Create a Story

Do you have a struggling writer? I know that a couple of my kids have been reluctant to write, mostly because they didn’t know how to get started or what to write about. Enter Create a Story. This little book walks your writers through the process of writing a story in a fun and creative way.

In this edition, they give you two story options

  1. The Vikings
  2. The Arctic

Each section provides you with some background information about the different options. The informational section is brief so it’s great for those that would be intimidated by a lot of reading, but you could also have more advanced learners dive further by doing more research to add to their story. As soon as they are done reading about their topic, the book dives right in. It helps them to

  • Choose and develop various characters
  • Create a plotline
  • Design a setting
  • Come up with a problem
  • It even suggests having one of the characters have a trusty pet.
  • I also love that it gives some suggested word choices to help avoid repetative word usage.

One thing I would suggest if you have a young struggling writer is to not be overly critical. Sometimes it’s beneficial to just let them write. As their love for writing grows, then you can gently come in and offer corrections. If they are currently having a difficult time, just let them have fun with it and that’s what I love about Create a Story. It makes writing fun! So head on over to their site and check out how you can get your hands on this great book.

https://www.createastorybook.co.uk/ 

 


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FREE EOS Valentine

Are you looking for a last minute valentine idea? Check out this super cute eos lip balm valentine!! I mean, who doesn’t love eos lip balms?

As homeschoolers, believe it or not, we still hand out valentines! We give valentines to our coop friends, church friends, neighborhood friends, etc. I know that these valentines will be well received and the kids can’t wait to give them to their friends! And the best part is you can use any eos shaped lip balm!

Did you know that the dollar store sells a similar product? So does Walgreens! The silver one is a cheaper version from Walgreens and is a coconut lime scent! YUM!! It reminds me of summer and at this time of year, we can all use a little summer, right?! You can also find a pack of eos at Costco in a variety of colors and scents.

So all you have to do to make these awesome valentines is print the pdf on cardstock and cut them out, then cut out the letter “O”. Make sure to cut out INSIDE the circle otherwise the hole will be too big! Then twist open your eos and place the bottom half on the underneath side of your letter “O” and then twist the top half of the eos onto the top of your letter “O” and then you’re done! Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

So head on over to THE SHOP and download this FREE printable and share them with those you love!

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A Good Cause

operationundergroundHave you guys heard of Operation Underground Railroad? It’s an amazing organization founded by Tim Ballard. Tim Ballard and his team go undercover to rescue children that have been sold into slavery and child exploitation. I have had the opportunity to hear Tim Ballard speak and the stories he shares of the things he’s seen are absolutely heart breaking. You can watch a video here of one of his missions https://youtu.be/KMLvlQkmRSA

I’m sharing this with you because I have recently discovered a company, http://barrihandbags.com/ that donates a portion of their proceeds to this awesome organization. The purses are made with vegan leather and boastimg_6591s the company’s mission on the interior, to be brave by living your life with courage and compassion; to love more than you fear. The purses are absolutely beautiful inside and out. With Christmas coming up, what a great thing to add to your wish list and know that you will also be helping this foundation rescue these sweet children. If you want to learn more about operation railroad, checkout their website https://ourrescue.org/.

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