Over the last couple weeks of building our dream classical homeschool, we’ve added free reading and math. Hopefully your kids are doing well with those, and you’re enjoying the relaxed homeschool. Now we’re adding writing into the pot.
How to Add Writing
There are several ways to add writing. You can work on penmanship or assign weekly essay topics to your children. It really depends upon your goals this year.
My homeschool has kids ranging from 4yo to 17yo. Let’s just say my requirements for my 17yo are much different than my requirements for my 4yo.
Coloring and Penmanship
Young children who don’t know their letters often struggle with handwriting. Let them color. Coloring builds the fine motor skills handwriting will use later.
This is also a great week to introduce penmanship to your preschooler or kindergartener. They’re usually not up to writing more than a couple of words or a sentence. Use this opportunity to teach proper penmanship.
Copy work is an easy method for adding writing to your day and is highly appropriate, especially for elementary kids. You can have your children do copy work Monday through Thursday and dictate the piece on Friday.
Teach letters, sentences, paragraphs, and essays using copywork. Children pick up proper spelling, grammar, and syntax by copying the examples from great literature.
Remember to sit and analyze the piece with your children during the week. At a young age this will include discussing capitol letters and punctuation. As the children mature, you’ll start to add topic sentences, introductions, and conclusions.
Do you want your children keeping a journal or perhaps you’re about to move and it’s a horrid time to start a formal writing curriculum. Let your kids free write.
They can keep a journal, write a story, observe nature, or write about a trip. There’s no need to check other than ensure your kids are writing, not scribbling, every day.
Since we’re only doing free reading and math, this is an easy week to introduce a formal writing curriculum for your children, or to start a full language arts program.
Rod and Staff English and Classical Writing include both grammar and writing. I know many others do as well. Go ahead and get started! It’s easier to add full language arts when you’re not juggling history, fine art, science, and Latin.
High school kids do well with a weekly essay topic. Give them their assignment at the beginning of the week. Discuss it with them and ensure they understand what you expect.
Make the assignment due on Friday. You can discuss their writing right then and there.
We’re not actually starting a full language arts this week. I decided to use IEW, which is writing only, and run through all 7 units as a family. Grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and literature will wait a few weeks.
I’m building my dream classical homeschool like the tortoise. Slow and Steady Wins the Race.
What will you be doing for writing?
So far we’ve:
- Taken a week off and inspired ourselves
- Started an hour of daily reading
- Picked up math lessons
- Added writing
Remember you can take more time for any given week. Sometimes life throws curve balls our way, we have a week of appointments, family is coming to visit, or we simply need another week to solidify expectations.