Bookworm - Thank you! I totally forgot that suggestion about using the white boards. Great, useful idea for capturing the names in our readings.
Written narrations ARE composition at these ages! Aha!
Thank you too for the insight on copywork. I do see better where that falls in the weekly scheme of things. I might make myself a little visual cheat sheet on an index card to keep in my planner .... copywork / composition & written narration / dictation ... I need to "see" to remember!
I am thinking I will stay with the one polishing per week for my 10 yo for now. We can build up to more or to polishing longer and longer pieces. I don't want to overwhelm at this point since things are moving along nicely and she's starting to draw her own connections on beautiful writing, style, structure.
So an occasional written narration for the 8 yo during the week? More copywork for the handwriting and exposure? He's my reluctant writer ... or was ... he's now thrilled with his progress and has enjoyed this past week writing a few narrations. I might just play this by ear keeping in mind all these great points.
This forum is pure sunshine!