Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Lately I have had a lot of complaining and asking of why during our school day - specifically language arts time :).  It occurred to me that it would be beneficial to give a big picture to our children (so they could see that a whole bunch of trees build a forest :) ).   Once I did this it was like an 'OH ok'.  I see where I am and where I need to go and why, so in case it would help anyone else I wanted to share.

Oh and there are TONS of different ways to get from point A to point B - so this may not work for anyone else, but it works for us...well, most of the time :) :

Beginning our journey we need to learn :
ABC’s  - say them, see them, and write them
·         Print – capital and lower case (learn to use and recognize these lines : vertical, horizontal, diagonal and then semi and full circle) – once you learn this skip ahead and then comeback
·         Cursive – capital and lower case
·         Typing

Once you do the first three of ABC’s you need to learn the sounds
·         They make one by one
o   Vowels and consonants
·         Combine them
o   Blends
o   Digraphs
o   Diphthongs
o   YAY now we read and make words – we concentrate simultaneously on writing and reading

·         Narration
·         Copy work or
·         Dictation
Words – After you learn the letters and their sounds then you get to learn words and you get to play with building more words J  As you learn to write them you need to learn and practice
o   Spelling and Rules
o   Vocabulary (word study)
o   Grammar – this is why we do daily language lessons
o   Punctuation
o   Proofreading marks
o   Prefix
o   Suffix
o   Abbreviations
o   Contractions
o   Homonyms, synonyms, antonyms etc; 

·         What a sentence is
o   A sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete thought
o   Begins with a capital letter
o   Has a subject and a verb and is organized so that it makes sense
o   Ends with the correct punctuation
§  4 types of sentences
§  Statement
§  Question
§  Exclamation
§  Command

·         Paragraphs
o   Indent (two finger spaces from margin)
o   Topic sentence
o   2-6 sentences (usually four)
o   Conclusion
o   Types – narrative, persuasive etc;

·         Outlines
·         Letters (friendly and business)
·         Stories
·         Fiction/Non-fiction
·         Reports – book etc;
·         Research
This is why we do daily writing with ease
Begins the same way – with learning sounds of letters and letter combinations (phonograms)
§  45 basic sounds to our language
§  70 ways to spell those sounds (basic)
Learn how to read and understand
§  Words
§  Sentences
§  Paragraphs
§  Pages
§  Chapters
§  Explore Genres – Fiction and Non-Fiction
This is why we read  After we introduce each topic we have to practice, practice, practice until it become second nature.

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