Bringing Language to Life!

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If you're ready to enroll your student, click on the Registration Doc, fill it out, and email it to

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Virtual Language Alive

Techniques NOBODY Else Uses,
For Results that Nothing Else Gives!

  • This allows students to develop their own relationship with language on their own terms.

  • Feedback is given, but not with a red pen.

  • VLA is virtual tutoring with high standards of excellence.

Benefits for Parents:

  • No worrying about what writing course to buy.

  • No correcting essays/spelling/grammar.

  • The awesome feeling of PEACE, knowing that your student is growing in actual language and

writing skills, not just going through some curriculum that you're not sure will even work and that
your student doesn't even LIKE.

  • The ability to have a seasoned writing coach work with your student weekly, encouraging and

motivating with absolute regularity.

  • Built-in SAT/ACT test prep.

Benefits for Students:

Each and every week, your student will:

  • build vocabulary

  • perfect spelling skills

  • read, read, read

  • learn practical grammar rules

  • write for fun

  • receive private tutoring

  • build writing skills

  • work independently

  • prepare for the ACT/SAT

What Will I Personally Be Providing to Your Student Weekly?
1. Fifteen vocab words plus exercises for mastery
2. Instruction in grammar, punctuation, paragraph construction, and such
3. Vocab quiz for mastery
4. Encouragement
5. Personal writing development suggestions
6. Evaluation of one mini-essay per week
7. A reason to read and write
8. Someone besides Mom/Dad to provide all of the above

Interested in enrolling your student in a semester of VLA

but need more info? Send us a message using the form below.

VLA 18-Week Program Cost:

*Plan A includes curriculum and personal      tutoring @ $25 per week. Total: $450

Plan B includes curriculum only. No personal tutoring. $5 per week. Total: $90

*Plan A has built-in flexibility. Students may take breaks as needed throughout the program. Total cost may be broken up and paid either weekly or monthly.

VLA fosters self-motivation in your  student by cutting out micromanagement.

Virtual Language Alive is designed for students in grades 9 through 12,  although if you have an avid reader  in middle school, Joanne will consider making an enrollment exception.

Tired of searching for the PERFECT writing, vocab, grammar, and spelling curriculum?
* Tired of trying writing curriculum after writing curriculum, hoping to find something that your student actually likes?

And that doesn't require too much of your time?
* Overwhelmed with the whole teaching-language thing? Wish your student had an actual language coach? So did I!

I found that my students, with just a little help from the VLA curriculum, became their own best coaches.

I don't use any spelling, writing, or grammar curriculum after my kids finish sixth grade. That's it! My kids are done with formal instruction at this point. After seven years of English grammar study, they should know what a noun is, right?

Instead, my kids got to dive into what I've come to call Virtual Language Alive, but for years it had no name. It's what I allowed my kids to do instead of a formal writing curriculum because I knew a secret that now I can share with you.

The Secret to Success
A strong foundation in reading, coupled with what I call background writing, which is writing a mini-essay three times per week. Plus a strong and vibrant vocabulary provide a student with an unparalleled advantage for the rest of his life.

For Example:
My daughter Lauren graduated from college summa cum laude with a degree in English with a Writing Emphasis. Lauren never wrote me a formal essay or paper during her entire high school career, yet she, along with her siblings, as it turns out, entered college extremely well prepared for college-level writing. She scored a perfect 36/36 on the ACT Reading section, and a 35/36 on the English section in high school. Aside from using the VLA curriculum, my high school graduates did zero writing at my direction  
Consequently, the love of writing was not snuffed out by the demands of monotonous writing that lacked purpose. VLA gives purpose and structure.
Students write for themselves and continue this into adulthood.

Update 12/22/17: Lydia just finished her freshman year at college, and she had taken an English class for fun. This young lady, who had written zero papers in home school, wrote a final research paper in college that her professor asked permission to use as a sample for the other classes she taught at the university. Lydia had used Virtual Language Alive in high school which prepared her [and her siblings] for the rigors of college reading, writing, and vocabulary usage.

Here's how to successfully snuff out a love of language in students:  

1. Provide formal instruction in grammar, writing, spelling, and vocabulary. All at once. For at least 12 years.

2. Provide student with workbook after workbook filled with assignment after assignment. Or video after video of instruction, year after year. For at least 12 years.

3. Have students write reports on every "school book" they read throughout the year. For at least 10 years.

Wouldn't we as adults become unmotivated if our lives were broken up into pieces and fed to us in this manner?  Well, what's the alternative, you may wonder?  I recommend giving your student the freedom to work independently with a program that promises no busy work and gives weekly feedback. A program with minimal requirements that allows for autonomy. Motivation is the result of such freedom. 

As a professional educator and as a home-educating parent, I could see the fallacy of using typical classroom teaching methodology with my little laboratory of offspring. I did not want to give my kids time-wasting stuff to do, and every curriculum designed for the classroom teacher is going to be chock-full of busy work. Or extra work.. "Just write something three times a week for fun using your vocab words," is what I've told, and
continue to tell, my students, giving them next to no restrictions other than that. Do I weekly read their mini-essays? Nope. I trust them to be self-teaching. They know they aren't homeschooling for MY benefit but for their own. If I do check up on their work and find they've been slacking, they lose the freedom to self-teach for a time.

My time-tested philosophy:

Let 'em write!

Let 'em read!

Don't stop progress with lengthy assignments that bog them down.

Mix in a light study of vocab words, and the result is background development of viable, advanced language skills!
VLA works!

"Get the Complete Language System That Earned Joanne Calderwood's Kids
Perfect 800 Verbal SAT Scores and Perfect 36 Reading/Writing ACT scores."
No Parent Needed;
Just Add Student.


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