to offer her talents in return. In this way the humans participate in a disgusting allegory of “the Body.” I have often witnessed this irritating arrangement in homeschool co-ops.

You may even lead the patient to believe that math and science are the only really important subjects—that writing nowadays has no worth at allThis will lead to a great deal of pride. Your patient will feel not only superior, but fashionably modern. 

Finally, whatever your patient’s particular strengths and struggles may be, you must not forget our ultimate goal. We want these dear little homeschooling mothers to downplay or ignore the written word, until they finally learn to reject the incarnate Word Himself.

Your affectionate uncle,


Read the original Screwtape Letter for the Homeschool Mom.


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Expository essay topics for high school

 Expository Essay Topics for High School

INFORMATIVE essays give teens a chance to thoroughly research, understand, and communicate a topic of interest. Let your high schooler choose one of these expository essay prompts, and encourage them to use their best writing organization skills!

1. The Map to Victory

Skilled military leaders carefully adapt their tactics based on battlefield terrain. Choose one war from history, and discuss the role of physical geography in at least two major battles. How did mountains, valleys, rivers, and deserts affect the strategies and outcomes of this particular war?

2. A Curtain Closes

Each culture passes down unique traditions for celebration or mourning when people pass from this life. Research three distinct cultures, and explain how their funeral and burial rites are linked to religious beliefs.

3. The Final Frontier

Less than a century ago, space exploration opened our eyes to incredible new possibilities for science, travel, and communication. Write an essay about either the history of manned space flights or the story of the Hubble Space Telescope.

4. Jingle All the Way

The Christmas season brings many songs, activities, and decorations from countries around the world. Write an informative essay about the origin and development of one Christmas tradition, such as Christmas trees, stockings, or advent wreaths.

If you enjoyed these expository essay topics for high school, be sure to check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays! Once a month, we feature topics especially suited for teens, such as:

Compare and Contrast Essay Prompts

Persuasive Essay Prompts

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Why do we need to revise writing? {Show, don’t tell!}

Kids who ask "Why do we need to revise?" can discover for themselves how much better their writing sounds when they take time to improve it

Only at Your House?

Picture yourself at the kitchen table with the kids gathered round. Everyone is working on their latest writing projects, scribbling out a story or article, when this conversation happens:

Child: I’m done, Mom.
You: Great! Let’s set it aside for now. You can revise it tomorrow.
Child: Whaaaaat? Why do we need to revise?
You: Because revising is an important part of the writing process. 
Child: But, Mom, I like it the way it is! I don’t want to change anything
You: Every paper can be improved. Did you know even professional authors revise their work?
Child: {scowling} You just don’t like anything I write.
You: {sigh}

Dear homeschool mama, if it makes you feel better, you are not alone. It’s the rare child who actually enjoys revising a paper. When it comes to writing, frankly, many children see Mom as the bad guy, that mean old parent who’s never satisfied.

Let’s take some steps to change that impression, shall we? Read on…and make sure you {and your kids} catch the fun video at the end.

A Call to A.R.M.S.

A story isn’t finished until the writer has read it through and made changes. There’s always a way to improve what we’ve written.

Revising is a call to A.R.M.S.

  • Add description and detail.
  • Remove words, phrases, or sentences that don’t fit or make sense.
  • Move words or sentences that would work better in another spot.
  • Substitute vague words with stronger synonyms, dull words with interesting ones.

Why Do I Need to Revise?

Until kids finally “get” the value of revising, they’ll probably resist—but that doesn’t mean it will always be the case. Though they need to be taught the benefits of self-editing, they must also discover for themselves how much better their writing sounds when they replace dull words or rephrase an awkward sentence.

More importantly, they need to realize you’re in their corner. Like a piano teacher or soccer coach, you can encourage their progress even as you help them hone their developing skills.

Working together to revise a paper gives you a chance to do more than find fault! Start by pointing out things they’ve done well (such as making strong verb choices or writing an especially descriptive phrase).

Believe me, knowing you’re not just looking for their mistakes is highly reassuring.

