jeninok Posted September 13, 2012 Share Posted September 13, 2012 This got long.....:ack2: I am obviously over thinking this! DS is in 5th grade and both ahead and behind in a lot of areas! I am working hard to get his skill areas caught up to his conceptual understanding and interests in content areas. We are finally seeing some changes in his focus, and thought processes so I think now is the time to start to really push for improvement. He did Shurley English in PS from k-4th and it did a great job teaching him, and he seemed to enjoy it. I am considering picking up the homeschool version, but I would prefer something simpler if at all possible. Does anyone know what levels 6-8 are like? He does well with filling in workbooks, but then it doesn't translate well to actual writing assignments, and I just can't seem to find something I really like that will actually teach him, and not be so boring we both want to stab ourselves in the eye! My goals 1. To help transfer his amazing verbal skills to his written ability, 2. Continue and increase formal grammar to line up with logic stage levels. 3. Introduce diagramming and advanced punctuation 4. Give a strong focus to improving word choice and sentence structure 5. Any help with note taking, deeper comprehension, or study skills in general is good. I prefer secular, but am fine with some religious content as long as it isn't too focused on missionary or evangelical type subjects. We tried Apples this year for spelling rules review, and it was too long spent on each rule, plus I (and DS complained) had issues with some of the content. I have heard Writeshop Apprentice, the newspaper one, is excellent. But when I looked at it in Mardel, the faded typing and weird font would be a major issue. I know I would end up having to re-type the lessons! I am also looking at CLE language arts, probably the 600 level, as the 500 seems to be things he already knows. But I don't know if it would translate well to actual writing. We are using Igniting your writing, generally the start up, and intermediate assignments, with the advanced only when I think it would be particularly useful, but it isn't complete enough for me. We are also using WWS, but going VERY slowly as I want to introduce the outlining and improve his content awareness skills, but I also know he really isn't ready to do it at the speed and independence given in the assignments. His written spelling needs work, but I see no improvement from straight spelling lists or programs, so I am hoping that with increased reading on a higher level, as well as editing his, and other's, writing together he will improve. I have considered still using Apples, but skipping the lessons I don't like, as well as cutting way back on the days spent on a lot of the concepts. Has anyone else used it and seen improvement? I would love some suggestions, I feel like I just keep spinning my wheels and going around in circles when it comes to this! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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