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    Default ELA Curriculum for 4th Grader who hates reading & writing??

    I need ELA curriculum for my 4th grader that will be an instant hit-just grab him and reel him in! He's a strong reader, but despises reading and writing.

    This will be my first year homeschooling both my boys and my 4th grader wants no part of it. He's responded well (albeit begrudgingly) to Teaching Textbooks Math & Horrible Histories. I've searched high and low for something with a similar interface/engagement/lesson length/etc. with no luck.

    He's a hands on, active, visual learner. He has more an artistic lean than mechanical. He grasps most concepts quickly and thus bores easily with lots of reading and long lectures. Any suggestions on any curriculum will be greatly appreciated-I really want this to be a good experience for him!

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    “Boys who hate writing” is a pretty common refrain.
    You might try some gentle philosophies, like Bravewriter. And allow him to express himself with alternative means.... oral communication with you, making lego reenactments, reciting poetry.
    Ask yourself what youre looking to accomplish (“4th grade ela” is pretty vague), what skills you want him to have. Is he fine on reading comprehension? If so, dont get him a program that focuses on that.
    Does he type? Sometimes boys just dont like the act of writing, so typing is much more painless for them. (There are free typing apps galore.)
    But generally, if there is resistance, you will want to reintroduce with something gentle and affirming, like Bravewriter.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    What are his special interests? I would try to find him books on those things. ELA curriculum has a lot more nonfiction than it used to and you can always try to branch out into fiction that somehow relates. Sometimes it might be the setting or it might be an interest the main character has. In my experience, librarians are an excellent resource once you have an area of interest narrowed down.

    You can do the same with writing and focus on asking him to write about things he likes, experiences he enjoys, things he would like to do etc. If he is really averse, you can even start out getting him to write really good sentences, before asking him to do paragraphs and then, later, essays. It makes it so much less intimidating, and sometimes if a kid does not like a thing, you have to build up their endurance.

    I am also going to agree with Alexsmom on trying typing to see if this helps. If your son has any kind of physical discomfort with handwriting or just finds it tedious, it is an obstacle you don't need.

    You can always work on handwriting separate from the greative process; although many of the handwriting programs, like Handwiting Without Tears do integrate some grade-level academic information into their programs.

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