Show, Don’t Tell

Pinterest is pretty amazing sometimes (okay, all the time) . . . and all the more so when I discover a gem like the little video below, in which two students act out the process of revising a story. This entertaining 5-minute clip will “show” much better than I can “tell.”

I’m sure your own kids could relate to the child who made the shift from “I’m all done” to “Well, maybe there are some things I could fix” to “Wow! It really does sound better now!”

Not only that, now you have some fresh ways to make suggestions that build up your children and encourage their writing efforts. Happy revising!

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Holiday help and inspiration in one bundle!

Your family will love crafting, reading, baking, learning, playing, & worshiping together with the creative goodies tucked into this package!

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Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it. I hope that makes you feel excited rather than anxious!

  • Do you have some fun activities planned for your family?
  • Need some quiet time printables to keep everyone busy while you bustle about?
  • Want some meaningful devotionals or creative writing games?
  • Could you use some planning inspiration or a few new menu ideas?

Did I hear a yes?

WriteShop Christmas StoryBuilders from the Inspired Holiday BundleThen you’ll want to grab this holiday bundle from Inspired Bloggers Network! I’m part of the network of wonderfully creative women who have contributed to this holiday package.

Your family will love crafting, reading, baking, learning, playing, and worshiping together with the creative goodies tucked into this package!

You’ll find encouraging ebooks, printables, planning pages, holiday treats, Advent activities, and more—including WriteShop’s Christmas StoryBuilders printable card deck of writing prompts.

4 Holiday Planners

1. November Planning Packs for Children

2. December Planning Packs for Children from Stephanie Eidson of The Multi Taskin’ Mom

Two separate Planning Packs for children, one for November and one for December! Each one is full of fun and engaging planning pages for your children, perfect for K and up. Each includes a calendar, daily agenda, writing prompts, and much more.

3. Christmas Countdown Planner from Jill Craft of The Sassy Slow Cooker

This simple but effective Christmas Planner will help you stay sane, on budget, and fully able to enjoy the true reason for the season.

4. Extreme Christmas Savings Ebook and Bonus Planner Pages by Alicia Myers of Extreme Christmas Savings

Put more ho-ho-ho in your holiday without more dough. Includes a 17-page printable holiday planner system.

11 Activity Packs for Children

5. Good Old Days Farm Play Set by AlinaJoy Dubois from Good Old Days Farm

A perfect stocking stuffer! Children will have hours of creative fun acting out farm stories with this downloadable PDF paper farm set! Simply print the pictures on cardstock and cut them out to create your own paper farm. Print as many copies as you like to make your farm as big as you want!

6. Grinn N’ Giggles Halloween Printable Pack from Sarah Warren of The Climbing Tree Academy

A Halloween pack that shows Grinn N’ Giggles counting 10 different spooky items together. From one haunted house to 10 pieces of candy, this cute pack reinforces the theme of the book.

7. A Time for Remembrance: Thank You Notes for Kids from Misty Leask of Simply Helping Him

Thank-you notes kids can use for Sunday school teachers, pastors, military, and many others. There are two different note options, and each note includes penmanship lines plus fun graphics specific for the note to be given.

8. The Adventures of Grinn N’ Giggles: Friends Can Count on Each Other from Sarah Warren of The Climbing Tree Academy

Short, cute story of these two best buds and some of their favorite things to do while hanging out together and having fun. This is a book of counting from 1-10

9. Pearl Harbor Notebooking Pages by Betty Eisenhour of Peace Creek on the Prairie

Help your children remember that right before Christmas many Americans faced a tragedy at Pearl Harbor that should not be forgotten.

10. Christmas Fun for Preschoolers from Monica Pruett of Happy and Blessed Home

A precious bundle of ideas to keep your preschooler delighted during the Christmas season. 

11. 25 Days of Easy Christmas Crafts for Children from Sarah Robinson of Sidetracked Sarah

You don’t have to spend all kinds of time scouring the Internet for the perfect holiday crafts. They’re all right here in this handy little Christmas Crafts e-book, which includes 25 crafts!

12. Sensory Bins from Sharla Kostelyk of The Chaos and the Clutter

Sensory bins are a simple and inexpensive learning tool that can benefit all children. Whether you are interested in incorporating sensory bins into your home, classroom, preschool, Day Care, or homeschool, this guide will provide the necessary knowledge and ideas to get started.

