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WriteShop Junior Book E is here at last!

WriteShop Junior Book E is officially launched! You'll love this stellar upper-elementary homeschool writing program!

Quotation Marks“WriteShop Junior is the most complete, fun and effective writing program we have found, and it makes teaching writing ‘do-able’ for me!” –Shyla, British Columbia

WriteShop Junior Book E

At long last, please join us in welcoming the newest baby to the WriteShop family! Even though WriteShop Junior Book E, our top-notch upper-elementary homeschool writing program, made its secret debut in our store over the weekend, today we’re sharing the news of its official release. Are you as excited as we are?  

(Scroll to the bottom for our Intro Special)

Book E is recommended for 4th and 5th grade, but many of our test families used it successfully with 6th and 7th graders as well.

Moms and kids alike love Book E!

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“I used to feel so unprepared to teach writing and was frustrated when my son didn’t get it. With the tools offered in Book E, he’s now equipped to take on many kinds of writing.” –Krystin, Kentucky

“After using WriteShop Junior, my children no longer fear the ‘Great White Blank Paper.’ What was once overwhelming has become a manageable, step by step process.” –Hanlie, Michigan

About WriteShop Junior

Four components make up the WriteShop Junior Book E program. Two are required and two are optional.

1. Teacher’s Guide

WriteShop Junior Book E | Teacher's Guide The Book E Teacher’s Guide holds your hand as you lead your kids through the writing process. Each lesson follows a consistent format, but the varied and interesting activities mean your children will look forward to each day’s work.

Helpful schedules break the writing process into bite-size chunks that are easy for you to teach and easy for your kids to understand and master. Whether you have reluctant or motivated writers, this program offers flexible options so they can work at their own level.

Book E has 10 lessons (chapters). Most homeschoolers prefer the schedule that spreads each lesson over three weeks. Working three days per week, you’ll complete Book E in one school year. Here’s a peek at the Table of Contents:

  1. Fables (Character and Voice)
  2. Humor (Humor and Dialogue)
  3. Adventure (Scene and Setting)
  4. Science Fiction (Blending Fiction with Scientific Fact)
  5. Mystery (Elements of a Mystery)
  6. Concrete Poetry (Creating a Shape Poem)
  7. Personal Narrative (Intro to 5-Paragraph Writing)
  8. Descriptive Narrative (Describing Three Items or Events)
  9. Book Report (Responding to Literature)
  10. Nonfiction Report (Collecting Facts)

2. Activity Pack

WriteShop Junior Book E | Activity PackAn essential part of WriteShop Junior Book E, the Activity Pack is actually two workbooks in one! It contains both the Student Worksheets and the Level 2 Fold-N-Go Grammar Pack:

  • Student Worksheet Pack: Includes 87 activity pages your child will use to complete portions of each lesson. Games, word banks, worksheets, and graphic organizers introduce children to lifelong writing skills such as brainstorming and self-editing.
  • Fold-N-Go Grammar Pack: Make 10 grammar and writing guides, each devoted to a different skill. Simple rules, engaging examples, and practice exercises make learning or reviewing grammar fun!

3. Time-Saver Pack (Optional)

WriteShop Junior Book E | Time-Saver PackInstead of creating and assembling your own game cards, spinners, and other tools to teach creative writing, busy moms like you will appreciate the Time-Saver Pack’s durable, ready-made props for many Book E activities.

The print version contains 20 sturdy pages printed on white and colored cardstock. Instructions for using each page may be found in the Book E Teacher’s Guide.

The Time-Saver Pack is completely optional; if you prefer to make your own props and cards, you’ll find instructions in the Teacher’s Guide as well. 

4. Junior Writer’s Notebook 1: Fun with Story Planning (Optional)

A writer’s notebook helps young writers develop stronger, more interesting stories and reports.

This special notebook is often called a “seed bed of ideas.” Some of these “seeds” will sprout and grow to become stories. Others will remain ideas that your child might explore and develop at another time. Junior Writer's Notebook 1 | Fun with Story Planning

WriteShop’s Junior Writer’s Notebook pages not only help improve writing skills, they make writing even more fun! These printable worksheets may be used:

  • Alongside any writing program to enhance the writing experience
  • As an optional resource that specifically coordinates with lessons in WriteShop Junior Book E

 

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you. “My son is very challenging to homeschool so I am very surprised by his response to this curriculum. He LOVES it! The creativity WriteShop adds to each lesson is a plus for our family. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!” –Michelle M., Florida

“Love, love WriteShop. I think it ‘fits’ every child … even my high-functioning special needs boys. Excellent product!” –Deborah, Texas

Value Pack

WriteShop Junior Book E Value PackWe’ve assembled a Book E Value Pack for easy shopping! It contains all four components of WriteShop Junior Book E and is available in both PRINT and DIGITAL (PDF) formats.

