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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Encourage Your Students to Write by Sharing This List of Writing Contests With Them

List of Writing Contests for Students by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com

Want to encourage your students to write? One excellent motivator is having them enter a writing contest.

You can perform your own Internet search for current writing contests, however, I have already done some of the work for you to help you get started. When doing your own search, use a phrase such as, "writing contests 2014 (or 2015) for middle school (or high school)".

Before spending too much time reading about a particular contest, make sure to look for a deadline date.  If you've missed the deadline, make a note of the contest in your calendar or a notebook for the following year. Also, bookmark the website.

Make sure to to look for the list of prizes. Some offer a monetary prize, others offer plaques and/or certificates.

Most contests are free, but there are some which charge a fee. You'll want to concentrate on the free ones, unless the prizes are worth the fee.

I've compiled a list of a number of free contests that are being offered for various grade levels. Share it with your students to see which one(s) sparks their interests.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - "Teens in grades 7 through 12, from public, private, or home schools, can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.  Submissions will begin on September 15, 2014.

AdmissionHook.com - "This is an essay contest, and our goal is to collect sample essays to help future students learn how to write a winning essay as well as to provide scholarship money for needy students."  Grades 9-12, college, or graduate students.  Deadline: September 15, 2014.  

Creative Communication - Students can write on any appropriate subject (no pro-violence, pro-drugs, etc.)  Grades 4-12.  Deadline: October 15, 2014 and February 17, 2015.

VFW Patriot's Pen - "The Patriot's Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8 who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories."  The theme for 2013-2014 is "Why I Appreciate America's Veterans."  Deadline: November 1, 2014.

NinjaEssays - "The purpose of this essay writing contest is to inspire writers from all around the world to showcase their creative and critical thinking skills." Student is to choose from one of the seven topics listed on the website. Deadline: November 1, 2014.

New Voices Young Writers - "This competition is an opportunity to educate young writers on the ePublishing world, as well as the variety and versatility of eBooks.  It urges up-and-coming authors to spread their wings, offering the possibility of turning dreams into reality." Ages 11-18.  Entries for this contest will be accepted November 1, 2014 through December 20, 2014.

American Foreign Service Association - "The AFSA High School Essay Contest is an opportunity for high school students to research international issues in hopes of inspiring and empowering the next generation of Foreign Service workers."  Grades: 9-12.  Essay contest topic will be posted in November, 2014.

Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) - Theme: Why I Am Proud to be an American. Grades 7-12.  Deadline: December, 2014.

The Writing Conference, Inc. - "Sponsors writing contests in poetry, narration, and exposition for elementary, junior high/middle school and high school students. First place winners in each category receive a plaque; second and third place winners receive certificates. All are given an invitation to have their writing published in The Writer's Slate, an on-line journal published by The Writing Conference, Inc." Deadline: January 8, 2015.

Pets Add Life Children's Poetry Contest - "Kids simply write a poem about their pet and the joys they bring and post it online."  Grades 3-8.  Deadline: January 31, 2015.

Humane Education Network - A Voice for Animals - "Prizes will be awarded to high school students whose essays best promote the humane treatment of animals."  Ages 15-18.  Opens January, 2015. Deadline:  March, 2015.

Olive Garden's Pasta Tales - Grades 1-12.  Deadline: March 22, 2015. (You will have to check their website in January, 2015, for updates.)

TeachingWithContests.com - "The purpose of Teaching with Contests is to assist educators in finding contests that can be used in the classroom to motivate students. We are here for the student and the teacher not the promotion of products or company public relations. Our goal is to select contests and programs whose primary goal is education and secondarily business/product promotion."  Ages 6-18.

These are just a few of the many contests that are available to your students. I hope they will have fun with these (and win)!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Eternal Argument (Schoolhouse Crew Review)


As a homeschool parent, two of the subjects I most enjoy teaching my children include history and literature. When I visited Analytical Grammar's website and read about their book titled The Eternal Argument, I was fascinated by the book's description.

Have you ever asked yourself why students are made to read the books they read, the classics in particular?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Go Science DVDs (Series 2) By Library and Educational Services (Schoolhouse Crew Review)

Go Science Review

My children and I recently had the opportunity to watch a couple of Go Science DVD's (Series 2) by Library and Educational Services.

The first one we watched was Volume 2 which was broken up into two topics: Life Science and Weather.

Go Science Review

Life Science included:
  • Flashlight-Animal Eyes
  • Animal Skulls
  • Bobby Pins
  • What Are You Looking At?
  • How Much Do Your Lungs Hold?
  • Eating Nails for Breakfast
  • Naked Egg

Sunday, June 08, 2014

New York City Through the Eyes of a Lens


One World Trade Center photo by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie
One World Trade Center (also known as the Freedom Tower)
One World Trade Center is the lead building of the new World Trade Center complex. It is 105-stories high and is the tallest building in the United States due to its radio antenna which helps it reach 1,776 feet.

Friday, May 30, 2014

What on Earth Can I Do? by Apologia Educational Ministries (Schoolhouse Crew Review)

Apologia What On Earth Can I Do Review by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com
I have always been interested in the products offered by Apologia Educational Ministries. I was recently given the opportunity to review their hardback book What on Earth Can I Do?, which is Volume 4 of their Biblical Worldview series. I was also given their optional resources which include: What on Earth Can I Do Notebooking Journal, What on Earth Can I Do? Junior Notebooking Journal, and their What on Earth Can I Do? Coloring Book

The hardback book is recommended for children in Grades 1 - 6. I used it with both my 2nd and 7th grade children. The optional notebooking journals were a great addition as each spiral-bound book included questions that were geared towards the different ages of my children.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Guess Where I'll Be Going Soon

New York City by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com

My family and I will soon be going to New York City. Being that I have siblings who live in New York, I have been there on several occasions, however this time we will be going as tourists. Have you ever been to New York City?

Some of the places we plan on visiting is the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, The Museum of Natural History, the 9/11 Memorial, Times Square, Central Park, and Toys-R-Us (They have a large indoor Ferris Wheel that we just have to see.). I'm sure there will be other things we'll see as time allows.

Is there any other place that you feel are a "must see" while I'm there? If so, please share under comments below.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

How to Open Lines of Communication With Your Child in a Creative Manner

How to Open Lines of Communication With Your Child in a Creative Manner by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie

Until recently, I have not used a writing curriculum for my oldest child, except for last year when I wrote an Essentials in Writing Review. When my oldest son was younger he would shed tears over writing which quickly moved me to look for a better way to offer him writing opportunities. I wanted him to enjoy writing, and if I couldn't get him to enjoy it, I wanted to at least make it more meaningful for him.