After Nathan learned to read fluently – he spent about a year and a half going through several years worth of ACE PACE’s to get him “caught up” with English and Grammar. He ended up being a school year ahead. So – we took a year long break from English and Grammar academic style worksheets – and started to practice what he had learned with writing, journaling, sketching, writing letters and emails, copy work, research reports and dictation – even a bit of poetry.
After the year’s break – I would like to pass the unschooling baton to Daily Grams. It is a lot of work for two boys to work writing and grammar into daily life – when they are not that prone to spontaneous writing. Jon does – he writes a lot of stories, but I do not want to stifle his creativity by tearing each story apart. I like his silly writings and drawings to just be fun. 🙂 So – Yesterday – I ordered Daily Grams 3 and 7.
Our goal will be to do a lesson a day, as often as we can. The instruction will be to work on the page alone, answering questions with dictionary type books like Painless Grammar and Punctuation Made Easy. I may pick up a couple of other helpful grammar books as we need. For the questions that he can not figure out – he can circle them, and we will work them out together.
I am looking forward to having a daily time of grammar, that I didn’t have to create – that is short and sweet and to the point – but keeps our skills honed. 🙂 I’ll let you know how we do. 🙂