Well, my son came out of kindergarten from public knowing how to write decent sentences. Last year, I used various writing books to emphasize sentence and paragraph skills, and somewhat used my own method of teaching writing when he said he’d had enough of the books. The method so much wasn’t a problem as his effort and attitude towards it. He’d pretend he couldn’t write, even though I knew he could. It took a lot of pushing to get him to actually write at the level I knew he could write at.
This year I bought a couple of workbooks on writing that will lead him through the creative writing process (Just Write, Book 1 & Book 2, ordered from christianbook.com) and I figure I’d have him do some free-writing examples each week, as well as one book report a month, and research report that I will guide him through at the end of the year based on a country he will study all year.
Day 2 of homeschooling this year we were doing fine until I pulled out the blank lined sheets (more…)