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A Story of Two Homeschool Moms

InformationSarah has always loved writing. She was creative from a young age, telling imaginative stories to her family, friends, and anyone who would listen. She started her first (unfinished) novel at age ten and had a short story published in her college literary magazine. Even now, as a homeschool mother of three, nothing is more appealing than the prospect of a clean, creamy-white journal page, a desk by the window, and a few uninterrupted hours to write.

But teaching writing to her kids is a different matter. Inexplicably, they would rather watch TV, throw a ball, or climb a tree than write a story. And even when they do sit still long enough to compose a paragraph or two, Sarah is always perplexed at how to respond to their errors. She knows how she would have written it, but can’t explain the grammatical and stylistic reasons for her editing. Writing for Sarah has always been instinctive.

"How can I transfer my love of writing to my kids? And how can I help them write better without just rewriting everything myself?" she asks.

Janet, on the other hand, has always been a math and science person. She likes procedures that work every time. Facts that can be verified. Answers that are either correct or incorrect.

Writing has never been her cup of tea. She knows that creative expression is important, but it’s alien to her and therefore frustrating. Knowing what makes one sentence better than another is just too subjective. She often wishes there was a trustworthy answer key for good writing.

"How can I teach writing and inspire my kids when I don’t like to write myself?" she wonders.

Writing Is Unlike Other Subjects

Every homeschooling parent feels more confident about teaching some subjects than others. We all have our own areas of strength and weakness. So, why do home educators as different as Sarah and Janet both find it difficult to teach writing?

Writing is subjective. Sarah has her preferences but doesn’t want to impose them on her kids. Janet doesn’t trust her instincts at all. Writing is too gray for her black-and-white personality.

There’s no escaping the subjective nature of writing, but there are generally accepted grammar rules and stylistic principles that students can learn. WriteAtHome™ writing coaches are thoroughly familiar with these guidelines and exceptionally good at communicating them to students.

Writing is also complex. Right-brain concepts like creativity and eloquence are just as important as left-brain ideas like structure and grammatical correctness. Writing is more than knowing spelling and punctuation rules. Good writing is interesting, evocative, original, and clear. Many homeschoolers are intimidated by the broad and varied criteria by which writing can be assessed.

This combination of subjectivity and complexity is what makes teaching writing a challenge for so many homeschoolers and classroom teachers.

WriteAtHome™ to the Rescue!

In 2001, high school teacher and homeschooling dad, Brian Wasko, launched WriteAtHome™ as an online resource for homeschoolers looking for help in this tricky but vital subject area. Since then, WriteAtHome™ has successfully coached more than 12,000 student writers.

The idea is simple: a web-accessible curriculum including weekly lessons and assignments plus experienced, well-trained writing coaches to respond to student papers. WriteAtHome™ combines a curriculum and online tutoring into a unique combination we like to call a tutoriculum.

Our writing courses are conveniently organized and provide both the structure students need and the flexibility that busy families require.

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What Makes WriteAtHome™ So Great?

  • Expert, Personal Writing Coaches

    Every WriteAtHome™ student receives personal tutoring from one of our outstanding writing coaches. Every submitted paper is returned with both positive and constructive feedback so that every writing experience is a learning experience.

  • 21st Century Technology

    Our convenient and user-friendly database enables students to submit papers and access lessons, coach feedback, and assessment reports from a customized student web page. Feedback is colorfully embedded right into the student’s paper. And our web-based communication system allows you to stay in contact with your student’s writing coach.

  • Concern for the Writing Process

    Final results matter, but we believe that effectively teaching writing means focusing on the process. Almost every WriteAtHome™ assignment is written and submitted in stages. Our writing coaches work alongside students throughout the process, directing, suggesting, encouraging and critiquing. The result is not only a quality final draft, but also steadily growing writing skills.

