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Episodes 31-33: Teaching Writing in High School with Kay Chance

Writing is such an important skill, but it can be so hard to know how to help our kids do it well.

Especially in high school, when everything seems to “count” so much more, and they need to be ready for college in the very near future. (Though they may not realize how soon that will be, we do, don’t we?)

In these podcast episodes, Kay Chance from Heart-to-Heart Homeschooling gives us great encouragement and ideas and HOPE for teaching writing to our teens. She is a real writer, not “just” a mom, LOL. Like, for a living! So she knows what she’s talking about as far as what makes writing good, what skills our kids need, and how to bring out the best from them.

Listen to be empowered and inspired!

Note: for some reason I am a bit echo-ey on this one. (Okay, in some places QUITE a bit…) Not sure why; I didn’t change anything about my setup. Technology. Sigh.




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Part 1 (Episode 31):

Hear what Kay thinks are the most important skills teens need in order to become good writers, how to evaluate their writing (it’s easier than you think!), and how to use READING to teach WRITING. Hmmm, that’s got you wondering, doesn’t it? Give a listen!

Resources mentioned in this episode (may contain referral links):

Kay’s website: Heart-to-Heart Homeschooling

Kay also works at Homeschooling Today Magazine

Get your free digital issue of Homeschooling Today here: Spring 2020 FREE

Ruth Beechick — You Can Teach Your Child Successfully

Part 2 (Episode 32):

Kay has such great insight to share about whether we should be doing essay writing or creative writing or real-life writing in high school, how to help our teens choose a topic, how to motivate them to write and why some are reluctant. She also recommends some tools that will help anyone write better. It’s a jam-packed episode, and I think you’ll enjoy it!

Resources mentioned in this episode (may contain referral links):

So Good They Can’t Ignore You – by Cal Newport



Trail Guide to Learning

Citation Machine

Easy Bib

Related Resources:

Homeschool High School Writing – tips and curriculum reviews

Write Shop I & II for High School Writing

Episode 51: How to Make Writing More Fun for Homeschooled Teens – with Misti Lacy of WriteShop

Episode 52: How to Prepare your Homeschooled Teen for College Writing (with Misti Lacy)

Episode 53: High School Writing: Mom’s Involvement (with Misti Lacy)

Part 3 (Episode 33):

In today’s episode we hear Kay’s recommendation for a writing curriculum, her suggestion for how to use a rubric in a way that lessens the pressure, and what it means to homeschool boldly. She also talks about using curriculum as a guide rather than a taskmaster, as well as about incorporating writing into other subjects; and she introduces the idea of peer review, even for homeschoolers. SO MUCH useful information and encouragement here! She also answers the question: WHY homeschool high school? It’s always fun to hear what people say about that, and Kay’s wisdom is super helpful. Enjoy!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Free Digital Spring 2020 Issue of Homeschooling Today


The Writer’s Jungle

Help for High School


About the author

Ann Karako

Ann has been homeschooling for 20+ years and has graduated four children (one more to go). She believes that EVERY mom can CONFIDENTLY, COMPETENTLY -- and even CONTENTEDLY -- provide the COMPLETE high school education that her teen needs. Ann's website, AnnieandEverything.com, offers information, resources, and virtual hugs to help homeschool moms do just that. 

Ann has written Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School: A Step-by-Step Manual for Research & Planning and Save Your Sanity While Homeschooling High School: Practical Principles for a Firm Foundation. She also founded the popular Facebook group called It's Not that Hard to Homeschool High School, which now has over 27K members; and recently she started the It's Not That Hard to Homeschool High School Podcast.

She and her family, including two dogs and three cats, live in rural Missouri.

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