My DD, at her current age, does much better with a plan, as do I. She needs to make written lists and plans and schedules. We're both "give me a list and let me be" type people. She enjoys diagramming like other children enjoy jigsaw puzzles. She enjoys comparing languages, and had my mother in stitches the other day by making jokes in Latin. She writes stories constantly -- she needs to create entire worlds in her mind. I am trying to support her strengths.
Here are my thoughts this morning:
If the four main parts of grammar-stage English language arts are spelling, composition, grammar, and reading, then the progression of those topics would be:
1) spelling graduating to etymology (programs such as English from the Roots Up) and then more languages
2) composition would graduate to
a) technical writing (a rhetoric progression)
b) creative (short stories, novels, etc)
3) literature analysis is a field all its own
4) grammar would graduate into linguistics
So then, I think, my long-range goals for her, so that she can demonstrate mastery in those four areas are:
1) Continue to study Latin, possibly pick up Greek, and maybe pick up a modern. Demonstrate mastery in one or more language, possibly through some sort of national exam.
a) Continue and complete a rhetoric progression. Demonstrate mastery, possibly through an AP English Language and Composition course and exam.
b) Continue creative writing and demonstrate mastery by being published (not self-published).
c) Begin and complete a research project in an area of interest with a substantial formal paper as part of the product.
3) Grammar: continue prescriptive grammar, and then successfully take a linguistics class in high school.
4) Continue to read widely and deeply. Demonstrate mastery through something like the SAT II literature exam. Possibly take Am. Lit. and Brit. Lit. at a college.
Intermediate goals would then be:
1) Continue to study Latin, and possibly pick up Greek.
a) Continue a rhetoric progression
b) Continue creative writing (and maybe get published in an age-appropriate place)
3) Grammar: continue prescriptive grammar
4) Continue to read widely and deeply, with required reading around the history cycle and for the study of literature analysis. "Fun" reading at her discretion. When emotionally ready, tackle more advanced themes.