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Teresa Massie (Tessie) started HelpingWithWriting.com in 2011 with a lesson on sentence structure. This lesson now includes two mini-movies, and leads on to the use of sentence openers to encourage your children to write their own captivating and creative sentences. There are also now lessons on the use of nouns, collective nouns, prepositions, and verbs as sentence openers. The lessons include short mini-movies and plenty of printable worksheets for practice.

The program was designed so that your children build their writing skills taking simple baby steps. There are no tricks of the trade or hoops to jump through. Tessie recommends that they do one worksheet per day to build a strong foundation and gradually develop their skills. Taking bite-size pieces everyday is easier for them to digest than a huge turkey dinner all in one sitting.

Tessie's Tips

Sentence Openers will help you to show your children how to open a can of worms wriggling with refreshing ideas to use in their everyday writing. They will learn how to change their basic sentence structure to enhance their writing by using verbs, collective nouns, prepositions and nouns as openers.

Position your Prepositions Perfectly so that they sit nicely beside their subject.

Workable Worksheets weave wonderful works of writing.

Lessons to guide your children to write their famous words
These are simple lessons to support you in tutoring your children with the writing exercises.

Recommended Reading is on every free printable worksheet page. Reading tons (30 minutes a day), is scientifically proven to improve all of your children's literacy including developing their vocabulary and enhancing their creative writing skills. You may never have to read between the lines again searching for an understanding of the passage. Comprehension of text will come naturally.

Students' Writing Examples inspires one to write. These young authors followed the Helping With Writing program and penned perfect pieces. The samples clearly demonstrate the results of how well your children can apply the skills learned here to their own writing.

Hit the nail on the head with
Invigorating Verbs! More lessons teach you how to add adventure to your children's action.

Check out the Answers and Rubrics to help you and your children monitor their progress.

Notebook Notations reinforces your children's writing skills. Have your children write the lists of words learned in each lesson in their notebook. Encourage them to write their own sentences and stories using these words. Writing will build their vocabulary and enrich their stories.

Poignant Punctuation makes ends meet... and beginnings begin and middles mix in all your children's writing. Punctuation keeps your writing perfectly presentable.

Sentence Structure lessons will help you to guide your children on how to write a complete sentence.

Proofreading Power puts the punch back into your writing. Have your children re-read their work often to check for mistakes.

Literacy Worksheets work wonders to help your children develop proper English grammar skills.

No Nonsense Nouns teaches your children who is the person, where is the place and what is the object.

Definitely Definitions provides you with more information.

Poignant Punctuation makes ends meet...and beginnings begin and middles mix in all your children's writing. Punctuation keeps your writing perfectly presentable.

Press the Start Button below to watch the 5 minute Parent Mini Movie that will guide you on how to work through the Helping With Writing program with your children.

Reading for 15 minutes everyday can improve your children's writing exponentially.

Be a bookworm.

Take Lesson IconStart here with "Sentence Structure" The beginning of the program looks at the basic foundations of sentence structure.

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