Venice Type-In

My husband is very much into typewriters; he currently owns about ten. One of my daughters has her own typewriter, which is the same model Kit Kittredge uses. You might have notice that the header for my blog also has a typewriter. The typewriter isn’t just for my header though, I own the real deal; the pink machine sits at my work station and gets used almost daily.

So obviously, when a Type-In was announced for Venice Beach, we were there! We were able to view a wonderful, short film about the world of typewriters, type on some interesting machines, and meet some of the people who both acted in and made the film.

Welcome

Beyond Baroque

Article 1

Art Exhibit

We Love Typing

Let's Type

Little Man Typing

Mouse having some fun.

Let's See

Qwerty

Important Machines

After the Type-In, we took the kiddos to Venice. We let them get their feet wet and do some running around before heading back to the valley.

Venice Beach

Ah! That Feels Good

Your Story

The Type-In was very interesting. It was a great addition to our homeschooling schedule for the week.

To watch the short film, please visit The Typewriter. For more detailed information on the event, you can visit Streamlines Deluxe.

Do you like to use a typewriter?

A Reason for Writing

(Wow, two posts in one day! I had thought to originally just post this review today, but felt the Lord compelling me to write Grace Abused as well. So, two it is.)

Besides reading, I also mentioned that writing is another of our core areas of study. I believe our children should know how to write properly on any given topic.

In order to set out on the right foot, I wanted to start off with a solid penmanship lesson; one that would not only teach them to write their letters, but help make their writing legible. A Reason for Handwriting did the job wonderfully. Each week, the children are given specific words from a Bible verse that they are to practice writing. At the end of the week, they write out the complete verse on a separate sheet of paper. The bonus was that you can also purchase Border Sheets to write your verses on. The Border Sheets are coloring pages with lines in the center. This way the children can write their verse and then color the corresponding image.

Once good penmanship was achieved, the children were also encouraged to practice good typing skills. Using FREE Typing Game, our children were able to practice their typing skills and learn to increase their speed. This will help them in higher levels of learning when they are writing papers.

Once the children started into elementary levels, it seemed appropriate to start them off on a formal Grammar and Composition curriculum. Abeka was the answer for us. Their curriculum is thorough, challenging, and well laid out.

On top of continued practice in penmanship, typing, and their usual grammar and composition lessons, we also like to make sure they are getting good practice in creative writing. To do this, a weekly creative writing assignment is given. Common everyday topics are all tossed in a bowl, one is picked every Monday, and on Friday the assignment is due. Through this exercise our children have learned to think outside the box and reach the audience through their paper. At times, my husband and I have gotten in on the fun and written a paper ourselves.

Good writing skills should never be overlooked. You never know where the Lord is going to use you. When you look at life through that perspective, you realize… there is a reason for writing.c