Monday, September 16, 2013

Helpful Homeschooling Tools (a guest post by Clare E. Booth)

Homeschooling can be both wonderful as well as a challenge. You are working constantly to strike and maintain a careful balance between parent and teacher, while making every school day interesting and educational. What is most important is that you make sure you have the right tools to educate your children and help them be successful throughout their lives.
Zaner-Bloser is all about helping parents succeed when it comes to homeschooling their children. One subject that has lost classroom time in public schools today is handwriting practice. Many schools are opting to drop traditional handwriting instruction in lieu of teaching keyboarding and computer skills. While learning to type is important, many educators believe it is still important to teach classic handwriting. The motion of handwriting requires motor coordination of multiple joints in the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulders in order to form letters and place them on the page. Beyond simple handwriting, motor coordination is an important skill for children to focus on in their formative years. Teaching handwriting, whether in public school or while homeschooling, is important and should remain part of everyone’s teaching plans. With Zaner-Bloser handwriting programs, students become more fluent at manuscript and cursive handwriting, providing them with ample activities to practice this skill.
Another subject that goes hand-in-hand with handwriting skills is spelling. For children this skill is hard to learn; and if that opportunity is missed, it can handicap their learning abilities for the rest of their lives. When a child needs to write out a word, it will help to reinforce the correct spelling, as well as the annunciation of a word. Solid spelling skills through the practice of spelling practice activities are critical to literacy success.
Zaner-Bloser is committed to helping you deliver quality education tools for your children, as well as see your child succeed in your homeschooling study. We want you to experience the Zaner-Bloser advantage. Enter the code "ZBFOP" at checkout to receive the premium version of ZB Fonts Online for only $14.99. This offer expires on 12/31/2013.

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