Language Arts always baffle me. There are so many aspects to it, that I am never sure which way to go. I seem to flip around quite a bit with this one, but I am feeling pretty confident in what I am going with this spring semester.
Spelling - I have been using School House Teachers (great website!!) and their dailies for spelling, but I am going to switch to using Eagle's Wings Comprehensive Book and give that a try. I am switching for two reasons - one, I am not on my computer much, and School House Teachers is & two, I am using this for Writing as well, so it just seems to work - for now!
Writing - Eagle's Wing book mentioned above has several pages of creative writing prompts and ideas, from poetry to letter writing. In addition to this, they will blog daily as well. If they cannot come up with a topic to blog about, the I give them one. They can blog their writing assignment, but they still have to do another blog - it doesn't count for double!
Vocabulary - I am going to start using a book called Painless Vocabulary, and then if we get through that - when we get through that, switch to a SAT Hot Words book I have and we will work out of that. I used Painless Grammar back a few years ago and I liked it, so I think I will like Painless Vocabulary also.
Grammar - We will be using English Grammar Online 101 - we are starting with their free lessons and see how that goes and how long that lasts. Not sure where I am going after this.
Reading - this is where I am stuck for now. We will be doing a Shakespeare group, reading Hamlet aloud, and they both have a part. We are meeting once a week, but I know they need more reading. Besides just encouraging them to read - and maybe using the book report ideas from Eagle's Wings, I'm not sure what to do. Maybe this blog fair will give me some ideas.
Please feel free to visit the other blogs participating in this fair...
Building Blocks of Education--Learning to Read by Kristi Kerr @ The Potter's Hand Academy
Finding Our Way Through Language Arts by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
How Does a Unit Study Teach Language Arts? by Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun
Our Language Arts Adventure by Linda @ Homeschooling6
2013 Virtual Curriculum Fair-Playing with Words: The Language Arts by Leah Courtney @ As We Walk Along the Road
Virtual Curriculum Fair-Playing with Words by Karyn @ Teach Beside Me
Virtual Curriculum Fair ~ Language Arts by Dawn @ Guiding Light Homeschool
Writing Help in a Critical Thinking book? by Missouri Mama @ Ozark Ramblings
Virtual Curriculum Fair: Foreign Language Immersion in the Homeschool by Tonia @ The Sunny Patch
Formula for Reading by Erin @ Delighting in His Richness
Words and Learning by Annette @ A Net In Time
A Custom Designed High School English Credit by Tech Wife @ A Playground of Words
Virtual Curriculum Fair 2013: Still Loving Language Arts by Pam @ Everyday Snapshots
Word Play by Lisa @ Golden Grasses
Loving Language Arts by Kristen H. @ Sunrise to Sunset
Learning Language Arts ~ 2012-2013 School Year by Laura O in AK @ Day by Day in Our WorldVirtual Curriculum Fair - The Language Arts Department by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Playing with Words: The Language Arts by Christa Darr @ Fairfield Corner Academy: The Story of Our Life
Playing with Words: Language Arts by April @ Coffee, Cobwebs and Curriculum
What Language Arts looks like in our house - Are we doing it right? by Hillary M @ Our Homeschool Studio