chai Posted June 25, 2012 Share Posted June 25, 2012 Every time I think I have a plan in place, my dd throws me for a loop. I desperately need some advice and clear thinking in the area of English and writing. Some background: My dd is very advanced in language arts. She has already scored a near-perfect score on the ACT in English and reading. We have used Classical Writing since second grade and I have been very pleased with the rigor of the program. I had planned moving into CW Herodotus this fall along with Intermediate Poetry. (We had Poetry scheduled for this year and never got around to it.) I also have scheduled LLfLotR for this fall--she has just become a huge LotR fan and is super-excited about it. She is a good writer when she wants to be. She needs some work on essay-style writing though. She hates writing reports. Here's my current plan for 8/9th grade. (I may use these as high school credit.) I think it is too much. LLfLotR with all unit studies and reading Biography of Tolkien, portions of Canterbury Tales, MacBeth, Beowulf, The Tempest, The Once and Future King, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. CW Herodotus and Intermediate Poetry Traditional Logic (scheduled in CW Herodotus) Teaching Company Middle Ages Videos along with time line. Life of Fred Advanced Algebra with Khan Academy Exploring Education Physics Third Form Latin Spanish II with tutor Graphic Design and Photoshop at Co-op (2x week) Yearbook at Co-op (2x week) Drama at Co-op (1x week) Riding and volunteering at horse rescue ranch (3x week) --another love Performance choir (2x week plus performances) Here's my dilemma: DD wants to work on her novel and write poetry. She has been writing her novel over the past year. She is passionate and wants to publish it for her friends. Today, she handed me some poems/songs that she has written. They are really good! I realized that her skills are beyond me in the area of creative writing and I don't know what to do about it. I'm thinking about pushing CW Herodotus and Traditional Logic off until next year and finding a tutor for creative writing/poetry. If this is just a phase, she can do it to her heart's content with some guidance. On the other hand, this could be a career-starter for her. Help! I'm feeling a little panicky about this and I never panic! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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