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Homeschool Snow Day? Combine Work With Play

By Lily Iatridis  February 4, 2014

Finished digging out the snow and ready to relax with the kids? Uh-oh, but what about the guilt trip around not doing school?

Well, here's a way that you can combine both.

What do your kids most enjoy doing for fun indoors? Often it has to do with playing a board game, a video game, reading a book, or watching a movie or a show on TV or the internet.

All your kids have to do is pick something they already enjoy using or love to play with and write a review about it.

For example, your kids can write a product review of a new toy they got over the holidays, or a favorite internet application. They can review a favorite recipe, a power tool or their legos -- anything they want.

And kids of any age can participate. All they have to do is answer two questions about their topic:

1) What was the creator of the product or author's purpose?

2) How well did they achieve that purpose?

Young kids can write a few sentences, older kids can write a paragraph, and upper middle to high school aged kids can create a multi-paragraph essay.

One of my high school students is in the process of writing a review about his favorite paintball gun. He already knows his topic well, and he can easily compare it to others. He's generating a lot of content quickly because it's a subject he's already thought about and used regularly.

What he probably doesn't realize is that he's crafting a detailed, well-supported and complex critical analysis in writing, also known as a textual analysis. The ability to do this easily will serve him well in college and his future workplace, as it would your kids.

Last month, we released a new Essay Rock Star Textual Analysis short course for teenagers. Here the focus is on training teens to write reviews. Kids are taught to make a critical analysis about a product, with objective observations and clear, specific examples to support their observations. Additionally, kids receive training in a 5-step writing process that they can apply to any type of writing project they face in the future.

The Essay Rock Star Textual Analysis short course is $37 and takes about four weeks to finish. To watch a video describing the activity and the new short course, please click on the image below.

Yes, our course comes with a guarantee. You have up until 14 days after your kids begin to return the course if it's not a good fit. That means you can buy the course now, start when you want and not worry about losing the opportunity for a refund.

Remember, you don’t have to do everything all by yourself if you’re homeschooling!



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