13. Hickory Dickory Doc Holiday Edition from Jennifer Gerlach of Upside Down Kids

This cute set can help keep kids busy and learning on holiday breaks, rainy days, or even car trips. Start with the included e-book for the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Doc and follow with the story mat for acting out the story. 

14. Christmas StoryBuilders Writing Prompts from Kim Kautzer of WriteShop and In Our Write Minds

WriteShop Christmas-themed StoryBuilders card decks help to jumpstart a creative writing project by providing kids with the basic elements of a story—character, character trait, setting, and plot—laying a foundation for a joyful writing experience with some clever surprises thrown in along the way.

15. Christmas Memories Notebooking Pages by Betty Eisenhour from Peace Creek on the Prairie

25 pages to help your children record their Family Christmas Celebration Memories through writing, art, coloring, and more.

2 Treats for Hearth and Home

16. Weekend Potluck Fall Favorites by Tabitha Philen & Friends from Frugal Family Favorites

A collaborative effort of all six Weekend Potluck hostesses, this eCookbook contains over 60 recipes found on their blogs (as well as a few unpublished dishes) that will make your tummy smile. From breakfast through dessert, these recipes are simple, yet full of fall flavor.

17. Loving You Long Distance: Tips for Strengthening Long-Distance Family Relationships from Katie Hornor of Paradise Praises

Easy-to-read, 25-page ebook that gives you practical tips and fun activities to keep your family close in spite of the great distances that may separate you.

8 Holiday Devotionals and Inspiration

18. Homeschooling & the Holidays: Giving Thanks MP3 by Felice Gerwitz from Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

Join our wonderful Expo panel! Listen to moms who have survived the holidays with flying colors share their scheduling, baking, praising, and joyful tips and techniques with you! STRESS BUSTERS! What fun your children will have celebrating and learning about the different seasons of the year.

19. My Book of Thanks: A 25 Day Gratitude Journal for Kids by Heather Bowen from Upside Down Homeschooling

Help develop a spirit of Thanksgiving in your kids with this fun, 29-page printable keepsake book where they can express their gratitude through journaling.

20. Be Thankful: Cultivating Year-Round Thankfulness by Amanda Pelser from Kids in the Word

The Bible is full of references to thankfulness that we can use to teach our kids the whys and hows of developing an attitude of gratitude. This is a Bible study for all ages to help you in your pursuit of instilling thankfulness in your kids.

21Gifts and Celebrations byDaLynn McCoy from For the Display of His Splendor

You will appreciate these thoughts on end-of-year holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas from a Christian homeschooling mom. Unconventional gifts, keeping Christ in Christmas, giving thanks in all seasons of life, and more.

22. Celebrate Jesus: An Advent Celebration for Families by Amy Blevins from Bow of Bronze

Includes daily readings from God’s Word, a daily Christmas carol selection, crafts, recipes, and suggested activities for each day, PLUS a more in-depth devotional study guide for teens and parents. Also includes links to coloring pages, books, and complementary products. Everything you need to make Jesus the heart of your Christmas celebration.

23. Christmas Activity Book for Children: 12 Pages of Christ-Centered Fun from Laura Anne Miller, Children’s Author and Illustrator

This CHRISTmas season, have fun with this activity book and remember that God loved you before you were even born! That’s why he sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth as a baby. These activities remind us of the REAL meaning of CHRISTmas. Print off the pages and have FUN!

24. Everyday Christmas: Helping Your Kids Find Jesus in the Everyday Moments of the Season from Lori Fairchild of Everyday Truth

Take a moment and enjoy this Christmas devotional packed full of great ideas for helping your kids find Jesus in the everyday things of Christmas. Make an object lesson of Christmas lights, cookies, and even decorating the tree. Refresh your own soul with the devotion and share the ideas and conversation tips with your kids.

25. God’s Joy in the Season from KM Logan of Inadequate but Strengthened

A little encouragement for the busiest time of year. Slow down and remember why you’re celebrating. Let this be a Christmas worth remembering—a Christmas where you celebrate God’s love, grace, joy, and greatest gift of all.


