Our third year of homeschooling is going okay, except for writing. Same crap, different year. Here's an example- We're doing Africa in social studies. Friday's work was to choose where in Africa Jeannie would like to live, read a book about it, then write a paragraph about it. The paragraph would start with her stating where she'd like to live, then two or three sentences to state why. It took one hour. She couldn't think of a topic sentence, she couldn't decide on three reasons, etc, etc. She ended up in tears and I hate that it goes this way every time she has to write. It's like this with every writing assignment. I end up giving too many suggestions, asking too many what I feel are leading questions, and I just feel overall like she's not develping her own ideas. That's wrong and unacceptable to me. Any suggestions on how I can turn all this negativity around?