  • A Common Sense Approach

    Students learn to write only one way: by writing. Grammar worksheets, videos, and textbooks can all be helpful, but unless students are regularly putting pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard), their writing is unlikely to improve. And writing in isolation without the guidance of an experienced instructor is of limited value. For writing skills to develop, a student needs two things: 1) lots of practice and 2) a responsive audience. These common sense principles are the foundation of the WriteAtHome™ program.

    In any of our courses, students will submit a draft of a paper each week. Our writing coaches then read and respond to every paper with encouragement and constructive criticism, working with students as they move through the writing process. Our coaches are trained to provide effective feedback that focuses on the writer’s tendencies and works to improve one or two skill areas at a time. It’s no surprise that WriteAtHome™ is producing confident, capable writers. In fact, it’s exactly what you would expect.

What Our Customers Have To Say:

The following are examples of the unsolicited comments we regularly receive from customers:

Donna C.

For the record, we LOVE WriteAtHome; it's one of the very best homeschool decisions we've ever made. Kids love their coaches, the assignments are interesting, it's just a perfect writing solution for us.

Diane

My son took several of your courses throughout his homeschooling. He just finished his first semester at Memphis College of Art and received the highest grade in the school for Writing I. Many thanks to the wonderful coaches at WriteAtHome!

Drusha M.

[My daughter] in particular has become a charming and creative writer; I love reading what she comes up with. You would never know how difficult and resistant she was a couple of years ago. It's truly amazing!

Cynthia F.

After taking your courses, our first daughter, who is in college (and who used to hate writing before WriteAtHome), is studying to be an English/Lit/Writing Teacher and has carried a 3.8-4.0 average, and our other daughter scored a perfect score on the essay writing part of the SAT. Thank you teachers of WriteAtHome!

How WriteAtHome™ Works

How does this workAll WriteAtHome™ instruction is asynchronous, meaning there are no fixed class-meeting times. Students and their parents can access lessons, assignments, and student work from our website at their convenience. Assignments in all classes have due dates, but students can work on them off-line as their weekly schedules allow.

Users select a username and password with which they access course material, student work, and writing coach responses. A once-a-week visit to the website is all that is usually necessary.

Course delivery student page

On an assigned day of each week, known as the class “exchange day,” a new lesson and assignment will be made accessible in the student’s personal web page. All previously submitted work will also be available for download and will include detailed comments from the student’s writing coach.

Student work is also submitted by the student at his personal web page. Simply click the submit button, and follow the instructions to upload the paper from its location on your computer.

Our paper exchange system is easy to use and ensures an efficient transfer of papers to and from your writing coach. In addition, writing coaches are available throughout the week via monitored e-mail to answer questions and provide extra help.

How Do Writing Coaches Respond to Student Writing?

WriteAtHome™ writing coaches use the popular Adobe Acrobat software to provide feedback on student work. All you need is the free and easily downloaded Adobe Acrobat Reader to access all writing coach comments.

Using this software, writing coaches are able to insert colorful notes of unlimited number and length directly “into” a student’s paper. This method is superior to e-mail feedback because it allows instructors to clearly identify the specific word, phrase, or passage they refer to in comments.

With WriteAtHome™, there is no more red ink scribbling; writing coach comments are clear, colorful, and always legible!

Sample Paper

Our 100% Money Back Guarantee

Guarantee SealWe are so confident that WriteAtHome is the most effective writing education program available that we literally guarantee your satisfaction. If at any time within the initial trial period, you are not completely satisfied with the course, you can withdraw with a 100% refund of your tuition.

 

Why Such a Generous Offer?

We want WriteAtHome families to be at ease about their investment in our courses. Our guarantee allows you to experience WriteAtHome with no risk. We’re so confident in the quality and effectiveness of our program that we’re willing to take all the risk. In truth, we don’t think it’s much of a risk at all. Students who read our lessons, complete our assignments and attend to the comments of our writing coaches are certain to significantly improve their writing skills.

Enroll Today!

We offer 32-week, annual courses beginning late August/early September and a variety of 8-week courses throughout the year. Click below to learn more about our courses and course schedule.

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