It is that Back-to-School time of year. I still recall sitting in an unairconditioned school-room, in my scratchy all-wool plaid uniform, ducking wasps as they buzzed around and watching the clock shimmer in the heat. Ah, for the good old days!
This is the time of year Home School families look at me and say, “So what days should I be doing all of this?”
For families with children who have dyslexia and/or dysgraphia, practice needs to be consistent. Yet consistency can be overwhelming. So I try to help parents discover how one activity can overlap and cover many areas of language arts. I put together a schedule that helps us to map out what needs to be done, and how best to fit small and consistent practices into a busy school week. The schedule looks like this:
So, for one young boy, His phonics book lesson was set up for Tuesday through Friday, but it counted for both Phonics and Spelling, as well as Reading. Likewise, his Copywork was set up for Tuesday through Thursday, with Dictation on Friday. But his word practice counted for original writing on Tuesday through Thursday. He will do a Freewrite on Fridays. His unit study will be Monday through Thursday, but he will engage in narration and Partnership Writing for original writing on those days.
An 8th grade student will be using Bravewriter’s Faltering Ownership program on Mondays and Wednesdays, counting for both Literature and Original Writing. She will read in her Jamestown Reader on Tuesdays and Thursdays to study Literary Elements, engage in reading and engage in answering questions with short answers. She will practice reading and writing multi-syllable words in Science.
Remember that many language arts activities work best when we overlap skills—and it makes the schedule easier also! Overlap helps kids who struggle practice often, but not to the level of frustration.
Scheduling actually helps parents keep goals in perspective, helping us see all that can be accomplished, while still giving our kids plenty of time for creative fun.
If you are using Bravewriter products, and want to incorporate the Bravewriter Lifestyle into your home school, Angela Awald shared her wonderful bookmark design with me, altering it so I could offer it to parents with struggling readers and writers! Print it up as a reminder to make time for library trips, theater, Poetry Teatime, and all those activities that sets home school apart.
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Enjoy a fresh start this fall and know that learning to read and write is the foundation for all learning! As your children practice consistently, progressing in these areas, they are on the road to becoming life-long independent learners.