Review : Guidepost Writing Program

As someone who likes to write and someone who writes this blog, articles for local newsletters, and so on I was excited when presented with the chance to review the Guidepost Writing Program.guidepost

 

Busyness is something I struggle with so when I started this course I knew it was going to have to be quick to get through it and not take up a lot of my precious time.  It was certainly that!  I really loved this program.  When I sat down in the morning to do school with my kids I watched a video while they did their math.  I could pause it when I needed to, but generally I made it through a video before they needed me!

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There were 12 chapters, or videos and each is followed by a quiz.  I do admit I retook a quiz or two since I missed a question here and there, but overall I thought the videos were very direct and to the point.  I enjoyed the speakers and felt like they were animated and interesting!

In fact I am going to have my boys all watch these videos just to get some tips on different things to consider when writing.  They may not be writing their story, but as writers themselves (articles, college, etc) I think this program would help them tremendously.  Plus I think hearing the same thing from different sources helps us to learn better.

I enjoyed that there were different speakers in the videos, it was not the same person in each one.  It kept things varied and interesting.

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I thought the workbook was a great tool as well and when I have my boys go through this program I plan for them to work through the workbook as well.

I HIGHLY recommend this Guideposts Writing program.  As a homeschool mom I have seen many but I like the simplicity but complexity as well that comes with this program.

However, don’t just take my word for it!


Guideposts Academy 5 Stars

By Patricia Parish

July 8th, 2018

This course an incredible opportunity for me. No university could have done better. So much for so little money. I thank you all so very much. Will be sending something to you all regularly even if all I get is rejections! So grateful for the helpful information, I am tearing up as I write this. Patricia (Pat) Parish, Blessings to the teachers and all your personnel.

Rating: 5 of 5

Quick Course that is Very Helpful

By Barbara Litchfield

April 30th, 2018

Thus course is excellent!  The short recorded sessions with Edward, Rick, Colleen, Jim, and Amy, were full of helpful information for writers in any genre.  The workbook download helped me with note taking and reinforced the learning.  I also am grateful that I can retake the course whenever I need a refresher.  It is definitely worth $24.99.

Rating: 5 of 5

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Bucket Lists

I have seen the bucket lists on Pinterest for years and they scared me.  Maybe it was having little(r) ones and being intimidated – like if I make a list I have to be able to check everything off.  It is a type-A thing, I think.

However, a friend told me that she lets her kids make a small list (5 things) they want to go this summer.  And most have to be free.  SO I handed out 3×5 cards to my kids, asked for 5 things and 3 have to be free.  In no way was I committing to doing them all, but just wanted their input.

I was pretty surprised at their responses.  Geocaching (a favorite we kind of forgot about), state park visit (another goal I was failing with), and hiking (free) – anyway it was the start of a fun bucket list.  Then I saw a few other lists on Pinterests and came up with our own.  I am pretty tickled to have a sort of To Do list to steer our summer, but not bind us to it.

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We’ve already done a bunch : fireworks, roller skating, geocache through 8 counties, and a few others.  So far this has been a fun list and not a “must do” list.  There are a few things I should have added (but it is done) – tye dye (happening tomorrow), Steel City Pops (we really need to try these), but oh well – it is done, saved and printed.  So off to do more fun things this summer……

History/Geography/Biography & Nature

I am so excited to see all the pieces falling into place in one area of our school. 

My 2 big boys are reading David Livingstone this year. 

golding_livingstoneSince we usually try to do map drills of one continent through the year,  this year, since we are already in Africa with Mr. Livingstone, (and we have friends living there this year) I decided we need to learn the continent of Africa!!  So we are doing map drills and learning where all the countries are.  AG and I do it verbally – so I talk with her and we are learning a few at a time.  The boys write them in on their laminated blank map.

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Next, E had read a biography of Mr. Livingstone, but he will read the YWAM book this year so we can all talk about his adventures as a missionary in China. 

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The last piece is nature, and I have a copy of One Small Square African Savannah book that we will read through as well.  So we will learn about the plants that grown there, animals that live there, and all the other good stuff!!  I think I will pull out our Draw Write Now copy of the Savannah too – so they can draw some pictures of the animals we learn about!


Oh my goodness, school is so stinking fun!!  I know I am learning far more than I have forgotten!!  My favorite part of homeschooling is certainly learning it all (again) in a way that I understand and am bound to remember!!

Co-Op Planning

Oh my goodness, we are in the midst of some fun happenings around here!!  Two years ago we had a co-op of sorts.  It was a bit structured and a bit fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants.  Last year we attempted a co-op on steroids – and it fizzled before the year kicked off. (Too many things going on, and at least one momma needed to step back)

This year, we are merging the two.  We are having a Charlotte Mason style co-op, following lots of planning.  We are very organized and all planned out for the year, but we are keeping it LIGHT.  This means no science, no presidents, no geography, no linking it all to history …. oh my I think I am getting tired again!! 

This year it will be as follows:

Hymn Study as a group (using http://contentedathome.com/hymn-study-homeschoolers/)

Next we will break into 3 groups – older (6th & up) middle (K-5th) and Pre-school – and we will do

Artist Study

Art Project (inspired by the artist)

Composer Study

Nature Study

I will admit that Pinterest has made planning all this so much easier!!  We have our year mapped out as far as which hymn, artist and so on.

 

September

Debussy

Monet

What a Friend we have in Jesus

Butterflies

October

Gershwin

Picasso

Blessed Assurance

Pumpkins

November

Tchaikovsky

Degas

Amazing Grace

Leaves

December

Handel

Van Gogh

O Holy Night

Stars

January

Ives

Cezanne

Take my Life

Trees

February

Gabrieli

Michelangelo

Come Thou Fount

Seeds

March

Haydn

Raphael

Rock of Ages

Rocks

April

Vivaldi

Da Vinci

Old Rugged Cross

Sunflowers

May

Dukas

Renoir

It is Well with my Soul

Bugs

 

We are going to meet twice a month – which we all think will be perfect with our already busy schedules!! 

So stay tuned, maybe I will share some of our art projects and nature study as we go along.  We are excited!! 

I plan to incorporate notebooking pages for my family for each topic.  We may only have 1 notebooking page for each hymn that they jot notes on for two weeks, but anything will help them retain a bit more of that info!

It is going to be a great school year!!