Why can planning our language arts lessons be so time consuming? Well, for one, LA includes so many subcategories. We have reading, AND writing, AND spelling, AND grammar. A good handful of homeschooling parents would feel pretty good if their child read for 30 minutes, practiced some new spelling words, and produced beautiful cursive on page 32 of the handwriting book. Look at ALL that language practice, right? Wrong. Eventually, the parent-teacher is going to realize a rather large component is missing: the structured writing practice.
A good handful of homeschooling parents would feel pretty good if their child read for 30 minutes on a given day, practiced some new spelling words on Spelling City, and produced beautiful cursive on page 32 of the handwriting book. Look at ALL that language practice, right? Well, right and wrong. Where is the detailed, structured, organized, descriptive, and focused writing?
Eventually, the parent-teacher is going to realize a rather large component is indeed missing: the structured writing practice. And, if a time crunch is approaching, it might be tempting to place that dreaded clean, white, lined paper in front of the student and announce, "Today you are going to write one paragraph about the book you just finished." Some kids flourish when given such a task; however, many more simply stare at the blank canvas---not even sure where to begin. Can you relate?
As a child, I only needed a few of those experiences before I hated writing assignments. I just didn't know what was expected of me: "How long should this "paragraph" be? How do I even start a paragraph? And, how many times may I use the word "very"?"
The key to producing successful, accomplished, and happy writers is to give them the structure they need to be successful, accomplished, and happy! Take the time to learn the four main styles of writing. Provide clear and direct instruction. Give students time to practice the style. Establish consistent writing methods to ensure quality writing is being produced.
If that sounds like a lot to do, well, it is. It can be difficult, too, when you are planning for all of the other core subjects and electives. So, let me help. Relax, I have done the work for you, and I will continue to design and add more products regularly.
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Author: Melissa Webb
CA Credentialed Teacher