Big Brother is a fantastic writer. He's won a couple writing contests. He wows the other parents at the "read your research paper day" at his enrichment program. He's got great organization. He uses vivid verbs and descriptions. He'll usually throw in a simile or a metaphor for good measure. But...he doesn't enjoy writing. Not.At.All.
So, we are going to try some new things out this coming school year.
Julie Bogart's Brave Writer Lifestyle is going to be the "core" of our language arts philosophy. Some of her ideas we will be incorporating into our school: Poetry Tea Times, Friday Freewrites, Word Games, and lots of Read Alouds. We might also be using her language arts programs The Wand and Quiver of Arrows. I'm still exploring these two last options!
We are also going to be using:
Igniting Your Writing: 24 Sessions to Enliven and Inspire Young Writers was recommended to me by a long time homeschooling veteran mom. It looks so simple and fun. I've already bought it and have started planning out our lessons. They are SHORT. And can be stretched out over a few days if you want. I think this alone will help with writing not being a battle at our house. I think it's going to really help with the quality of the writing that's produced around here! There are three different levels for each lesson - lesson one for the youngest writers and level three for advanced writers. I think most lessons we will use level one for both brothers, but there are a few lessons that I think Big Brother might enjoy doing level 2.
I hope my kids' are as excited with the change as I am!
There are so many choices! I'm sure it doesn't help that I'm somewhat of a nerd (but that I mean, definite, absolute nerd) when it comes to researching and reading anything to do with education, teaching, learning.
I think we'll stick with some things we've used in the past, but we'll end up with some new as well.
I personally like to use "spines" for each subject area and then add in supplemental resources, projects, and units. This helps me to have an overall picture of where we are going and some overall structure. I also really like creating my own lessons, adding in fun activities, and following whatever rabbit trails my kids encounter. This approach won't work for every family, but for us it does!
I'm also certainly not afraid to change things up or completely discard something during the year if it's not working out. So, the current plan for next school year may or may not be what is actually used. The beauty of homeschooling - doing what works, changing when change is needed!
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