Week 7 is here and we’re adding a bunch of subjects today! We’re filling in our language arts program with spelling, grammar, vocabulary, logic, and rhetoric.
Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it! It’s not. Spelling and grammar are elementary subjects. During the middle school years, kids transition from spelling to vocabulary and add logic. In high school, logic transitions to rhetoric.
You can use separate curricula for each language arts subject or one single program such as Classical Writing. Do what works best for you, but keep in mind that you need to stay sane, and children don’t need busywork.
My strong suggestion is not to try to do everything at once. If you have elementary kids, pick strong spelling and grammar programs. Label your writing time as language arts and work from there.
Do the same for middle school. Pick excellent grammar, vocabulary, and logic programs for your child. Again fold them into your writing time. Often one language arts program will take care of grammar, vocabulary, writing, and sometimes even logic.
High school kids substitute rhetoric for logic, SAT test studies for vocabulary, and just review grammar. Be careful in high school. I’ve discovered courses increase in length. If I’m not careful, my teens are suddenly doing school from sun up to sun down with no time for friends or hobbies.
While I want well-educated children, I also want contended kids. Strive to maintain a reasonable balance in your teenager’s life. Don’t spend all day just on schoolwork.
Speaking of which, do you know how much time you have for writing? I like to plan 30 minutes to an hour depending upon the age. Actually my kindergartener is only doing about 5 -10 minutes of actual writing. My high school teens are doing closer to an hour. My 7th grader is likely averaging about 30 -45 minutes.
Remember we have a finite amount of time. Let’s not add and add and add until we’re running out the door in tears never to be seen again.
Be wise about how much time and energy you have.
What’s your favorite language arts program?
So far we’ve:
- Taken a week off and inspired ourselves
- Started an hour of daily reading
- Picked up math lessons
- Added writing
- Started Morning Time
- Begun Latin or Greek
- Pondered the next 7 weeks