I tried again with Son 3 today. (Son 2 is doing fine with BJU Eng 5, he tells me.)
He read the passage to himself just fine.
He did not want to answer in compete sentences but did. He missed maybe 2?
He gave me a one sentence narration after stomping off twice to cool down: "Peter blew on the kids fairy dust, and they flew out the window to Neverland."
I did not even try to do the dictation.
If I ask him 'what happened?' about a passage, he tells me he can't remember cause he started thinking about other things. He is fine with copywork. He could do it all day. He does make up sentences but would rather throw a 45 minute fit than write it down on his own first. I should amend that to say he has written a few sentences in his english book without me breathing down his neck. They are funny, too.
Okay, how old generally is this kid? (Under 7? 8-12? 13+)
So leaving out the stomping, resistance etc stuff (I'm kinda assuming that's related to the SNs?), it doesn't sound too bad to me.
He can copy correctly - great! That means he knows how to practically form a sentence on a page.
He can answer the questions in full sentences (missing a couple wouldn't bother me greatly) - great! He understood what he read and can form complete sentences in his mind and then say them out loud!
He can even come up with a sentence and then transfer it to paper on his own! Excellent, this is the goal of dictation!
So, for writing acrylic the curriculum then, I would find some way to get him thinking about the main idea in a paragraph. Either discussion with you or underlining in the book or drawing a picture or do points or anything that helps him to see the idea in the paragraph, without which the paragraph wouldn't make sense.
Once he can express that to you, see if he can put that expression into a complete sentence - either verbally or written. If verbally, I'd scribe for him and encourage him to copy it. I might, instead of scribing it for him, repeat it back for him while he writes (dictation).
Writing is about thinking clearly and logically.
Actually, he might like the MCT writing books. Essay Voyage laid everything out really well, and Paragraph town would probably work quite well!
Edited by LMD, 17 January 2018 - 10:14 PM.