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An overview of language arts

The following was written in response to an email I received from a mom who is discouraged. She asks what her focus in teaching language arts should be.

Your focus is stated so well, that “they need to be able to express themselves.” Let’s talk about penmanship first, since the purpose of penmanship is that they can write quickly enough that their mind is off letter formation and on the content of what they’re writing (whether it’s taking notes in a class in college or during a sermon at church, or whether they are quickly expressing themselves in an essay).

Spelling that has helped my daughter…

I really like the Bible-based spelling lessons I found for free on the Internet.  My oldest daughter spells very phonetically… you know… fonetikly.  🙂  But for some reason, this spelling has helped her.  It’s not fancy, but I like how it combines dictation with old-fashioned review. 

Teaching Handwriting

I wrote the following e-mail to a friend this morning, and I thought it might be helpful to someone else, too….Her question:

My question is about handwriting. This seems to be my weak area of teaching. My almost 9yo has deplorable writing and my 7 year old is no better.