Download a sample lesson from WriteShop Junior Book E

If you would like to share this lesson sample with others, link to this post. Do not link directly to the PDF file. Feel free to print this PDF file for your own personal use. Please do not sell or host this file anywhere else. 

Do you have younger children? Check out WriteShop Primary (K-3rd) and WriteShop Junior Book D (3rd-4th).

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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This Inspired Holiday Bundle of 25 products is valued at $150, but it’s on sale through November 3. At just $25 for the bundle, that’s a mere $1 per item!


Inspired Holiday Bundle - 25 products for holiday inspiration at only $25 #InspiredBN

Terms

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Each product is copyrighted by the author as mentioned above and may not be copied unless otherwise noted in the individual product. Additional terms and conditions may apply to individual products. Please read the copyright information contained in each file.

Get your homeschool year off to a great start!


Free Homeschool Interviews

Summer is quickly coming to an end and many homeschool moms are starting, or at least planning, their homeschool curriculum. In order to help encourage homeschool parents, Kerry Beck is offering 2 weeks of homeschool interviews to get your school year off to the right start!

Kim Kautzer

Kerry is hosting interviews of 15 experts in the homeschooling community. Each one has practical advice to help you get started on the right foot this year. I’m honored to be one of the guests who was interviewed.

I’ll be sharing my own story about teaching a struggling student, plus I’ll have lots of tips for teaching writing in your homeschool. I hope you tune in to listen!

When is Homeschool Super Heroes Week?

Actually, it’s more than a week —it is 2 weeks of wonderful information and inspiration!  You can listen to the interviews each day for free during August 19-30.  All you have to do is register for Homeschool Super Heroes Week and you will have daily access to practical tips & tricks for you to start your year right.

  • No traveling to your state convention
  • No hotel expenses
  • No registration fees

See you there!

Kim

Register for this free event here.

WriteShop is an affiliate of Homeschool Super Heroes. This post contains affiliate links. Please see our complete disclosure policy for details.

WriteShop’s 2013 homeschool conference schedule

WriteShop 2013 homeschool convention and conference schedule

WRITESHOP will be exhibiting at a number of homeschool conventions around the country this spring and summer. Will you be attending any of these events? If you’ll be there in person, please stop by our booth in the exhibit hall and say hello!

April 5-6
MPE – MidWest Parent Educators Conference
Kansas City, MO
www.midwesthomeschoolers.org/conference

April 25-27
SHEM – Southwest Home Education Ministry
Springfield, MO
www.shemonline.org/Convention.aspx
Workshop: Inspiring Successful Writers

April 25-27
MassHOPE
Worcester, MA
www.masshope.us
Kim Kautzer is a featured speaker:
* Inspiring Successful Writers, Part 1 (K-6)
* Inspiring Successful Writers, Part 2 (7-12)
* Effective Tips for Teaching Timed Essays
* Growing Your Child’s Writing Vocabulary
* Writing Strategies for Special Needs Kids

May 2-4
Teach Them Diligently
Spartanburg, SC
www.teachthemdiligently.net
Workshops: Building Dynamic Essays in Middle and High School, Secrets to Making Writing Fun!

May 10-11
Home School Book Fair
Arlington, TX
www.homeschoolbookfair.org

May 16-18
Teach Them Diligently
Nashville, TN
www.teachthemdiligently.net
Workshops: Building Dynamic Essays in Middle and High School, Secrets to Making Writing Fun!

