I'll be homeschooling my rising 3rd grader next fall after a year of at-home, virtual learning. She's bright but young for her grade, reads voraciously (just read the LOTR trilogy last month after her dad suggested it), and seems to have a good grasp of both the surface and deeper levels of meanings in most of what she reads.
She writes just fine for her grade at her public school, but is reluctant in her output. We have already been practicing oral narration for over a year now, and it's still a struggle for her, although I've seen significant improvement. She is hesitant to speak out, and struggles to express herself. She's able to tell a story chronologically, and we're working on orally summarizing the main idea and adding details. Because she is quite shy about her narrations, it's sometimes difficult to get her to speak in full sentences. Her 5 year old brother, by contrast, gives long and rambling (and sometimes out-of-left-field) narrations which have a lot more detail than she's willing to give. I feel like I see it within her, and when she does open up about her thoughts she has insightful things to say, but she's hesitant to let it out. Because she reads so much and thinks deeply about what she's reading, I believe she has the potential for strong writing. I want to encourage her to bloom--she's sensitive and shy about performing in any way--and help her gain the skills needed. I also don't want to bore her, because she shuts down very quickly if she's not challenged.
I'm thinking I will use WWE with her next year to introduce some structure, but wonder if I should start with level 2 or 3? She has never done dictation, so even if I start with 3, I'll probably ease her into those over the course of the year. What would you do to support and engage a child like this? I think she could probably do fine with WWE3--but would it help her more to back up and do something a little slower and rack up an easy win? For what it's worth, I work part-time as an editor and writer, so overall I do feel equipped to help my kids in this area.