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    Default Language Arts help (3rd and 5th)

    This is our 2nd year of homeschooling and I am trying to finish up planning for next year. I could use some help if you would not mind!

    5th grader -
    - will continue Winston Grammar
    - Word Roots from Critical Thinking Co
    - continue with AAS
    - not a good writer; his OT and I are working on getting him to write a 2-paragraph essay and edit it (this is a horrible task for him); writing itself is physically laborious for him, so sometimes he writes, sometimes he types (and sometimes I allow him to dictate to me)
    -reading comprehension and literature??
    -we tried LLATL this year, but it was not enough direct teaching and practice of grammar or writing (and we do not do copywork), so I am leery of all-in-ones

    3rd grader -
    - Word Roots
    - continue with AAS
    - (did GWG 1 in 1st and Seton's English for this year; both were okay, but I am not sold on either)
    -writing - fine-motor challenges, but she is a bit better to use her imagination without pulling teeth as compared with my oldest)
    -reading comprehension and literature...?

    Sorry for such a long post, but if anyone could offer suggestions, I would appreciate it!

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    You seem to be well on your way to completing your LA plans for next year!

    From what you have written, I am assuming you want to avoid writing programs narration based writing programs like WWE. Have you considered Check the Deck (an entire writing series with teacher and student manuals)? The program is designed so that each chapter the students does days worth of related mini oral and written lessons with the teacher prior to the main chapter essay, report or essay. At the lower levels of the book the main writing is only a couple of paragraphs long. The author was a long term writing teacher and is very engaging and humorous. If you are looking for a more workbook approach, I believe Evan Moor sells 6 Trait Writing and Growing With Grammar has a relatively new spinoff called Winning With Writing.

    My son also struggles with OT issues, and really enjoys Check the Deck (with a lot of direction from me). He also really likes doing the Evan Moor Daily Paragraph Editing. He much prefers searching for and correcting writing mistakes that are not his own.

    As for reading comprehension and literature, Moving Beyond the Page is offers good literature units but it can be very writing intensive. You would either want to scale back on the writing demands or perhaps use the age 7-9 level. Michael Clay Thompson, through Royal Fireworks Press, sells Socratic based grammar, language(vocabulary), poetry materials as well literature guides . His guides are atypical though they are completely based around grammar and language. I like to mix the formal literary guides with a more informal approach where I just preread books ahead of my son so that we can have a book club like discussion as he reads through the book.

    For strictly reading comprehension you could take a look at the Jacob's Ladder books. Each book has many short passages and a ladder of increasing complexity of comprehension questions. It is not independent type work, but in my opinion is great for improving comprehension skills beyond the fill in the bubble type questions.

    Good luck with whatever you choose to use.
    Mom to ds10, ds3, and dd3

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