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7 Pinterest ideas for high school writing

NOW THAT Pinterest has been around awhile, it’s hard to believe not everyone is on the bandwagon. Are you? For homeschoolers, Pinterest is so much more than a place to gather recipes and decorating ideas . . .  it’s a smorgasbord of teaching tips!

Some time ago, I posted 8 writing ideas from Pinterest. Most of those ideas were directed at elementary grades, so today I’d like to point you toward some terrific Pinterest ideas for high school writing.

1. How to Teach Note Taking Skills 

Part of preparing teens for college is teaching good note taking skills during high school. How to Teach Students Note Taking Skills explains the basics of when and how to take notes and introduces teens to both column-style note-taking and mind-mapping.

7 Pinterest Ideas for High School Writing

2. How to Choose a Topic for a College Application Essay 

If your teen plans to go to college, it’s a given that the various applications will contain essay questions. Typically vague, they give students a lot of leeway. The trick is learning to reword a prompt so the topic feels comfortable and the response can be both powerful and personal. This article will teach your student  How to Choose a Topic for a College Application Essay.

7 Pinterest Ideas for High School Writing

3. Writing Truths for Reluctant Teens

How can you encourage your high schooler when he feels stuck? What should you tell him when he can’t seem to get started writing? How do you help him handle perfectionism? Find encouragement with these 10 Writing Truths for Reluctant Teens.

7 Pinterest Ideas for High School Writing

4. Tips for a Quick Writing Makeover

Ideally, students should thoroughly edit and revise their essays before submitting a final draft. But when there isn’t much time to revise a piece of writing, there are still several easy adjustments they can make to improve a paper. For those crunch times, teach them these 5 tips for a quick writing makeover.

7 Pinterest Ideas for High School Writing

5. Vocabulary Play 

You don’t have to be a little kid to enjoy playing with words! Check out these five fun ways to help students intentionally engage with vocabulary. I especially love the idea of making a word collage. Which is your favorite?

7 Pinterest Ideas for High School Writing

6. Create an Art Journal Page

Do you have an artistic teen? A dreamer? A poet? Here’s a step-by-step tutorial showing the process of creating an art journal page that combines scrapbook-type art, word art, and personal journaling. This is where writing meets art!

7 Pinterest Ideas for High School Writing

7. 119 Journal Prompts for Teens 

This post offers 119 writing prompts that will especially appeal to teens. Even the most reluctant writer is sure to find a journal prompt that motivates or inspires!

7 Pinterest Ideas for High School Writing

Be sure to follow our Writing Ideas: Teens and Writing Prompts boards on Pinterest for more helpful writing activities like these! 


Your Turn: What’s your favorite high school writing activity from Pinterest? 

Copyright 2013 © by Kim Kautzer. 


Pioneer Writing Prompts

Pioneer Writing Prompts @writeshop

PIONEER stories of the wild frontier continue to enchant American children and teachers alike. This week, tempt your kids to sit down and journal with these pioneer writing prompts!

1. Westward Ho!

When pioneer families moved west, they packed only the most important belongings. Imagine your parents just sold your house and bought a covered wagon. You can keep only three outfits, two books, and one toy. Which items will you choose and why?

2. The Oregon Trail

Write a story using at least five of these words: Missouri, prairie, wagon train, dog, sunbonnet, Indians, campfire, thunderstorm, river, Idaho.

3. Little House in the White Snow

After one year on a new homestead, your family has built a sturdy, one-room log cabin. Describe this room on a winter evening, using your senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.

4. The Language of Friendship

After settling into your new prairie home, you learn that your nearest neighbors are immigrants who don’t speak a word of English. Make a list of the first ten words or phrases you will try to teach your new friends. Now, make a list of three to five steps for how to teach these English words.

5. Now and Then

Farm life on the 1870s frontier was quite different from city life in the eastern states, where streets bustled with horses and carriages and homes were lit by kerosene lamps. In a letter to your cousin who lives back east, compare and contrast your old life in the city with your new life on a Nebraska farm.

Be sure to check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays!

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