BARB'S WRITING EVALUATION AND TUTORING
FOR HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES AND OTHERS WHO NEED HELP
DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH CONFIDENCE IN YOUR ENGLISH SKILLS
TO KNOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN TO WRITE?
OR DO YOU WONDER IF YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CATCH HIS MISTAKES?
Writing is one of the most important skills a person needs to succeed in life. Any child who is aiming for a college education must demonstrate proficiency in writing skills. Writing is important in many jobs. Yet many parents hesitate to give writing assignments to their children because they do not feel capable of grading or evaluating English skills unless there is an answer key. And for writing assignments, there is no answer key. The evaluator just has to know what is right or wrong and how the structure of the writing itself can be improved. Since many homeschool parents believe they aren't able to evaluate their children's writing, they just don't assign much writing. Instead, they teach English skills and grammar from workbooks that have answers. Is that you? If so, read on.
It has been demonstrated that studying grammar does not usually help a student write better. Studying mechanics and usage is more effective. Workbooks and drills can help. So can reading aloud. Perhaps the thing that helps most is having standard English modeled well at home. When one always hears the language spoken correctly, one will tend to speak correctly himself, and he will tend to write as he speaks. If your child spends a lot of time with people who use slang or non-standard English, he will imitate that, and he may become confused about what is correct when he speaks or writes.
As your child's teacher, you have a great responsibility to see that he or she learns to write well. It is almost as important as seeing that he or she learns to read and do basic math. But what if you don't have the skills yourself? What if you do not model good use of the English language at home? Or, perhaps, you aren't sure if you do. What can you do to teach your child without teaching him something wrong?
First, you must learn what your own skill level is. Maybe you are perfectly capable and have the skills you need, but you aren't sure that you do, so you avoid teaching writing. Wouldn't it be nice if you could write an essay yourself and get it evaluated for a reasonable fee and have someone tell you that you have the skills you need? Now you can. I will do it for you for $12.00. I will tell you whether you have the skills you need and what skills you should work on. I will also suggest ways to acquire those skills in the most inexpensive way possible. If you do not have a skill level high enough to correctly guide your children in language usage and writing at the ages they are, I will tell you that, too. But I won't leave you hanging. I will suggest activities you and your children can do together in language arts so you will all grow in your skills. And I will suggest ways you help yourself learn what you need to.
Suppose you have confidence in your ability to recognize spelling, mechanics, and usage errors, but you're not sure how to judge what your child really needs to study in language arts. You don't know if his writing is up to grade level. You have no basis for comparison. Or, perhaps, you don't know how to evaluate his style or sentence structure. I can help with that, too. For $12.00 I will evaluate your child's essay or composition. I will tell you the ways in which he or she needs to improve and what skills need polishing. I will also suggest methods and materials that will help him or her reach these goals as inexpensively as possible.
That sounds like a nice idea, but we're so broke. I can't afford a service like that. If you are unsure of your skills, can you afford not to take advantage of this service? How much are you wasting on curriculum that doesn't work or that you don't know how to teach?
But I have so many children! How could I afford this service for all of them? We have a family plan. The most important evaluation to get done is your own. If it turns out that you have the skills you need, you won't need to worry about having your children evaluated unless you want a curriculum prescription. But if you want more than one evaluation, the first one, yours or a child's, is $20 and each additional evaluation is only $10. So you could get yourself and two children evaluated for just $40.00. Or yourself and four children evaluated for just $60. You could easily find that money by not having to buy a textbook or two. And you will receive a $5.00 gift certificate to help towards the cost of any recommended books or any other books from Barb's People Builders.
OK! You've convinced me I need to do this. How do I go about it?
WHAT YOU WILL GET FOR YOUR MONEY
You will receive each essay back with mechanical errors noted.
You will receive an evaluation of writing strengths and skills that need improvement.
You will receive suggestions on how to best build needed skills for you and/or your children as inexpensively as possible, with recommendations for instructional materials if needed.
REMEMBER! WRITING IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILLS NEEDED FOR SURVIVAL IN TODAY'S COMPETITIVE WORLD. MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS NOT LEFT BEHIND.
LET BARB HELP!
BARBARA RADISAVLJEVIC: QUALIFICATIONS
B.A. in English, UCLA, 1964
California Lifetime Credential in Secondary English, 1966
Experience Teaching English to Students in Grades 2-12 at Home and in Schools
3420 Highway 46 West
Templeton, CA 93465
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