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If you have been considering using our new Meaningful Composition books, you are in luck! Since we will have so many new titles—and most of the old ones are revised—we have decided to offer a MC sale for back-to-school this year! Three years of re-writing, writing new, developing new techniques, and testing books with a hundred students each week—and now we are ready!

Here is the scoop:

We have two semesters of each level of Meaningful Composition from four through ten available in August! Each MC book will be $30 during the month of August only (regular price $35)! You can call to purchase (260-450-7063) or (260-433-4365) or you can email us at (Store coming soon—but in the meantime, give us a call or shoot us an email!)


Wondering if MC is right for you? Check our blog frequently as we are going to be adding samples of all of the current books each week in the coming months. Two weeks of free lessons per book—means that you can “try before you buy” at all levels!


Here is what we will have available by mid-August (though most are ready now!)

MC 4 I: Sentences, Paragraphs, and More
MC 4 II: Put Those Paragraphs Together!
MC 5 I: Writing for Real!
MC 5 II: Creative and Clever
MC 6 I: Long and Strong
MC 6 II: Junior High Essays
MC 7 I: Reports and Essays Galore
MC 7 II: Completely Creative
MC 8 I: Bridging the Gap
MC 8 II: Junior High Research Reports
MC 9 I: Writing for High School
MC 9 II: High School Creative Writing
MC 10 I: Essays Only
MC 10 II: Four Research Reports
MC 12 II: The BIG Research Paper
MC Bonus Book: SAT Essay and Other Timed Writing


Want to see some samples right away?  Check them out here!


I have been speaking and writing to mothers for over twenty years now. One of my early goals in creating workshops such as "Prioritizing, Organizing, and Scheduling" and "Helps for Homeschooling Moms" was to encourage mothers to drop perfectionism.

Perfectionism is extremely detrimental to a family, especially when it is in the form of a perfectionistic mother. First of all, a perfectionist is super hard on herself. She never feels that she gets things done because oftentimes she really doesn't due to the fact that everything has to be perfect—and, of course, that never happens. Secondly, it is hard on the family. Her expectations are often unrealistic, and this alienates her from her husband and her children. They know they can never please her, so they just give up trying—and often try to avoid her disapproval altogether.

It is for these reasons and many more I bring you Three Reasons You Should Say "It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect" Aloud Every Day—three things that could happen if you begin speaking these powerful words aloud each day:

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Ray Reish, owner and operator of Character Ink Publishing Company and Raising Kids With Character parenting seminar, brings you this short, informative, motivating podcast episode in which he answers readers’ questions about husband involvement in goal setting, connecting in marriage, and leading the family. Ray offers fathers three connecting times that he has found to bring about real change in his home and security to his wife (and children): (1) Husband-wife meetings; (2) Daily Connect Time; (3) Dates. Pass this episode on to fathers who want to lead their families with love, selflessness, and faithfulness!

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I had one of those real “Let’s eat, Grandma” vs “Let’s eat Grandma” instances in writing class this week–and it was so much fun!

The student’s sentence read something like this “When the chimps ate Mike began banging the cans together.”

Thus, it sounded like this (without the comma that was needed): “When the chimps ate Mike…”

Do you know why the comma is needed there? (Besides the obvious fact that the chimps did not eat Mike? :) )

It is because that sentence contains a subordinate clause opener—a sentence opener (words that open a real sentence) that begins with a subordinator and creates a dependent (it is dependent on the rest of the sentence in order to be used) or subordinate (less than the rest of the sentence in rank) clause. Let me sum this up more clearly for you!

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