Once upon a time there was a homeschool mom

5 Easy Ways To Get Your Students Excited About Writing

Once upon a time there was a homeschool mom with three children who needed to learn how to write.

In a world of emojis, text messaging, and chat, this mom wanted her kids to have the skills to eloquently “say what they mean” (and the character to “mean what they say”).

But she had a problem.

Since she wasn’t a writer herself, the thought of teaching her kids how to write overwhelmed her.

Reluctant writer working hard

Are you trying to teach a reluctant writer?

As a homeschool mom and writing teacher, I understand how difficult it can be to try to teach a reluctant writer. It’s easy to feel inadequate.

Thankfully, after 40+ years of writing, I’ve discovered a few techniques and tips that can transform a reluctant writer into a confident communicator.

If you’d like a little guidance on how to inspire a student who is reluctant to write, keep reading….

Vintage Interview with Lee Strobel


Years ago, (it feels like another lifetime), before I had children, I had the opportunity to sit down with Lee Strobel and talk with him about writing. He has amazing stories to tell….

doorway into Heaven

“Heaven” by Renee (Smock) Higgins

The trip to Heaven was just as fast as I had imagined it would be.
In the blink of an eye, my spirit was whisked before a mighty gate.

I instantly felt warm and light. I immediately wanted to sing. I spontaneously wanted to dance. I surprisingly wanted to… laugh?

Before me stood the most amusing scene… a scene that had been so familiar to me on earth as a child, but now seemed comical here… comical, but infinitely beautiful.

(One student’s creative writing exercise from Creative Freewriting Adventure.)

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