We’re going to try a different approach to school next year. I’ve been researching different curriculum and styles and yesterday I found one that I had completely forgotten about – An Old-Fashioned Education. ┬áThis website contains curriculum for every grade level in school, including the majority of the books needed (links through the Gutenberg Project). I really like the format which is lots of reading, spelling, and grammar. The reading is based on older books but also includes Bible resources (for devotionals). We’ll only need to purchase math, science and foreign language materials. I’m going to do more research into this but I think this might be the direction we move.

Great article (with FREE resources) on Teaching Writing

Although I love to write and have even written a book, getting my children to love writing (something other than their own novels) is a bit challenging. We constantly struggle with grammar, good word choices, and especially the LENGTH of a paper. If I say write an essay on dogs, the first question is, “How long does it have to be?” Aside from wanting to scream, I simply say, it should be as long as it needs to be to make your points. What is turned in? A one-page essay.

The other thing I struggle with as far as writing essays and other papers is that most curriculum cost money. We are on a tight, single family income and buying curriculum is something I do not take lightly. I do a lot of research to find the right curriculum for us and a lot of times I’ll make sure it’s something I can use for both a 4th grader and a 7th grader. A lot of times I have to change the topics for our 4th grader so that it’s not as complicated for her as our 7th grader.

We are going to start wrapping up our school year in the next few months but I have struggled with a good writing curriculum this year. But today, I found a great article on how to write across the curriculum. Regardless of the subject (math, literature, science, etc.) your student can write a paper (informal, technical, etc.) on any given subject. All they need are the right tools. I highly recommend this article called “Teaching Writing Without (BUYING) a Curriculum.” We are going to incorporate the lessons I just read about in our current curriculum and will no longer be purchasing writing curriculum. This article with its awesome links are all we will need.

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