Out of the Holding Tank: A Balanced Program of Language Arts for Homeschooling Middle School Students

5 avg rating
( 2 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780984831333: Out of the Holding Tank: A Balanced Program of Language Arts for Homeschooling Middle School Students
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Successful students of language arts listen, read, write and speak with both fluency and accuracy.  Unfortunately, most language arts programs emphasize one and neglect the other, resulting in students who are exasperated with reading and writing assignments they don't like and language arts exercises that do little to improve the skills they claim to teach.

Out of the Holding Tank takes a different approach: it addresses the accuracy aspect of all four language arts with a unique process that combines dictation and grammatical analysis of excerpts from the books students enjoy reading.  It also encourages fluency by giving students as much freedom as possible to choose their own reading and writing projects from parent-approved options in fulfillment of a minimum set of course requirements.  Finally, this program helps parents facilitate success by designing options for students that appeal to their particular learning preferences, styles, and aptitudes. 

The goals of this program are simple:  that every student develop an affinity for reading and writing and have the necessary, prerequisite grammar knowledge that will help them achieve the challenging objectives to come in high school.

Designed by a homeschooling mom and writing tutor, Out of the Holding Tank: A Balanced Approach to Language Arts for Homeschooling Middle School Students is an efficient and effective approach that takes the frustration out of teaching language arts and frees students to discover the fun and many functions of good language.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Author:

Back when I started homeschooling, I wanted to make sure my kids weren't falling behind, so I made sure to get all the workbooks that promised to help them keep up. Only my daughters hated doing the exercises, and when I looked at them more closely, I realized that some of the instruction of them was either unhelpful or just plain wrong.  Happily, a few of the books I found were exceptional, and in time, I began to combine the practices that seemed best to me.  The result was kind of like those old Reece's Peanut Butter Cup commercials where someone trips and accidentally dunked a chocolate bar in peanut butter:  my daughters and I discovered that doing language arts via dictation and analysis was not only more helpful, but more fun than doing endless exercises.  Later, when I begin teaching my process in our local homeschooling community, students walking past our room would actually stop and say, "Can I join you?  I really need this."  

Of course, language arts is not just about accuracy; it's about fluency, too.  When I moved to Guatemala in 1992 and discovered that I had a lot of knowledge about Spanish but pretty much no ability to actually speak it, I realized that straight A's in Spanish classes wouldn't get me far without the fluency to go with it.  That's why I recommend a reading and writing program for middle school students that emphasizes fluency through freedom, and I advise parents to tailor a home library with books that appeal to their students' tastes but also challenges them to stretch themselves to develop new interests.  I also encourage parents to take advantage of the middle school years by letting their students experiment with writing projects rather than imposing assignments for creativity.  In Grading with a Purple Crayon, my book for teaching high school composition, I argue that high school students need to learn how to write academic essays with clarity and coherence, but here, I suggest that middle school is the best time to hook students on reading and writing for personal reasons. 

I've developed this program over time, with my own daughters, and I've loved learning and playing with words together over the years.  My hope with this book is to save other parents from making some of the same mistakes I've made, and speed you along the way to making language arts a fun and meaningful part of your homeschool day.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Luchsinger, Dena M.
Published by Crecer Publications (2012)
ISBN 10: 0984831339 ISBN 13: 9780984831333
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Crecer Publications, 2012. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9780984831333

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Luchsinger, Dena M.
Published by Crecer Publications 7/1/2012 (2012)
ISBN 10: 0984831339 ISBN 13: 9780984831333
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Crecer Publications 7/1/2012, 2012. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Out of the Holding Tank: A Balanced Program of Language Arts for Homeschooling Middle School Students. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780984831333

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.65
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Luchsinger, Dena M
Published by Crecer Publications (2018)
ISBN 10: 0984831339 ISBN 13: 9780984831333
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Crecer Publications, 2018. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # 0984831339

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Dena M Luchsinger
Published by Crecer Publications, United States (2012)
ISBN 10: 0984831339 ISBN 13: 9780984831333
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Crecer Publications, United States, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Seller Inventory # APC9780984831333

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 25.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Dena M Luchsinger
Published by Crecer Publications, United States (2012)
ISBN 10: 0984831339 ISBN 13: 9780984831333
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Crecer Publications, United States, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Seller Inventory # APC9780984831333

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 26.46
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Dena M Luchsinger
Published by Crecer Publications
ISBN 10: 0984831339 ISBN 13: 9780984831333
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Crecer Publications. Paperback. Condition: New. 198 pages. Dimensions: 10.9in. x 8.4in. x 0.6in.Successful students of language arts listen, read, write and speak with both fluency and accuracy. Unfortunately, most language arts programs emphasize one and neglect the other, resulting in students who are exasperated with reading and writing assignments they dont like and language arts exercises that do little to improve the skills they claim to teach. Out of the Holding Tank takes a different approach: it addresses the accuracy aspect of all four language arts with a unique process that combines dictation and grammatical analysis of excerpts from the books students enjoy reading. It also encourages fluency by giving students as much freedom as possible to choose their own reading and writing projects from parent-approved options in fulfillment of a minimum set of course requirements. Finally, this program helps parents facilitate success by designing options for students that appeal to their particular learning preferences, styles, and aptitudes. The goals of this program are simple: that every student develop an affinity for reading and writing and have the necessary, prerequisite grammar knowledge that will help them achieve the challenging objectives to come in high school. Designed by a homeschooling mom and writing tutor, Out of the Holding Tank: A Balanced Approach to Language Arts for Homeschooling Middle School Students is an efficient and effective approach that takes the frustration out of teaching language arts and frees students to discover the fun and many functions of good language. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9780984831333

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 26.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Dena M Luchsinger
Published by Crecer Publications (2012)
ISBN 10: 0984831339 ISBN 13: 9780984831333
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Crecer Publications, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0984831339

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 30.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Luchsinger, Dena M.
Published by Crecer Publications (2012)
ISBN 10: 0984831339 ISBN 13: 9780984831333
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Crecer Publications, 2012. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 4 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9780984831333

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.95
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Luchsinger, Dena M
Published by Crecer Publications (2012)
ISBN 10: 0984831339 ISBN 13: 9780984831333
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Crecer Publications, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0984831339

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 28.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Luchsinger, Dena M
Published by Crecer Publications
ISBN 10: 0984831339 ISBN 13: 9780984831333
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Crecer Publications. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0984831339 Special order direct from the distributor. Seller Inventory # ING9780984831333

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 25.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book