May 23-25
NCHE – North Carolinians for Home Education
Winston-Salem, NC
www.nche.com/conference

May 30-June 1
Teach Them Diligently
Omaha, NE
www.teachthemdiligently.net
Workshops: Writing Games, Tips and Ideas to Motivate Young Writers

June 14-15
WHO – Washington Homeschool Organization
Puyallup, WA
www.washhomeschool.org/conventions.html
Workshop: Inspiring Successful Writers

June 14-15
AFHE – Arizona Families for Home Education
Phoenix, AZ
www.afhe.org/convention.html
Workshop: Ten Stumbling Blocks to Writing

June 29
TEACH AV – Antelope Valley
Lancaster, CA
www.teachav.com
Kim Kautzer is a featured speaker.
* Inspiring Successful Writers, Part 1 (K-6)
* Inspiring Successful Writers, Part 2 (7-12)

July 16-17
H.I.N.T.S. Book Fair
Charlotte, NC
www.hintsonline.org/bookfair.htm
Workshops: Building Dynamic Essays in Middle and High School, Secrets to Making Writing Fun!

Homeschooling through crisis or depression

Homeschooling Through Crisis or Depression: Kim Kautzer

When I Am Weak: Homeschooling Through Crisis or Depression

Homeschooling can be challenging enough when the sea is smooth and calm. But what do you do when depression, a wayward teen, or some other personal crisis blows in the dark clouds and stirs up a few towering waves? Is it even possible to navigate the waters of homeschooling when you can barely stay in the boat yourself?

During my 15 years of homeschooling, I’ve experienced the ups and downs of life and faith … and I know what it’s like to homeschool during bleak times. Though each mom’s trials are unique, God is constant and unwavering. I’m looking forward to sharing my personal story and offering tips for staying on course in rough waters. My prayer is to bring light and hope to your situation and reassurance that you can finish well.

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Attire: Jammies!
Twitter party: 8:00 p.m. ET #UHExpo
Kim’s talk: 9:00 p.m. ET
Join the session: Click the “Listen Live” button at Mommy Jammies Night

About Mommy Jammies Night

Mommy Jammies Night offers FREE monthly online sessions where moms can talk about things that really matter: family, faith, and life! Share your heart with people who listen and really care. Cozy up with a cup of tea and listen live from the comfort of your own home. Stay up late, laugh and giggle, meet new friends, and be energized and ready to face new daily challenges.

Join me at March’s Mommy Jammies Night. I would love to encourage you to press into God as you weather your own storms.

Photo: Karin Vlietstra courtesy of Creative Commons.

Free writing games! {and a WriteShop coupon}

IT’S BLACK FRIDAY weekend, and WriteShop has some goodies for you!

1. FREEBIE: Writing Games and Activities

First, we want to bless you with a special freebie to download and enjoy with your children!

They’ll love this assortment of writing activities, including:

  • “Where in the World” pre-writing game helps children plan an exciting setting for a story
  • 30 kid-friendly writing prompts for both older and younger children
  • A fun sentence-building game

Grab your download from the pop-up window by visiting WriteShop’s shop at Homeschool Block!

 2. WriteShop Coupon: Save 20%!

While many shoppers are fighting crowds, others prefer taking advantage of online specials from the comfort of home. How about you?

We love our customers, so we’re offering a rare 20% discount on WriteShop products, valid through December 2, 2012. If you’re looking for the next WriteShop level for the new semester, or you’re thinking ahead to next year, now’s your chance to get those books at a great price!

The coupon code is included in the free Writing Games download.

 

RAK report – and a winner!

TemStock - Birthday Candles

In honor of my recent birthday, I invited friends and blog readers to join me in celebrating my special day by doing Random Acts of Kindness toward others. The response was overwhelming! Not only was I blessed, but many friends and strangers received gifts of encouragement, friendship, food, and money.

I loved celebrating my birthday this way!

RAK fun … all around the town

First, let me report on my own day of RAK adventures!

Before I left home, I made up and printed a couple dozen small cards explaining the gift I handed out, hid, or left in plain sight. These came in handy as I zig-zagged around town, having more fun than any 58-year-old should be allowed.

1. Dollar Tree Hide-and-Seek! My first stop was the Dollar Tree, where I wrapped dollar bills around a “You’ve Been RAKed” note and hid them under items at the Dollar Tree: a bag of pinto beans, bottle of laundry detergent, a box of candy, etc. I also gave some $5 bills to random shoppers. Loved the expressions on their faces!

2. Pass It Back. Between other errands, I bought gift cards at several locations for the people in line behind me. At McD’s I ordered a $1 Diet Coke and a gift card. When I picked up my gift card at the drive-thru window, I tucked in one of my RAK cards and asked the attendant to hand it to the car behind me. At Wendy’s, I bought myself a $1 burger and repeated the gift-card fun.

