Category: Language Arts and Literature

How to Hold a Pen or Pencil

Writing fatigue and writers cramp are the inevitable result of holding the pen too tightly or in an awkward grip, and often students don’t even realize why writing is so hard. The physical act of penmanship is such a necessary part of school, it just seems wise to make it as painless as possible. Here’s help.

Charlotte Mason on Copywork

Charlotte Mason recommended copywork, which she called “transcription,” as an early step in teaching language arts. In Home Education, she wrote about the value of copywork, as well as what and how to copy. I have provided her instructions and added a few notes of my own.

Homeschool writing programs I like; from Janice Campbell of Excellence in Literature and Doing What Matters.

Writing Programs I Like

I’ve seen good results from students who have used these writing programs. Choose based on the student’s learning style for best results.

Excellence in Literature for grades 8-12

Learn to Write While Using Excellence in Literature

By using classics and models and learning by doing, it’s natural and possible to learn to write well while using Excellence in Literature.

Adams' Illustrated Panorama of History. By Sebastian C. Adams [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Should You Teach Literature and History in Chronological Order?

How important it is to study history and literature in chronological order? Here’s what we did, and why a timeline makes whatever you do work better.

Review: The Struggling Reader Assessments and Teaching Materials

Reading is the most important academic skill we teach our students. Students must learn to read well before they can read to learn, so it’s important to create a nourishing home environment where books are read and enjoyed, ideas are discussed, and written and spoken communication is a natural part of everyday life. If you’ve created that strong foundation and your child still struggles with learning to read, there’s usually a discoverable cause. In The Struggling Reader system, the Eckenwilers have provided the tools for diagnosis, and the means for teaching what is needed.

Excellence in Literature: The Complete Curriculum

Excellence in Literature Worldview

Why choose worldview over specific content? Here’s why I did so for Excellence in Literature.

Copying a text is one way to absorb great ideas and improve writing skills.

The Power of Copying a Text

The power of a text is different when it is read from when it is copied out. Only the copied text thus commands the soul of him who is occupied with it, whereas the mere reader never discovers the new...

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