Today, I had originally planned to discuss ways to occupy toddlers while homeschooling, but I’m still experimenting with a couple of ideas and want to fine tune them before I do that.
Instead, I’m going to continue with the language arts theme I started. Language arts is my biggest homeschooling challenge. In general, we are a math and science-oriented family. In addition, both of my sons have language processing disorders. My youngest even has a language-based learning disorder. So nothing language oriented comes easily for either of them, my youngest in particular.
Of course, composition has always been important for any child who wants to go to college, but it is even more so now, due to the essay portion of the SAT and ACT. Yet, trying to teach my kids composition is like pulling teeth. Even my middle daughter gets the “deer in the headlights” expression whenever she is given a writing assignment. We have tried many, many types of curriculums, tutors, methods, etc. to teach and learn composition skills. In the long run, what has worked best for us is to write frequently and to use a very structured curriculum (BK English from Perfection Learning). The problem with doing lots of writing can be coming up with lots of ideas to write about. So I am constantly on the lookout for good writing prompts. I have found many of the products from Cottonwood Press to be very good, but I also have found several free online resources that I wanted to share.