I also visited Starbucks and Juice It Up, where I bought gift cards inside and handed them to the next person in line.)


3. Bake and Take. I delivered homemade brownies to two different city fire stations. As a bonus, I was greeted by an old friend from our former church, and he gave me a personal tour of the beautiful Jersey fire station.

RAK Fire Station

4. Brighten a Child’s Day. I took a few minutes to write a letter to our sponsored Compassion child, Mercy. I love the option of sending her letters online. She gets them right away, and I can attach photos of the grandkids and us.

5. More Hide-and-Seek Fun! I hid a few $1 bills around Walmart. It was pretty funny watching some of the “hot spots.” Several people picked the box or can right next to the hidden dollar. Another picked up the box and didn’t even see the little treasure hiding underneath! I love that, because it reminds me of how God chose each person who was meant to find it!

6. Just Because. I handed Walmart gift cards to two random (and very surprised!) shoppers. One lucky mama got her card because I heard her little preschooler singing “Happy Birthday” two aisles away. I hurried toward that sweet voice and told her, “Thank you for singing that song. Today is my birthday!” As the little girl beamed, I handed her surprised mom the gift card.

7. Washing Away the Blues. At the laundromat, I left piles of quarters on the dryers. I haven’t been to the laundromat in a long time. Man, it’s expensive to dry a load!

8. Lift Spirits. I took a moment to compliment a store worker who was tidying up seriously messy shelves at Walmart. Her eyes absolutely lit up!

9. You’ve Got Mail. We shipped a free book to someone in dire financial need. Coincidence that we chatted with this mom on my RAK birthday? I think not!

10. It’s On Me! Taped quarters to a vending machine. I loved watching people walk by as if the coins were invisible. They were just sitting there waiting for the right person to discover them!

11. Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella! I smiled at a sad person. How easy is that?

12. Hold it! I stood at the exit and just held doors for people. And smiled.

13. I Can Use the Exercise! I parked in spots that were farther away or less convenient. Besides, I was in such a lighthearted mood that even the extra walking made me happy!

14. Gas Gift. I tried buying gas gift cards at a couple of gas stations, but they didn’t sell them in smaller denominations. I had already planned out my cash, so instead of skipping the gas station altogether, I got the idea of stuffing a RAK note and some cash in the credit-card slot at a gas station.

15. Cheer Up! I wrote a note of encouragement to a friend.

16. Look, Mom! What child doesn’t love to find money? So I went to the park and dropped some quarters under the play equipment for surprised children to discover. My daughter told me this was her favorite of all my RAKs!

The gift that keeps on giving…

I wasn’t the only one doing Random Acts of Kindness! Exactly 58 of my friends joined me to do a RAK in honor of my birthday! Here are just a few of their stories:

  • The lady in front of me at Wal*Mart kept having her ATM card rejected … I paid her grocery bill. ~Erin
  • My daughter bought food for the animal shelter in honor of your birthday. ~Sharra
  • Surprised some folks with $5 bills at Sprouts this evening in your honor. Big, wide-eyed looks, then smiles and laughs when I said, “Happy birthday to my friend… she said to give it to you!” ~Arleen
  • I am taking an Anatomy and Physiology course and our professor posts lecture notes online. There are always several students that didn’t have time to print out the notes. In anticipation of that, I made 3 extra copies and handed them out to 3 that forgot to do it. ~Denise
  • Helping someone move. We were not asked, but we are jumping in. ~Teri

…and more…

  • McDonald’s cards for a some special ladies and helped one lady sew a purse. ~Susan
  • The Lord put it on my heart to purchase a bunch of socks and t-shirts at Costco.  I wrapped each gift with a bow and a RAK note that said, “You are important to this life and massively loved by God. He wanted you to know that today.” Then I drove to different areas with and distributed the little gifts. ~Debbie
  • My husband picked up In-N-Out for dinner and got a gift card for the car behind him. He could hear the guy loudly exclaiming, “What, no way!!” So fun! ~Christen
  • I collected the carts in the 99 Cent Store parking lot. ~Barb

…and more…

  • Is anyone/everyone else feeling as I am–why don’t I do this more often, every day? The homeless guy with the sign, when I handed him $20 and the peaches I had cut up for my snack: “Hey! That’s a h*** of a lot of money!” :) ~Jenni
  • Today we helped pay for care packages being sent to our troops! Love you Kim, happy birthday!! ~Laurel
  • Cookies delivered to the neighbors! ~Janel
  • Three bags of books packed up to donate to a local church library. ~Heidi
  • Sent 2 encouraging notes this morning to friends going through difficult times.  This afternoon I will serve with “Big Brothers/Big Sisters” at Camp Pendleton. ~Mary

…and more!

