Welcome to becoming an Enhancer of your child’s educational development by helping your children learn to write. To begin, I am not a professional writer but going through the process of writing can be a valuable tool educating children. Homeschooling mothers can be pulled in many directions at one time. Mothers with very young children can often use assistance in the planning process for their children’s work. As both parents and teachers, we not only facilitate at times but engage in a real encounter with our children during the learning process. The dialogue that occurs between your child and you becomes part of your child’s internal mechanism to solving problems and viewing life. Encouraging eachother helps with the motivation needed to ‘take on’ the writing process with more vigor. Everyone has an opportunity for their own ideas and creativity when it comes to writing. The key to being an Enhancer is to slow your child’s actions down to internalize concepts. Therefore, clear the table and role up your sleeves to have a prepared environment while your child draws and writes about their stories. Mothers may want to team up with a partner to have one mom attend to other children while the other takes on the role of the Enhancer for Summary Analysis and Composition (SAAC). Maybe hubby can watch the kids for twenty minutes to an hour (depending on your child’s ability) while you become the Enhancer.
The ability to base propositions on Godly principles and beneficial human qualities in the development of verbal and written communication is an important goal of Nucleus of Life (NOL) because it is a priority to learn the acceptable behavior at a young age. There are two types of journal entries we can start our young writers off with when they attempt journaling. There are summaries (SUM) of stories where your child may write about the sequence of events or steps in a process at times. There is also Writing for Virtue (WFV) types of journal entries where you’ve actually pulled information from somewhere else to develop your child’s written work. For example, we sometimes use a quote from the Bible. It has been beneficial for us in utilizing the questioning process I’ve developed in writing because it directs your child to write using logic with a vision from The Almighty and may also form their rhetorical skills with virtuous foundational components.
I’ve had the privilege of applying SAAC to my own children and in a classroom situation at our homeschool Co-op. The Enhancer can apply more detailed instruction and stimulate more creativity in a one-on-one or partner encounter with children. Nevertheless, the classroom situation attained important goals and life skills too. If you have purchased SOOTH you may utilize it for a classroom situation because it is a wonderful way to break up the writing process. I would recommend using the book and information I've provided as an STARTER KIT with SOOTH as your first assignment in your class to get you started so that every time you play this game this biblical message from one of these two stories is reinforced. You will also become familiar with NOL teaching techniques so that you may apply them to the stories for your class journals. A class is usually an hour long. We would play SOOTH for 20 to 30 minutes then use the remainder of the time to read our story and draw our pictures for the journal entry. The following week we would write about our stories and pictures. This approach is very effective in reaching the children both spiritually and academically if you follow the example I've laid out for you in the STARTER KIT with SOOTH. It can be purchased from the 'Teacher Aids' section of this site (at a future date). If you decide to use my tutorial services, you will have access to NOL techniques and teacher feedback for assistance in SAAC. Below see the description for the class I taught last year.
Summary Anaysis & Composition: (Kindergarten through 4th Grade)
In the Summary Analysis & Composition Class, short stories, picture books, and bible lessons will be used to highlight virtuous actions and progress in academic milestones to help determine information which will be communicated, drawn, and written in our journals. Moms can use these journals to see their child’s improvement as they progress through the class. We will utilize a set of specific questions that are designed to enhance the children’s abilities in paragraph development which will assist them in creating ideas and answers to form simple sentences and coherent paragraphs. As a means of establishing simple grammar concepts within the sentence structure, we will learn to choose some of the necessary characters, settings, and plots of the stories for coherent descriptions. Children should begin to learn that morally beneficial ideas enhance their verbal and written communication. This is acquired and internalized from good behavior at home and from the stories that can influence their thought processes which affects their ability to capture the essence of the stories, understand important concepts, relate to what is morally right, and / or express ideas that flow from the love God has laid out for us. Our discussions will attempt to utilize both learned and new concepts to expand the thought processes for their written work.
The ability to base propositions on Godly principles and beneficial human qualities in the development of their verbal and written communication is one of the main goals of the class because it is important to learn the acceptable behavior at this age. Rather than focus on memorizing the material, the goal of the class is to enhance skills on the basis of God’s law, virtuous living, and some academic knowledge by reading stories that portray good works, virtuous actions, valuable educational concepts, and/or humorous outcomes. Viewing life light-heartedly (humor) is a great quality as it may also act as a sort of catalyst in the process of writing or ‘coping mechanism’ in hard times when the children are older. The children should learn that writing can be fun and infusing a little humor into the process helps a child’s desire to accomplish the task. Oftentimes children just need to get over the fear of putting their thoughts into words and a funny story can attempt to dispel those fears if necessary. Sentences and paragraphs may capture virtues displayed by characters and/or concepts the children will benefit from in their other academic subjects. The child’s natural inclination to rush through things is ‘slowed down’ by helping the child to focus on the meaning of words to transfer to their written work. This process of ‘slowing’ will enhance the child’s ability to internalize concepts more effectively, begin to apply them to their daily lives, and improve their writing skills. This Class will also help children rely on their Christian-based knowledge and nurture to understand and appreciate the meaning and merits behind logical ideas that may be applied in the development of sentences and/or paragraphs.