  • I got a $15 gas card, then spun around and handed it to the guy behind us. He couldn’t believe it. Even came out a few mins later as I was buckling her in to check that I really was giving it to him and asked why. I said it was for my friends birthday. He loved it! That was fun! ~Christie
  • Got a meal prepared and in fridge for pick up tomorrow for a stressed friend. ~Maggie
  • I paid a friend’s overdue gas bill before their gas was turned off.  ~Rachel
  • At the airport … personally thanked some brave soldiers for their service! ~Pam
  • I was the recipient of one of those RAK’s.  I was at Taco Bell and the person in front of me in the drive-thru paid for my order.  It really made me feel good for the rest of the day.  My bill wasn’t even $3, but it did a lot for my attitude! ~Gail

And we have a winner!

I’m sorry it took so long to post the winner of the RAK Birthday Giveaway. When I didn’t hear back from the first winner by the end of last week, I drew a new name. Congratulations to Lisa G!

A special thanks to each one of you who not only entered the drawing, but who took time to do a Random Act of Kindness as well. The results blew me away! It was the best birthday in recent memory.

 

 

2000 Facebook fans {and a great freebie}

Congratulations to us!

Yesterday, our WriteShop Facebook page hit 2000 fans … and then kept right on going!

To celebrate, we’re offering a thank-you gift to all our Facebook fans: a fantastic free writing lesson you can use for all ages!

Your Freebie Includes:

  • How to write a friendly letter — includes help choosing topics to write about
  • How to write a thank-you letter — with a special section called “What If You Don’t Like the Gift?”
  • Learning the parts of a letter
  • How to address an envelope
  • Sample letters
  • Links to free printables: stationery, note cards, and envelopes
  • Letter-writing tips and etiquette
  • Ways to incorporate letter-writing into other subjects {think history!}

Thanks again, Facebook fans!  Click here to download the gift. FREE OFFER HAS EXPIRED

Not a fan yet? Just follow the link and *like* our page to download your free lesson.

Happy writing,

WriteShop Special: This week only!

Now through Sunday, save $14 on everything you need to get started with WriteShop for grades 6-10—including this cool 8 1/2″ x 11″ poster featuring the 5 Steps of the Writing Process! 

Just visit our virtual booth at HomeschoolConvention.com and click the red Convention Special sign!

Hurry!! Sale ends September 2, 2012 (midnight EST).

WriteShop Summer Special

SUMMERS TEND to be full of popsicles, play dates, and for a lot of moms, planning.

From now until August 15, WriteShop is offering a Summer Convention Special just for you!

Book D Bundle with FREE Time-Saver Pack!

Just $79.90 ($93.85 value) ::: Offer ends August 15, 2012

Visit WriteShop at the Virtual Homeschool Convention to take advantage of this great deal! In our booth you can also browse our other products, download samples, and chat with us regarding any questions you may have. The convention is open 24/7; if we have stepped away from our booth, shoot us an email.

Get familiar with WriteShop and learn what our writing curriculum has to offer your homeschool.

This Special Book D Bundle includes:

  • Book D Teacher’s Guide, spiral bound view details
  • Activity Pack (2-part pack includes both Student Worksheets AND Level 1 Fold-N-Go Grammar Pack) view details
  • Time-Saver Pack view details

Recommended Grade Levels and Placement Help

  • Ideal for students in 3rd and 4th grade.
  • May also be used with reluctant 5th graders (and even some 6th graders).
  • Parents also appreciate being able to use the program with struggling learners.
  • Start with Book D if your child has not learned punctuation or grammar skills and still needs help planning, organizing, and adding details to a story.
  • More reluctant 3rd graders should start with WriteShop Primary Book C.

 

For additional information, see:
More about WriteShop Junior
Book D sample lesson: Sample pages from the Teacher’s Guide and the Activity Pack.

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