Christian children need to learn to express ideas about their faith as it applies to every day situations. Therefore, an attempt will be made to weave simple aspects of virtuous living into the writing process enhancing the children’s ability to see the value in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The children will also learn to seek out these gifts for themselves and in others around them. The stories will help the children form their thoughts and words around what the Creator has shown Christian parents to build a framework in teaching their children. The child’s lessons a parent instills in them can become a real teaching agent on what to base their thought processes. Parents are portrayed in a positive light and are considered to be a beneficial point of reference in our discussions and/or written work. Parents know what is best for their children at this age and are the main agents of formation in the life of their children. An occasional reference to parental authority reinforces the child’s desire to view obedience to parents as a beneficial quality. As the teacher I will reinforce and respect the role a Christian parent has in the development of their child. It is from this Christian framework and the valuable lessons of stories which we will attempt to transfer relevant information to their written work and reinforce in our discussions so they will also learn to put God first in situations they encounter in life.
The Summary Analysis & Composition Class may not only improve writing skills but also begin the process of instilling more wisdom which is the knowledge of the world in reference to God. The children will have virtuous concepts reinforced as they write what will help them see the benefit of being part of the Lord’s extension of love, mercy, and kindness in this world with improvement in communicating and displaying these virtues and noticing this reality in others.
(I taught five energetic boys in my class and I believe I met most of these goals to put them on the path towards virtuous progress. My own children were writing paragraphs 100% on their own at a young age. This is also because I was able to do a journal entry with them almost every day. We were able to make a journal entry every two weeks in the classroom. The children in the classroom situation still need to learn how to develop their own ideas themselves. Nevertheless, they learned how to base everything on God's law and have the confidence that they can complete a coherent paragraph with assistance. I think there is something very valuable for a young child to hear his or her mother's voice while learning to put thoughts into words. The dialogue that occurs between child and mother to develop sentences is almost like learning a melody for the child. A newborn baby turns their head towards their mother's voice. Children learn valuable word phrases, patterns in language, and tones from their mothers. The classroom situation was unable to reap the benefits of this valuable link in communicating between mother and child. SAAC is for the student who is learning to pick out the grammatical parts of a sentence. Therefore, I would encourage mothers to assist their children to put their thoughts into written words while they acquire simple basic grammar. Do not let too many things stop your attempt to draw and write about the stories you read together. I was holding a baby in my arms while I taught lessons at home many times too.)
Institute for Excellence in Writing (http://www.writing-edu.com/) is a beneficial and natural extension of SAAC. Please read my 6th graders paper this year below:
Teamwork and Forgiveness
This story is about how forgiveness and teamwork can help us tremendously in life. It portrays to us how all the body parts would react if they had minds of their own. People need each other just like the body parts need each other. When we work together and forgive one another, good things will happen and virtue will win the day.
Once long ago all the body parts had a mind of their own as they made their own decisions. They were all jealous and complaining about the stomach. The other body parts thought that the stomach was indolent and useless. Therefore, they stopped feeding him. The legs decided to stop walking to the food store, the teeth to stop chewing food, and the mouth never to open for eating. The whole body became feeble and weary from lack of food. Afterwards, they all learned a valuable lesson. The stomach surprisingly forgave them. From now on the stomach growls to remind the other body parts to feed him.
All the body parts need to work together in order to function right just like we need each other to get things done correctly. If we work together, it will be less of a burden because we will be thinking about God's plan to love Him and our neighbor. Family and friends will be elevated as priorities.
Jesus will get us through life successfully and happily. We need Jesus to avoid being weak and helpless just like the body needs the stomach for food and energy. The body parts rejected the stomach and suffered for their mistake. After their mistake, the body parts understood that cooperation and compassion are the result when teamwork is the goal.
Teamwork even enhances how we forgive each other wrongs. We will be forgiven if we forgive like Jesus. The stomach forgave the body parts even after they betrayed him which brought the body parts back together to work in harmony. Even if one of your closest friends hurts you, you should always forgive no matter what it is.
Jesus forgives us our sins all the time and fosters a sense of teamwork in his disciples. He always will be the greatest forgiver and leader that ever lived on the earth. We should do the same and work in harmony and forgive each other. Forgiving and teamwork assist us in our lives to give us a magnificient heavenly vision of our world.